MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle
Underneath a massive, fluffy, light tan head is a burgundy body with hints of amber, red, and peach. The head fills half of my goblet on the pour, and takes quite a while to shrink. Leaves decent lacing on my glass. Aroma of sweet fruit intermingled with a strong spice note. This one has a very distinctive yeasty aroma. Flavorful with lots of fruit and spice in an acceptable balance. A bit heavy on the yeast flavor... The finish has a really slight smokiness that I haven't ever noticed before. While it starts off nice and somewhat rich, it's aftertaste leaves something to be desired, as it's a bit thin and lacking in complexity. Fairly thin body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Finishes with a tart dryness that, unfortunately, seems to highlight the subpar aftertaste. A bit watery, and not quite worthy of the reputation that having the term ‘Trappist’ on the label denotes.
80skid (65) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
subtle yet very appealing aroma. Very deep, dark/red amber color. Nice foamy off white head. Very light and smooth yet bold taste. Not filling at all and satisfying aftertaste.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red color almost like the label itself. Cloudy and pours with a large head. Aroma and Flavor is sweet, yeast and fruity. Mango and figs. Slight bitterness. Finish is mildly dry and has a lingering sweetness.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Hazy, ruddy hue with an evaporating gusher head. Toffee and candied fruits, sherried, with perfume and rosemary. Caramel sweet, stone fruit acidity finishing in a whirl of yeasty dryness and bitter herbs. Thin-ish with harsh carbonation and a watery texture.
Overly acidic and yeasty; really needs food for balance.
33 cl bottle, best before 2011.
75 cL bottle, goblet, 05/99 bottling, 54 degrees. Tall, off-white, frothy head is quickly diminishing. The body is a murky red-brown. Mild coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, nutty malt (heavy); flowery hops (light); earth, cobweb yeast (heavy); raisin, plum, red wine, port, oak, toffee, alcohol aromas. Moderately sweet throughout, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Flavor is lightly than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Medium body, fizzy carbonation, watery texture with an alcohol-drying effect. I'd really like to try a fresher bottle to see if the robustness I was expecting is present. The bottom line is: I really like dubbels, so I was disappointed by the meek flavor in this bottle.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 ml bottle. Pours deep, slightly cloudy copper with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy - cloves, nutmeg, watermelon, dried peach and yeast. Flavor is rich, sweet and spicy, though I detected a slight metallic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice copper color with nice head. A fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet taste with nice fruit compliments. Very nice dubbel.
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bronze appearance with generous head that only lingered for awhile. Fruit and spice in the aroma. Lots of carbonation. Sweet and fruity taste, balanced with a little bitterness.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark orange-red liquid light penetrates easily with a generous amount of near virgin-white head that collapses quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of decomposing straw, grass, vegetal, citrus lemon peel, and wet sandstone. Flavor is a spicy citrus that gives way to a very smooth and very clean palate, not dry, leaving the mouth moist. Feels good in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Burnt orange in color...sweet, flowery, malty, dry. Many tastes blend in this fine trappist beer.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red ale with plenty of floating bodies. Light shines through slightly. The head is very white but diminishing. The smell is slightly citrusy. The taste is very smooth and slightly fruity. Not as bitter as some belgians and doesn't have a long aftertaste. Heavy carbonation tickles the throat, takes away from the flavor. Very enjoyable.