Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! Inspired by an episode of "The Thirsty Traveller" that showcased Belgian beers featuring the Orval Monastery, I’ve been hunting this beer down by the Pères Trappistes all over my town and finally found a place that had some in stock. (Very popular ale among beer enthusiasts here, apparantly!) Upon popping the cork, it pours a beautiful ruby colour with a thick, frothy, long lasting head and a caramel/fruity nose. Fruit flavours are far more subtle than, say Hoegaarden white, no sharp citrus edge. An excellent beer to appreciate. (750mL bottle)
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with rich thick head...smells very dry with a hint of alcohol...very wine-like...tastes of caramel and dark fruits...a bit tart...beautiful...
bode (3) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 7, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
When you meet a wine snob who turns their nose up at beer, let them try this.
shrubber85 (8999) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 A strong cherry-apple aroma - could not detect any other aroma. Dark brown color with ample brown head. Taste is spectacular - a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and malt. Nice full body.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Poured light brown with a thick off-white head that lasted very well indeed and laced thickly. Aroma of subtle clove and caramel malts with a complex spice character. Flavour was banana, subtle caramel malts, and some spice notes. I found the palate somewhat watery, although the low carbonation and bitterness were very nicely executed. This is a nicely restrained evening beer.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 750ml bottle. Dark red. Really quite carbonated. Sweet, spicy aroma. A smooth, easily drinkable beer, unusual of 7% beers, alcohol hidden well.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07.26.04 750ml Bottle. Indeed, a reddish brown pour with a frothy and thick head. Aromas of banana, milk chocolate, fruit salad, apricot. Flavors are mild and pleasant, quite fruity and fresh. Somewhat tinny(?) before a nicely dry finish. I’ve had a few liters of this stuff over the years. It’s a bit pricey, but always reliably consumable.
run20six2 (119) - USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good tasting beer and very strong. Has a lot of taste and a noticable taste of alcohol. A strong beer that is good for sipping.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a redish color, has a fruity aroma and a creamy head. Flavor is kinda fruity, but bitter. Very smooth beer, and a good one.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a very over-carbonated but pretty amber, with a huge head that is slow to recede, but leaves minimal lace. nose is full of medicinal spiciness, with notes of fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. flavor is quite nice, with a mellow maltiness that is equally balanced by a restrained hop bite, and the yeast tang. mouthfeel is quite light for its strength, as the beer is well attenuated, and the high CO2 content gives further balance. very drinkable for its size.