MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 light copper color, medium head with so-so last. not as cloudy as I like an ale of this sort, yeast kind of playing it cool. good drinking beer when you're "having more than one" and overall very mild for [a trappist ale] my liking.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cork almost made my friend single again, and quite possibly compromised the structural integrity of his apartment. This was just magical. First beer of the night! Amore! Cloudy amber, excellent head and head retention. Wonderful maltiness and a creamy mouthfeel. I didn't find it too astringent. It had an aftertaste of fresh-baked bread. I am SO thankful for the peer pressure on this site, or I never would have discovered this! Forgot to mention, the 7%ABV was masterfully hidden. I had no idea till I looked!
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, BB 2007. Great looking dark amber-brown with an enormous white head. Wonderfully complex aroma, with notes of raisin, caramel, yeast and warm spices. Some notes of pepper and a bit of alcohol sneaks through. Very smooth in the mouth. Has a dominant raisin character, slight sweetness with a long herbaceous finish ending in crisp hops. Taste is not as complex as the smell, but still a fantastic beer.
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Very cloudy and dark ruby color with a thick head. Sort of looks like cider. Very pleasant malty aroma with a nice earthy followup. Good malt flavor with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Very balanced with a nice lightly bitter finish.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty amber with frothy white head. Aroma is somewhat fruity, malty, and yeasty with a strange muskiness(maybe I got an old bottle).
Mouthfeel is soft and creamy? with medium carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt and candi with a tinge of spice in the finish. Do Monks really make this?
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a nice thick long lasting head. Fruits and spices in the aroma which of course transfers into the taste. Cinnamon, clove, bread, mild hops and a nice finish. Currently trying to age a few.Yum.
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours beautifully with a nice off white foamy head. The color is amber orange and the smell is of fruit, but not too fruity. tastes excellent in the mouth and is very smooth. One of my favorites.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, rich red hue with a fine, creame colored head. Malt forward with aromas of bread, banana, cream soda, subtle hop character.
Tastes of maltiness with sweet foral esters, mild hop balance. Like a loaf of bread fresh from the oven.
Dry finsh with good, thick mouthfeel.
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Made by monks to make you pray for forgivness after too much of a rich and heady delicious thing.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Beautiful copper colour and candy sugar aroma. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are both very pleasant with gargly candy sugar notes. Obviously not a session type drink but one I would pleasurably return to time after time. Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.6, 3.8 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.8