80skid (65) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours medium brown with a nice off-white head. Taste is fruity but extremely light and satisfying. Hints of grape with some maltiness. Very smooth. Only flaw is the high level of carbonation. I feel like I could drink 5 of these massive bottles. Excellent Beer.
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy reddish brown pour with a tan, light, pillowy, meringue like head, that left some sticky lacing. High level of carbonation. Sweet nose of grapes, apples, and musty port. Yeasty flavor, the same grapes and apples, raisins, and port wine, all muddled together in a malty, sugar like base, finishes a tad tart with a touch of lemon. Very smooth and silky, great feel on this one. Nice.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some light malty sweetness, barnyard mustiness, and mild yeasty astringency. Cloudy brown-red with some particulates, and foamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts with yeasty sweetness, estery notes, and mild citrus astringency. Light alcohol taste. Sweetness throughout and decent bitter dryness in the finish. A bit watery but fruity. Mild apple after. Decent ale.
ABUSEDGOAT (2488) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2006 Pours a brown body with a nice head. Fruity aroma with raisins, other fruits and also some sugary caramel. Good stuff.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank this one head to head with Cdonk pale. I like this one a bit better. Pours amber/red color, lively carbonation. Large lasting head, it is dense and thick. Aroma i citrus like lemon, also some spices no doubt from yeast. Flavor is mild citrus and slight chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a nice thick body. Alcohol concentration is not noticeable. Well done easy drinking abbey. I wouldn’t mind a bit richer flavor though. Thick sheets of lace.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown pour. Big bubbly and creamy off white head. Sweet malt, fruit, sugar, yeast aroma. Medium/full body. Malt, dried fruit, sugar, yeast flavor. Semi-bitter aftertastewith touches of chocolate. Very good.
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled. Properly poured at 42deg.F into a crystal tulip glass, an instant burst of meringue like cap stacks out of the glass.
This cap lasts the drink giving true "Belgian lace" on the glass sides. Deep chestnut brown in color. Nose is of dried fruits, cloves/spice and musty honey. Taste is a departure from the sweet aroma this ale...this Pater ale is quite dry and warming with ample malt body and a slick mouth feel....taste is accented by impressions of pears, green apple and red grape skins, spicey yeast notes in the finish. This is a warming but dry, verging on tart, dubble...very nice.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color, cloudy with a tan head. Soft in many ways, soft aroma, soft flavors, soft mouthfeel. Malty, yeasty, with some elements of darker fruit. Light chocolate as well with a touch of brown sugar. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, slightly airy. Like drinking a pillow. Very nice.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange-tinged herbal hops, biscuity malts and mild brown sugar in the aroma. Opaque brown coloured body is topped by decent, large-bubbled, tan head that recedes to cover. Flavour includes pears, apricot, chocolate, floral/herbal/grassy hops and a touch of acidity to balance the general brown sugary sweetness.Medium body is somewhat airy with aggressive carbonation that prickles strongly on the tongue and sides of the mouth. Bottle (Bieropholie - Jul. 2004) sampled at the Voyager par des Papilles group tasting Feb-05.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wickedly sharp, yeasty nose. Really really nice. This is not let down by the flavour, which has hints of fruitmince and spice. The alcohol comes through a bit in the end (like its blonde stablemate), but in a very well balanced way. A good one.