AndersR (196) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red brown cloudy beer with a small tan head. Nuts and rasins dominates aroma. Sweet flavour: caramel, fruits and a malty bitterness at the end. Slightly acdic finish. I could drink alot of these :-)
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Nice looking beer that gushed when opened. Huge head, nice light brown dark ruby color, clarity very good, clear. Bubbles rising quickly and is very effervescent. Nice lacing on glass with persistent head throughout the session.
Aroma: Very complex aroma. Slight smokiness, no hop. Some caramelly malt with pineappley esters. Slight almond/sherry notes as well with a nutty component to it. I also got a winey aroma with chocolatey notes out of this. Nice!
Flavor: The flavor of this beer doesn't match the complex aroma, but its still nice. Raisiny malt with spicy yeastiness and a vague smokey flavor. No hop flavor which is ok for style.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation gives the impression of a thinner mouthfeel, and the carbonic acid and alcohol bite knock this one down a little in the mouthfeel rating. Still, not a bad mouthfeel.
Overall: Good beer, with concentration of great characteristics in some fields (aroma and appearance) and not as great (but not bad!!) in others (flavor and mouthfeel). Would definitely try this again as it is a rather complex beer and good for style.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours muddy brown with a large white head. Aroma is raisin, chocolate and yeast. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and dried fruit. Not much yeast in the flavor. Good sweetness. Finish is a little dry hops. Alcohol evident. Good carbonation. A very nice dubbel.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown but not opaque color with a massive tan foamy head. Scent of a rich dessert with chocolate and dark fruit with a hint of smokiness too. Initial punch of alcohol fades to a sweet nutty flavor with some vegetal qualities in the middle and a dark unsweetened chocolate follow, very mild bitter aftertaste along with the warming effects of the alcohol. A great find for me and one I will buy several of on my next roadtrip!
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Label reads "Pater Noster" in Europe. This is the real deal; deep brown with firm yeast aroma. Dry at the first taste, but this beer will explode in complexity in the mouth. Those who like Belgian beers, and particularly the abbey ales should not miss this one.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown, cloudy body with a thick off-white head, with lots of nice bubbles. Looks good already! Aromas are not too strong. Slightly fruity, and I can also smell a little bit of alcohol here, but believe me it makes it really nice. Tastes like pear juice with alcohol. Nice carbonation makes a great mouthfeel, and smooth from start to finish. This is another good beer in what seems to be a neverending rating of trappist beers. Do these monks make a bad beer? Nice one!
leaparsons (9923) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with hints are red and a big fluffy head. Aromas are winter berries and banana with chocolate. Flavours, winter fruit, chocolate and some citrus sourness. Great foaming mouthfeel.
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one hell of a good beer.Everything about this beer is quality.Looks great,smells great,taste great.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 3/27/04. Pours a light, reddish brown; clear; huge beige head, mostly lasting. Aromas of orange, bubblegum, fresh fennel, banana, and clove. Little alcohol presence on nose. Flavors of mild malts. Belgian yeast flavors are somewhat underwhelming, though tasty. A bit tinny. Light citrus, wine, prune. The palate is wet, coating, slightly astringent on the finish. Deceptively quaffable.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured mine into an Orval glass. Had a 1/4", persistent tan head. Smelled wonderful, with hints of chocolate, raisins, maybe a touch of vanilla, dates, and banana. I think I could spend half an hour looking for aromas in this, its so complex. First sip revealed a medium mouthfeel, with strong notes of plum and dark chocolate, and perhaps some bubble gum/banana esters. Fruity up front, sweet in the middle, mild hint of hops in the rather short lived finish, slightly cloying.