maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A chestnut brown coloured beer with a good off-white head. Thea roma is yoghurty fruit with some caramel and toffee. The taste is sugary but also a bit meaty and odd. Reminded me of Abbaye des Rocs. Good full body but something is not quite right in the taste.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle served in my St Bernadus glass:
A muddled deep amber almost brown hue with a small but lasting fizzy head and good Lace. The aroma has notes of blackberry, orange zest, curacao, cardamom, white pepper, caramel, and earthy yeast esters. Taste starts with a strange combination of sweet fruits and malt along with some twangy sourness and salty nature. Not really sure what to make of it but it seems to work in a wierd way. Gets a bit yeasty and barnyard notes appear on the finish with a final kick of spice. Minor phenolic undertones are present but not distracting. The feel is sort of so-so, doesn’t add or subtract anything from the overall experiance. A okay brew, nothing special but worth a try.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the 330 ml bottle from Cyclone Liquors. Pours a dark amber color with a fluffy beige head. This beer appears and tastes like sweet ice tea! Very low hop content. In a lot of ways this resembles an unattenuated homebrew. The thick gloppy lacing on the sides of the glass are beautiful.
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a fairly dark brownish/orange color. Fairly sizable head. Rich fruity aroma. Malty and quite spicy as well. Flavor is rather dry and pretty sweet. Almost a syrupy sweet fruit juice like flavor. Some malts and spices as well. Finish is somewhat sweet. Pretty flavorful.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark amber, with a big, brownish head. Very full-bodied and aromatic from the malts. Some fruitiness and light, sweet caramel - but overall the dryness dominates. Very discreet hops in the finish. 091197
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with strong ruby highlights and a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma of malt, coriander seed, curacao, caramel and a very light hop presence. Light-bodied; Metallic & vegetable tasting up front with pungent twangs of blood and stale malt. Some funky sweet flavours follow soon afterwards, then leaving a bitterness in the palate that lasts and lasts. Overall, a fairly bad beer-nothing too great going on in this one. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased in the special four pack at Village Pump Liquors in College Park, Maryland on 15-January-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, BB 03/06. Pours brown with nice tan head, leaving good lace...immediate aroma is the metallic/chlorine smell that I’ve gotten from every other beer they put in my 2 sampler packs....Under that lies some fruity malt...drinks fizzy. Some nice carmel malt and pear(tart pear??) before finishing off with metallic bitterness. Despite some glaring defects, it still manages to pull itself together yielding some odd fruitiness.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruity with a lot of malt sweetness in the nose. The sweetness is also very prevalent in the flavor along with some unpleasant metallic elements. Very little hops character along with a murky brown color and a somewhat flaccid body make this a dissapointingly average selection.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Hmm. Very promising appearance and aroma. Color is dark caramel, and it smells like fruits and toffee. At first, flavor is very smooth and sweet, but then it hit me as nauseating, and in the end, all I could taste was metal. Very disappointing.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite of the Kapittel beers. I find it is at its best when room temperature--at colder temperatures, metallic and stale notes are present. The flavor is wonderful. Gentle caramel maltiness (less caramel than in the Prior, which gives this the edge) with wood notes and some cinammon. Lush body indicates that this is real Belgian. Not enormously complex, but still one of the finer light Abbey browns.