ads135 (2340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The caramel and brown sugar flavors accentuate the sweet character of this bock bier. The trappist character remains, however, with a bit of a dark fruit flavor. Dark brown, nice head.
Grzesiek79 (2730) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chocolate, roasty, bread, spruce, resin, herbs, basement aromas, cooked vegetables, leather, smoke, rotten eggs, ginger, brown, hazy, frothy, brown foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, slick feel, flat, long finish, bitter,
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Blackhearts & Sparrows. Very nice malty beer. Aromas of burnt caramel, and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Brown, with a frothy head.
carlosbela (55) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, cereal, alcohol, red, brown, tan foam, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, bitter,
jess_scott15 (45) - - JAN 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a full head. Aroma is full of caramel malty sweetness, yet it is balanced and not overly sweet with a nice kick of bitterness at the end. Excellent bock!
gelaarsdekater (2) - USA - SEP 13, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a great beer! Smooth, roasted malts, toffee, caramel. Lots of flavours! Nice red colour. You should drink this beer together with game or dark roasted pork. Great combination! Best Trappist beer!
cmc619 (352) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Continuing the La Trappe tasting. Just about everything you’d want in a bock. Honestly I think this could beat Celebrator in a blind test. Just really, really good on all fronts - softness, alcohol-masking, malt tones - everything is dialed in. Reserving the perfect score for that head-to-head test with Celebrator, though...
tnkw01 (848) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber, brown color. Medium head. No lace. Aroma is a perfume sweet, slightly fruity smell. Taste is a wonderful sweet malt taste with a slightly sour after taste.
Storm_Warning (69) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Currently drinking while typing. Once poured you have a great beer on front of you, great aromas of caramel, malt, toast and subtle booze. The look of it is also spotless, a full almost beige bubbly but creamy head sat on a beautiful mahogany depth in which light nicely but gently permeates. The taste is full, complex and clever. Starts with gentle hops and nice caramelled malts, also toasty and nutty, slows down into a nice burnt, smoky malt flavour with a lovely bitterness which surprises you. A nice but subtle hop note stays in the mouth in the long run. Great feel in the mouth, not thick or heavy but feels full and big, great carbonation that contains well in the mouth and also the foaminess that tickles the top lip. Exceptional beer, I think I will be missing it when the stock runs out until next autumn. Recommended!
Douberd (1222) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Untill now this is the best bock beer I’ve tried this year. Those monks really know what they’re doing.
This is the only Trappist bock beer and the only bock beer that continues to ferment slightly in the bottle, at least according to their website.
Small bottle of 300 ml. Ingredients arewater, barley, wheat and oat malts, yeast and aromatic hops. Some yeast can be found in the bottle of course.
Pours a very dark ruby coloured beer, with a huge beige head of 3-4 fingers in height, thick and creamy, with excellent retention. Heavy lacing around the glass as the foam is going down, but never away. A thin layer of foam persists around the glass, while a big chunk of it lingers on the centre of the beer’s surface. Shake your glass a bit and another thin line of foam appears again, with almost the same sustainable retention.
A fantastic aroma on the nose from the hops. Light caramel , alcohol, some apricot, plums and other dark fruits.
Taste is great too. Sort of sweet at first but with a definitely bitter aftertaste. Caramel, coffee and dark bitter chocolate flavours.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.Quite dry on the palate, with this dryness helping the bitter taste to stay longer in the outh.
As I wrote before, this is the best bock beer I’ve tasted this far. I will surely get some more to drink during the cold days of autumn plus another couple to keep in my cellar.