CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Fairly big yeast and fruit aroma. I think I am smelling something along the lines of cranberry/grape. This is a pungent beer, no question about it, but it is not extremely nuanced. A lighter caramel brown for a Belgian, but it looks average. Not much head on this thing. A weak dark fruit flavor, with the alcohol coming through too much. Not a bad palate, but nothing special. Slight yeast flavor as well. This beer just isn’t doing much for me. It has a great dark fruit flavor with grapes and raisins coming through, but that is about it. Not very impressed especially paying $11 for a 750.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is metallic and a little faint. Ale is clear amber with minimal head. Flavor is sweet with light alcohol notes. Finish is fairly thin and a little unsatisfying. Easy drinker, but I expected more.
paiste2002 (175) - Saugus, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper color with little to no head what so ever. Aroma is orange, honey, malty sweet, raisins, some slight spice. Flavor is caramel, honey, maltiness, bread, dark fruit, orange peel, spice and yeast. While a touch thin in body it was a nice beer none the less.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours out in a hazy pale amber colour with rich creamy white head. Yeast, banana, mild spices, pears and candied sugar in the aroam. Medium-bodied with notes of banana, bugar, ild anise and yeast. Yeasty but still rounded finish of banana, caramel, sweet licorice and almonds.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml from redlight redlight. Tannish/rust translucent body and fizzy head. Citrus in the nose, lots of bread. Even more bread in the flavor. Extremely light much to my surprise. A little disappointing as far as Trappist beers are concerned. I would like to see a lot more going on. Despite that, it is very easy to drink and tasty though not that complex.
Miksu (4731) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle at Old Bricks Inn, Jyväskylä. Hazy amber color. The aromas of orange, honey, red currant, perfumed spiciness and alcohol. Sweetish flavor with toffee, caramel, orange, pepper, clove and red berries. Sharp carbonation. Restrained fruitiness and spiciness, at least in Belgian standards. Sweet and mellow, no balls.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, rich cheddar orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is orange, peach, sweet yeast, and a touch of raisin/plumb. Flavor is a doughy sweet raisin with a finish of peach and orange peel. Zesty, tingly mouthfeel that deceives the drinker into thinking the beer is thinner bodied than it is really. Finish seems to resonate with apple juice aged in the dank, musty cellar located under the brewery. A nice beer.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Lucky Baldwin’s. Nice full aroma of trappist yeast, flour, dark fruit. Color is great for this style: a wonderful roasty light brown. Flavor is roasty round malt, plum, date, more yeast, esters, dark, dark grape and sweet grain. Really great. A hell of an anniversary beer.
hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at OBriens in San Diego, shared with Katie alongside quite a few other good Belgian style ales. Labeled on the tap board as the 125th Anniversary for Koningshoeven. Pour is a brilliant deep golden-orange. Aroma is diacetyl ginger butterscotch. Some pear and orange peel loft from the head. Flavor is light and spicy, like a good Belgian pale. Sweet malt sugars and sherry tones dominate throughout the flavor experience. Finish is smooth, with a medium bodied palate.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Cloudy amber body topped by off-white head. Aroma is sweet, cotton candy, light orange. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, cotton candy, orange, peach. Low carbonation, smooth medium-full body.