beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours beautifully with a thick head that sits for a while and eventually fads to a thick surface covering lacing. The color is a dark orange amber but clear. Lots of visible carbonation shooting through the beer. Definitely bottle conditioned as it gets murkier with the final pour. Aroma is a plummy Belgian maltiness, airy Belgian yeastiness and some orange esters coming through.
Flavor is the same with a bit of bitterness coming through at the end round it off a bit. Basically, a sweet but not sugary caramel-plum brew. Not heavy, easy drinking, with a very strong carbonation.
Goes in character with the other La Trappe brews. There, nothing bad, but nothing making this special.
Bottle marked 09:38 K05F9, cork stamped 50/08. Not sure what all that means but this is a fresh bottle as far as being imported into the states.
750mL cork and wire, La Trappe sampling glass.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ewestern.
Light aroma of mostly yeast with some fruits. Sweet flavor with caramel and malts. Nice carbonation. Pretty decent Belgian ale.
mike_77 (2977) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber colour. Roasted aroma, a little sulphur too. Flavour is quite dry. A bit peppery and some yeast. Quite strong alcohol taste.
Derek881 (997) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I sampled this beer on draft at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. The beer had a cloudy dark amber-grain color with a small off-white head that had average cling on the glass but a lower amount of retention. The beer had a floral aroma with some grainy notes and a bit of yeast, also with a mix of caramel malt and spices. The beer had a sweet floral-fruity taste with some grainy sour bitterness mixed in too. It was a very wet beer with a thin body and low levels of carbonation, and a bit on the creamy side.
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Kafe België, Utrecht. Sample. Aroma has spice, some butter, caramels. Hazy, brown coloured beer with a creamy, brown head. The taste is slightly sweet, spicy, has some butter, cookie and caramel. Bit carbonated, medium bodied. Not my thing.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off white head. Yeast dominates the aroma, very well spiced. Quite sweet with hints of anise, allspice, and a large yeast presence. Warming finish for a 7.5 abv beer. Grab it while you can.
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at DHVL Gardenparty and Beerfestival 2009. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white and lacing head. Aroma is mild yeasty, light caramelish and subudued spiced. Mild metallic, yeasty and lingering roasted caramlish and toffee like base flavour. Smooth and lingering caramelish flavoured finish with a light bitterness coming through.
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tylers. Deep cloudy orange witha brown hue and small white lace. Nose of subtle sweet malts, coriander, banana, yeasty esters. Flavor shows a bit of hops and bitterness up front, some tropical and rotting fruits in the middle and a yeasty, slightly dry finish. Wish it was a little less sweet overall but it’s pretty tasty. I also get a sourish/lactic thing going on in the nose and flavor but it could just be the not-so-clean draft lines.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] Pours a really pretty honey/amber color with a moderate to large fluffy beige head. Aroma is well balanced with lots of yeasty fruit esters, some peppery spiciness, and sweetish malt. Flavor again is well balanced, lighter and less sweet than I was expecting, bready and yeasty, with a nice spicy pepper note on the finish. Very quality beer.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the new Pizzeria Paradiso. Golden amber color, slight white head. Nice flavor of pepper-like spice and a bitter edge and finish. Decent.