DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent quad, but not as good as Three Philosophers. MIlder and less complex, with a gentle rolling head effect rather than knocking your socks off.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very cloudy orange with decent though thin head. Aroma is a little nutty, cherry and plum, a bit of spice. Shines in the flavor though, with excellent nuttiness, sweet syrup, cinnamon. Warming, and a wonderful beer to lick your lips after sipping for a bit of sweetness (even better to make out with your woman ;)
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark amber with nice beige head. Pistache, toffee and almond in the aroma. Very smooth syrapy texture. Flavour is complex but balanced containig caramel, licorice and chocolate.
Habanero (2479) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 Bronze appearance. Medium off-white lasting head. The aroma is excellent. A flavor of apples, grapes, and oranges. The alcohol is just right balanced. Some bitter and dry finish. A complex and likeable trappist style beer.
presario (4594) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 August 2001 bottle. Poperinge had a porcelain/ceramic corked 16oz bottle in his cellar. Even empty it is a heavy bottle. Well carbonated with very tiny bubbles that maintain a thin light brown head. Barley wine aroma with some toffee and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, toffee and a touch of raisin and apple. A light alcohol burn in the finish.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark Amber. Aroma of rich malts, chocolate, raisin, caramel, spice, yeast. Creamy body with soft finish. Pleasantly enjoyable.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
30 cl bottle, bbe Feb 08. Light brown / dark reddish with a slight haze. Scarce sediment and pearling, thin frothy head. Sweetish, perfumed aroma with a nutty touch. Sweetish, abundant taste with banana and a long, bone dry, uncompromisingly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol not really hidden. Full, smooth palate leaving astringent dryness. In days past, the trappist order used to believe solely in God; now they seem to rely quite a lot on Bavaria NV, too.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a great looking amber with an off-white thick fluffy head. Aroma of caramel and fruit, with a bitter in the aroma as well. Taste is fruity but dry, with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. After a few sips, my belly is warm from the alcohol. It’s almost as if it’s... not done yet. Still a bit ’brash’ in the taste. Palate is just ’average’, nothing exceptional. Nowhere near the almost-religious experience I had with St Bernardus Abt 12.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big whiff of candy sugar, alcohol and what smells like artifical sweetner. Deep amber with a thick two finger head. Alcohol followed by more of the chemical sweetness I find in about half the bottles I try of this. I think it is newer bottles that taste this way cause the better samples I have had have come from shops with low turnover. Fruit mash, some caramel notes, yeast and riasins are present as well, but often that flavor is dominated by that chemical sweetness.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
large off-white lasting head, brown-amber colour, some light malts, toasted aroma, few hops. Diverse aroma. Creamy texture, light bitter finish, bit sweet alcoholic, Heavy. Enjoyable!