rodgersmc (2) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not the best of trappist ales, but readily available. A bit more alcohol to the taste than desired but not overpowering. Smooth finish. Clean.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at New Beer Distributor in Chinatown, Manhattan, NYC. Pours deep brown, foamy white head. This is a smooth, somewhat mild quad; not particularly alcoholic in flavor. Caramel notes. Delicious.
jgentgesdo (663) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber, with slight but beautiful bubbling and a thick tan head that laces beautifully. Nose is sharp apple and citrus fruits with a fun caramel overtone. The flavor is complicated yeasts and creamy caramel, with more bitter grapefruit, as well as pear, apple, and dates. There is a slight smokiness to the finish. Alcohol is powerful and pervasive throughout, but not in an unpleasant way. This is good.
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. Served in Westmalle goblet. Pours a brownish amber color. Moderate, off-white head. Aroma and flavor are big, warmly malty and very satisfying. Complex. Firm alcholic kick in the finish. Impressively full mouthfeel.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Orange brown in color, some fine sediment present. A little sweet with the taste of raisin and plum.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Amber color with a rich tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aromas of green apples, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is really complex. Taste starts of on the sweet side with malts and chocolate before the high alcohol gives way to figs, rum, banana and clove. Medium bodied and really good.
DerWeg (1431) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 33cl, cool, in a broad Duvel Tulip glass. Close kin to the excellent (and cider-murky) tripel. Clear deep amber, slight lingering head. Forward aroma honeyed and overripe ripe fruit then whiff maple syrup. Flavor is big - amazing tropical fruit-like presence at front , diving into roasted malty and brandy-like sustain finishing with a gentle bitterness. Stately while at the same time friendly. Rounded bitterness re-emerges in elegant swells. Mouth embracing, slight candy feel, warming sweet/alcohol sensations in palate and back of mouth - opulent with aromatic information. Evolves constantly!!!! I could smell the empty glass for hours. Less austere and more exuberant than some Trappists. One of the most fragrant and generously flavorful things I’ve tried.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big ceramic bottle with a swing top bought from Internet wines back in 2002. Pours a nice amber-brown colour with a small tan head. Nice malt aroma in the beginning, with port and prune notes; but later the aroma becomes much sweeter. Strong, thick-bodied, the taste is sweet and malty; the alcohol is hidden well, but for me this boy is a little too sweet. It finished more dry than expected, with some spiciness too. I wish it had some bitterness to balance things out. I liked it more as it warmed, but it still lacked some balance. I liked it, but it’s not my favorite trappist ale.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. The aroma of bananas gave me a hint that I would enjoy this beer even before the first sip. Wondeful and warming. This was the perfect beer for a winter evening on the front porch.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite clear for the style with a loose off white head. Amber. Aroma of pear,some honey, apple, bread, a touch of cat pee. Clean and straight forward for a quad. All the flavors are there but it seems like some of the magic isn’t. Really a good rendition but without any element that makes it shine.