Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of yeast, sweet malt and candy. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit, acidic, and a little toffee and nuttiness.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage, 750 ml. Bright amber body with millions of fine floating particles and a soft, thick head. Fresh fruity aroma of caramelized apples, lemon, cloves, and yeast. Smells like unbaked apple crisp. Tart sweetness. This beer has a nice malty richness balanced with refreshing acidity and a bitter finish. Flavor builds nicely as the complexities gradually shine through. Benefits immensely from cellaring.
pilsnerrogge (2348) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color, slightly unclear. No sediments. Rich head. Yeasty, malty aroma. Full-bodied , quite sweet with pine needle bitterness and a dry nutty finish.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 33cl bottle into La Trappe glass. Dark orange colored, hazy with lots of sediments. Head is off-white and small, diminishing. The aroma is very pleasant, yeasty with sweet malty candy fruitiness reminding peaches, plums and green raisins without forgetting alcohol notes. Good medium to full mouthfeel, rather silky. The taste is not as refined as the scent, it's toffeish, peachy, very malty and sweet with a flowery spicy and hoppy finish that does not grab me particularly.
maupie (926) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer has a dark body - hue with a sweet initial flavor and a middle body.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glowing amber, small white, creamy head and lace. Traces of slow rising carbonation. Nose of huge malts, pears, some spice, slight peach, bit medicine and wood. Full bodied, rich, sweet (not even close to overly so) with flavors of big bready malt, cotton candy, candied sugars, citric hops?, bit of wood, spicy alcohol but not that "hot" alcohol. the 10% is hidden wonderfully, mellow, flavorful, rich and warming. A great beer.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very viscous looking hazey golden color with very little head (no head for mine - bad bottle?). The aroma was somewhat damp and musty and spicy; sort of like walking into a 200 year old basement. The flavor is quite fruity and malty with some bitterness to help it out. There is a bit of alchohol noted. Each swallow produces a new flavor progression that ranges from the dry start to the malty finish. There is an aftertaste of french bread. The palate is quite hearty with each mouthfull like taking a bite if bread. This is better as it warms; and in turn, it's warming me. Overall, yes this is a unique expereince for somebody who has not yet had any of the Trappistes.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden Orange, with a big white head. Grainy, "beery" aroma. Crisp aand hoppy at the start, but a thick, "bread in a glass" finish. Ends up clean, though, with very little after taste.
larsniclas (5186) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival 2003.
Amber, a bit hazy.
Really sweet with flavour from dried fruits. Marshmallow-bananas(?).
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber body, off-white small dense head, slightly plastic, slightly sweet nose. Alcohol well hidden, berries and dark fruits. Some sweetness, some off-flavors. No Westy 12, this.