Bart (2940) - 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!
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330ml). At Pub Italia, Ottawa. Poured ruby-copper with a clear small off-white head. Aroma very strong of aroma esters, sweet malt - got that "Popeye candy cigarette" character again - losts of yeast and alcohol on warming. Taste of mild sweet citrus & banana malt, raisins and apple - stronger on warming - and a touch of hops - oh, wait, here comes the alcohol. Palate is average bodied, quite complex as it warms up. Oveall good, if not very good, but not great - too much banana and alcohol for my taste.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a lasting tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma is not overwhelming and has notes of citrus fruits and molasses. Flavor is semi-sweet with a dry finish. Raisins, chocolate malt, and black pepper. Its full body is hidden a bit by heavy carbonation (but not gassy). Alcohol is masterfully hidden in this complex, but easy to drink ale.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz. bottle. Dark orange color with a thick tan head. Sweet aroma of malt, raisins and yeast. Flavor of sweet malt,
dried fruits and bread with a noticeable alcohol finish. Full bodied with a creamy texture.
pintbypint (2610) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. Koningshoeven label, served in Koningshoeven glass. Poured a deep orange-brown shade. Had a very light haze. Retained a small layer of sticky tan head, very tight small bubbles. Sweet aroma, cookie-like, malty. Aroma becomes more fruity/estery as it warms up (mild banana-bread note?) Flavour revealed dark sweet malts, some alcoholic tang noticable. Lasting malty finish with some bitterness, slight dryness and alcohol warming. Superb drinkability, very smooth palate, mild carbonation, full mouthfeel. Alcohol never becomes intrustive. Rating #400.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle from beers of europe] pours dark brown with a dense tan head. rich sweet aroma, smells of chocolate, toffee, cherrys, apple, nutmeg. good body with a long sweet finish.
vanvenlo (1236) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
14 Jun 2005 - Light hop and low malt aroma, with not much fruit or complexity. Clear light brown-orange colour, ordinary head but good lacing. Simple malt and sweet finish. Big bitterness, with a lingering light mouthfeel
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow, this one is smooth... bottle disappeared too quickly. clean, tart & fruity. will need to have another to savor the flavor before I can comment further, this was really good...
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A common wisdom in Belgian is that foreign beer is crap. A second common wisdom is that the worst foreign beer is produced in Holland. The fact this beer is a Dutch trappist seemed a strange contradiction, but this beer exceeds all expectations.
It has a beautiful amber color, with lots of little acid bubbles and a smooth off-white head. A well mixed aroma, with toffee, chocolat, raisin, alcohol, ginger and a little citrus and strawberry. Creamy and full mouthfeel, very well balanced between bitter and sweetness, both fruity and malty, with subtle spicing. Sampled together with a Rochefort 10, this beer is clearly better balanced and has a more softer mouthfeeling. The finish is very sticky, with more malty tones. Together with St-Bernardus, this beer will be my preferred alternative to the sold out Westvleteren.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle. Ruby-orange tinted inside a fairly light brown coloured beer. Thick, stable tan head. Some floaties in there, but not a lot. Massive plummy aroma, clove and nutmeg. Aroma gets a bit spicier as it warms up. Flavour is very fruity, cherry, plum, along with a big bready malt backbone. Light toast towards the finish. Soft spice with a touch of pepper. Warming finish. Nice balance.