dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white hed on and amber dody. This beer is very well done : there are numerous hints, like frauits, spices. Malty, just bitter enough, quite fulfilloing. It has everything a good beer should have. I’ll buy it again.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...11.2 oz. Orange hue, malty taste. Very smooth. I taste licorice and perhaps a hint of banana. I’m missing the cherry flavor that everyone else references. I’ve tried all of the Trappists except Achel, and would rate this above Chimay and Orval. Thinking of having a second tonight....great palate.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No bottle on date. Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy, somewhat full, off-white head; only a small bit stays around as a frothy, persistant head. Nose is nice and malty; candied dates, light cherry, some yeast and spice, faint clove and banana with some sense of alcohol. Taste is very rich in malt with some potency from the strength; cherry and sugared date are up front with some banana, crab apple, raisin, and faint notes of yeast and pepper. Palate is medium-full, lively, and somewhat chewy in texture making it seem fuller. Finishes still quite potent but rich and sweet and lasting with cherry and date still lingering on the tongue. Not overly complex (for a quad) and with more alcohol presence than most of the style, but a little intriguing with it’s unique flavors not common to Belgians (cherry and crab apple...). The more I had, the more it seemed to grow on me, but certainly a beer that would be best suited as a dessert beer or special occasion beer.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant orange hued pour with a big yellowish bubbly head. Aroma is yeast and bananas. Flavor is a very rich malt, with not so much a banana taste. Instead the predominate fruit is cherry. The high alcohol does not make the beer too dry. Very nice.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is yeast and lightly malty, some cherries and banana. Beautiful deep read, thin white ring around the edge. Sweet alcoholic delicious. Amazing palate. Smooth and creamy.
GRM (3303) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampler, Trappist evening hosted by Philippe Wouters at L’autre œil, savoured on site on January 17 2007; eye: copper, clear, creamy white head, light effervescence; nose: alcohol, caramelized malt, spices, pepper; mouth: caramelized malt, lots of alcohol swirls, finale in caramelized malt with a nice layer of caramel, full body, alcoholic and creamy texture, good carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, acquires a nice equilibrium as it warms, equilibrium that was missing as the beer was served a bit too cold; overall: nice at serving but much better as it reached room temperature
Échantillon, soirée trappiste animée par Philippe Wouters à L’autre œil, savourée sur place le 17 janvier 2007; oeil : cuivrée, claire, mousse crémeuse blanche, légère effervescence; nez : alcool, malt caramélisé, épices, poivre; bouche : malt caramélisé, beaucoup d’effluves d’alcool, finale en malt caramélisé avec une belle couche de caramel, corsée, texture alcoolique et crémeuse, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, acquiert un bel équilibre en se réchauffant, équilibre qui faisait un peu défaut lorsque la bière a été servie (un peu trop froide); en résumé : bonne au moment de servir mais encore meilleure à température ambiante
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep even looking copper with tan head. The aroma comes off as sweet with surgary malts, dark candied cherries, some raisins, a hint of pepper and, if I inhale long enough, I get a sense of the alcohol. There may also be a faint smokiness hidden beneath the sweetness. The flavor attacks my taste buds with sweet dark fruitiness that is mostly cherry in nature. I also get some dried plums, dates, raisins, over ripe red apples, sweet candi sugar and hints of molasses. Above all that sweetness is a subtle yeast and spiciness. I don’t sense the alcohol in the flavor at all. Enjoyable-plucky brew.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was orange/light amber. The head was thin and white. The aroma was yeasty, hoppy, and butterscotch. The flavor was sweet and hoppy. The flavor was heavy but not as bitter as the aroma implied. The palate was thick/medium bodied. It was smooth, nicely carbonated. The finish was warm.
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0817K1516 330ml - Dark caramel liquid under vast dark tan head, superior lacing. Candy and roasted malt on nose. Astringent, sweet malt on sip, with an agressive, rewarding finish after. Nice.
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 ounce bottle at monks bar in Philly...Reddish amber, thin white head...malty and sweet aroma...a thick body, sweet with a hefty malt backbone...strong black licorice/ anise flavors in the aroma and palate