DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Little head on the pour, and it has an opaque rusty orange color. The flavor was way too sweet for me, it tasted like smoked maple syrup. Next time I guess I'll try the triple.
Diqqiediq (17) - Meerkerk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer from La Trappe and I must say it's a good one. The taste is very good.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2000/2001: Pours with little head, eventually dies completely; murky, dark amber in color. Interesting aromas waft from the glass: fruity alcohol, dark fruits, and earthy yeast. Mouthfeel is very soft, slightly watery, and barely carbonated. Malt flavors are cakey and sweet. Alcohol shows up in the finish, but not as much as I expected. Some spices seem to come out more as it warms. Bitterness resides on the tongue after the swallow. Enjoyable, but not too complex.
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, well rounded belgian ale, with a fairly mild flavor and nice color. Good, but not exceptional among belgian strongs.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Terrible. No head, pure alcohol....just not what a trappist beer should be IMHO
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 bottled, at hell hunt in tallinn. glad to be able to update my rating as the old one made no sense. much better than i remembered. stewed plum and pear aromas, quite warming, lots of pear and some brown sugar. not subtle but good anyway
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber colour. Sweet and fruity aroma and flavour. Medium-bodied. A very strong brew but not unpleasant. Has a warming effect.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000/2001 is printed on the back label. This one pours a clear, dark amber color with a medium sized, off-white head. The aroma is malty, very nutty, and slightly alcoholic. Full bodied, smooth, and warming, the flavor is yeasty, fruity, and malty. The finish is long and sweet, with hints of alcohol and fruit. Similar to Avery's The Reverend but much better and more subdued with a more refined flavor. This is an excellent brew from Holland and sure beats the hell out of Heineken. Very nice!
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2003 [Re-rate] Dark amber colour, good head, not really lasting. Caramel and peach in the aroma. The flavour is dominated by sweetness, with strong traces of chocolate, caramel and fruits (banana and peach). The aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic too, with sour traces (citrus) and just a touch of bitterness. If this beer was more balanced it would be delicious. Unfortunately the sweetness dominates the flavour. Good, but it could be much better...
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong, singular banana aroma. Very sweet; obviously heavy on the candi sugar. The sweetness is offset by a stronger bitter finish than is present in most Belgian-type beers. The 10% ABV was definitely noticeable. The flavor was full and bready, with the majority of the complexity coming from the yeast, rather than fruity flavors or malt flavors.