jerohen (1932) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Rating reflects aged sample Bottled 0.3 liter, eight years old (2001 vintage). Still some head after all these years. Amber coloured. Very complex nose, raisins, nuts, fruit, some port notes. Still a pretty sweet flavour, complex, some bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Previously I never really noticed the effect of aging (after two or five years), but finally after eight years it starts to show. Very nice, and substantially better than fresh.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 1994 edition sampled 2002: poured dirty with lots of floaters and a halo of froth...aroma was old malts and sourdough bread..flavor was very sweet..very old tasting..aging made it taste aged..very bready...to the point of..I dont want anymore of this...
Hansen (5976) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I am used to danish strong beer. La Trappe gets much more taste, aroma, flavor and all in a strong beer compared to a strong danish beer.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great stuff. Ten times better than the dubbel I had before. I had this on tap, and the head was amazing and full. Very spicy taste and relaxing slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000/2001 bottling: pours hazy deep amber with beautiful carbonation and a thick off white head. complex aroma of yeast, spice, fruit and candy. more fruit and spice with hints of caramel and chocolate in the flavour. alcohol shows though more in the finish. very warming. very tasty.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good fruity brew with a nice abv. Has the smell of grapes as well as an acidic bite. This is decent, nothing special.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good trappist beer. I had one dated 2000/2001. It poured a deep amber, almost brown, with a huge, rocky, white head. A very good beer to savor on cold nights.
FunkDaMan (38) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and fruity, nothing like I expected it to be. Unfortunately, the alcohol overrides all the other flavors. it loses out in cost to enjoyment ratio, expensive stuff.
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2000-2001] Re-rate: I was VERY unfair to this beer in my original rating. I had a bit of a head cold, so that may have had something to do with it. This beer has a beautiful head and a dark amber color, with an aroma rich with fruits of all kinds. It has a very full body with a malty and sweet flavor. I still taste a lot of fruit and chocolate in this one, but I find it more pleasant this time. The alcohol content is very well masked. Original rate: 3 - The aroma of this beer is dominated by fruit (raisins, apples) and alcohol, which is also what is most present in the flavor. The alcohol presense swells gradually in your mouth, until your tongue receives a burning/cleansing sensation that I expect more from wine than from beer. There are some subtle notes present, though. Chocolate being the one I notice the most. It’s pretty good, I guess.
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Rerate: Orange color, slightly hazy. Beautiful thick lasting head. Aroma combined of malts, spices, sweetness, and candy bubblegum. Alcohol is present in taste, but not too overwhelming. Sweet malts, but in a triple style, not double. Bit thin, but definitely highly enjoyable!
Original rate: 4 Very much alike with the Hertog Jan Grand Prestige. With 10% a really strong ale, nice dark-amber appearance. The hops smell good and the taste is strong, but the alcohol is definitely present.