Hansen (5982) - 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 (4464) - 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. Itís pretty good, I guess.
caesar (4508) - 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.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This an interesting beer, but it seems to be lacking something. Something? Iím not sure exactly what that something is - Some of the strength is missing. Obviously high alcohol content and very fruity.
SilkTork (5021) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Though still made in the Koningshoeven monastery the actual brewing and distribution is controlled by the Bavaria brewery who specialise in low to medium quality pilsners. The dominant quality of this quadrupel, even with my three year old bottle, is the alcohol - it burns like a spirit or liqueur, and warms the stomach ulcers. The nose is warm rum-soaked raisins and damp wooly blankets. Initially a shock of liquid brown sugar, this is quickly slashed with a steel knife of acid. Then the melted christmas cake flows around the mouth before the alcohol starts to kick in, growing, blossoming, swelling to a deep, deep burn. The whole subsides to damp cardboard followed by a warm gentle bitterness. There is chocolate, wood smoke, orange peel and celebrated dark Oxford prune juice. Sounds good? Well, itís actually fairly clumsy. The journey joggles along like a Rusian taxi driven by a trainee train driver; yet the destination is constantly predictable. The are no surprises here - no rewards. Despite the range of flavours and the high strength this is a rather dull beer.