auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jim’s Foodmart - Houghton, MI Enjoyed warm from a new flask at hockey game. Pours a opalescent brown pearl, with a frothy tan head. Soapy. Aroma of pears, figs and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is rich with sherried raisins, port and candy. But then searing alchol that bites pretty heavily. The flavor has some rich bready spice, but it gets washed away quickly by brandy alchol. Shows it’s heat just a little too much. Finish is sweet and caramel, with more alcohol. But then, that’s why the beer was put in a flask.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin, fully receding light tan head. Aroma of phenolic with notes of apples, apricots, plums, toffee, Taste is sweet and yeasty with notes of plums, cherries, toffee, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky with lush carbonation. A bit too alcoholic and medicinal. Too rough around the edges, this might be the worst of the Trappist breweries.
harrisoni (14465) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy russett colour wiwth thin white head. Heavy candy sugar aroma with some spice and choc. Quite good flavour with sweetness balanced by thick smack of hops. Fine finish with more candy sugar/toffee. I think I was expecting something a bit better. Bit boiled sweety.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy brown/orange color, great creamy head the entire time. First sip it’s very sweet, lot’s of sugar, fruits and a big alcohol kick. The alcohol really seemed to overpower this beer, and the sweetness was about all that was there other than the alcohol, not bad, but not my style to drink all the time.
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Weird thoughts passed my mind as I sipped this. Unbeknown to myself the origin of these visions of summer and winter cascading over each other in images as if it was slide night and the pictures were in fast forward. It wasn’t a complex brew by all means, but the time involved in drinking a bottle, it seemed, would transcend me beyond my evening of throwing a ball to my three dogs. Poured into a chalice at just on cool, I half expected a dark brew as it appeared through the brown glass, but was greeted with a fiery bronze ale, with very fine lines of bubbles flitting up to surface beneath a thin, rocky white layer of whipped cream. Head held its ground for the length to trail a fine lace down the glass. Rich and sharp, ripe fruits on the nose with apricots, oranges and strawberries. Candi sugar offers a sweeter edge whilst a good dose of peppery, spicy hops give it some needed bounce. Juicy citric fruits dominate the palate with undertones of peaches, biscuity malts, light earthy and spicy hops, and a little doughy yeast. Medium bodied and smooth as silk with very soft carbonation giving the flavours a nice roundness. Alcohol was close to non-existent for a beer of such strength offering only a light warmth in the swallow. Creamy finish has more fruits and a very gentle tangy astringency, with a long quenching citrus aftertaste. Its only flaw was a lightly metallic edge that grew near to the end, about the time I awoke from my weird trance. This was a lovely and unique beer that what it lacked in complexity, it just made up for in control and balance. Absolutely delicious, another bottle and I’ll be back in the happy space. (30cL, BBE 06/08, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks good - crimson, clear and a nice head. Aroma reminded me distinctly of a weizen - cloves and caramelised bananas. Aventinus! Some figs, sultanas, rich malt, muesli, orange rind. Loads of fig flavour, Xmas cake, earthy, spicy, soft maltiness with quite a bit of alcohol. Some grainy brown bread in the middle there. Nice mouthfeel, marred a little by the alcohol. This was obviously in very good nick - but is it not bottle-conditioned? I might have to rethink cellaring a bottle... I certainly didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. Yum!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle is few years old. No date given. From a 4 pack that had the blonde, dubbel, triple, and a nice trappist glass. Foggy, light brown. Small, tan head quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel/toffee, rich malt, yeast, candi sugar, anise. Flavor matches the aroma up front, then transforms to dry, roasty, slightly bitter alcohol. Finish is yeasty alcohol. Aftertaste is a combination of the two phases with a bittersweet licorice flavor standing out. Full, creamy body. Rather tame for what it is. Nothing about this brew is looking to stop you from dinking it in excessive quantity. Way too easy to drink. Probably 12% by now and alcohol is only detectable in the finish. Very nice beer.
Quevillon (2587) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En lisant la discription commercial (oui, je li l’anglais mais je l’écris mal), il cite que c’est une bonne bière pour l’hiver. Donc, moi qui vie au Québec et que je l’ai eu à Noël 2004, ils ont raison. Cette bière chaleureuse, épicé, alcoolisé, l’hiver n’est pas si pire que ça avec cette bière.
SSSteve (3891) - - JAN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
orange amber color with a small off white head. aroma of alcohol and dark fruits and spices. full bodied. spices and alcohol in flavor. very fizzy mouthfeel. i can’t get in to any of the beers from this brewer. they are consistently too sweet and alcoholic.
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark reddish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Raisins, sweet malts and caramel in aroma, with hints of alcohol. Flavour is raisins, sweet malts, fruits and caramellish. Alcohol also present here. A very complex brew, with sweet malts and hops coming clearer in aftertaste. Wellbalanced, but still has a bit too strong sting of alcohol in it.