SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dissapointing overall, must have been stale (was in one of those gift cans with the other 3)
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
big body, low carbs and easily drank. alcohol is very well hidden.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
makes my eyes droop, lacks the carbonation that turns me off to most belgian styles, sweet and strong like a russian mail order bride
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 I am fully convinced that someone put carrot juice in my bottle instead of beer. . . i will have to try this again, must be an acquired taste.
Rerate. Finally gave it a second chance. Much better appreciation for it this time around. Aroma is actually quite pleasant, full of bosch pears. Not sweet, just crisp pear aroma mixed in with some slight alcohol notes.
Flavor has some pear flavor, but also sweetens much towards the middle offering some raisin flavor. The alcohol is high, but quite tasty and this beer is not astringent. I still dont think this has quite the complexity of better trappist ales, and Im not sure if Im in to the acidity level in this, that is quite high. Decent carbonation level and less than average sediment.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2011 2011-01-07, vintage 2000/2001, 10 years old, bb 2004-09, batch 14:38K03I1, 7-5-8-3-16=39
Brown color; medium sized head. The aroma is mild, but also perfumy and fruity, with caramel. It has a good caramel flavor and malt, with decent residual sweetness, well balanced by some bitterness and a light, sweet nutty touch. Smooth and elegant vintage, very enjoyable.
2009-06-17, draught at Monk’s Café - Wallingatan, Stockholm, 7-4-7-3-13=34
Bright amber color, creamy head, nice lace. Malty aroma, lightly fruity (apples, and this is not a good sign). Medium body, sweetish caramel flavor. The bitterness is surpassed by the alcohol warmth; the final is a bit fruity too. Boozey.
2002-07-07, bottle, vintage 2000-2001, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Amber-brown colour, misty. Nice malt aroma in the beginning, with porto notes; but later the aroma becomes poorer. Strong body, sweet and malty; the alcohol is quite hidden, but the mouth is too sweet; also the palate is not enough balanced with bitterness, and the hop aroma is quite poor. Getting warmer, it develops a deeper caramel character, evidentiating mostly in the palate. Pleasant, but nothing to be compared with a real trappist ale.
Despoiler99 (1) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer all around. The Quadrupels get you hammered to say the least. Taste is good but nothing super unique or complicated.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Sweet spicy aroma, quite smooth, syrrupy texture, spice, orange peel, apple, peach, and perhaps coriander or ginger, but a bit one dimentionally sticky, its ok though, warming, not bad, but nothing to write home about.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 2/7/03: Hazy amber body with minimal head. The aroma is sweet rock candy, slightly fruity, almost like a Jolly Rancher. Taste is cloyingly sweet, orange/berry fruity, and malty smooth. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn. The overwhelming sweetness just didn't do it for me.
7/3/02: Red-brown body, with nice head. Sweet fruity aroma. Malty sweet, complex with strong alcohol presence.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 Aroma is very malty, with caramel/toffee and with a few whiffs of black olive. This is considerably different on tap than bottled. Flavor is very fruity/melony and malty. Excellent.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of alcohol present in the taste. Plums are present. A tad malty.