Roughskirt99 (3) - utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2002 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
More like a wine, perhaps because it didn’t seem very cabonated. Very sweet
smell, and innitially a very sweet flavor, quickly followed by a sour aftertaste. Maybe
this is the way a trappist Ale is suposed to taste? A first experience for me.
Definately an ale I’d like to try again.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Fruity nose, dark color, slight bitter aftertaste. Right up there with Rochefort and Chimay.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My firtst belgian style ale, and I dare say it won’t be my last. very complex, with a wonderful flavor.
slayer66699 (16) - Heemstede, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good trappistenbier
mchinn (22) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was my first intro to a Trappist Ale and I was astounded at its flavor! Wow.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Powerfully vinous nose. Pours a nice light amber color, with a medium head. Sweet flavor, with strong hints of wine and nuttiness. Alcohol is not well masked, and it burns a bit going down. Finishes with a bit too much bitterness.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 re-rate: I just enjoyed this with a complex and dark ’Havana Partagas Churchill deluxe’ after dinner. The acidic and sweet level of this beer paired perfectly with this cigar. 11.2 oz/ "00/"01 bottling: This is one complex ale. Much better out of the small bottle, for some unusual reason?? This has aged into a wonderful brew and should do so for a good five more years. Pours an off tan very sticky head with great retemtion. ARoma of plastic?, prunes and other dark fruits. Copper color like an American barleywine, especially Foghorn. taste is very rich and sweet, similar to Brown Shugga by Lagunitas. Rum, candied fruits and molasses come to mind in this mind boggling ale. This is a beer which will receive many mixed reviews because it comes in so many forums. (crocks, corked and small bottles) If found in good condition, you won"t be disappointed.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000/01 bottling. Notes of molasses and figs among other sweet things in the subtle nose; body is cognac-like, in color and texture (no head to speak of); flavor very rich and malty, sweet but with a hint of bitterness, chocolatey-plummy-bready. I didn’t think it overly yeasty, as some have complained; very close to some American barley wines. Whatever you want to call this complex and intriguing beer, it’s a great one.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Magnificent. Well worth the price, this is full and strong (although the alcohol is a minor taste component) and almost wine-like (think a good tawny port). A lady friend of mine who ordinarily can’t stand ales loves this stuff.