schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
30 cl bottle, bbe Feb 08. Light brown / dark reddish with a slight haze. Scarce sediment and pearling, thin frothy head. Sweetish, perfumed aroma with a nutty touch. Sweetish, abundant taste with banana and a long, bone dry, uncompromisingly bitter aftertaste. Alcohol not really hidden. Full, smooth palate leaving astringent dryness. In days past, the trappist order used to believe solely in God; now they seem to rely quite a lot on Bavaria NV, too.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a great looking amber with an off-white thick fluffy head. Aroma of caramel and fruit, with a bitter in the aroma as well. Taste is fruity but dry, with a slight bitter hop aftertaste. After a few sips, my belly is warm from the alcohol. It’s almost as if it’s... not done yet. Still a bit ’brash’ in the taste. Palate is just ’average’, nothing exceptional. Nowhere near the almost-religious experience I had with St Bernardus Abt 12.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big whiff of candy sugar, alcohol and what smells like artifical sweetner. Deep amber with a thick two finger head. Alcohol followed by more of the chemical sweetness I find in about half the bottles I try of this. I think it is newer bottles that taste this way cause the better samples I have had have come from shops with low turnover. Fruit mash, some caramel notes, yeast and riasins are present as well, but often that flavor is dominated by that chemical sweetness.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
large off-white lasting head, brown-amber colour, some light malts, toasted aroma, few hops. Diverse aroma. Creamy texture, light bitter finish, bit sweet alcoholic, Heavy. Enjoyable!
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330ml). At Pub Italia, Ottawa. Poured ruby-copper with a clear small off-white head. Aroma very strong of aroma esters, sweet malt - got that "Popeye candy cigarette" character again - losts of yeast and alcohol on warming. Taste of mild sweet citrus & banana malt, raisins and apple - stronger on warming - and a touch of hops - oh, wait, here comes the alcohol. Palate is average bodied, quite complex as it warms up. Oveall good, if not very good, but not great - too much banana and alcohol for my taste.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a lasting tan head and intricate lacing. Aroma is not overwhelming and has notes of citrus fruits and molasses. Flavor is semi-sweet with a dry finish. Raisins, chocolate malt, and black pepper. Its full body is hidden a bit by heavy carbonation (but not gassy). Alcohol is masterfully hidden in this complex, but easy to drink ale.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz. bottle. Dark orange color with a thick tan head. Sweet aroma of malt, raisins and yeast. Flavor of sweet malt,
dried fruits and bread with a noticeable alcohol finish. Full bodied with a creamy texture.
pintbypint (2951) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. Koningshoeven label, served in Koningshoeven glass. Poured a deep orange-brown shade. Had a very light haze. Retained a small layer of sticky tan head, very tight small bubbles. Sweet aroma, cookie-like, malty. Aroma becomes more fruity/estery as it warms up (mild banana-bread note?) Flavour revealed dark sweet malts, some alcoholic tang noticable. Lasting malty finish with some bitterness, slight dryness and alcohol warming. Superb drinkability, very smooth palate, mild carbonation, full mouthfeel. Alcohol never becomes intrustive. Rating #400.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle from beers of europe] pours dark brown with a dense tan head. rich sweet aroma, smells of chocolate, toffee, cherrys, apple, nutmeg. good body with a long sweet finish.
vanvenlo (1441) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
14 Jun 2005 - Light hop and low malt aroma, with not much fruit or complexity. Clear light brown-orange colour, ordinary head but good lacing. Simple malt and sweet finish. Big bitterness, with a lingering light mouthfeel