bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice malt aroma; the same cloudy orange look as their tripel, and the same long-lasting head - these 2 beers set the standard for appearance; the taste isn't as good as the tripel, but still very good - there's no hint of alcohol
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent amber color with lots of floaties and a robust 3cm off-white head. Aroma is very yeastly with a musty banana aroma. Start is fruity with the middle having some mild banana taste to it. Finish is malty and smooth with a hint of caramel. Nice finish. Has a wonderful palate and the 10% isnt even close to being noticeable. I wish there was a little more complexity flavorwise, though. All in all, a nice brew.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, with a large bage head. Aroma is sweet, like brown sugar or syrup, but the alcohol is apparent in the aroma. There are also some leathery or horse banket aromas/flavors in the mix too. Flavor is sweet. Body is full and sticky. Good beer to sit by a fire an dream.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good quad. Decent sized head. Orangy color, somewhat foggy. Nice aroma. Citrusy, malty, and slight alcohol hints in the aroma. Nice sweet flavor. Acidic, citrusy, and some malt as well. Overall pretty decent! A nice treat from AD at the Beer Sellar in Knoxville, TN!
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruity banana... Light medium body... Dies rather quickly when it comes to aftertaste...
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now called koningshoeven,I sampled the 750ml bottle and the bottle still had the word trappist on it. The awesome smells of raisins and plum complimented it's beautiful deep mahogamy color. The average creamy head stayed throughout. the sweet, malty flavor was well carbonated. Alcohol and citrus notes were noticed towards the finish. Not as good as st.bernardus abt 12 but a good competitor. Look out for the alcohol sneaking up on you. wooooo
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 12oz bottle that has the Koningshoeven label yet embossed with LaTrappe. Poured a slightly cloudy amber-brown with a beige head that is quite thick and leaving scattered lacing. Outstanding aroma of fruit, sweet malt and yeast with notes of figs and raisins. Mouthfeel is velvety with a crisp lively carbonated feel. Quite smooth. The flavor is also outstanding. Fruity and candy sugar sweetness envelopes the strong malt flavor and a bit of alcohol is also detected. A slight warming sensation in the finish. Overall a high quality Trappist ale. Update 6-15-05. This is truly an under-rated brew. It seems to get better everytime I drink one.Update, draught available in Naples for the first time. This is sensational! Lucsious malty fruity treat of a beer. velvety mouthfeel, fruity malty yeasty love beer!
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 (Bottled, BBE 12/2008) Dark red-amber with a large, foamy, tanned head. Very sweet and caramely aroma with some alcohol, dried fruit and grainy malt. Grainy, very sweet-sugary-malty flavor with dried and fresh fruit. The sugariness does hide the alcohol. Medium-bodied, sticky palate with lowish carbonation. Ok, it’s quite nice in its own dessert-kind-of way - but way too sweet and not very complex. Once again, not up to the trappist scale. Koningshoeven may technically be a trappist brewery - but qualitywise, they’re way behind the Belgians.
(0.33l bottle, 2002/2003 version, rated 2/20/2004, was 6-5-8-4-14=3.7) Deep, dark, clear, red-amber color. Medium, lacy head. Slightly stuffed, fruity, toffee aroma with hints of alcohol. Caramel-malty, cherry flavor - fruity, banana finish. Sweetish. Hides the ABV very well. Sticky, full-bodied palate. Long, sweet and fruity aftertaste.
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Re-re-rate
Small sample from 750. Last place finisher (of 9) in Abt/Quad shootout. heavy carbonation. Aroma soured, with some cheese in the nose. Flavor much more crisp than previously noted.
33cl sample this time in Koningshoeven bottle. Finish more clean this time...not seeming like 10% in taste, only in the nose. Strong carbonation. Caramel, but not too complex.
750ml bottle. Poured dark reddish/brown with a scent and taste of raisins and dates. The only negative is the strong alcohol finish (it is 10% ABV). Really a winter treat, esp. for $5.99 with a free glass!
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a cloudy amber/orange color. Head is dense, large off white colored that dissipates quite slowly. Aroma is sweet, mostly orange with a touch of spice. Taste is quite sweet and alcoholic, but not overpoweringly so. Body is medium. Aftertaste was quite mild. A nice brew.