rickgordon (3844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Bottled.
Deep amber/Cognac flavour. Sweetish and yeasty, maybe sugary aroma and flavour, hints also of marshmallow banana and plum. Sweeter than La Trappe Dubbel. A sourish undertone.
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Draught at Monk´s cafe, Stockholm. Amber, huge lasting offwhite head. Very fruity, pears, pine apple, veryfresh aroma. Fruity, malty flavor, alcohol is very well hidden.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice lacing, puffy head and a burgundy auburn hazy color. ruit aromas filled with banana nut bread, cloves and a slight alcohol note. Flavor is zesty & acidic, lightly citrus with hops in the background, candi sugar and specialty malts in the foreground. Mouthfeel is slightly musky with a yeast feel and slightly metallic. Overall this has a nice sweetness to it with some yeasty overtones and a noticable but well hidden alcohol bite.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in the smaller bottle at Old Chicago. $8 for this little treasure, but it was so worth it. An incredible pour, very deep rich which gives way to a deep ruby color with a huge creamy head. I mean as soon as you open the bottle and begin to pour, the aroma fills the room, with a fragrant floral aroma that is likened to walking into a flower shop that is right next door to a bakery and maybe a produce department for the fresh fruit aromas. The taste is like a very very good brandy, or scotch. The burn is their but quickly fades in a texture on your tongue that is very exciting. An incredible mouthfeel, with flavors that are too long to list. Extremely complex and lively. One of my new favorites.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 75 cL bottle, La Trappe glass, 50 degrees. Toughest damn cork I've ever fought against. First pour yields no head because I'm an idiot. Deep red-brown body is murky and opaque without any visible particles. Aroma is strong enough to let its presence be known from 2 feet away. Cookie, caramel, and slightly nutty (walnut) malt is dominant; earth, cobweb yeast is the next most powerful aroma; also resent are prune, date, unripened banana, peach cobbler, some sort of sweet wine, toffee, and a some fusel alcohol. That's a nose full! Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. The acidity has a fruity sourness to it. Second pour produces a gigantic, creamy, frothy, off-white head that lasts well. The mouthfeel has also become much smoother now. Alcohol burn starts up front and continues throughout, but is not nearly as bad as I was anticipating at 10% ABV. Very smooth oily/creamy texture, medium-heavy body, lively carbonation. I pick up some grape flavors that weren't in the aroma, but everything else translates quite well. The bottom line is: looks, smells, tastes, feels excellent, 10% ABV, 75 cL, and a free glass for only $6? I'm sold
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth draw and then a burst of flavor when it hits the back of your throat. Good bitter flavor but an aftertaste that lingers. Can feel my cheeks flushed after only
a couple of sips
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet mother of mercy. I thought the Dubbel kicked ass ... this is incredible. The aroma isn't there, but it's nice and cloudy, with a lasting head and a colour and flavour reminiscent of black cherries, not to mention malt, spice, and corner-store toffee. A bit syrupy, a bit of fizzy carbonation. I caught a hellafied buzz off this one.
RobBestwick (590) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
sweet fruity aroma, pours with a crimsonhue and a good head, long, smooth, oily, syrupy and fruity, the finish is warming and has hints of coriander.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awseome, sugary, rock candy aroma! Sticky mouthfeel. Syrupy and sweet followed by some bitterness to end. Radiant amber-orange colour. I like.
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malt taste, strong banana aroma, and yeasty aftertaste. This bottle was in the back of my fridge for six months, I should have opened it sooner.