TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000/2001 version. Deep amber color. Stark white head. Warm fruity nose with honeylike overtones. Comparable flavor, sweet and syrupy. Nice lingering flavor. Alcohol was noticably present.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2003 re-rate 2002 version: yeasty aroma. Dark orange/amber color, off-white head, very good lace. Sweet, apple, alcohol very much present, syrupy. Average long lasting finish and sweet. Has become more sweet with less complex flavors. Another example of beers turning towards the masses. 1998 version: 4.1
Crit (3394) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with tiny bead. Long nose. Smooth velvety full bodied malt taste
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mine had a slight metallic tinge. Vaporous, alcohol, something floral. Same maltiness as an altbier. Bit of earthiness. Nice frothy off-white head and lots of lacing. Opaque caramel-red, like very strong brewed tea. Smooth medium carb with a light oiliness, but mostly a thicker watery base. Sweet, tinge of sour/salt - tangy. Alcohol. Sweet nuttiness to after. No real distinct flavors and a bit watery - maybe I just had a bad bottle? Decent aroma and nice palate, but didn’t make a strong impression.
RichardGretton (4296) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber beer with a strong winey aroma. The flavour is very strong and syrupy with slight liquorice hints. Overall it does not represent the Belgium beer style well.
CapFlu (4618) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2003 Like most people visiting Holland, I cannot remember a hell of a lot between the coffee bars and pick-pockets. La Trappe was, however, a memory I did bring back from the Netherlands. Nice rich flavours and finish. Highly recommended!
jerohen (2032) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Rating reflects aged sample Bottled 0.3 liter, eight years old (2001 vintage). Still some head after all these years. Amber coloured. Very complex nose, raisins, nuts, fruit, some port notes. Still a pretty sweet flavour, complex, some bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Previously I never really noticed the effect of aging (after two or five years), but finally after eight years it starts to show. Very nice, and substantially better than fresh.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 1994 edition sampled 2002: poured dirty with lots of floaters and a halo of froth...aroma was old malts and sourdough bread..flavor was very sweet..very old tasting..aging made it taste aged..very bready...to the point of..I dont want anymore of this...
Hansen (6888) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. I am used to danish strong beer. La Trappe gets much more taste, aroma, flavor and all in a strong beer compared to a strong danish beer.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great stuff. Ten times better than the dubbel I had before. I had this on tap, and the head was amazing and full. Very spicy taste and relaxing slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.