PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber-gold with small fading fizzy head. Spicy yeasty and citrusy aroma: lemon, orange, coriander, and sourdough bread. Zesty and yeasty flavors. Generally sweet profile, with a mild dry finish. Fluffy. Not terribly complex, but pretty good. Alcohol becomes noticeable in the finish, almost fuselly.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 I notice some level of controversy in the ratings below, but I found i this beer delectable. Tasted at Chris & Jack’s Belgian Bar in Namur, Wisconsin, which is the place to stop for Belgians when you’re driving from Green Bay to Door County.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Musty wine / peach aroma, hazey copper color. Oaks is right the flavor of this is off big time. More of a phramaceutical taste. I do not know what the problem is with this beer but is the lowest rating I have ever given a trippel. Try Alagash, and Victory Golden Monkey, or Duvel.
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Though I never rated it here before, this is a re-rate since production was taken over by Bavaria. At least they still bottle-condition this one, unlike the Dubbel. Dark hazy amber - inappropriate for the style, unless you’re being whimsical but this definitely is not a whimsical rendition. Plasticy, phenolic, estery aroma - like latex paint and stewed peaches. Initial shot of alcohol masks the ruthless palate. Firm maltiness is fine, but the aforementioned off-flavours battle for supremacy, winning out in the end. Very much unpleasant and a steep downgrade.
Hansen (6105) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not so much karakter as dubbel or Quardrel, but fine anyhow.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unsubstantial is the word that comes to mind. Starts fruity - grapes and pears. Thin in the middle, a little thicker around the sides. Finishes thinly sweet and dry - a hop/alcohol combo with light sugar bowl taste. This is not a bad brew, just lacks the complexity of many of the others in this style. No yeast floaties at all. My bottle had the new "Koningshoeven" label instead of La Trappe.
rauchbier (3548) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber coloured, darker than most triples with a moderate thin white head, good condition and lots of yeast chunks in suspension. Complex aromas of alcohol, oranges, caramel, malt and a strangly sugary homebrew note that is explained on the label (but only in German) by the inclusion of cane sugar in the recipe. Label also mentions coriander but this is less apparent. Bready yeast and toffee malt dominate the mouth and the finish is spicy, malty and slightly bitter with an alcoholic tingle.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So I bought this Belgian together with La Trappe official glass. Poured and orangey tea look matched well toffee / sweet cherry aromas. Nothing spectacular just nice. Hmmm, I must say that it tasted more complex than aroma would suggest. Pear at start transforms into mid roasted malts with specific for Belgian ales finish. A bit earthy, garden like.
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caught in a rapid, sweet malt and nutty yeast current with nothing to hang on to, you try to grasp the rock berries and lemon logs that fly by but to no avail...A few branches of peppery herbs are thrown at you, but instead of saving you they slap you in the face and leave a stinging honey-sweet flavor in your bleeding mouth...Inevitable, phenolic treacley falls carry you, you think, to a certain demise but you wake up some moments later all dried up and ready to go...Again!...
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Period. Kudos and such. I don’t have a lot to say on this one.