RobBestwick (590) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
rich malty and orangey aroma, dark brown hue - almost black, frothy head that disipates slowly, luxurious malty taste, smooth palate, peppery and spicey notes, long finish.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Needed to be a bit stronger in my opinion. Tasted in Croatia from bottle. Nice roasted flavor but seemed like it lacked a little more variety.
jgb9348 (4772) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown colour, fairly clear with almost no head. Smells exactly like a normal belgian white: yeast & wheat are very noticeable as well as some other 'clean' aromas. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malt characteristics. Decent sweetness (from sugar-perhaps caramel) and coats the mouth. Aftertaste shows a subtle spiceyness with prominent malt. Overall, a decent beer, not great and definately wierd for the style. I had this served on draught at Monty's Korner in Rochester, New York.
JorisPPattyn (7974) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with just a glimpse of red. Greige head, not really stable but lacey. Nose gives dark malts, definitely some chocolate; bitterish note, woody and vegetal-herbal. Light bitter taste, a bit nutty as not-quite peeled walnuts. Roasted malt - but underlying malt is rather neutral 'stead of sweet. Herbal smell comes back with every sip and it mixes with the taste. Difficult to pinpoint - like the bark of some trees? Medium-bodied. In the aftertaste the bitterness becomes a tad harsh, and even more woody. Definitely not a bad beer - but not up to its Grimbergen equivalent.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color, nice head. bitter, caramel- and coffee-like nose. Full, coffee- and caramel-like, smooth and well-balanced. Bitter, smooth, malty and long finish.
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light bitter malty aroma. A bit sweet but also metallic. Dark Copper brown clear with lacing off-white foamy thin head. Medium body with light medium carb. Starts a little sweet, malty. Bit of sugar/caramel. Finish is weak malt/wheat taste, watery. After is light bitter, nutty.
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very excellent beer, brown in color with a good white lacy head, medium-full body, nice balance, good sweet malty profile & finish, a few small hints of chocolate, great beer
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting but rather one dimensional: "bruin" color, medium thick head, aroma of rare spices and chocolate (the most interesting thing in this beer), standard sweetish palate.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 I like the Leffe family. This one is a good coppery coloured beer with a billowy head. The chocolatey malty nose is a fine introduction to the creamy mouthfeel. It is full on the back palate with a degree of lingering sweetness. Good body and a fine alcohol presence.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Deep brown ale with a big generous white head that accompanies you until the end. Spicy chocolate and vanilla aromas. The mouthfeel is full, creamy. Very sweet in mouth, but the spices keep the balance up. Not complex for an abbey, but if we forget the category and just enjoy it, it remains a good dessert.