Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Developped in 2011, this is a special case among trappist beers: though brewed in a trappist monastery (Chimay), it is sold by another one, which made the trappists decide this should be a kind of "semi-trappist" not allowed to carry the official logo. Very thick, snow white head, warm copper colour with brownish hue, misty with large protein flakes. Malt sweet aroma, nutty, caramel, apple, unripe peach, grass, leather. Caramel and honeyish malts in the mouth, light ’nuttiness’, restrained fruitiness, light grassy hops in the finish without turning really bitter. Though correct and well-balanced, this lacks the body and personality of even Chimay’s own beers, strangely. I do not believe the gossip that this is a blend of two original Chimay beers, this is clearly a separate recipe, but I cannot quite grasp why Chimay hasn’t put more character in this.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First French trappist beer. From bottle into Orval goblet. Immediately the aroma is so attractive - sweet malt. Great pour with lasting head on hazy orange-bronze beer. Alcohol is completely hidden (at 7.6%). Only thing bringing it down is a bit of harshness from the hop bitterness in the finish. Overall pretty nice.
rayaron (1060) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy golden-orange with low beige head. Aroma of banana, fruity, yeasty, notes of cheese, skunky, malty, spicy. Flavor is yeasty, sweetish, light bitterness, unbalanced, a bit skunky. Medium dry. Light carbonation. Medium body.
Kristel (5) - Poperinge, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lekker fris te drinken, eerste smaak wat scherp maar nadien aangenaam te drinken.
Zakoon (415) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle @ home. Light beige head, muddy brown colour. Yeast, a tiny bit banana. malt sweetness and some spicee in the nose.
Taste is belgian yeast, apricot, mabe peach and mild spices. Light bitterness, full body, average carbonation, sweet spicy and boozy in the finish.
Skinnyviking (8200) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. High fluffy and long lasting white head. Hazy amber body. Banana dominated aroma with notes of apples, pears and honey as well. Sweet fruity flavor with a dry malt straw note, fair amount of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a short finish. Alcohol well hidden by the sweetness.
kapusil (958) - HUNGARY - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle. Dark amber body, light beige head. Aroma of banana, peach, caramel and toast. Taste of orange zest, caramel, toast, candi sugar and floral hops. The finish is quite hoppy. Very nice.
Beachmaster (293) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33c bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber with a big white head that lasts, leaving fair lacing. Nose is caramel and bananas, and the taste is malt, caramel, and toffee. Finish is medium length, with a creamy mouth feel. A typical Belgian amber, but a little light on flavor for the style.
bartlebier (2987) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, a while back. Bit like the toffee and spiced oranges version of Chimay Rouge: a stickier mouthfeel covers most of that earthy, proprietary yeast’s subtler spice, but allows enough hop counterbalance to shine through, hiding its alcohol well enough. Still not really in the same league as the other trappists.
Case (299) - GERMANY - AUG 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber-orange with large beige head. Fruity aroma with oranges, peaches, flowers. Taste is caramel, yeasty, a bit of spice, a slight bitterness. Light mouthfeel. A mild, pleasant trappist that is refreshing and not cloying but that will have trouble standing out when compared to its brethren.