Gr0ve (2161) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 330 ml bottle. Huge white head. A white layer of foam stays with you all the way through to the bottom of the glass. Well carbonated. Aroma is of spicy and earthy hops, clearly dry-hopped ones. This beer is something of its own. Some malt sweetness hides behind the hops, but it is the crisp hops that dominate throughout. Dry aftertaste. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. A classic.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL: Pours a cloudy medium brown/red color. Big white head, good sized bubbles. Aroma of dark fruit(plum?) , hops, sweet. Fizzy, floral taste, slightly alcoholy. Smooth taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, fruit and hops on the nose. You can keep smelling just to enjoy. Pours a beautiful cloudy dark golden color with a head to be proud of. Flavor loses me a little. A lack of balance and the dryness is a little overdone. It stays on the palate and is actually better in the back of mouth than on the front. Still a classic that all should try.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cool bottle. Got this one íon saleí at Reubens. Maybe that should have been my clue. Huge huge head. Caramel coated grapefruit sparkling wine thing caught me completely off gaurd. Bazooka bubble-gum dew-berry perfumed toilet paper breath had me scratching my head. Iíll give it another try only because of itís generally high mass appeal. Only this time Iíll wait until itís appropriately overpriced.
mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with a very frothy head. Very cloudy - a dark tan color. Aroma is very "medicinal" - smell like a doctors office. The taste is no less promising. A cough syrup-like taste overwhelms the tongue and finishing with a bitter and strong aftertaste that just wonít go away. Not one of my favorites.
stouby (3840) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Bottle at Novotel, Gent. This time I like the bitterness much better.
Bottle, at home. Dark orange with large white head, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty, moderate to heavy hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate sweet, moderate to heavy bitter, long duration. Light to medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Itís to bitter, absolutely not my favourite abbey ale. 7-4-5-3-13/3,2.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"eagle had it right wow this beer was hard to pour the head was huge, the lacing was awsome. Little bit sour, very floral smell and taste. Over all not a bad beer at all."
SDalkoholic (2185) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast that has pepper and mint in it. Color is a burnt orange color with brown trim and a strong head. The flavor is bland and bitter with only minor notes of yeast and pepper. This beer is way overrated.
ohitsbrad (8) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2006 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
5 December 2005, Bottled Best Before Feb 08:
Appears a murky orange brown colour with a foamy head and large bubbles. Aroma of cooked vegetables and spices, particularly nutmeg, some medicinal type aromas there too. Rather strange flavour, celery possibly, very complex. The vegetables, nutmeg and also five spice come to mind. But itís also fresh and hoppy, a little salty and some seafood flavours possibly? Lastly, some perfume, makeup and soap flavours. Fairly high carbonation, but not too much at this alcohol level and temperature. Overall quite an unusual taste, one is enough for me. Iím afraid to say I didnít particularly enjoy it but Iíll still rate it reasonably well for its complexity and originality.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Even though the bottle has the fun shape I was expecting the usual solid trapist ale but this is much more. Immediately the smell is of grapes and prunes. The flavor is complex. The usuaul trapist alcahol flavor is there but all the fruit and dry finish combine for a very complex beer.