2Row (11) - USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the second time Iíve had this beer. The first time I ended up pouring it out. This second time Iíve found it much improved but still lacking. I think itís just not my style but the flavors seem overly subdued. I enjoy the subtelty of the belgian yeast in this one but the overall flavor profile seems undefined. Those monks need to spend less time praying for salvation and more time praying for a better beer.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really donít understand why this beer is rated so highly. It is a decent beer, but itís no 98. However, I pretty much have to give this one at least a 15 overall because it is a belgian trappist ale. Too carbonated (is this because of age?), which detracts from the flavor for me. Next....
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a orangish color with a frothy off-white head that is fully lasting until the bottom of my trappist glass. Aroma is sweet, fruity and hoppy. Flavor starts sweet (tarty) and finishes with a bitter dry bite. A well balanced and tasty beer that I canít wait to try again.
swiseman (438) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet aroma, light and creamy head; rich amber in color. thick mouthfeel and some taste of alcohol without being overpowering. coffee/chocolate finish. good, but nowhere near my favorite Trappist.
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Orange color with a thin head. Hoppy and dry. I think I taste a little alcohol too which is odd for only a 6.2 ABV. Good overall brew but I prefer Chimay Blue (when I canít get a Westy of course).
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange colored pour. the last of the trappist that i have yet to try. rich hoppy and malty, with a slightly sour finish that was not in any way upleasant to me. a really good highly drinkable ale, something that i would love to drink, except a single cost almost 6 usd.
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Maybe just my bottle, or my storing method, but it poured pure head, nothing but foam, a little diaappointing for such a well liked-known beer.
The aroma is quite nice. Rather sweet, the aromas included honey, grass, yeast, cinnamon/nutmeg, bannana, wheat, etc. Different tasting than I was expecting as well. It was not nearly as complex as the aroma. Kind of doughy in taste. A bitter bite to finish gave it a nice palate.
FrankJohansen (3603) - Sabro, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber colour with a huge mostly lasting white head. Heavy fruity and malty aroma. Great taste of fruit. Good lacing. Great beer.
Gr0ve (2167) - 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.