kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Bottle. Poured out a copious off-white head that would lace the glass tremendously. Orangey gold body. Aroma is honeydew and citrusy up front, definite spiciness of cloves and caraway. Bitter at first with a grapefruit like taste that I did not enjoy. A bit astringent, dry, and bitter. Not so good, definitely crisp and smooth but not a particularly full body. I let this one warm up a little bit longer than usual as I was hoping it could redeem itself. It did get better with some more rich flavors becoming evident but it still seemed dominantly grapefruit bitter and was just so-so.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a really unique and excellent, albiet expensive, beer...Aroma of floral hops, some alcohol, pours a substantial head. hazy orange/amber color, super crisp dry taste with no finish, the beer just goes down as if it were never there. Give this a try.
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber coloured beer with creamy and longlasting off white head.
In the nose there are interesting hints of mild and flowery hops but also touches of malts, nuts, and bread.
The taste is delicious and complex. Aftertaste is dry with a mild malty carracter. It ends with a nutty bitterness of hops.
Love this one.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 30/06/2005. A tantalizing aroma roma of sourness, subtle fruitiness, and yeast attemting to escape from a big rocky head. This one says "drink me"! Translucent light brown color. Flavor is complex and extremely balanced, with a pleasant lingering sourness. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry but seems much fuller due to the carbonation
This bottle seems distinctly different than the last bottle I enjoyed, which was far more complex and ’edgy’. I’ll have to sample a few more bottles of varying ages to see how they differ.
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One-year-old bottle from Delirium. Deep copper color with spicy and slightly floral aroma. No sugar whatsoever in the taste -- fizzy, mildly bitter and hoppy, with a citrus finish. Aging adds a musty depth. I lean to the drier side rather than the sweet barley wines, so this remains my favorite trappist.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color with a white head. Aroma is of sour apples, with a little malt. Sour apple flavor with slight yeast taste. Nice smooth mouth feel.
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour, and some bitter. Extreme head which I understand---but honestly don’t appreciate. The Belgians are fine beers, but I don’t worship them as some do.
jason (1812) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. What a great beer, wish I had more but for the price I only get this once in awhile. Great aroma, very pleasant. Good look with huge head that stays. Flavor is so well balanced it leaves your mouth thirsty for more. Somewhat sour taste kept my mouth watering for awhile afterwards. Cheers!
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a beatiful, thick beige head and amazing lace. Unique, complex aroma that starts spicy and yeasty and then ranges through notes of licorice, lemon,leather, lilies, anise and herbs. Yeasty, bitter, spicy, herbal taste, citrus flavors, with a hint of sourness. Full bodied and well carbonated, with a finish that lingers and invites contemplation. Bottled 1/2004; 6.9%abv.
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a massive, pillowy, long-lasting head and great lacing.
Expressive, high-toned, fruity nose with grape and crabapple character, along with some herbaceousness.
More restrained flavors that lean to the dry side of the spectrum, particularly for a Belgian. Quite complex with notes of tarragon, guava, and exotic spices. Mouthfeel is fairly unimpressive...the only weak point of this brew.
Finishes moderately long and dry.
An interesting, distinctive ale that manages to be both incredibly complex and impressively balanced.