SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Bottle with the date 21062006 on it. Immediate bubble gum upon opening of the bottle. A light haze ensues flowing over the ridged bottle top. Poured into a McChouffe trappist type glass. A very dark red/orange color with a bright white head foamy head made up of small bubbles. Nose is bubblegum again, though light spice, yeast, grass, very fresh outdoors barnyard smell like a wonderful farm where animals dont poop. First sip brings a very playful and energetic fizz to my tongue. A heavy palate compared to the picture, it fill smy mouth with more bubblegum and countryside, a light coriander hides in the background. Becomes semi yeasty and light biscuits come into play. A very nice bitterness finishes it off.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice deep amber color, with a large off-white rocky head. aroma is spicy pepper, hops, sort of yeasty. flavor is more the same, the hops and the pepper flavor are the first thing you notice, but it is well balanced. it kind of reminds me of a pale ale crossed with HOTD rose haha sorry.. kind of a musty/roasty undertone which I am enjoying (reminds me of HOTD Adam or something, i cant reallly place it.). good full bodied mouth feel. kind of spendy but definitely worth it to try!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a heady, wine-like aroma, light copper colour, good-sized tan head and a whirlwind-like effect in the middle of the glass. A bit sour at first but balanced well by the hop and malt presence. A bit spicy and citrusy, some medicinal undertones that might turns some newbies off. Essentially, a very high-quality example of the Trappist style.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Rating #500. Pours somewhat of a hazy orange amber with some suspended particles and a great white head. Aroma is tart, fruity and sour with some barnyard/horseblanket and floral hops. There’s a lot going on with the flavor; has notes of yeast, barnyard, tartness, soured fruits (apple, grapes) lemon, lime, peach, spiciness, pepper with undertones of caramel. Pretty complex. Moderately sweet. Only a slight twinge of alcohol in the finish. Medium body that starts of with very fizzy carbonation then mellows as it warms. Great head retention. Really good stuff.
<ReRate - great beer. I now find the appearance and mouthfeel to be perfect. Beautiful murky orange with a lasting thick foamy white head. The body is luxorious; medium yet it coats the mouth perfectly with lively fine-beaded carbonation delivering the flavor all over your tongue.>
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005
Hazy orange colour, thick white rocky, long lasting head. Acidic fruity flavour. Great maltyness. Somewhat sour, not as a geuze but it kind of reminds me of one. Some hints of peach/orange in finish.
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Far different from any other beer I have had. I was expecting a malty Belgian ale, but this is more like a gueze or saison.
Huge white head; cloudy orange. floral aroma. Flavor is highly complex. Sour with herbal characteristics, but not so sour as a gueze. Some barnyard qualities. Very different; very good.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy dull golden, HUGE rocky white head, super sticky lacing, with lively carbonation. Sharp aroma of indoor plants, perhaps cactus, with hints of pixie stix or koolaid dust. Very unique. Sharp and dry on the tongue, slightly peppery, semi-sweet. Enjoyable body and mouthfeel. Becomes slightly sour on the finish. Very different. Thanks goes out to CapFlu for bringing the sample.
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Re-rate at 6/5/05: Didn’t give this enough credit first time around. Uprating Appearance to a perfect 5, Flavour to a 7 and the Overall to a 15.
Strong herbal Trappist ale. Poured a smoky bottle-conditioned bronze colour with an enormous pillowy head that lasted forever and laced well. Big herbal nose, lots of dry hops, peppery alcohol, spices (cinammon?) and dried fruit. Medium bodied and quite wine-like. Menthol on the tongue, spices, herbs, and a long, lasting dry finish. A steamroller of an ale. (330ml bottle, best before 14/7/09)
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 Vintage: Nov 2007
Consumed: July 2010
Not sure cellaring really worked on this occasion. Aroma is still a wonderful combination of sour fruits, pepper and old wood, but the palate has flattened somewhat leaving a base of mild pepper and slate. Quite fizzy, which perhaps suggests the beer is lively but in reality no really going anywhere.
Consumed: August 2005 (3.8)
Golden orange in colour, quite vibrant. Pours a big fizzy head. Very unique nose, massively herbally and peppery, strikes me as a Rhone syrah or a cool climate Australian shiraz (think Craiglee). I guess this is the hops at work. More herbal, leafy notes in the mouth, some pepper, very dry. I can’t get over the Rhone characters - quite fascinating. Not all perfect through as the palate does lack some weight and sweetness, doesn’t really penetrate on this front. Even so, great beer to experience.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange coloured, stable and thick white-yellowish head.
Aromatic nose of a combination of hops, spice, dried citrus peel, vegetable.
Taste is sparkly bitter, herbal, grapefruit and vegetables bitterness. Flavor of citrus.
Mild body, easy to drink, rich mouthfeel.