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 (449) - 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 (830) - 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 (2128) - 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 (889) - San Francisco, California, 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 (3614) - 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 (2177) - 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.