jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 Bottle #3, Rated in Belgium:
Deep honey coloured body with a super dense tan head. Aroma of wheat, sour grapes, hay, grass and some light honey too. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour body with a good deep spice and hop freshness, covered by a deep roasted sugar sweetness. Aftertaste stays strong - good sweetness and malt all flavoured by a still pungent metallic hop twang. Overall, I must still not ’understand’ this beer - but this one is better than the bottles I’ve had stateside. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from just a corner store in Bruxelles, Belgium on 01-January-2008.
Rating for this sample: 7,4,7,3,14
Hazy golden colour, a bit of orange highlighting. Smells of gum, sourness and a bit of spice. Light-bodied; Mellow taste, not too flavourful but a decent bottle. Aftertaste a bit mellow and subtle. Overall, decent but not great! Rating for this sample: 9,4,6,2,12.
Slightly hazy appearance with colours ranging from bright orange to darker amber. Very thick head which is slightly tan coloured, but a definately great looking beer. Very normal smelling beer, somewhat reminiscent of a sour fruit. The flavour is very weak and quick. The beer is very carbonated but the aftertaste is very drying. Perhaps this beer is old, as my local beer shop is known to keep very old beers. I’ll try this again, as I don’t think this is exactly how the beer is supposed to taste. Rating for this sample: 7,5,6,2,14.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice Reddish yellow color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sour, slightly creamy. Flavor is sour, slightly sweet, malt and hops present but subtle. Alcohol slightly present as well. An interesting brew, belgian-like but not typical.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colour on the pour with hints of spices on the nose. Not a mouth watering ale, but pleasant all the same with a frothy head that lasts and lasts. Was attracted to the unique bottle shape.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2003 Nice Belgian Ale. Orange flavor with a candy type of taste.Good aroma and a head that last for ever. Will surely try this one again.
japet (38) - DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A very famous beer, but the flavor was a little bit too bitter for me. Nice head and very much body. I prefer the darker belgian beer.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It took me three bottle of this to come to a conclusion.But,with Westy blond,this is my favorite Trappist beer. Appearance just like above pic. Huge grassy,hop aromas.Subtle earthy,lightly sweet,malt aromas and a bit of a great yeast. Mouthfeel is full of expansive bubbles,with quit a suffice body. Earthy,bready malts glide over the tounge while hops tickle the roof of the mouth.Hops linger in the mouth and it the finish.Finish has a great nutty,yeastiness to it as well.So drinkable.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet and very Belgian in the nose. Huge head, mostly lasting. Amber, murky body. Excellent lace. High points for the appearance. Dry and wheaty flavor. This is a quality beer, though I believe I would have enjoyed it more served a little colder. Very good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2004 This is unlike any other beer I've ever had in my 17+ years of enjoying fine craft beer. The head on this beer is unbelievable. I poured this beer in it's dedicated Orval glass and drank it slowly which lasted about 20-30 minutes. The head stayed at a peak the entire duration and even after the last sip, it was still hanging on to the side of the chalice for it's dear life. The flavor was so unique and complex that it will most likely require several additional samplings to accurately define what I'm sensing. Burnt sugar, stale fruit, earthy malty taste. I don't know, perhaps my palate doesn't possess the sophistication for this one. What I do know is that It was a most enjoyable if not a religious experience and I look forward to the next. Hmmm, beer as a religion. What a concept.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite Trappist Ales. This is a delicious, beautiful Belgian. It has a gorgeous color, beautiful head, not quite as much carbonation as I like in a Belgian, but otherwise mouthfeel is perfect. Taste is incredible with all sorts of complex flavors including (am I crazy?) olives! Love it.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer comes in one of the coolest bottles I've ever purchased, but I could not stand the flavor. It was too strong of something - not sure what, but I sure didn't like it.