tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown & cloudy. Aroma of perfume, cane sugar and alcohol. Complex flavors throughout, spices, pepper, cloves, sugar, citrus and other fritus, and malts. A little astringent and very dry finish. Decent, but didn’t blow my skirt up the way some people love it. But I’ll gladly drink again.
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a tremendous beer. Perfectly dry and refreshing but with endless complexity. I could drink this all day and find different flavors the whole time. Pours hazy and redish like apple cider. Nice big fluffy head with great intricate lacing. Aroma is strongly floral; more like dried potpourri than fresh flowers, but very strong. Also spices like ginger, clove and pepper in the nose as well as some fruit like apple and pear. Aroma follows into the flavor. Same floral, spice and fruit. Some banana. My one complaint is the mouthfeel. It is a bit light and airy, not enough to sink my teeth into. Overall, a nearly flawless beer. I know what I want for christmas.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stinky brewski. Head overflows like an african americans afro-puff. looks funny. Pretty dry flavor, not too crazy of a flavor. Pretty good one. Golden.
Finn (6011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Easy drinkable. Refreshing. A different spicy taste. Found in Blå Rock Café, Tromsø, Norway - and served in an Orval glass.
Gontran (1) - BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Probably one of the most special abbey beer. Quite light (ca 5%) and very refreshing
hezron (613) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/18/2003 bottle. Aroma of a freshly opened plastic pool toy, some funky cobweb and some old cherries with some caramel malt, sort of like cherry coke. Amber-orange, very clear as it had settled for months in my basement. Tall and creamy off-white head that slowly settles. Flavors of celery, cherries, brown sugar and a hint of paper, roasted brown paper and a cola flavor. Second half of the bottle has more barnyard flavor and the flavors seem brighter. Lighter body, but not water at all and a very dry finish. It is different, but I like it.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Bottle, and luckily I have an Orval Trappist glass to taste this with. Very floral aroma on first sniff, roses and carnations in particular. Some citrus aroma as well, I believe. Pours cloudy yellow brown, the color of dark caramel or toffee with some floaties. Generous white head that stays around for a good long while. Flavor is floral as well: rose water and malt and orange and pine, believe it or not. Delicious maltyness comes our even more as it warms. You can feel the alcohol in the throat and chest on the way down, warming the chest instead of the face for once. Really excellent mouth feel. Has the thickness of a good porter (read: creamy), but with the dancy, twinkling carbonation of a well made pils. I’m only getting a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, but plenty of floral hop character. Leaves a very consistent lace on the side of the glass. No doubt about it, you have to drink this slowly, or it will kick you in the face. The light hop bitterness builds exponentially with larger gulps or quicker sips, but who wants to drink a $5.50 bottle of beer fast anyway? Very pleasant for fall and winter. Next time a wine drinker wants to give you guff, pass this their way. Makes most wine seem as complex as a crowbar. Strange and wonderful beer, brewed with the help of God, no doubt.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmm... not sure what to make of this one. Aroma is big, fruity, yeasty, alcohol, typical belgian. The flavour is unique. More malt backing than I’m used to, very bitter finish, not smooth at all. Its sweet, but also malty and bitter. Definitely not my favourite.
sunevdj (3730) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Pours a darkish, hazy amber with an off-white head. No lacing!?! Smells a bit like cheap cologne. Rather bitter ale with a dry, sharp, hoppy finish. Aromas of citrus, spices, earth and peppar. It was surprisingly watery, but my bottle was quite new. I expect my 2003 ones to be a bit more full. Could be a bit sweeter.
Opened a bottle from (26-08-03) on Sep. 14th... it was awfull... tasted like I imagine mud and urine would.
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 330ml: Appearence: Pours dark amber with big white head. Aroma: Banana , yeast and some spices.
Flavor: Very dry, bitter hops, lots of citrus.