MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably the least appreciated of the Trappist Ales. A very hoppy example that places it in a league of its own. Probably my favorite Trappist beers. Foamy, thick head that sticks to the glass as if it were cobwebs made of sugar. Pleasant hop aroma and attractive orange/golden display.
Aubrey (3415) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 Wonderfully foamy, frothy, and long lasting head with big and small bubbles. Hazy and rusty orange-amber. Bright, fresh-smelling nose was full of yeast, with nippy elements of barnyard and band-aid. Prickly carbonation; smooth texture. Malts were lightly toasted grains; gentle yet flavorful. Bitterness slowly built and lingered pleasantly on the tongue. Interesting, malleable mineral flavor. Interesting spices. Very pleasant beer. Every time I revisit this beer I rate it higher.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly different taste than a typical Belgian. Almost had a champagne like taste to it.
JMerritt (1735) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was so looking forward to having this beer, but I was sadly disappointed. Appearance was the only thing going for it. Head was frothy, off-white, and fully lasting with great lacing. Color was amber/orange and murky, with just the right amount of body. Then it goes downhill from there. Aroma had a strong (nearly overpowering) medicine smell, mixed with a definite alcohol odor. Hints of pine and grapefruit rounded it out. Initial flavor was lightly sweet and finished moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Finish was too alcoholic and abrasive. Aftertaste was slightly oily in texture, especially on the roof of my mouth. Did I get a bad bottle? I will have to try and re-rate at my earliest convenience.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewsoc99 (29) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It needs to be tried. This is a very different trappist ale, and needs to be repected because of this.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2002
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not crazy about this one. Too funky for my taste.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For me this kind of belgian beer is a joke. I like strong beers with complexity, yeast and alcohol. If I want weak beers I stay at home.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy for a Belgian. Not my cup of tea...or beer for that matter. When I want Belgian, I look for complexity. This is kind of dry in that field.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer. Orange/amber color (a bit hazy, may have been yeast) with large white lacey head. Spicey, citrusy and yeasty aroma. Smooth, slightly sweet, spicey flavor. Hides the 6.9% ABV well.