andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh aroma of prunes with some acidity. Very fine, stable, tough head (light tan colour) showing much carbonation in the beer which is hazy and brown. Very fresh, with a good balance of dry acidity and bitterness; liquorice. Very smooth. Excellent!
brkc (11) - USA - APR 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ordered from Vintage Cellar. Wow! I donít know much about rating beer but I know that it made my mouth happy. Full, rich, spicy, and very tasty. My favorite beer.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Iím worried about this bottle. The others that were with it were questionable, spending potential months in a blazing florescent cooler. My fears are being assuaged by the growing pearly off-white head that is mounting up the glass. What a ridiculous color for a beer. A yeast-spotted wine color, with fringes of golden wheat color and deep pits of dark, syrupy port. The aroma is average, with a sweet malt dominating, backed up by very light warm rum. On the tongue, it starts off slow then crescendos into this symphony of warm flavors. The mellow malt and sugar start the run off, with a light orange and raisins. It grows and glows into a pitching yeasty fervor, with good fresh bread tones and a general fruit ensemble. The alcohol is not hidden, but does not detract from the beer in anyway; instead it adds another level of complexity and warmth. It awakens the nose and makes the palate pay attention. The flavors finish up with some cardamom and clove over that well spoken of black currant. Iím highly impressed with this beerís general suave sophistication and the level to which the alcohol improves the flavor, adding a velvety smoothness to the whole profile. A little of that licorice Jagermesiter floats in on the palate, leaving a sweet, sugary film on the back of the tongue that beckons for more and more. Yet, this sweetness is strangely balanced out by light oaky dryness, so you donít feel overwhelmed with sugar. The carbonation which maintains in this beer does a fantastic job of distributing the flavor throughout the mouth. As it warms, new tones and flavors arrive and depart from this train station of complexity. New dancing fruits, ripe plum, mellow apricot, and sweet pears. All backed with a light reserved savory complexion. Could a beer get any better than this? At least this bottle survived.
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Flowers. Looong lasting head. This is the best trappiste I have tried. It even beats Westv abt 12 (in my oppinion).
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Favorite Trappiste, I have been able to track down, altough I really do enjoy the Westmalle Tripple, I still think this is my favorite
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Appearance: Dark brownish-red with large fluffy white head.
Aroma: Smells of dark fruit (fig and plums), rich caramel malt, slight nose of alcohol and chocolate. Slightly vinuous.
Flavor: There is a lot going on here. Taste of plums, malt, caramel, and alcohol in the initial swallow. This beer is hard to put into words as it?s simply remarkable.
The beer comes on pretty strong but the alcohol dissipates quickly and you don?t notice it?s 11.3%ABV.
This is a beer I truly did not appreciate until my palate became accustomed to the style. It?s quite enjoyable and I could drink it all day.
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Good but overrated. Certainly a complex brew but overly bitter and too much alcohol. Aroma is caramel and raisins. Color is dark brown and the head is medium at best but fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The tastes is strong and has some wonderful and not so wonderful characteristics. You are first greeted by a bitter grassyness not unlike sake (not so wonderful) which is then followed by sweet malt and floral hop (wonderful). There is a strong alcohol taste that dominates ever aspect of this beer and the finish has a return of the unpleasant grassy bitterness. This is the only beer I have ever had that was sweet and dry at the same time. The aftertaste is short and has just a hint of maltiness. Highbrow but not high-class. Still it is worth a try.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 Juicy wine-like Belgian quadrupel. Poured a teak colour, with a 2cm fizzy head that receded quickly and left no lace. Aroma initially seemed lighter than might be expected from the 11.3% abv, but complex. Very sweet, with juicy dark berries (blackcurrants), molasses and some peppery alcohol, like a young shiraz. In fact, the aroma is very wine-like. The more I sniffed, the more I appreciated. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Initial flavour impression is of dark fruit - figs, raisins - followed by a hint of spice. Then thereís that almighty rush of alcohol that hits you in the throat, then down in the gut. This carries the alcohol better than many ales of lesser strength. And it softens as you near the end of the glass. (Bottle, best before 8/9/09)
can8ianben (1395) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very complex dark flavour. Hints of toffee and roasted malts, but also includes a sweet fruity layer. Poured deep dark brown into the chalice and gave off huge malty aroma with its substantial cream coloured head which quickly diminished. This beerís alcohol content is hidden in the aroma, although you do feel it quickly and a large mouthful will give you a bit of an alcohol flavour. It is surprisingly smooth and drinkable for how complex the flavour is. I was expecting it to be heavy based on the colour and flavour, but found it to be surprisingly light. Not my favourite beer, but an exceptional one that should definitely be sought out. Thanks to Downtown Wine and Gourmet -- Harrisonburg, VA.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2005 Hazy dark brown with a tan head, which quickly diminished to a thin layer of foam. Aroma of raisins, prunes, and sweet apples. The flavor is definitely complex - the different flavors this went through as it warmed was pretty impressive. It seemed every time I took a sip, I tasted a new flavor. Spicy / peppery / yeasty flavor was present throughout. Absolutely no alcohol harshness - I was amazed to see this beer was 11.3 ABV - just a nice warming effect A must try.