Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet, malty, and light fruity aroma. Brown/candy sugar, bit yeasty. Alcohol, dessert wine, some vanilla. A light bitterness. Coppery amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Very fine bubbles. Sediment pour makes cloudy, obviously. Medium watery body with heavy but enjoyable carbonation - like Champagne, fizzle on the tongue. Perhaps this bottle was a bit old (bought it in Brussels) but I found the taste to have no depth whatsoever. It's not that it had any off flavors. It was clean, starting with just a bit of sweetness but little malts that the aroma foretold. Hops were present, but only to serve as a drying agent. No kick, no overt sugary or vinuous character. Decent bitterness at the finish and an OK dry after. But it left me feeling that I'd not really drunk a Trappist beer. I'll have to find another bottle sometime and re-rate. For now, I'll just have to stay a bit disappointed.
CapFlu (4236) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium, almond head with a vanilla, fruit nose. Beautiful sediment. Clouded orange-brown body. Flavour of muted berries and smooth malt. Little carbonation. Like a watered-down 8. Saddening...
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, hops, and grapefruit in the aroma. Moderate head that sticks around a while. Deep amber color and with lots of sediment. Definitely carbonated with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A good beer, but the flavors seemed oddly muted.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rochefort 6 15 05 07
Deep copper bronce Rust color poured with nice head & collar remains with nice lacing @13C. Slightly oxided raisoned nose, malts just take over and allow a spice to pop out. Cherries? not an overbearing nose, but substantial, little musty dusty. In the mouth it mirrors the nose, tight finish leaving only a reminder of the malty sweetness that preceded. The 7,5%ABV says "high." Thick heavy yeast sludge gets dumped in...Big clove/vanilla/nut? shows up at the front door...Miles in the Sky plays...could be the perfect drinking alone beer?
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut color, thinner tan head. Aroma of raisins and other dark fruits, some candy and some earthy malt. Big sweet malt flavor, some earthy tones along with a bit of yeast, caramel, and pepper. Medium to full body. Very nice.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Very little aroma (perhaps it’s my nose?). Nice chestnut colour set off beautifully in its own glass. Typical Trappist taste but not as distinguished as its stronger brothers and cousins. Nevertheless an extremely pleasant drinkable beer. Score 3.8
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7 and 3.4 Average becomes 3.6
rauchbier (3496) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned. Deep chestnut, good but thinning off white head and good, almost aggressive, but soft condition. Initial bocky melanoidins followed by roasted barley and a funky herbal note in the nose. Quite thin and nutty in the mouth with some mushroom and malt noticable. Finish has some dusty yeast notes, some roast barley and a suggestion of hops.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
My least favorite of the 3. I thought it was a bit too peppery. Candy and banana like taste, Nice warm finish. Still a great beer.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this better than the 8, rivals the 10, mahogany in color, soft fluffly tan head, earthy tones in the nose along with malt, spicy flavors that also included dates & raisins, mouthfeel is excellent, smooth & creamy, spicy finish with earthy-type flavors in the aftertaste, very smooth & drinkable, excellent Trappist beer
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this. Pepper spice and notes of honey. The texture is really nice and combined with the flavor is like drinking fluffy marshmallows. Very light, but still something to sink your teeth into. Must try more.