Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Dark brown colour going a little bit on the red. Nice head when pourred that does not disapear too quickly. Roasted malts and higher alcohols are first impression. Very hearthy beer with a caramalized aftertaste. As usual with Trapist, a very fine beer.
Re-rate 2004: I had to re-rate this beer when I had it at the Greenwich in Brussels. This beer was served at room temperature and the aroma and taste had more complexity to it as well as one of the most beautiful apricot/peachy feels to a beer that I had the chance to taste. Wow!!!
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky brown like the pelt of a purebred horse. Yellowish, dense head, collapsing in the lacey way. Nose of bananas, plums, pears. Some roasted malts and "students' oats"(=mix of hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and raisins) Taste of bitter pear. Very velvety and yet muscled underbuild from a range of malts, roasted and pale. Retronasal amonds. Alcohol, brandy-ish and higher alcohols. Very thick, nourishing mouthfeel. Monks' beer was once called liquid bread. This is whole-meal brown bread, straight from the farmers' oven. Impressive.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty, cherry with a touch of chocolate and brandy. A full bodied trappist ale. Big malt flavors. Chocolate, cherries and toffee. Touches of banana, vanilla and raisins. Well balanced. Extremely well balanced. Hides the 9.3% alcohol very well. I think I like this one better than the 10. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is lightly bitter.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Nut brown, slightly murky, with a light brown soft head. Prune, cinnamon and spiced aroma. Big forward flavour, punctuated once by alcohol and the followed by spiced tart flavour. The palate is short and tart. I’m struggling to score it has highly as some others. Perhaps I might cellar a few and see how they fare. This bottle has a used by date of 25/02/08
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Small light brown head - small lace. Great aroma; malt, fruit (banana, berries and a load of FIGS...), yeast. (Too) Lively/fizzy mouthfeel. Taste; sweet, chocolate, coffee - stays on the tongue... Sirupy on my lips. Slightly bitter finish. Complex.
Hansen (5973) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine, dark color and head. Lacing. Good aroma with notes of dark fruits. The flavor has a lot to offer: Dades, raisin and perhaps a little laqurice. Real good filling palate.
guzzler (76) - AE, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is probably the best beer I've ever had. Pours deep amber with a creamy tan head. Fruity, fig and raisin aroma that continues into the flavor. Chocolate and coffee hints that make this an outstanding beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The ABV in this beer is not supported by the body. It starts out with strong fruit and tart flavors but gets weak quite quickly. It looks beautiful in the glass but leaves much to be desired- especially given the raving reviews. I would try this again allowing for the fact that I may have gotten a bad bottle.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at 't Brugs Beertje on 5-15-03. Pretty dark brown with a puffy tan head. Smell and taste reveals figs, raisins, licorice, and spice. Nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. The 9.3% didn't seem noticeable to me.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 Deep amber color with flat dense tan head. Fruity yeasty aroma with significant malt presence. Flavor is sweet with hints of berries. Malt is a near perfect blend. It’s warming now and the flavor of cherries is coming out a little. Alcohol is not overbearing but effect is almost immediate. Mouthfeel is high effervescence yet smooth on the palate. Overall a well balanced and complex ale. Re-Rate 2/13/10. Bottled 19-08-09. This is 6 months in the bottle and drinking very nicely. A cloudy dark amber with a majestic head which settles slowly and leaves a creamy layer covering the top. One of those wonderful complex aromas which invites your senses to overdrive. Dried fruit, yeast, straw, malt. The body is velvety smooth like its big brother the "10". Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, a delicious malty Belgian treat. Nearly as good as the :10" for sure.