RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Dark brown. Cherry and prune aroma, with some chocolate. Malty, with some roasted bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruits, toffee. Small amount of alcohol, but not a lot considering it is 9.2%. Superbly complex, an amazing beer.
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark brown ale pours with a lovely tan head. The flavor is of bittersweet chocolate, with a spicy malt finish. Overall, a very tasty and hearty beverage.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Brown Coloring. Good Head. Herbal. Plenty of Bite from the Alcohol. Bittersweet.. Some Malts. Spice. Overall, Not Bad At All!!
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Pours a dark amber color with a big head. Very malty aroma. A dry malt taste followed up with a bit of stale bread. Interesting and tasty, but not one of my favorites. A bit of spice as well. 8/4/7/3/15
Best before 27 12 12; Tasted December 12, 2009: This one started odd. Never had a Trappist beer start do the slow-mo gusher routine. My surprise was compounded by the first pour, which had the consistancy of a milkshake. The bottle hadn’t been moved in a year, so how all the freaking yeast got stirred up like I played a soccer game with the bottle, I have no idea. Cloudy brown color with a meidum head that fades immediately. Massive sediment. Aroma of Munich malt, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of biscuit character. Taste is really odd... The rum, molasses and caramel would suggest that I’d love this beer to death. The carbonation like Champagne, cooked veggies and celery indicate this was actually brewed by the moronic brew pub in the backwoods that thinks adding brown food coloring to sewer water makes it beer. I’ve never been more turned off by a Trappist, including my hate-accept-loathe relationship with Orval. It gets one more try... 7/2/6/2/14
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #600. Bottle best by 04 02 08. Sweet aroma with cherries, raisins, chocolates, and brown sugar malts. Scrumptious aroma. Pours a very hazy, mrky dark brown color with a gorgeous long lasting vanilla colored large head. Start is tangy and slightly sweet, turning into maltiness with significant choco-coffee notes in the middle. Roastiness to finish with some slight bitter hops in there as well. These monks suck at praying cause theyre too good at brewing.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, reddish brown and very muddy looking, like bad wine. Big head and sweet aroma. Flavor of raisins, plums. Slightly sour. Very good.
JonMoore (1875) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (12.08.08). poured a murky, dark brown with a large, foamy/creamy off-white head.
Aroma is great; malts, caramel and slightly sweet, spices, raisins and other dark fruit. Surprisingly thirst quenching and drinkable. Full bodied and creamy. Taste is sweet malts, dry and gets sweeter in the mouth with a nice long faint aftertaste. Alcohol is well hid. Excellent.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first belgian ale. Poured copper brown color with a creamy, large head which dissipated fairly slowly but left a film on the top. The aroma is refreshing, though not very unusual, with a strong malt and spice presence. Initial taste is very balanced spice and malt. The body is full and very-well carbonated (i.e. a good carbonation presence without overdoing it). Amazingly, the taste soon turns to sweet in your mouth and then disappears, leaving behind an extremely clean finish. This is a beer that anyone with functioning tastebuds and working taste receptors in the brain could drink and love.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a lite brown with a whipped cream head. A nose of toffee and dark caramel. Nice lite refreshing body. Alcohol well hidden. Dangerously drinkable. Delicious!
hopdog (9008) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark reddish-brown with an average sized tan head. Some floaties. Aromas and tastes of raisins, spices, and apples (more in the taste). Alcohol well hidden. I haven’t met a beer brewed by monks that I haven’t liked!