ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 bbd082906: Pours with a nice, frothy, head; chaw-spit colour and pungient aromas: alcohol, licorice, oak, cheese, shoe-repair shop....thatís just strange....; the flavor is very rich, nutty, alcoholic, definite notes of raisins and dates; a bit sour on the palate; some slight coriander spice and maybe black forest cake coming though; this is a brew like no other. Not quite as I recall drinking it from the proper glass in Haarlem......but still, amazing!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
itís a fine specimen to behold: a lightly yeasted pour the color of dried tobacco, the warm ochre of a martian twilight, the color of dough and the dirty-gold of a back-lit morrel mushroom. hereís another one of those desparately expensive beers where with every sip you feel the meter running--like a san francisco taxi ride. you say: "i smell red licorice and spanish boot leather", and take a sip. bam. thatís fifty cents worth. you ask yourself: "is it woody and sweet and delightful?" and take another sip. bam again, a buck. "yes, yes, it IS!" you slurp it loudly and languorously over the tongue like the wine tasters do-- to savor every molecule of encapsulated trappist wisdom-- and still you curse yourself for selfishly swallowing it. another dollarís worth is gone... and so it goes. a tug of war to carefully catalogue the intricacies versus the overwhelming impulse to drain it away. amazing. where else will you smell cranberry and chocolate in the same sniff? itís the very deffinition of complexity in a masterful libation: few essences are overbearing, and nearly any taste can be offered as a reasonable discriptor: mint and raisin? sure. haunting verisimilitudes weave in and out: "was that mustard and cheddar? hmmm, maybe... plum jam and peasant bread? yes. bourbon and lemon tea? honeycomb and cedarwood? yes. all of the above". peppery chunks of yeast settle out like buckshot; carbonation is the gently roiling air upon which the butterflys of flavor can play, this ale is milky textured and sweet with moderate bitterness. the alcohol dots the íiís and crosses the ítís, and ultimately crosses your eyes as well, and by the time you get to four dollars fifty cents worth, youíve tossed aside the notes and given in to the hypnotic flow of flavors. sweet dreams.
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There are quite a few flavors in this beer. Chocolate, coffee, fruits... this beer is great for rewarding yourself. Pours a wonderfully dark, rich body, with a head that lets out some amazing aromas. Alcohol is masked very well, goes down smooth, with a satisfying aftertaste. Squeezed this bottle ítill the last drop, this beer ainít cheap. But it was certainly worth it. Still have a 10 hanging out, thatís next.
Sammy (8529) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
a wonderful sip. Complex spice mix. Great at end of meal, after meat and such. Replaces a great wine. Worth getting the signature glass and plunking down two or three times your cheap beer once in a while. Fruit (and the fig/date richness fruit) and hops and spice smell.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy brown and a beautiful cherry color when held to the light. Small off-white head diminishes to a film of creamy bubbles on top. Rich, complex aroma with lots of dark fruit esters, brown sugar, coriander and allspice. Sweet - very sweet and malty, with subtle spices, noticible alcohol and a slight tartness in the finish. Smooth and mellow with an astringent nutmeg aftertaste. Medium full body and soft carbonation. Delicious and definitely a treat at about $8 for a 330 ml bottle.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet smells of plums and citrus greets you. A ruby reddish hue and a decent size head is acheivedn by a careful pour. Sweet taste followed by a hoppish aftertaste. Definatley a must drink
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy ruby-orange, no particles (careful pour). fizz racing up the glass. thickish head that leaves quickly, long lasting lacing. dried apricot and plum aroma. as it warms, a little candi nose too. super fizzy mouthfeel, foams in the mouth! slight apricot flavor, dry & slight hop. complemented with enough malt to give good balance. little alcohol on the finish.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big fizzy brownish head. Lots of yeast floating around in there. A deep dark mahogany colour. Hints of alcohol and plums in the aroma. Quite malty, spritzy carbonation.
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 Another tasty trappist ale,This is another cloud watching,yeasty,rich experience,big wood and fruit,a delight all the way,great warm chilled safe effect.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big head with hazy body. Tasted teh floating yeast with a slight metallic wang to it. While true to type I just can't give it the high marks others have