WanderinCelt87 (157) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy amber with a white head with a orange zest aroma. Taste has hints of clove and orange with a slight stringent taste at the end.
suprchunk (2103) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden/straw colored pour. Creamy, small, white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing. Malty aroma with notes of alcohol and yeast. Slight citrus note. Sweet malty taste with a bit of yeast bit. Slightly more bitter than it should be. Finishes over-dry. Bitterness lingers. Good.
jkwood04 (3803) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz Bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some light fruits and bananas, some pale and caramel malts, and light bitter notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent Belgian blond ale, but not worth the price and nothing special.
wisdomsolo (399) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity aroma. The flavor has nice mellow fruitiness and breadiness. Them monks did a good job on this one!
fluffy (1503) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
really, its great to see a beer this good can be made states. leave it to actual monks to make it right. pretty gosh darn awesome.
ModeEngage (149) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
http://imgur.com/WYZZylo - Bottle. Pours hazy golden with moderate white head. Smells of spices, vanilla, and citrus. Drinks smoothly with little lingering hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Tastes of bread, banana, wheat, and light citrus. Good effervescence. Finishes clean.
MaBeer1972 (1268) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Four-pack from Julio’s. Poured into a stem glass. A murky honey-colored brew with a frothy white head. Banana-pear-spice aromas. Flavor is beady and fruity, with spice. Pear notes dominate. Reminds me a bit of Mystic Renaud. Bitter-bread finish. One big turnoff is the fizzy mouthfeel. Very good overall, but not stellar, and definitely not worth the price ($18/4pack). I would not buy this again unless they lower the price.
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from first batch, less than a week after the release. Decanted off significant yeast. Pours golden with a slight amber hue and a thin recycled paper white head. Aroma is strong banana, mild clove. Taste is fairly crisp with pear, bread dough, giving way to a clove and banana finish. Carbonation is strong enough to tickle the tongue. A good start for the first American Trappist.
Lukaduke (2065) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a golden color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose has a big banana bread front end with some clove and spice on the backend. The palate follows the nose with huge isoamyl acetate notes. Banana runts, low carbonation... this beer is a mess.
puboflyons (2075) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the first bottled batch released in January 2014. 12 fl. oz. The pour is golden with a slight hazy character and a fizzy white head that dissolves after a moment. The aroma is clearly in sync with what is going on in the other 8 European Trappist monasteries with the toasted biscuit note, candied sugar, pear, apple, yeast, clove, and other spices. But all balanced and mellow on the senses. The body is medium and smooth. On the taste the flavor evolves from a toasted biscuit character, to pear and apple, and ends with a serious clove bite. But even though all of those other characteristics get their moment in the sun the clove is the one you will remember most. Beautifully done.