rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark hazy reddish-brown hue, with a creamy tan-colored head, bready dough, fruity note, brown sugar, sweet roasted malt aroma follows through on a medium- bodied palate with a fruity note of plums, figs, dates, a chocolatey accent, also mocha, sweet roasted malt, bready dough, leading towards a fruity alcoholic warmth and spicy, malty finish.
piscator34 (2033) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromatic notes of red berries, caramel malt, raisin, and nutmeg. The sweet caramel elements become more eveident in the flavor, along with additional notes of very mild toasted oak, vanilla, plums, and other dark fruit. Not a great deal of alcohol presence. Complex, yet easy drinking. I was expecting to get blown away by this beer, and was a little disappointed that I wasn’t, but this was still a pretty darn good.
jdjuice (389) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very nice purple-brown with small but lasting head. Smells like wine and cheese, kind of strange. Maybe a little too much carbonation, but the flavors are very very nice. Very mellow. Begins with underlying sweetness, raisins and plums, flavors from a semisweet white wine. The finish develops with roastiness and caramel-y sweetness which lasts for a long time. High alcohol is evident on the finish, good for warming up. Very complex and very distinct stages of flavors. Quite amazing.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
undistinctive, but intense
a firebreather’s beer
like drinking scotch
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very disappointing. This is a typical strong Belgian brown, with nothing making it stand out from the pack. IMO, there are several other browns that are more flavorful. Alcohol content is high, potentially making one pay a price for the mediocre flavor. Fruity flavor???
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, some spice, slightly musty malt, and alcohol. Flavors are dark fruit, malt, yeast, spice, and toffee/brown sugar.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO. Tasted in Westmalle Trappistenbier chalice. Pours a very deep brown / plum colour with thin but sustained tan coloured head. Aroma is sweet, with fig, plum and raisin notes. Also has a slight candy floss scent. Flavour is very yeasty, thick and rich. Very Christmas pudding like, full bodied, with elements of caramel and tofee, especially in the finish. This beer is a meal in itself.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep rich garnet color, frothy, toasty deep flavor with an aroma like dried fruit soaked in liquor and sprinkled with nutmeg. That being said this seems to me less complex than some abbeys but still full-bodied and chewy enough to make you feel like you really drank a beer (and maybe even ate a meal!).
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - NOV 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown colour tasted in conditions both warm and cold.Not like one of the best but nice beer.Bit sweety and alcholly aroma on top.Also stays not so much on mouth either.Quality beer far from other abbeys.Over rated it seems.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark brown. Alcohol is noticable in the aroma, along with something somewhat reminicent of baked peach pie. Sharp initial feel that mellows and warms as it goes down. Beyond that, I find the alcohol drowns out the more subtle aspects.