DCJack (182) - 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 (1734) - 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.
beleth (5) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A excellent brew with a dark body and a light brown head. It has a smooth, spicy flavor with hints of fruit flavors. Unfortunately, the alcohol bite in the after taste detracts a bit from the overall flavor. A good quality brew, worth trying at least once.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 (Rerate 3.1.2007, prev. 7-4-8-4-15). Dark red color, big beige head. Sweet aroma: brown sugar, berries, yeast, mild alcohol, licorice, chocolate, plum and spices. Medium to full bodied. Sweetness, brown sugar, plum and biting yeasty flavor with some licorice and spices. Aftertaste lasts with good licorice and warming alcohol. Definitely better at second time!
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep red-brown, OK head. Toasted sugar and stewed pears like Unibroue, lotsa phenols, marscapone, plums, marzipan, banana, allspice, orange rind, honey. Aroma-wise there’s a lot going on but it’s not that exciting. In the mouth it’s quite the opposite - powerfully alcoholic (tongue-numbingly so) with a yeasty-bitter finish. It’s malty I suppose, but not overwhelmingly so. Lacks flavour, really. I’m a bit surprised I haven’t liked these more, because I thought their Wit and Grottenbier were both excellent.