Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
75 cl Bottle. Nice head, brown dark colour. Little aroma, hints of dried fruit. Taste like a dubbel, notes of roasted barley and choclate. But overall the taste lack of some harmonie in the beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgundy-bronze body with moderate carbonation and a thick, frothy beige head. Interesting aroma of toffee, chocolate, raspberries, mild tobacco, and earth. Nice depth of flavor with toffee, butterscotch, light smoke, and some fig. Medium sweet and not cloying. Mild bitterness with some lightly detectable tartness. Creamy texture. Excellent beer all-around.
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, unclear red-brown with a lasting off-white head. Complex aroma with dried fruit, flowers, oak-wood, dirt and the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet, malty flavour with a bit of bitterness (anise-like) and a dry finish. Very soft mouthfeel.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #30 at Croydon Draught Belgian Beer Festival. My notes say " a pleasant fruity beer (plums and damsons), with some underlying chewy malt. Sweetish.". Pleasant isn’t really a word I’d use to describe a world class beer. Good but not great. I have a bottle tucked away, so I’ll re-evaluate to see whether it shows better than on draught.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown. Fine lasting head. Aromas of plums, prunes and other dried fruits. Also evident yeast notes. Full-bodied and soft on the palate. Nice warmth from the alcohol finishes off.
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours our thick and brown with a huge light brown head. taste is sweet, yesty, and not very strong at all. (not a bad thing). smells like oak, yeast, and malts. this is a beer that i found myself almost gulping because it was going down so well. there really wasnt much to it, it was a damn good beer, but it wasnt exactly what i was expecting. maybe a little too drinkable.
Sigmund (5618) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml corked (champagne style) brown silk print bottle, bought in Denmark. Brown colour with a slight haziness, pours with a large fluffy off-white head. Very nice aroma of oak, leather, yeast, brown sugar, dried fruits and spices, hints of barnyard. Flavour has plenty of brown sugar, malts, oak and figs, hints of sour berries. Some spices and a certain alcoholic bite in the finish. I had to struggle to finish the big bottle by myself, which means that the brown sugar sweetness combined with 8% ABV becomes a little too much in the end. The big bottles are for sharing! Still - this is another solid abbey beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish color with minimal head. Aroma and taste is dominated by raisons/plums. Finishes sweet and is enjoyable. Still, it’s no 12.
kwik-lime (1461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beer that seems to get better and better through the glass. Dark brown colour with a decent sized slightly off-white head that lasts throughout the drink. The head is bigger in the middle but unlike some other trappists is still there round the edges just less thick.
Aroma is wonderful, deep fruity smell, plums, raspberries and grapes all seem to be there. Taste wise it is very warming with hints of fruit, spices and alcohol though not as interesting or strong as some other trappists.
Overall an excellent beer I’d say probably best suited to the winter.
MiP (14257) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 Bottle. Dark chestnut brown colour, small light brown head. Malty, vinous, brown sugar flavour with liquorice aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel. An almost perfect dubbel IMHO. I want another!
Bottle, 8%, 1.5 years past BB date. A lot like my initial rating, but of course with a little oxidation. It has a hint of paper, but it is quite mellow even though the alcohol is still prominent. I guess I would prefer this beer around its BB date.