peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 On draught @ Struise farm. Chesnut coloured beer with great beige creamy head. Aroma is malty and slight sharp with hints of earth, candi, dead leafs and old port wine. The smell is simply magificent. Taste is very Trappist like, it is soft, velvety and complex. Hints of sweet chesnuts, tart red fruits, caramel, bread, malts, some vinous accents and touches of port. Afthertaste is rich, very complex yet refreshing at the same time. Thanks Urbain for this fine treat. I drank a 75cl bottle today that I’ve got from Urbain the other day and this beer is evolving greatly!
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown reddish body, huge beige head, thick lacing; Huge great nose, with lots of complexity, tons of different elements from fresh sour fruits to warmer malty licorice; Near perfect carbonation in a body that is a very little soft, bitter, sour and sweet; Loooong finish where the sourness grows and the aromas explode. Very, very great beer!
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Draft at ZBF 2007: Just found my notes (almost two months later). A beer I will never forget! Ruddy dark brown with red highlights under a thick, tight tan head. Aroma had a nice balance of acid, malt, and earth with vinous notes (as if I were drinking it in a the barrel ageing cellar of ancient wine-maker). Taste.... superb! This has to be one of the most well balanced beers I have ever tasted. Everything working in harmony... Dark red fruits, creme di balsamico, malt, roast, sugar, toffee, and dare I say... a slight hint of sourdough bread in the finish? Mouthfeel was just perfect for this beer. It seemed to want to punish you by slapping you around, yet it seemed to hit in a more teasing way, leaving you to want more "abuse." One of the best beers I have had in a very long time.
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red to brown beer with a big and creamy white to beige foam. Nose is elegant malty and earthy with hints of sour fruits and berries. Taste is less full than the Aardmonnik version and the mouth feeling is elegant and refreshing. The taste has hints of old wine, wood, nuts, earth, Porto, dry fruits, horse sweat and old wood. Taste on tap at Zythos 2007. Very similar with the Aardmonnik version but more refined and a bit less powerful. A unique beer !
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at ZBF 2007, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
Very dark body. Lightly brown, creamy head. Fruity aroma of apples and wine. Lightlu sweet, moderately sour flavour. Very well balanced and complex. Keep up the good work guys!
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2007 Draught. Dark brown red coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma is great. Berries, subtle sourness, spice, grape, some earthnotes and a countering sweetness gives a aroma in great balance. Flavour as well i harmonious and balanced. Dense sour berries, flowers, light sour grape, spice and some light vinegarnotes. Very complex. Has a fantastic mouthfeel. Is dry and grapish in the end with some berrysweetness. Yet another masterpiece from the fantastic Struise brewers. Cheers to Urbain, Carlo and all the others.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 A Mes rate:
Draught at ZBF. Totally love Aardmonnik, totally love Pannepot. Of course they go together, no brainer really. Like a tarty Pannepot or a less sour Aardmonnik. Sweet and sour caramel nose. Red grapes (red wine) a la Aarmonnik. Great dark brown colour with a tan head. Simply incredible in the mouth dancing over the palate jumping from sour Aardmonnik character to the candy sugared roastyness of Pannepot. Earthy and sugary, balsamic (very) and creamy. Its a tastebud assault. Loooong finish goes on for a long time. Superb. Clearly one of the best of the festival.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Earth Nun has arrived. Dark brown, thick head. Aroma of sour apples and other sour fruits. Lively, slighty acidic mouthfeel, tart-sour fruit flavor, maybe cherries. Lacks the creaminess and maltiness of the Reserva, but still dry and lovely.
SHIG (3403) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Draught: Poured a dark hazy brown with light brown thick fast acting head. The aroma was fruit and acidic. Spicy earthy flavor that finshed dry acidy.
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull chestnut colour; good beige head. Sour, lactic and even acetic acid aromas, severe. Very dry, extremely woody with a perfect lactic/acetic balance. Complex without showing. Very dry, agreable, certain slickness. Great beer, but oh, so severe!