Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice spicy aroma, with plums and raisins. The taste is full of banana, spice, and candy sugar. Pleasant, really, a nice effort.
Strykzone (4900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle bought near Detroit. Hazy and brown with a decent off white layer of foam. Its nose is malty and fruity. Yeast is tasted first along with rich malts and fruit. The fruit is passion and is complex. The flavor is ok but is a little thin as is the feel. It is close to an Abbey Tripel by style. It is pretty much hop free and offers almost no bitterness. It is just ok.
ralflott (4) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in mid-Michigan, August 2012. Compared surprisingly favorably in a head-to-head to a few other other self-described "Belgian" microbrewery offerings.
A welcome Belgian flavor similar to comparable Brewery Vivant Belgian ales. While not quite as enjoyable as the Brewery Vivant offerings, the Fortunato is not far behind.
Slightly-cloudy reddish brown, small head. Its initial taste is slightly sweet with a nice Belgian spice/yeast flavor; good mouth feel, medium body and carbonation; nice finish - taste of spices and a pleasant lightly-sour bite. Among the better Michigan Belgian ales of similar style and alcohol content.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color. Very modest head for a Belgian. Nice raisan aromas, Lots of Belgian spice taste and a sharp finish. I just had a hint of yeast on the bottlm of the bottle unlike the "true" belgians. All-in-all, I enjoyed this brew, and would buy it again.
BrownALEx (265) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle....light carbonation and very little head....pours a dark maroon.....nose has some banana and some slight alcohol...taste is fruity with apparent alcohol...not the best Trappist I’ve had but a nice effort.
superspak (2540) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy brick red color with a small off white head with ok retention, that reduces to a thin ting of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass; minimal streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, pear, molasses, caramel, and light yeast spiciness. Aromas are ok, but are really sweet with almost no spiciness. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, pepper, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, earth, and slight yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, biscuit, toast, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors seem a bit stale and off balance. Slight cloying sweetness as well. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 7.5% with hardly any warming after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a pretty mediocre Belgian trappist ale. Definitely needs more peppery yeast spices to balance it out at the very least.
rumproasts (2846) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
in the style of a trappist brune. seems to have all the right elements, but not in e right proportions. a little too sweet and flavor is slightly off. not awful, but not as good as the real thing.
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark & cloudy brown. Small white head. Fruity citrus aroma. Sweet flavor. Medium palate. Lacking carbonation. Bought a single. Drank it and thought based on the low carbonation and funky flavor that I had a bad bottle. Bought another single and while I liked the second bottle a little better, overall wasn’t impressed. Maybe both bottles were old. Others seem to like this one better, but I just couldn’t bond with it.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper with a thin beige topper. Aroma is yeasty up front with dark malts and dark fruit behind it. Some breadiness, dark candi sugar and a bit of spice comes into play. Taste of dark fruit, yeast, candi sugar, mild chocolate, mild nuts and brown sugar.
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at last summer’s Michigan Brewer’s Fest - Pours hazy orange with a lingering head. It has a fruity, yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet with tasty fruit notes. It’s medium bodied with a lively palate. Good beer.