edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
brown body with no lacing. aromas of fruit (raisin), malt and alcohol. black cherry flavor with hints of tea and sweetness.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/amber with a huge tan head. Sweet fruity/nutty aroma. Flavor of malt(bread)and a little dark fruit. Dry and hoppy finish.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Looks like a dream in the glass (used an Orval glass). However no lace. Tastes clean and dark-fruity with hints of banana. Should be interested in tasting an aged bottle. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.5. Average becomes 3.8
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 vintage bottle. Tasted this beer with Maibockaddict. Reddish orange in color, with lots of floaties. Sharp, fruity aroma. Full bodied beer. Well aged bottle, and it was wonderful.
Maibockaddict and I also had a newer version of this beer, a 2003 version. More fresh aroma. Raisiny flavor, not as aged as the first one 8 years. It ages very well and its worth the money.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1996 vintage (with a new 2003 vintage to follow)Part 3 of my Trappist tasting with Mkobes. pours a beautiful reddish orange with lots of floaties. Awesome head as with any trappist. Sharp fruity tobacco aroma. Yum. Full bodied musty tart malty flavor with fruity undertones. Obviously well aged, yet still wonderful. New version rated to follow in bold. Newer version (2003?). # 4 in my trappist tasting with Mkobes. Pours deep orange red, with a few fewer floaties. Perfect Trappist head again. More fresh earth aroma than the 8n year old version. Some raisiny fruitiness, with a musty, tobacco undertone. Fruity raisiny flavor, with tobacco undertones, that is nice, yet not as aged, obviously, as the first. This ages well and is well worth paying hundreds of dollars a case. Nuff said
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, doubtless old.
Nice leather color. Pours cloudy with a nice cream head that stays for a time--well-structured.
Complex malty nose with aspects of currant, raisin, yeast.
Smooth, malty taste with depth. Decent balance of malt and hop with dark berry, caramel hints. Very nice.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003? bottle. Burgundy red with deeper chestnut browns, fizzy (as expected) but a big off-white head with some brown flecks in it. bottle conditioned. Aroma of bittersweet prunes, light phenols, dry gingerbread?, and a touch of sweet molasses. Hmm, this is very light, much more so than expected or hoped for. Good cinnamon, brown sugar, earthiness, rhubarb, dry raspberry and a touch of lightly sweet chocolate. Very watery consistency, finish has some alcohol on it and a touch of astringency. Not terribly impressed, will try again at some point.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark brown and think rich caramel head. As for taste, compared to the other trappist beers with its nice spicy slightly fruity palate. Well balanced alcohol, roast malts and hops.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 9th, 2004: This brew is a dark brown color with a thick foamy light beige head. Very thin lacing. It has an aroma of fruit, malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and rather smooth with lively carbonation. The flavor consists of fruit (plum was very noticeable), malt, and nuts. The flavors did not seem to play very well together though. The finish has a nice dark fruit character to it though. This beer is decent but I have had better Dubbels.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown body with a tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Rich malt aroma. Some tobacco, raisins and alcohol.
Full malty flavor. Raisins, yeast and alcohol are present too. Licorice, slightly sour and some of that tobacco among the flavors.
Full-bodied and spritzy on the tongue. Good mouthfeel.