OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a relatively fresh bottle in May 06.
Pours a dark brown with red -brown highlights and a robust tan head. The aroma is apple cider, apricots, and brown sugar. The flavor is highly refined - rather than being in-your-face, it carries warm roasted malts, laced with mild plum sweetness, into a balanced hop-dominated finish in which the bitter flavors mingle with tendrils of residual sweetness. Plenty of pepper and spice on the tongue, but pepper and spice that are there for you to seek and out savor, rather than spices that impose their presense on you. I admit to tasting hints of old-school diet pepsi, the quite dry kind with a bit of bitterness in the artificial sweetener, but even this isnít an altogether bad thing, though I canít explain precisely why not.
The beer is extremely drinkable, aided by the ample carbonation and relatively light mouthfeel that come without sacrificing quality or even - if one looks hard enough - complexity. Iíd dare conjecture that this beer would make a very nice introduction to trappist styles for those just beginning to explore the genre.
eaglefan538 (2966) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like Belgians, but this one - although nice - was a tad disappointing in the flavor department. Large beautiful head (at least two fingers) on pouring, which sustained itself quite nicely with decent carbonation in the body and mouthfeel. Dark brown and cloudy in appearance. Aroma was a really strong wine / alcohol type smell. The flavor was malty and semi sweet, but finished with a somewhat surprisingly bitter ending.
bigbish (640) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A slight fruity aroma, nice tan head that disipates fairly quickly. Not overly carbonated. Tastes of raisins and plumbs(?), slightly malty. Not an overly pronounced flavor.
Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer. Donít get me wrong, its good, but not great. Way to mellow of a dubbel, little yeast character.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a brownish beige head. Quite a good beer, but it finished with a bit too much alcohol taste for my preferences. Almost like a cognac the last few sips.
jhliesen (786) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle-Beer #11 on the 2006 Europe tour--The color was a deep, deep brown, almost black, with a creamy head. The aroma had malts, cinnamon and other spices along with yeast. A strong caramel taste developed as the drink warms. Good thick mouth feel.
ghawener (1542) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: First sip is an alcohol bomb, as you progress the taste is much more subtle with soft hints of cherries, red fruits. Finish is a bit thin and flat. Very potent aroma, strong alcohol fumes.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. I donít know why it took me so long to try this, but anyway. Rich caramel-brown with a frothy tannish head and lace. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate malts - sugar candy and bread. Flavour is rich in malts - predominately caramel smoothness. Itís pretty underwhelming I think, especially when compared overall to the Tripel.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby red color with huge off white head. Aroma has cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, sherry. Flavor is malty, fair amount of caramel, touch of dark fruit, with a mildly sweet finish. Palate is a bit fizzy. A very nice brew, though not the depth of flavor that some of the other trappists have.
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully caramel flavor with a lingering rasiny/spicey finish.
How can you bash one of the cornerstones of the style?
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice-looking dark brown body with big and creamy tan head. Musty and yeasty aroma with notes of spice and malt. Flavor is alcoholic, but not enough to overshadow tastes of of fruits ó plum and banana ó and spice. Medium to long finish and a pleasant enough mouthfeel if not slightly overcarbonated.