RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky reddish-brown with a thick beige head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with hints of banana, apple, and spice. Flavor is thinner and drier than I expected. Not much malt or hops in the flavor. Some vanilla. Highly carbonated. My bottle didn’t lace much at all. Some slight flavors of cherry and black currant as it warmed up. Not bad, but I expected more.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pours a brown opaque haze...light tan super rocky huge head. Yeasty, fruity aroma...very rich. Initial sweet apricot, chocolate, yeasty taste. I was very dissapointed in the palate...very thin feeling to me. I really enjoyed the westmalle triple much more...glad I tried this one though...pretty good...not awe- inspiring. One last note: the foam and lacing of this brew is awesome, I loved watching it lace down my glass, which makes me wonder why it tastes a little thin.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a red glow. Ridiculously large lasting head. Aroma of fruit, apples, bananas and cookie dough. Flavor is a bit yeasty. Smooth medium body. Finishes clean. Much better at warmer temperatures. Nice lacework. Decent, but probably overrated.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, cookie-like aroma with some chocolate. Pours dark mahogany with a tan and brown speckled head. Flavors are spicy fig, brown sugar, raisins, and apples. A little too fizzy on top of the tongue at first, but that’s goes away quickly. Very nice Ale.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogony color with a big beige head. Nice rich fruity/malty aroma. Would expect more flavor from the aroma, but there’s malt and apple flavors with some holiday spices. Medium body. Finshes dry. Could use a little more complexity to match the aroma.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown color with a very small head that does not stay long. Has a nice spiced apple/fig taste with nutmeg and cinnamon undertones.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark redish brown color with a medium head. malty and fruity aroma. malty spicy taste with an apple flavor to it. a bit of alcohol in the finish.. Very nice beer.. Once again the monks know what they are doing!!
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Red/brown colour. Big head. Spicy, malty aroma with notes of cinnamon, fruitiness and apples. Malty, spicy taste, hints of alcohol and fruitiness (candied apples). Medium sweet. Slightly bitter finish. A nice beer, not as good as Chimay Rouge in my book, but still very nice.
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown hue. Pours with a light foamy head, the nose is spicy, fruity, malty of apples and cinnamon, gingerbread, prunes, bitter chocolate and cookie. The beer is rich medium-bodied with fruity flavors of dry fruits, raisins, figs, has good malty caracter of chocolate with a touch of porto in a dry finish.
turbothy (1090) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Quite the disappointment! (But still a decent beer, mind you.) Pours a beautiful black brown with beige head, but doesn’t deliver in taste and smoothness. May have been served too cold - will have to rerate. 399 other ratebeerians can’t be wrong :)
Re-rate more than 7 years later ... a very good beer; raisin and toffee and malt and other goodness. Excellent balance, smooth mouthfeel. MOAR!