Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with beige head. Chocolat, caramel, coffee little bit spicy taste.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Goodo cho0colatey brown color with a whopping large head. Aroma is a strong of wheat but has a good smell of grapes hiding behind it. The flavor is a very full bodied dubbel. A good oily palate really balances this beer out well and makes it very enjoyable.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Bottle dated 19/08/05. Beer pours (in Westmalle glass) a dark brown-red liquid with an enormous amount of cotton-soft topped off-white head that dissipates somewhat, but lingers and looks great. Aroma is of brown sugar, dark plum, raisins, sweet fruit, port, chocolate. Flavor is of plum, raisin, port, only vaguely sweet but brown sugar, chocolate, with a faint, but noticable hop taste which slightly mars this excellent product. Otherwise, the ending is smooth and clean. Also has a wonderful mouthfeel. Sampled at 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice amount of off-white head. The head stays forever and the beer is excellently carbonated. Aroma is filled with spice. Taste has a great spice to it that starts kind of sweet and goes down very smooth. I think i got hints of apple in the taste too. Very good trappist.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Rating #2 Bottle. A ruby brown color with a laced tan head. The aroma has roasted malts and banana. Alcohol, caramel and dry malt flavors. Rating #1 (7 3 7 4 16) Bottle @ Toronado. A ruby brown color. Ginger, brandy, dark malts, and wood. A smooth, rich full bodied beer.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown color with a creamy beige head and lote of sediment. Lightly friuty and spicy aroma. Nice grape, malt, nutmeg and pepper flavors. Tons of carbonation.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark and deep red color. Clinging white head. Some fruit in the nose, not too much spice. Warming taste, plenty of esters. This beer, like some have already said, is waaay too carbonated. That lower its score from me a lot.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 oz. (?) bottle. A lot of rich dark malt and caramel nuttiness softened by an oatmeal stout-like texture. Too carbonated, negatively affecting the palate. Most of the fruitiness I noted was in the aroma -- apple, pear and plum. Would love to see what this does in a 330 ml bottle with 2+ years of aging.
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muy buena cerveza (como buena cerveza de abadia) Ligero sabor afrutado. Es un poco cara.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours with a significant , creamy, perennial head; raison, chocolate, and banana nose; it has a sweet, cocoabutter, nutty (walnut?) flavor that's a slightly tart in the finish; nice balance. Not overly complex; though I really like dubbels, this is one of the few that gives you alot without giving over-the-top, imposing funkiness that many others do. Drink mass quantities! Too bad it's so expensive, it'll be along time before I get another, myself.