bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at ABD in Brooklyn. Pours a nice deep redish brown with a thin white creamy head. Reminds me a bit of Ommegang (which I have had a number of times before trying this Westmalle). Dry malty taste. A good brew.
thornecb (4926) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle says best before 10/07/06. Poured into a trappist glass. Nice solid head quickly disspates with no lacing. Thick toasty caramel. Shows a beautiful red when held to the light. Lightly sweet with a slight sour taste. Quite fizzy with an abrupt finish.
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...pours deep red-brown with gold around the edges. Generous, creamy off-white head.
The aroma is fantastic. Slighly sweet, oaky, with a hint of alcohol...very lively and intriguing.
Nice, crisp body, but a little thin...even for a Trappist. Flavor is sweet and dry with woody undertones and a resinous finish.
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Pours brown with a tanned head. Sweet with some bitterness. Aromas of fruits (prunes and pears) with some hints of yeast. Quite fizzy Co2 level. Long dry finish with some alcohol. Slightly overrated i reckon.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Creamy/ foamy tan head atop reddish brown body. I noticed strange dark fleck of sediment in the foam. WTF? Perhaps I accidentally agitated the bottle too much. Aroma was slightly vinous, and then opened up to caramel malts and dark fruits. Good balance in this beer. Slight alcohol warming note in the finish.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(01.03.06) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 7% ABV. Expiration date 02.03.06. Hazy amber ale with medium sized off-white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Ftuity, toffee aromas. Medium bodied that starts dry with light malt sweetness and tangy toffee, fruity flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A very good dry Belgium ale.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep redish brown with active carbonation feeding a huge tight creamy tan head. The aroma is malty and nutty with hings of alcohol and dark fruits. Decent complexity in the nose. Tangy malts burst onto the tongue. Nutty roasted and sweet malts are along with darker fruits and a slight alcohol flavor. The finish is a bit roasted, fruity, and sweet.
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer had a sweet carmel smell with a nice head and attractive lace. Solid brown color and full body. Finished smooth with a bitter fruitiness.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great, like a Coke. Dark with a thick creamy head. Sweet, caramel, fruit, plum aroma. Medium bodied, fizzy. Slightly metalic, maybe a little soy saucey. Nice flavor with sweetness, fruit and caramel.
JK (5125) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
What a disappointment. I love a good dubbel and they are hard to find. This one has little to offer for a rather expensive beer. There is a light apple aroma which makes me think the beer might have been spoiled, but the best by date was over a year away and it was stored appropriately. A dark brown beer. Malt flavor, but not nearly enough of it; and no fruit at all. Thin body, and clear appearance. I will have to try it again, but I didn’t like their their tripel either so maybe there is something about this brewery that doesn’t work for me.