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 (7644) - 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 (6355) - 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 (3211) - 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 (1141) - 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!
Garrat (1311) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a small bottle.Ruby in colour,small head.Another orgy of soft north african fruits,I like these fruits on there own,but not like this.