Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best before date on this one: 04-02-05 Sampled late July 2006.
Peachy and opaque, with a fair amount of chunky deposit, not much of a surprise for a such an old bottle. What was surprising was the lovely thick pearly white head, so far it seemed to have aged quite well.
Fusels seem to be a bit more tame than in a fresh sample, but were still fruity, if not a bit more vinous, but without being too maderized.
The age came through a bit more in the flavor, although carbonation was still in great shape. It made me think of an old attic or dusty basement, but in a good, fond memory kind of way. I was expecting the alcohol to be much more prevalent, but it wasn’t playing the diva at all, even though it was bone dry in the finish. The yeast was perfectly balanced along with it and had a great body to hold it all in place. A classic.
DarkMagus (475) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, bright golden/yellow color... huge foamy, relentless head...left behind some lacing on the glass. Very flowery, yeasty aroma... strong yeast flavor with citrus, some slight spiciness, and maybe even a little bit of hops/bitterness. Very sweet, alcohol finish. Took me awhile to drink... pretty intense brew.
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this in bottle in Cafe Vertigo in Amsterdam for after-work drinks. What a wonderful blast. This Trapist is very strong on the alochol, not too sweet and healthy proportion.
Deldoddadinho (4) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is a really good Trapist tripel! Hard to describe the taste of it but something like sour fresh green apple...
It’s easy to get and It’s good..!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a hazy light orange with a big off white head. good amount of carbonation. Spices seemed to dominate the aroma, with some dry apples and other fruits pushed into the background. Taste is very spicy up front, with hints of tangy citrus fruit, and a spicy, peppery finish.
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 pours a hazy yellow with an off-white head. nice aromas of floral, belgian spices and candies. well balanced malt, spice and sweetness. a very refreshing brew with a dry finish.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at the Trappist Cafe in Westmalle. Really good, happy to bring back a few of these back home.
jhliesen (786) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle-Poured a hazy orange color with a small head and lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation that left lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma was mostly spice, clove the most dominate. Fruit and spice flavors most prevalent in the taste. The alcohol does hit you further along the drink. Pettys 4.99
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pioneers and trendsetters have through time, and in all domains, been the object of innumerable imitators. In the arts, followers built movements such as cubism or surrealism, but the instant an innovator arises there will always be those who take the concept to new levels. While we sometimes remember the creator, as Picasso has been remembered for cubism, other times history retains the epigone, such as the idiosyncratic Dalí. The same phenomenon emerges in the world of beer and after visiting the tripels of famous brewers throughout Belgium, it seemed that I would ineluctably encounter the original. Westmalle may have designed an idea long ago, but when compared to the eccentric creations of today, such as La Chouffe’s Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel, it is rather clear that evolution means to break stylistic barriers and merge seemingly opposite movements; for better or for worse. With all that in mind, I simply pour Westmalle’s œuvre into the goblet it seeks. The clouded gold body quietly erects a spongy white foam that slowly expands before thickening to a cream. White chocolate and vanilla scents form the principal essence, supported by the salient ester aromas, banana and bubble gum, the sweet malts, toffee and cookie dough and the finely intertwined spices, pepper and clove. Redolent grains and white grapes make an appearance beside a sweet white honey fragrance. At that point, one might sigh and conclude that after all, everything in the world is right. As for myself, I simply sipped from the glass and decided, mid-swallow, that that time had not come. Cereal and biscuity flavors become more apparent in the flavor. Banana and apple share the stage with prompt spices: coriander, clove, pepper and vanilla proceed in file across the tongue. The untactful carbonation and dry palate seal the peppery aftertaste with a lingering thirst. The broken rhythm of this beer leaves me reminiscing of greater examples, and the recurrent pattern of a fading archetype.
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Empties into the glass an murky haze thats is near opaque. Orange with yellow contrast and small fizzy head. Aroma is with a greeting of yeast and spice. Flavor is very strong with spicey yeast, alcohol, and perhaps dried out banana. Has a old taste to it overall which im estimating a life of 2 years or even more.