MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good example of the blonde. Beautiful yellow colour with a great and long-lasting head. Strong taste of both alcohol and yeast combined with a fruity, hoppy aroma and a sparkling body. Very balanced.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blond beer with a big head. The aroma is fruity (pears) with some old shoe sole. Sweet taste with a sal amoniac and yeasty aftertaste. There is also a hint of port wine. Nice.
SilkTork (5019) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Sept, 2002The abv is now 9.5%, and it certainly is becoming more available in supermarkets and good off-licences. I bought mine in Oddbins which keeps a good selection of Belgium beers. The high alcohol content certainly makes itself felt and in my experience overwhelmed the subtle flavours. I did try this at room temperature so will try it again cooler when the alcohol will be more subdued, but I didn’t experience the joy others obviously have with their screams of "best beer in the world!" [2.6]
Nov, 2007 There’s elements of a strong lager about this - pale, light and with a strong alcohol that shows its plastic, solvent face. Yet there’s also a delicate freshness, and some yummy qualities of spice, vanilla and orange. The warm brewing method and the powerful, hungry yeast develop some great character out of the pale, pilsner malt and the lager hops. There is much to be enjoyed in this - a dry, light strong pale ale. [3.5]
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Very nice. The aroma shouts MALT, YEAST, MALT! The hops are an afterthought. Also detected a hint of black pepper in the nose. This sparkling beer has a nice, dark golden hue. The initial sip is moderately malty and lightly hopped. I detected a little apple and black pepper. Fizzy. The finish is just a touch sour, but mostly crisp, clean and dry. Very nice belgian beer. I’m looking forward to trying the dubbel as well. World class brew!
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had two bottles of it tonight. One that was dated 24/04/04 and the other one that I had cellared was dated 05/09/02. The younger one had a golden yellow colour with a smalle head while the other one was more amber-like with a creamier and longer lasting head. I found the young version quite agressive. Alcohol, yeast, candy and my wife says citrus aroma. The alcohol mostly masks the flavors but gives it a spicy character. The cellared one was more about caramel, grapes and honey. The alcohol flavor and aroma became a lot smoother and the beer felt very round. If I could rate them as separate beers, the young one would be a 3.5 and the old one a 4.5. I’ll probably hold on to the ones I got left for a couple of years.
johninmelb (1116) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe I got a bad bottle. This one didn’t seem to measure up to the other Trappists to me. Still a great beer with complex and distinctive aroma and flavours as you’d expect, but not in the same league as the others IMO.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A smooooth golden ale with nicely hidden alcohol, very finely balanced flavour that stays with you ’til well after you’ve finished. Mmmmm.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excelent brew from the Abbey of Westmalle. One of the best triples out there.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A most afforadable and easy to find Trappist. Very typical of the Trappist.... malty, aroma, spice and all from the yeast! No spices added in this Trappist.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 750ml: Pillowy white foam clings beautifully to the side of the Westmalle chalice. Serious Triple aroma boasting lemon, Saaz, grass, Sauvignon Blanc notes, fresh flowers, and bready pale malt. Spritziness, fluffiness, transitions to creaminess; reminscent of Hapkin as having the best feel I can recently remember. Predominant flavors of pepper, dough-like chewiness, grass, metallic tinge, and clove. German hop and spice round out the balanced/dry finish. I love sweet Triples; and this is a sugary delight. Alcohol perfectly evident; provides a tremendous warmth to the gullet. Whenever I see this beer in 750’s I grab a handful. I’m glad I have five more in the cellar. Arguably the quintessential Triple; and a showcase of a greatly ruling Trappist ale. Ages like a gem!