ryandrinksbeer (10) - USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a dark brown with a creamy medium head. yeast residue on the bottom. looks pretty good. it has an indescribable smell very inviting. spicy and alcoholic on the palate. changes from smooth-spicy-smooth and goes down warm. this is my first belgian brew and i donít think it will be my last.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy dark brown with medium cream colored head and some floaties. Sweet malty aroma smells like raisin bread or maybe I should say cake with a touch of grape candy. Malty flavor with dark fruit. Finish is mildly bitter with tobacco notes and dry. Medium-bodied.
larsga (7215) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smallish white coarse-bubbled head atop an opaque black body which is dark brown towards the edges. Aroma is quite faint, some hints of bread and yeast. Taste is dense and hard to make out when cold. Leaving beer to warm up from fridge temperature for some minutes. When warmer: bready, spicy aroma. Still quite faint. Taste is more powerful, very harmonic, but itís hard to make out what it consists of. Not really that interesting. Strong aftertaste of spice, but canít tell which one. Perhaps paradise seeds? Quite bitter, but in a way that doesnít really add to the beer. Not sure what all the fuss over the Westvleteren beers are all about. Rochefort is clearly a lot better.
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Re-rate: The raisin notes are very fresh, pretty amazing. Sweet and interesting incredible. Iím raising my rating in a non-smoky environment.
Bottle at the Map room. Vinous aroma, light raisins, some dried figs or something...overall not too strong aroma. There was someone smoking two tables over and it was distracting me. Argh! Dark brown, ruby light showing through the edges and a thin white head that lasts. Chocolate, grapes and some roasty caramel. The fruity, vinous flavor grows as you drink. Not as complex as some, but very good. Lighter body for such a dark, big beer. Dry finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky mud brown in color with orange highlights when put to light. Fizzy tan center for the head with some icy offskirts. Admirable aroma consisting of brown sugar, prunes, nutmeg, cloves, chocolate, anise, whole wheat bread and banana peel scrapings. Rich and bright flavor. Chocolate flakes, sweet rolls, plums and other assorted dark skinned fruits. Several earthly interjections partake in the Trappist display, honing in on cigar wrappers and walnut shells. Dark candi sugar is clearly at work, joined by a presence of crystalline brown sugar and blackstrap. Tingly effervescence, medium-bodied and thickening as the fizz dies down. Finishes like English pipe tobacco. Easily enjoyable.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a big head. Aroma is sweet, candy, molasses, rasines, prunes and other dark fruits. Taste is fruity, sweet, candy sugar, prunes, dark fruits. Full mouthfeel, and a medium sweet fruity aftertaste. This is a good beer.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to blankboy for sharing his www.belgianshop.com order with me!. Wanted to celebrate the long weekend with something special, I think this one qualifies. Enjoyed in my Westvleteren goblet. Poured a lively, deep ruby-brown with a nice, tight, lasting light tan head. Aroma is of spices (cinnamon, cloves, pepper, anise), sweet dark malt, ripe apples, a bit of tart cider, other dark ripe fruits (raisins, plums, prunes, blackberry), even hints of chocolate, caramel and light-bodied red wine. Quite a medley. Taste is all of the above, but ALIVE - roiling around my palate, with yeast, some alcohol sharpness - much more going on than I can encapsulate. Wonderful, but light. Starts fruity-lively sweet, finishes slightly more bitter. Mouthfeel is lively and a bit slick. I havenít rated the Westy 12, but Iíve had it - this is a less complex beer, but Iím dying to pop my one (and only!) ABT 12 to compare. If you like belgians and abbeys, you owe it to yourself to try this one!
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hey Mr. Flemdawg,
This is an 8% REAL Trappist ale, not Bud ! "Born on dates" need not apply- this ale will mature nicely for 2 or 3 years! Try again next time. This is a truly beautiful cloister ale, full of fruity,phenolic malty aromas with a deceiving drinkability in spite of the alcohol. Beautiful !!
Belgian Brews Rule
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Could no determine the Best Before date on the cap, but this one had no lable. Dark dark brown, and a fluffy tan head. Raisiny malts, with plums, carmel, dark fruits which I could not really pick out in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits, raisins and plums, carmel, molasses and a bit of earthy/woody/appley notes as the flavors popped with warming. Smooth all the way down. This went very nicely as I was grilling steaks on the honeymoon.
vanvenlo (1688) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11 June 2005 - Big ripe stone fruit and hop, with some light spirit aroma. Cloudy medium dark brown colour, with good head and lacing. great stone cherry like fruit flavour, big spice and mainly pepper. Fantastic balance of malt-fruit-hops. How can this be made with such lightness yet fullsome of flavour.