mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned. Poors a dark reddish coloured beer with a big lasting head. Nice lacing, and in the nose, sweet aroma’s of malts with raisins and hints of caramel.The taste is sweet with raisins, some alcohol, well hidden, and hints of pepper. Medium bodied, extremely well balanced. In the final we have cloves, pepper and hints of caramel. What a fantastic beer.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark red, with a tan head, can see sediments floating throughout. Great balance throught. A world of flavors. Complex and tastey.
lordhumungus (14) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex brew with masteful balance between the hops, malt and yeast. Initial intensity melows into a long rich rewarding finish. As with any ale; if you drink it too cold you will wonder where all the flavour and aroma have gone.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark redish-brown; big head. Not much of an aroma, but it’s eventful, with a complex flavor cycle of alcohol notes, malt sweetness and smooths out quite nicely with some hints of chocolate (?). Not my favorite, but it’s definetly a beer of quality.
jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man was I looking forward to this. I’ve been stuck in Japan, the beer black hole, and this is the first good beer I’ve been able to drink in too long of a time. Poured an opaque brown with oat-colored rocky head. Taste was deeply malty, surprisingly not very sweet, with good warming alcohol. Not quite as full boadied as I expected for a Belgian, with lots of carbonation, and almost resembled a bock. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly better than what I have easy access to.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(07.25.06) One pint 9.4 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 11/05. 9% ABV. Sweet malt aroma. Poured hazy brown with medium off-white head. Soft carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied ale that starts dry with light malt/fruit (raisin)/caramel/spicy flavors. Finished dry with light bitterness. A pretty good Belgium ale.
SudsMcDuff (8226) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in the new goblet..dark murky mahogany big brown colour, better than average lacing, good puddle of constent head foam....bananna’s -fruit -roastiness -bitter off fruit -leather =aromas.... alchol is masked completely...delicously nice+mellow yet fiercly magical brew..
Jarredon (14) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours brown with a nice frothy head. Slightly sweet aroma. Smooth and very flavorful with a great creamy texture.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. Grand Reserve 2001, sampled 2006. Dark mahogny. Licorice in aroma. Flavor of chocolate and licorice. Carbonated palate
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Guys you described it well. I will just add that there is quite a difference if you drink it cold or around 12°C. Do not rush, wait few minutes so beer can worm up a bit and you will enjoy every sip of it. Such a nice creamy mouthful! One of my favorites. Very good trappist.