BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 11.2 oz bottle.. I had this last night because i hadn’t tried it in forever, and I was glad I did. It was expensive as hell, but worth it. On the pour, good head, dark brown-red color, lots of carbonation. Smell was fruity, cola-like spice. The first taste was amazing, far better than what I remember. Tasted like a lively brown ale, with a belgian-sweet finish. Nice warm alcohol notes. Top notch!
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
.75 liter bottle. . Nice red color with a creamy head, very inviting smells of fruit and oak. Taste is sweet with hints of fruit and caramel, well carbonated almost too much. Sweet stickiness afterwords brings a need for water.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
05/03 on the cork.
Pours a rich auburn with a frothy light tan head. Smell is fruity, caramel malt, lightly bitter, candy sugar/molasses.
Taste is again that rich fruity and caramel malt. Lightly spicy. A bit overcarbonated but that fades as it warms. Rich and smooth. A bit sticky mouth especially in the aftertaste.
Not overly complex but surprisingly good.
oh6gdx (26412) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Bottled. Hazy brown colour with huge bubbly beige head. Sweet alcoholic citric aroma with some malty notes. Barley, malt and lots of yeast in the flavour. Also some banana and caramellish hints. Pleasant palate, but a bit much carbonation.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, served in the proper Chimay goblet. An excellent Belgian, up there with the Bleu. The yeasty smell is more subdued than the Bleu, but there is more fruit. Quite refreshing.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a mesandsim rate:
This is one of our old favourites - something we haven’t had for quite a while. Trying it recently reminded us that it’s a great beer. Good hearty trappist nose and flavour. Smooth and full-bodied. Complex and slightly sweet.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.20 oz. bottle from The Anderson’s, Columbus, OH. Lovely orange-red with tons of tiny sediment at the bottom of the bottle; monstrous, white, fizzy, frothy head that’s easily recreated with some light swirling. Aroma is Belgian yeast, alcohol, and apple/pear. Flavor is more of the Belgian yeast with an excellently balanced and complementing light bitterness; slight pleasant pungency (the description says "astringency"); light alcohol warmth and evaporation through the nose. At first I felt this was too thin but as I drank it, it seemed to be come more full; TONS of carbonation, with the beer becoming just a bunch of bubbly froth in the mouth until the beer is allowed to sit and "burn off" some of it; slightly sticky after all. Overall, this is not a knockout beer; what is impressive about it is the sheer craft of the beer; it won’t knock you on your ass, but it’s impressive how subtle and how incredibly well balanced it is, how it all fits how and all aspects of the beer just work together. I am looking forward to some of the "heavier" Trappists.
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great little bottle. Appearance is amberred with a dull head. First sip reveals a heavy aroma of honey and sugar turning refreshingely bitter.
Great for café talks and a sturdy meat meal.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red with a white head. Smells of rose hips, candy canes, and caramel. Tastes of grapes, raisins, dates, figs and spring flowers with morning dew. Mouthfeel leaves a lingering carbonation that tickles the tongue for several minutes after the finish. Lacing lingers throughout the enjoyment of the beer.
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful palate. Full of all sorts of fruits & flavours. Well malted - nice and malty like a real ale should be. Excellent head and head retention, but surprisingly, lacked lacing. Cloudy, dark, hazy bottle conditioned appearance and character. Very yeasty. Lots of aroma.