alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Nose is plums and brown sugar with just traces of belgian yeast. Flavor is heavy on the plums up front, a pleasant bready fig/yeast combination as it warms a bit. There is a noticeable alcohol burn that detracts from the overall taste from cold to warm. Not my favorite trappist (not close) but decent. chmurarz (645) - Legnica POLAND, POLAND - OCT 10, 2009
Quite good, not the best, too sweet, nice looks, alc character well performed, has this belgian orange peal characte as well BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex brew, balanced, hazy, good head, good Trappist drjay44 (3771) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Obviously not a good bottle as it pours with no head and is completely still. I’ll evaluate what I can, rate it accordingly and acquire another bottle for re- rating at a later date. Body is clear, dark amber with an (SRM 15).....nose is dried fruit, cherries, raisins, also molasses....taste is sweet malts, toffee, caramel, then dried fruits mentioned finishing with a light molasses sweetness...mouth feel and carbonation are not rated. I think this might be a really great beer. It will be interesting to taste the difference carbonation makes. goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased this 750-ml bottle from Frank’s Beverage in Glen Cove, NY. Pours a deep red brown color with a decent sized head that subsides rather quickly. Each time a bottle of a Trappist Ale is opened, and I take a sniff, it’s always a memorable experience. There is such a unique aroma from this beer that I can’t stop sticking my nose inside the glass! Strong hints of dark fruits, malts, and caramels tantalize the senses. The taste is complex, but everything pulls together rather pleasing. The taste is of bread malts, figs, and grapes. At almost 7% ABV, I polished this off with no problems at all. Wonderful execution on the style, and will undoubtedly seek this out again.
I usually will not comment on how other members rate their beers (because everyone is entitled to their own opinions), but, with that said, how can some rate this a C, or even worse, a C-? I understand there are better dubbels out there, but come on now, seriously? I wish some would just give this beer a little bit of the respect that it deserves. Damaging ratings ought to be withheld for garden-variety American-style lagers. ~
Headbanger (4009) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
16.9 oz crock-Pours adark amber light brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of fruits, caramel, sweetness, and malt. Taste of fruits, sugar, and yeast. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and tasty. RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
330ml bottle, Morrisons. Good dark ruby, malty, rich tasting ale. Ripe fruit evident, alcohol not too overpowering. Pleasant and smooth, my first experience of a Duth trappist ale. absurdia (20) - BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2009
25cl Bottle. Dark brown color with a nice medium beige head. Aroma of caramel & toasted malts . Sweet malty flavor with caramel and some fruits. Medium body, not very complicated. Very digestive & nice beer. La Trappe is not well known in Belgium and is often well appreciated by my guests. smith4498 (3650) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Pours dark ruby red color with creamy tan head. Aromas of raisins and candy sugar. Moderately sweet raisin flavor with some candy sugar and a touch of yeast. Medium body with lively carbonation. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2009
750ml - Aroma has tons of fruit, chocolate, cherry with a nice malt and yeast finish. Flavor matches. Palate is creamy and smooth. A tasty brew.