ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2009
11.2 ounce bottle - $4.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
It’s been a good five years since I’ve last had a La Trappe, so let’s see how they’re doing these days! I vaguely recall either a 3 of 4-pack with a glass (that later broke). So many misty, watercolored memories!
Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red, almost antique brick-hued body with a frothy, though somewhat short-lived, light beige head.
Smell: Dark malts and dark fruits tossed around in, appropriately enough, some dark syrup. Notes of dark sliced bread slathered in dark caramel and splashed with a bit of good, clean alcohol.
Taste: Dark, noticeably bready malts with a sweet, hearty brushing of both dark caramel and Dutch stroop. Meager hint of simple chocolate. Fruity mixture of dates, Concord grapes, and figs. Some woody hints along with a spicy dusting of finely ground pepper. A bit of alcohol heat on the semi-sweet, fruity, spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Paired well with the 1920 silent film "The Parson’s Widow" directed by Carl Th. Dreyer. Still though, it’s not exactly the best Belgian Dubbel on the block, as it’s beaten out just barely, at least for me, by both the Rochefort 6 and Chimay Red. ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle. Another one I have enjoyed many times. I had it this time out of the crock. Dark amber brown colour with frothy beige head. Sweet caramal, cinnamon, dark fruits, wood and yeast. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of yeast, slight caramel, slight candi sugar, and slight malts. Poured deep orange/deep amber/brown/caramel in color with a large, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly cloudy. Sparkling. Full of minuscule particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of dark ripe fruits, caramel, slight tobacco, malts, candi sugar, slight wood, and slight yeast. Medium body. Moderately dry, slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, dark ripe fruit, caramel, and slight yeast finish. dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2009
Head dissappeard quickly, but that might have been my glass. Foam was a nice brown. Smells sweeter than it actually is. I tasted whole wheat bread in the middle of my mouth. Taste lingers for a while. Nice RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Opaque cloudy brown with a small beige head. Fruity malt aroma. Rich, ripe dark fruit flavor. Sweet and heavy on the alcohol. Very good.
DuffMan (10423) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy tea-brown with a golden head that displays good retention. Very yeasty fruity aroma, but toffee and toast come forward as it warms. Heaps of figs and plums in the flavour, with underlying sponge toffee malts. Very tasty, medium body that feels heavier because of the generous flavours and the sweetness. cfrancis (3444) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
Very good Dubbel. Pours a chocolate brown. Nose is chocolate and malts. Taste is sweet, very little bitter. Chocolate is the running theme that I noted. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Trappist brewery number 6 of 7. Sadly, I fear this is my last stop in tackling all the trappist breweries for a while, as Westveleteren is so difficult to obtain. Alas, I drink. Pours a dark brown with dark red around the edges, not opaque, but dark, with a small beige head that disappears faster than I can type. The smell is potent, as I could smell it during the pour. Smells of raisins, malt, light hop, some other dried fruit, and maybe chocolate. Very complex smell. Tastes of raisin, chocolate (which I don’t understand), some malt, and that’s about it (nothing like the smell in terms of complexity). Bubbly bite to it, with a medium body, and a funky after taste. If you want a trappist dubbel, I suggest Chimay Red or Westmalle’s, but this was interesting nonetheless. KyotoLefty (10254) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2009 Dark brown with a touch of orange or amber. An extremely tall head that leave lacing all the way down. Rich aromas of roasted malt and yeast, with chocolate, grapes, dried figs or raisins.
The flavor is dryer than expected. Lots of chocolate and raisins. Very rich malt, not heavily roasted, hops not noticeable. Finish of chocolate malt, dried fruit. A touch of sweetness, but the overall impression is dryer. It may be the hops that are kicking in at the end. Something feels missing, though, something seems bland. Very sophisticated. A nice change from sweet trappist dubbels. nice indeed. Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Poured a soda like brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma was slightly chocolatey, very fruity like grape juice, citric-pear, caramel, a fresh herbal quality, salty, and almost sour. Flavor was sweet dark fruit, strong malt, caramel, subtle chocolate, rooty, some vanilla, citric, and a bitter woodiness. Palate starts soft but quickly feels overcarbonated, and there’s a little too much alcohol in the finish.