|"Appearance: The glass is rimming with lace, hazed brown colour gives the appearance some depth.
"Smell: A spike of clove, layers of ripe fruit and malt sweetness are what the aroma is all about.
"Taste: Clove is certain to be the first flavour you taste as it rides the wave of sweetness, big brown sugar flavour with some cake-like malty qualities. Some buttery and phenolic flavours shoot to the palate in the middle to make it a bit juicy. Some earth and carob flavours in the mix. Alcohol is a little evident, it hiding under the sweetness right behind the fruity flavour that soon flare into esters and mild solvent flavours. Finishes sweet and warming.
"Mouthfeel: Exceedingly smooth with a creamy full body after the smoothness moves through.
"Drinkability & Notes: I'd have no problem sipping this all night long. A heavenly abbey ale that goes down as one of the best for me." —Jason Alström, BeerAdvocate
"Burnished dark copper color. Yeasty dough, dark caramel, nut fudge, and mild cinnamon aromas. A smooth silky entry leads to a chewy, fruity sweet medium-to full-bodied palate with raisin compote, toasted nuts, peppery spice, molasses, and toffee flavors. Finishes with a long, chocolate covered lemon peel, and spice fade. Rich and delicioustry with ice cream and nuts." —Beverage Testing Institute
Gold, 2006 World Beer Championships