theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very effervescent(cork flew across the room before I even touched it). poured a nice dark brown with a good head. Aroma is malty, nutty and vineous. flavour is sweet and malty. I think this be better rounded with age. The second one's going in the stash 'til next year.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Murky bronze appearance. Pungent baking soda smell. Smells briny but good. Aroma is intriguing and scary at the same time. Fantastic organic, nutty flavor. Terrific drinkability. This is a lovely beer overall.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Carmelized shortbread, touch of vinous fruits in the nose. Sweet/malty, cream, bit of chocolate. Soft yet assertive mouthfeel. Slight warming alcohol presence. Delicious, well-made and worth seeking out.
egajdzis (4893) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a cloudy brown color with a large off white head. Fairly mild aroma of yeast, malt, and caramel. Spicy malty, yeast flavor. Some alcohol as it rolls down your throat. This was a nice way to start the night, this was #1 750 ml of whaleman and I's trip to Monks.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lustrous bronzed-apricot. Amazingly dense, sticky off-white rocky head. Rich, elegant aroma with flocks of esters, star anise, and fruitcake. Perfume, herb, rose, glazed malt whispers alongside that sumptuous Achel yeast character. Tight, spongy carbonation. Impeccable body. Opens with an estery, rich malt onset and big leathery, cedary notes. Chewy mixture of cakey malts, sweet doughy yeast, and a whole score of ripe esters. Apricot and mint leaf traces. Long fruity star anise backdrop matched with a spicy noble hop bedding. Lingering peppery alcohol and candy sugar notes with just the right amount of must. This has everything from their addictive house yeast character and juicy noble hop finesse to deeply rustic malt charm. And it’s quite elegant, which is typical of the entire Achel line. Truly remarkable.
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color, poor head. Aroma of malt, caramel, candi sugar, a light fruitness. Malty and sweet; caramel. Easy to drink, but not outstanding.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean beechnut, with a bountiful thick creamy head, that emits a wonderful effervescence. . . large fruity raisins, plums, soft chewy pears, light alcohol and lovly malt aromatics. . . Sweet fruity flavours up front: strawberries, soft caramelized bananas, and alcohol combine in a very soft and creamy palate. . . some nice almond flavours with lots of raisins and light spice . . . more flavours of butter, pear, toasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness round off a wonderful beer.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml capped bottle
<P> Clear garnet with a creamy tan head that refuses to shrink. Phenomenal, marshmallow-like head retention and lacing. I get raison bread, cherries, toffee, nuts, plums, figs, along with faint banana and chocolate on the nose. Rustic and complex flavor with a burst of dark fruits leading things off. Midway, the bready and nutty malts catch up, along with a bit of phenolic spiciness and toffee. Banana and chocolate finish up, with not even the slightest hint of the 9.5% abv. Carbonation is lively, but doesn’t intrude on the creamy and rich mouthfeel. Quite the tasty brew, and a very respectable take on the Abt/Quad style. Thanks to my buddy Dave for the bottle.
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
light hazy red-brown colour, chaotic foam with big bubbles, aroma of candy sugar and malt, full-bodied, sweet, alcohol and sugary finish - powerfull and well-made though maybe a bit too sweet
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good Quadrupel. Malty, fruity(plum), and sweet. Finishes crisp, clean, and smooth.