Frank (3713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 You know, if somebody gave me this and told me it was an English barleywine, I’m not sure I’d try to argue, at least not that much. The big malts are there along with dark fruits but there’s very little of that spicy yeast character that makes Belgians taste like, well, Belgians. It does pour a lovely dark amber with a nice bit of white head. And it is surprisingly crisp, smooth and easy drinking for any beer let alone one of such high gravity but a Trappist ale it is not.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper colour. Thin white sustained head. Aroma has the plain sweet fruit scent. The taste is a plain sweet lovely scent. Instense alcohol taste. I must die....
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured orangey amber with barely any head at all (might’ve been a touch too cold, but not that much)...smells a little a touch citrus, then sugar and alcohol, maybe some earth fruits...tastes very thin and watery up front, then artificially sweet and alcohol with a thick spicy, syrupy, alcohol after taste...not bad, but it really does bear a striking resemblance to a bad barely wine, not a fantastic Belgian...
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When you taste it rather warm, it is the best. Interesting effort and should be recognized for originality.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This looked deep maroon to me when held up to the sun. Ok head. Very sweet aroma,candy sugar evident. Malty,sweet,dark fruit. Bit of an alcohol burn but thats ok. Great winter beer.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color, liveley carbonation, little creamy headm nice. Malt cherry nosem medium alcohol tastem initially very maltym light roasted coffee undertones. Peppery, thing mouthfeel.
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - JUL 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy cinnamon nose with some dark fruits supported by alcohol. Tall foamy head - fizzy and lacy - with a deep ruby color - gorgeous! Heavy syrup and fig malt base. Some toastedness and caramell. The spicy end is the highlight of the profile - cinnamon and some pepper. Medium body and a warm round mouth feel accented by the strong lcohol. Complex, but there is something very straightforward about this.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2005 Tap @ Blind Tiger. When cold, tasted like a porter but as it warms up the flavors come out. Roasted barley taste. Smooth, sweet and creamy. Cannot taste the 10% at all. Re-rate ’03 22 oz. Poured into trappist glass without much head. Aroma is still high alcohol with flavors of coriander, caramel, malt and brown sugar. Taste is nicely balanced with still some hoppiness and nice bitterness.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy medium bronze/copper color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, cinnamon, and sugar. Very sweet. Flat watery body. There’s something about this beer that gives me a headache everytime I drink one.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was an excellent brew, however I find that its labeling as an abt or quad is strange. Much more like a barleywine than anything out of belgium. So while I liked this brew I thought it was out of place as labeled. Exceedingly sweet. Nose and on the tongue. No yeast...not bottle conditonied...can we call it a quad then...? Certainly not an awful effort simply not a quad. And because they refuse to call it anything but that I must give it a lower rating.