Davros (2535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours murky dark brown with a small head.
Nose shows red wine, heavy oak with vanilla notes, rich malt, sultanas, caramel, fruit cake, golden syrup, even some soft phenols. Lovely.
A mixture of sugary sweet and boozy tannin-laced drier flavours. some fruit cake again with more golden syrup. Very long-lasting finish. The red wine is a little aggressive, overpowering the malt complexities.
Lovely syrupy body.
Rangi (669) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisin, dark fruits and alcohol dominate this beer in flavour, aroma and taste. Enjoyable beer. Fairly big and one to be careful of. Would make for an enjoyable night cap on a cold winter day.
djoeye (2886) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours itself outta bottle a tan head, which soon is just a layer on the dark brown body.
Scents of red wine, teak oil, fermented plums, dark grapejuice.
Tastes coffee-malts, dark chocolate sauce, red wine, asian soy sauce.
Vinous to palate. Fruity finish to the dark side. Should be enjoyed slowly.
25cl brown bottle abv11% as gift from The Arctic Beer Professor Rune, thanks man!
Jorn69 (2066) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (89:-). Vinös, syrlig, trä, fruktig, kryddor, jäst, karamell, ganska stor sötma, alkohol, medelbeska, medelfyllig. Torr avslutning.
Muggus69 (1767) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250mL batch 866B
Deep bronze body. Holds a creamy beige head.
Richly complex nose; vinous plum, biscuity malt, vanilla toasty oak, a touch of cheesy lees character with undertones of cherry pip, balsamic and light horsy funk...why hello Brett!
Full rich body, creamy carbonation with a touch of balsamic tartness.
offers an abundance of flavours on the body; rich toffee malts, Port-like dried fruits, cherry pie, vinous red fruits, leafy hop, balsamic reduction, toasted oak, with developing Brett horsy/pineapple/almond funk. Luscious finish, acid and mild bitterness provides balance.
A truely unique beer. Not sure if the Brett character is intentional, but it adds an extra dimension to this beer.
cjldm (55) - - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quad's are my absolute favourite, and there's barely a high-ranking one I haven't tried (including the Aurora Borealis). Served in a La Trappe glass. $AU20.
Big head, fluffy and good lacing. A deeper brown than some other quads.
Bitter smell, a classic quad dark fruit bouquet, but with a real red wine kick! The barrel-ageing was very impressive; more so than some of De Struise's offerings!
The taste is impressively complex. Deep red Trappist fruits with a sour oaky red wine aftertaste that gets sweeter as it moves further back the tongue. The barrel taste is far more prominent than the Scotch-barrel equivalent. There's some smooth cocoa and sour cherry. Perhaps lacks the magical water taste of Rochefort and the interplay of sweetness and bitterness found in the Westvleteren.
Very pleasant silky chocolately creamy mouthfeel, though perhaps it blends the flavours a little.
Overall, pretty much as good as a quad gets (and this is from a seasoned drinker!) Like the Westvleteren, Rochefort and Pannepuet, it really brings it's own twist into the equation. Not something I had expected from Nogne O who, at times, can fail to deliver on their promises. Such a shame it is in such limited supply, but I am very lucky to have tried it!
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Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thrilled to be tasting this! I really like the fuzz around this one, being brought around the world. Pours a dark brown colour with a typical belgian head. Aroma of dark fruits, pepper, dough, red berries from the red wine, oak and some acidity. Such complexity! Taste is also really complex; lot of the same things, together wine some more sweetness and some more sourness. The oak and the redwine does make more of themselfs here, making such a special and unique taste. There are also some slight alcoholic notes in there as well, but it doesn’t damage the experience that much! The finish is long and acid, in good balance. I love the combination of the classic abbey and the sourness which this beer creates. Full body of course, together with a little fizzy carbonation and a quite soft mouthfeel. Overall, this one is going to be remembered for quite awhile, such uniqness. That’s one of the things I love with Nøgne Ø, they have the balls, the effort and the capacity to make such beers as this. I’m really impressed with Aurora Australis!
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A hazy dark brown beer, with a large, frothy, mostly lasting light brown head. Thye aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted dark bread, hint of chocolate), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of figs, raisins, red wine, wood, vanilla, alcohol, some berries. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, average carbonation. very long finish with light to moderate bitterness, moderately alcoholic. A nice beer, bold, fruity and vinous. Nice experiment.
Pinball (11739) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red brown smooth brown head aroma of wood red wine funk Belgian yeast flavor israisins wood dark fruits figs faint spicy bitterness , red wine
Sevenlee (1669) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with an beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, wine and woody notes. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a sweet and woody finish. Fantastic!