WhoU (48) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real smooth light head and carbonation. Bottle amsterdam dark red autumm brown. Fruity sweet really smooth for a strong beer. Creamy and suprisingly easy. Very enjoyable at any time
Mpuntmuts (63) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly muddy dark pour with medium tan head. Dark malts and burnt sugar, sweet raisins and a little bit of booze. The smell is not in your face though. Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Dark fruits, raisins / plums and caramel. Very nice. Creamy mouthfeel with the right amount of CO2. Very good trappist.
superspak (1892) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled in 4/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big pear, apple, raisin, plum, pepper, clove, banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light/dark fruits, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, candi sugar, toast, brown bread, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great crisp malt/fruity/spicy flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian dark ale. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
citydave (43) - - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 750 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a light tan head full of uniform, long lasting bubbles. Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, yeast, and slightly of nuts. Taste of the same, with the warmth of alcohol, but not as strong tasting as other beers with same ABV. Palate is not as smooth as I would like. It is a bit more fizzy than I would have expected. Pleasant finish and aftertaste that is slightly sweet. Overall excellent. One of the best beers I have had.
simardsam (40) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune avec une teinte rougeâtre et trouble, collet épais crème. Nez de levure, petits fruits et de malt. Goût sucré, de caramel, d’alcool et quelque chose de terreux. Légère amertume à la toute fin, mais à peine perceptible.
rangerred (780) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle into a goblet.
Pours a slightly hazy very dark ruby brown with a frothy two finger tan head. The head sticks around for a very long time leaving huge globs of lacing once it finally does fade.
Aroma is chock full of grapes and plums along with licorice. A whiff of alcohol along with some spicy yeast notes. Some woody notes in there as well. The aroma doesn’t smack me in the face like i was hoping but it is very nice and complex.
The flavor is really heavy on sweet molassas, toffee, dark grapes and plums. Some wood and a fairly hefty dose of alcohol. Thankfully the sweetness tends to fade and does not dominate the taste and mouthfeel. More alcohol is detectable while cold but as the beer warms, more complexities begin to emerge with the wood and dark fruits. Silky smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel but the sweetness is restrained.
Overall, a very good and accessable quad. While it may not have quite the complexity of some others, it stacks up well and is a favorite of mine that is nice to revisit every now and then.
biirusaikou (273) - - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Raisin, roasted malt, nuts aromas. Dark plum flavor, crispy malt, honey, herbs, peppery bitter finish. Can clearly feel the alcohol, has a kind of whiskey ending, not my favorite Belgian strong but a very solid one.
Oktobrfestgirl (3) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Together with Schneider Aventinus (which actually is more similar than one would think), simply the best!
strattonspeaks (71) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark opaque brown pour with massive, bubbly light tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, alcohol, and earth tones. Taste couples the aroma, increasing in complexity as it warms. Nice yeast, spice, cherries and dark fruit notes. Boozy and warm. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, slick. Terrific beer.
nickel (101) - - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color. High long lasting sticky head. Aroma of fruits and malt. Lovely bitterness of malty beer.