ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/04/2012. About time I review this. 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark reddish brown color. The head is a four finger light tan color. Rather than recede in a generic manner, the head merely loses texture before only collapsing partially. There is a LOT of lacing on the glass - not the ringed lacing of a good IPA, but spotty with large clumps.
S: Lots of caramel malts, stewed dark fruits (like fig, plum, and raisin), lighter fruit esters (pear, apple), and a hint of chocolate. Perhaps not as enchantingly nuanced as Rochefort 10, but still wondrously aromatic. Nicely bready.
T: The very first sip is loaded with chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. After a few more sips, a balanced sensation of pears and phenols pop up on the finish along side faint alcohol warmth. I can also pick up a touch of raspberry and leafy tobacco as well, and the aftertaste has a bit of a milky cream flavor that is immensely enjoyable. It takes a while, but eventually, a spiced sensation of subtle nutmeg and cinnamon on the palate will show itself a little more than half way down the glass. Quite complex, but a little less so than Rochefort 10 - which is a moot point at the end of the day. This still has top caliber balance and craftsmanship.
M: Not perfectly delicate, but the body’s thickness is perfect. There’s just enough of a cleanliness to the finish to encourage one to drink this faster. The booze manifests as a slight warmth on the tongue and stomach - but because of its balance, it just works in concert with the whole experience.
O: It might be one of the more drinkable and balanced quads I’ve ever had. ’Course, I’ve never had Westy 12, but Hell, doesn’t Westy 12 have a very, VERY similar recipe to this? Ah well, that doesn’t matter, because it’s every bit as mindblowing as I hoped.
Humlehode (158) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with nice head. Aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Full bodied. Good balance, sour/sweet. Bitter at the end.
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laakus (53) - Nossebro, - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogny brown with light brown head. Heavy malty flavour. The Taste is sweet and plummy, Very well balanced.
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sabores a caramelo y pan, color pardo con una espuma blanquecina de color blanco. buen cuerpo
ChtiBreizh (49) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this several times and this is one of the best quadrupels. It does not reach thefruity flavours of the Rochefort but is somewhat drier and also very complex. You have to dig in it to get all it contains.
TizzleJizzle (720) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled via bottle at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured a hazy brown with a thick cream top. Taste of alcohol, toffee, Belgian yeast, and dried fruits. Highly active carbonation on the palate, medium body. Final thoughts: overkill on the alcohol flavor.
hfmejias (923) - Dover, Delaware, USA - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours dark, reddish brown; off-white head, some minimal spotty lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, yeast and caramel. Taste of caramel, fruit and bread. Balanced, enjoyable and quite drinkable; very good beer.
beeebon (247) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark hazy brown with a small but long lasting foamy tan head. Lots going on with the aroma, bready caramel malt, slightly herbal hop note, doughy yeast and figs, plums and other fruits. Lots going on here! As the description reads it is nicely balanced sweet, bitter and malty and the alcohol is hardly noticable! A complex and very enjoyable beer, very nice indeed.
cblado (267) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle split with a friend. Pours a deep, dark, rich mahogany color. Aroma is complex molasses, fig, raisin, and cherry, with caramel notes as well. Flavor is sweet and sour fruit up front, with a lingering bitterness. Delicious. Palate is a bit chewy, not unpleasant. Overall a great beer.
klm1 (341) - - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish fruity colour, smells delisious, you can smell citrus, herbs, fruits. with taste is the same: citrus, herbs, hops, fruits...delisous, complex beer
roald76 (6) - NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tot op heden is dit mijn favoriete trappist. De heerlijke smaak blijft zeer lang in de mond hangen.