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.
BierMeHoos (384) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 330ml bottle.
Appearance: Dark brown with reddish-carmel hues, mostly opaque, thick creamy foam head.
Aroma: Sweet fruits, cherry, leather.
Taste: Sweet malts up front, complex flavored, hops in the middle.
Palate: Creamy, rich, full-bodied.
Overall: Ridiculously good quad, worth the treat.
AlfredoGarcia (155) - Santiago, CHILE - OCT 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle. Bought in rue de freres in strasbourg. Fantastic deep smell, and very different from anything else I have ever smelled, dark fruit that goes deep into your nose all the way down. Dark color with low white head. Taste is incredibly complex, and the sensations in the mouth has well. Fantastic beer, omg!! Thaste a little like almonds, and you don’t feel the alcohol at all, I imagine myself getting into a lot of trouble with a couple of this ones. A must try for any beer lover, ended up being has good has expected.
R4N5H (386) - SINGAPORE - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl draft at Het Elfde Gebod, Amsterdam on 25-Sep-2015. Dark brown with a rich tan coloured head. Aroma of sweet caramel, syrup and fruit. Full body and medium carbonation. Lots of treacle, chocolate, coffee with a sweet malty backbone. Creamy malty finish. An exceptional beer - the high ABV being really well hidden.
LLaurin (16) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A massive impression of course. On tap it is a really great experience and the taste is massive and heavy. Lightly sweet but alcoholic.
rosskyle (220) - - SEP 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle. Malt plum alcohol fruit aroma. Reddish plum color with a white head. Medium heavy body with carbonation. Plum raisin caramel gig flavor. Sweet finish without the sticky mouth feel.
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malrubius (2186) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Julios. Dark brown with lasting eggshell head and some lace. Woody earthy aroma with fig/raisin and tobacco. Rich medium sweet raisin plum purple grape sweetness with earthy woody tobacco bitterness that lingers with a hint of sweetness but no stickiness, no cloy. Smooth creamy medium body with very fine internal carb. Excellent...as everybody already knows.
acvdberge (7) - Goes, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The taste of this one is close to the taste of Westvleteren 12. If there is no change to drink a westvleteren 12 or a Rochefort 10, you can choose this one. It comes very close to these two.
Handypaul (333) - - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Had it a couple of times over the years and find it to be a complex, malt forward, medium bodied, medium sweet, well balanced beer. Excellent job.
procraste (243) - FRANCE - SEP 18, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
J’y reviens ... Histoire de comparer mon goût d’aujourd’hui avec celui d’il y a quelques années. Et bien ma foi c’est plus léger et moins bien que dans mon souvenir, même si ça reste de bonne facture ...
jonnyt (47) - USA - SEP 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nearly black with dark creamy head. Massive taste, juicy and chocolatey with a very long smokey treacle aftertaste. An absolute treat.
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