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.
asaphelps1 (12) - - MAY 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is super complex, so many different things going on, nice yeast character, crazy malt structure, sweetness, you name it. I love this beer, hope they re-release the special edition too.
Supertrev (94) - CHINA - MAY 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity and smooth. Good aroma but not great. Good beer but not great. Something is missing for my liking.
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Gangstergafje (169) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice abbey appearance, the beer has a dark brown thick white layer of foam, there was a nice smell, however, the smell was not that strong. There was a nice sweet smell with a alcohol aroma. The smell also contained some bitterness. The taste also had this alcohol in it, which fits a dark traditional beer like this. The finish had a nice amount of bitterness.
jamesewelch (173) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 750ml, poured into Belgian style tulip glass
Aroma: sweet malts, fruits, cherries,
Appearance: brown with red hues, hazy, big tan head with great retention
Taste: Heavy sweet, light bitter
Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, dry finish
Overall: Very creamy and smooth quad. Slight taste of alcohol, but it’s subtle against the complex sweetnesses. Aroma is very sweet, almost like fruit and cherries. Nice dark brown color with hazy/cloudy body and big tan head. A very solid quad with a slight bitterness that balances the heavy malty sweetness. I slightly prefer La Trappe over Abt12, but they’re both highly enjoyable.
tampierre (976) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Cesky Brod, CZ, Malt,caramel,dark fruit and alcohol aroma, Dark brown color, bigger lasting head, Sweet taste, long dry finish, Alcohol warm, Full body, Average carbon, Interesting experience.
hank37 (160) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown. Earth and hay aromas. Very spicy and a touch of brown sugar to compliment.
Patdelichte (17) - - MAY 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lekker zwaar biertje met een iets bittere nasmaak. Enorm lekker met een super smaak.
DocJitsu (1182) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull brown pour with a short, light tan head. Earthy yeast aroma. Fruit and caramel equally represented and well-blended.
climberbob (248) - Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 bottles opened and tested in parallel in May 2015. one new purchased in the U.S. with a 2018 best before and one 8 years old purchased in Belgium with a 2011 best before date. The older has less head and is darker. Old has strong port and dried fruit aroma. New has minimal aroma but some similar notes. Old: plums, dried fruit, molasses. Slightly sweet and slick finish. Low carbonation. New: drier an similar notes but much less pronounced. Some more hoppy bitterness detectable but not strong. More effervescent mouthfeel. Old is significantly better and the basis of the review.
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IngetSlick (34) - - MAY 16, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Froathy, thick head. Coke-brown body. Smells of syrup, caramel, citrus, almond. Bubbly fresh taste of plum, syrup, apple, salt, caramel and almond. A very lean sweet and bitter aftertaste which balances out the hight amount of alcohol. An amazing beer that never disappoints but took a surprisingly long time to actually rate!