ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
Davhgbrew (752) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown color. Aroma of raisins. Tastes malty and crisp with currant and dark fruit. Drinking of draft..seems more dry and balanced than typical quads.
martjoobolut (125) - ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33L bottle, BB 02.07.2018. Pours very dark red, almost black with huge very light tan head. The head stays for a long time. Aroma is intense: very fruity, a lot of raisins, apples, plum, mild caramel, hints of phenols. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, and sweetness. Finish is bitter. Medium carbonation. Overall: it smells and looks really great, but isn’t as well balanced as for example “Rochefort Trappistes 10”; taste isn’t as interesting also. Don’t get me wrong it is still a great beer, but not as great as I hoped.
Yingwait (17) - - DEC 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
hstreet (65) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is pleasant...spices with floral...appearance seems heavy with a wonderful frothy head...warming alcohol bite with a carbonated finish. Decent!
DwarfeD (490) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at home. Clear dark brown with a medium off-white head. Complex body with moderate carbonation. Sweet with bitter herbal notes. Caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. A great full flavoured Belgian experience.
mircoas (1) - ITALY - DEC 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
so gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Very nice beer.
penstemon (92) - - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark mahogany with an off-white head. Aromas of bread, spice, orange peel, dried plum, and a slight hint of tartness. Taste of bread, yeast, dark dried fruits, a bit of cola, and spice. Sweet, dark, fruity, and delicious.
hansvf (83) - - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Niet echt sterke geur. M Heep donker troebel. rood. Heep zoet. Lekker. Van de tap.
anthony850 (92) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very full rich flavor ,high alc.
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Moravius (128) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flasche (75 cl). - Kastanienbraun. Schwer, voll und süß. Datteln, Pflaumen, Feigen auf solider Röstmalzgrundlage; leichte Säure bei insgesamt zurückhaltender Süße. Abgang etwas röstmalzbitter, kurzer fruchtig-herber Hopfeneinsatz. Die „flambierte Banane“ und „Sachertorte“, die andere hier finden, sind zum Glück nur angedeutet. - Außerordentlich harmonisches, ja vornehmes Starkbier.