Bontus (606) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 33cl. Pours dark, almost black. Cream tan head. Roasted nose, roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee. Strong aroma more of the same, finish bitter by roast. Not super slick but quite good. Nice addition to the trappist range.
SimonBeer (43) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Drinking date: 18 February 2014) Very dark brown colour, with a thin layer of thin beige foam. It looks hazy. Nice aroma of banana, burned sugar/caramel, raisins, and unfortunately a bit of metal. Not very powerfull/overwhelming aroma. The taste is sweet, and not very bitter. It is not a really powerfull taste, I expected it to be more powerfull. The beer leaves a nice warm/burning feeling in the mouth and throath, from the alcohol. It also leaves a bit of a bitter taste in the mouth. In the mouth it feels a bit thick, but could even be a bit more thick. The carbonation is good, not too much. Overall, this is a good beer. But I expected more from it. It doesn’t have much power. The aroma and taste are nice/good, but I would have liked it more if it had a more overwhelming/powerfull aroma and taste. That’s why it gets the total score of 3.6
htzpah (11) - - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark color, barely any noticeable red, almost like a stout.
Very thin head, disappeared very quickly, too.
Simple sweet aromas, banana and honey notes.
Very sweet flavor for a quad, even, like a mead. Smooth and balanced.
kramer (4573) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown body with a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin covering. The nose smells fairly alcoholic and boozy with some dark fruit, honey, burnt caramel, and some light yeastiness. The flavor is pretty boozy as well, not the dark fruit and richly malty Quad that the classic Trappist examples are. Rather one dimensional in it’s caramel and honey sweetness with a rather hot and boozy finish. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and some sticky and clingy sweetness. I’ll keep my eye on these guys, and maybe re-try at some point. Hopefully they will grow into the Trappist level of quality over time.
MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 9.7%. Caramelly, brown sugar, and slightly peppery aroma. Dark brown colour, red shine, sparkling, seems hazy. Good stable tan head. The flavour is quite sweet, balanced by some liquorice, a lot of liquorice, actually. It does fade away after a few sips, though. Other than the liquorice, there is the sweetness, it is more or less like brown sugar, but well balanced by a distinct and warming alcohol punch. A very flavourful beer, but well-balanced, and very good.
Bamsen78 (2298) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy dark coffee brown with airy beige head. Clear aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel, with subtle touches of alcohol. Sweet flavour of malt, caramel, honey and, for some reason, liquorice (in excess). Warming alcohol presence. Nice. Very nice.
TheJvd (662) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL bottle at home. Pours hazy brown/reddish with a medium to large tanned head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has some dark fruits, malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste has quite some licorice, chocolate, malts, bit of roast, alcohol and a medium bitterness. Medium body and carbo. Better than I expected.
annunz123 (799) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Raisins, molasses, brown bread, and caramel in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor, with some roast bitterness, black licorice, and alcohol in the finish. Flavor is fine but a little on the mild side for a Trappist, which really makes the alcohol more pronounced.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I sure was excited to try another trappist beer, my first "new" trappist beer since Achel in 2002! I decided to start with their bigger one, a big nutty aromatic dark brown beer with a modest khaki foaming head. Nose also leans to cocoa powder, banana and pineapple - basically a nut/chocolate/tropical fruit combo. The flavor was a tad harsh, a big carbonic bite and heavy tannin and acidity stung my palate all over. I was able to adapt to this but it never really disappeared, hanging around to continually detract from a nutty chocolate flavor that also hinted at coconut milk and a bit of a canned peach syrup element. This is also really heavy and noticeable alcohol - the high ABV playing a big role in that biting component that overwhelms. On the whole really sweet, pretty much cloying, and possibly not carbonated enough (its highly carbonated but not Belgian-high and this could help with the heavy body). In general a big great abbey style quad like this should be a bit easier to drink, but it boils down to a big old cloying fruity barleywine-esque bomb.
rok1024 (841) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown appearance with medium head. Full bodied, aroma of dark fruits, sweet. Overall good quadrupel Trappist beer.