kevinsenn (1465) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at La Trappe, SF. Pours nearly black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, spice, and caramel/toffee/treacle. Taste is amazing! Treacle, caramel, roast grains, dark fruit, brown sugar, with a dry finish. Full body, great carbonation. Really good stuff!
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown body. Cara and burnt malty aroma. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet. Not in balance.
paologalloni (157) - ITALY - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
adesso bestemmia io ci sento un tot di liquirizia. bella schiuma che dura meno di quello che speravo. colore rubino ma il locale è scuro. il miele si sente e arrotonda tutto. rispetto ad altre trap nota acida. gradi nascosti che scaldano.
dnicolaescu (1225) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look: mahogany and cloudy with a beige medium frothy head with poor retention.
Aroma: malt, acid/funk, not too fruity/sweet, some honey maybe, toast, a bit of alcohol bite.
Taste: alcoholic sweetness, green apple sourness/astringency along with some bitterness, warming alcohol.
Stands apart from other abts/quads with it sour/wild bite.
Silvan7 (862) - Samarate, ITALY - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@ home. Schiuma beige, fine abbastanza persistente. Birra ramato carico con evidenti riflessi rubino, velata. Aroma tostato, fruttato di uvetta appassita, sgradevole di gomma bruciata (magari la bottiglia era difettosa?), il miele è presente e ricorda un po’ anche la cannella. Gusto abboccato, ai limiti del secco, abbastanza amara, legnosa, con note di miele. Poco acida. Equilibrata, abbastanza corposa con un filo di astringenza. Equilibrata ed abbastanza armonica (l’aroma di gomma bruciata è fastidioso per me).
Beertobealive (343) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thin head, disappearing immediately. Brown body with malt flavors and better balance than the "benno" between honey, malt alcohol and bitterness.
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Iphonephan (4424) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 33 cl bottle at home poured into a Chimay glass. Hazy brown with a tan head. Malty nose with caramel notes. Flavors of caramel and some musty notes. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Effervescent finish.
tfredvik (1401) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m getting used to that trappist beers tend to look a bit murky, but this is just ridiculous. The warning on the label is gross understatement: "Pour carefully may contain sediments". It should have read "No matter how you pour this one you’ll end up with huge lumps of goo in your glass". The very dark brown body is nice enough, but the head is a bit too small and short-lived. The aroma is strong and quite unique. I get lots of slightly decomposed Mediterranean herbs, overripe dark fruits and other dark malty notes, and finally pleasant yeast. The aroma is also very vinous. Interesting stuff! The strong flavours are malty and herbal too, again with this lightly decomposed touch, which actually is quite nice. Thyme, basil, oregano, a bit of mint, some anise and what have you. Also dark dried fruits and lightly roasted notes. The taste is moderate sweet and the long-lasting, alcohol warming finish is moderate bitter. Lovely mouthfeel with a full body, oily to creamy texture and soft to moderate carbonation. Wonderful!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
jinroh (724) - ESTONIA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany, small, almost non-existent head. Aroma is sweet as candy, caramel candy made from melted sugar. Some fruity tones as well. Taste has some sweet, fruity sensations, spreading out in your mouth fast. Slightly sour - but with a stronger body under the initial blanket. Alcohol is still not really detectable, surprising for 9,7% abc. Finish is more dry, tannins on the tongue, somewhat stretchy and long taste with some slight fruitiness. Green apple. This beer is a strong sipping beer - to sip this slowly just feels superb.
CH-303 (1623) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Appearance: Very dark brown, some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit and berries, dark malt.
Taste: Lots of fruit, nice dark malt, good lingering aftertaste. Slight alcohol.
Info: 330ml bottle, 27/12-2013, 44/300M, BB: 16/10-2015