floydian1 (1136) - FNQ, Australia, - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. It looks like a big dark Trappist – a dark mahogany body with a solid beige head which dissipates slowly. The nose is a full and complex combination of rich bready malts, caramel, toffee, dried fruits and some light spicing. And honey – there is a definite sweetness from the honey.
The flavour presents immediately sweet from the honey, which is then balanced against the roasted malts, spicy yeast and a little tartness in the background. While the beer is sweet, the finish still dries out nicely, and the alcohol is really well covered. Smooth, warming and full flavoured. A worthy addition to the authentic Trappist canon.
BenH (2890) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with off white head. Sharp aroma with toffee, chocolate, dtied fruit. Taste is quite intense dried fruit, raisin, prune, some chocolate amd toffee. Quite sweet and a little bitter. Quite nice
cgarvieuk (16775) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramelised suger nose... Soft dark sugers.. Dark malts.. Quite sweet... Toffee malts
JorgeLee (1375) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Delirium Monasterium, where else to try the new Trappist pretender? It’s dark, a much deeper black brown than any Trappist I’ve had before (Westie 12 and Rochefort 10 being more red/purple) with a creamy head. Carbination excellent, sometimes I find the Belgian Trappists a bit fizzy, which detracts from taste. Ooh heavy, sticky, treacle and licorice. A curious herbal bitterness. It is heavy, can feel tomorrow morning’s sledgehammer loosening up as I drink. Quite unusual, but I enjoyed it.
ineedbeer (1090) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brewed in 2012/11.
Aroma is slightly muted and a bit darker than I was expecting. Dark caramel, light chocolate and roast, medium light toffee. Some plum, raisin and prune notes. Hints of honey.
Pours a dark brown with a fairly thick tan head with average retention. Medium lacing and small legs.
Flavor is also a bit darker than I was expecting but with a more pronounced yeast characteristic than in the aroma. Medium dark caramel, light toffee and light roast notes with a touch of chocolate. Medium bitterness. Moderate raisin, light plum and fig notes. Hints of alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer but it seems too dark and malty to be a true quad. It lacks the sweet Belgian fruitiness that I would expect of a typical quad and is instead bordering on a Belgian stout.
hawthorne00 (2729) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle,14C. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of leathery honey, powerful stewed and dried fruit, including plums and red berries. Quite vinous. Creamy texture. Sweet, plummy, bready. Sticky fig jam on toast. "High" honey notes. Fairly prominent alcohol, but warming not hot. Finish just leans towards dry, slightly astringent and spicy, just enough to moderate the sweetness. Credibility more than established.
danielyabu (1352) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
large creamy offwhite head. good lacing. mostly lsting. flat thick dark brown body. aroma: mild coffee, wood, alcohol, fig. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: moderate sweet bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic moderate alcoholic finish. Sabor amadeirado realmente aparenta ter ficado armazenada em barril, álcool lembra destilado, puxando pra vodka, dulçor alcoólico típico do estilo, com algumas nuances de frutas secas. Trouxe aroma um pouco acético, o que me assustou, mas não apresentou nenhuma presença daquelas no paladar.160 s
Sledutah (5737) - Utah, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle picked up at Texas Liquor in Carlsbad
Cloudy dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, toffee and yeast. Tastes of toasted malts, dark fruit, caramel and a touch of honey
maley1 (871) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with small quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel, plums and yeast. Taste of malts, caramel, toffee, plums, figs and yeast. Heavy mouthfeel, very chewy, soft carbonation, slightly hoppy heavily syrupped finish that made this beer very cloying. So close to being really good.
TBone (13703) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 330ml BB 01/2015 @Beer Hunters
Dark ruby color, good creamy beige head. Berries, vegetables. Some raisins in the nose. Medium-bodied. Raisins, alcohol, prunes, berries. Tart note in the finish (from alcohol?). Yes, "abbey beer", but quite raw one.