Andy_ (385) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish dark brown hazy beer with faint beige head which doesn’t last long. Bummer. Aroma is loafy, dark bready and sweet malty like a dunkel or a porter. Little glue or manure aromas as well. Flavor is bitter, salty, malty sweet, a bit like kotikalja, Long finish with alcohol warming but not tasting. Medium full palate with moderate carbonation. A bit weird for a dark trappist ale.
ElManana (101) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Very dark brown color, low brown head. Flavor is malty, light roasty, sugary. Notes of dark fruits, plums. Rosty, light bitter finish. Notes of dark chocolate.
Falstaf (53) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière marron foncé, col brun clair qui retombe vite. Arôme de malt, de miel , de banane et de clou de girofle. Au goût, toujours du miel et un peu de cerise, faisant place à de la cassonade et du cacao amer. Au final, un goût de raisins secs et de chocolat avec malheureusement une touche médicinale de sirop pour la toux. Dans l’ensemble, un bière corsée qui pourrait l’être un peu plus mais intéressante.
RW80 (89) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle.
Opaque murky magahony brown colour with a decent head
Aroma subdued Caramelised malts some plum and a hint of honey and some spices
Taste honey,some port, toasty,dark malts and some plums but most is blown away by the sweetness.
Finish dry, sweet and lingering alcohol finish and some yeast,.
syrupy texture,A bit too carbonated.
In the end ok brew, but there are better alternatives out there.
WheatKing (970) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I should drink more abts. Bottle. Dark brown with surprisingly light coloured head. Nose of plum, toffee. Toffee dominates the flavour, with some plum, similar to a doppelbock. Good, but far from a mind-blowing trappist quad.
cjldm (26) - - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had had this in Europe before, and saw it again here in Australia - presumably the first time it's been available here. $12 per bottle. Dated 6.3.15 - presumably a 24-month expiry date. The last bottle I had of this didn't even have the Trappist logo on the front (!)
A rather opaque, murky brown colour with reasonable head. Good lacing.
Very unexpected nose. Fruity - plum, raisin - with sweetness that hints towards the honey too.
Taste has a sweetness and a Trappist dark-fruitiness upfront that pulls back with a bit too much booze, but with a hopped-dryness that would remind you of St Bernardus 12. It has some complexity, but not as well-balanced as its Belgian cousins. Leaves a dryness in the mouth that isn't as pleasant as the post-Rochefort feel. There are hints of honey hanging around in there.
Quite a big body that carries the dryness through.
An Austrian Trappist ale, brewed with honey from a brewery with an output only 40% as large as Westvleteren (see Wikipedia); of course the beer hunters want to try it! A tick on the list for any beer hunter. I like to see it as a take on Belgian Strong Dark style from an Austro-Bavarian angle and, in that regard, it does better than many give it credit for; certainly better than lots of the dark bocks from the region. It's no Abbaye de Rocs or Rochefort 8 by any means, but don't pass up the opportunity if you see it and enjoy a unique opportunity. ...now to source their Benno saison!
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Muggus69 (932) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didn’t realise there was a Trappist brewer in Austria...who woulda thunk it!
Anyway, looks great; creamy persist inch of head sits proudly atop a near-opaque mahogany body.
Aroma somewhat subdued. Lots of caramelised malt character - toffee, dates, treacle, raisins, plums, honey, woody spices/phenolics.
Rich creamy, almost sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation aids in the texture.
Opens out with more to offer on the palate; sticky date pudding, cocoa, Madeira, sultana, prunes, touch of vegemite yeastiness, dried apricot. Finishes with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, lingering spice and touch of boozy warmth,
Really enjoyed this one. Perhaps not on the same level as the other Trappist Quads, but that’s the toughest competition out there!
wlajwl (3317) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is malts, sugar notes, light bubble gum and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is fruit, sugar, malts, noticeable carbonation, mild/medium sweetness and a lingering alcoholic finish.
back (965) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kobber skum brun tæt
Malt gær bær alc
Bitter lidt sød moderat
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gam (2900) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head deep mahogany pour mild carbonation aromas yeast doughy alcohol dark rich fruits plum caramel the flavours port wine raisin plum doughy yeast nearly eat it caramel toffee smooth a most fruit taste honey good quadruple the finish good tastes of fruit alcohol honey especially yeast the yeast rich malt nice on buds good all round