ClubGonzo (3236) - Bergen, - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bieresgourmet webshop. In honor of todayís news that Stift Engelszell is now officially a Trappist (TM) brewery, I can think of nothing better than to try their first creation - congratulations to the fine Austrian branch of the famous "Beer Order". :-) Pours a deep, near-black brown opaque body with a medium cloudy light beige head. Nose is chocolate, grains, yeast tones, nutmeg and dark malts, with hints of wood and herbs in the back. The yeasty notes kinda reminds me of the slurry gathered on the bucket bottoms of some of my darker home brews, which is a bit of a minus but hey, this is not bad. Taste is some nearly sour-ish caramel and chocolate tones up front, then grains, bitter herbs, burnt sugar and hints of grass in the finish. Softer carbonation than the Belgians, with a medium to thick texture and mouthfeel. Also, itís somehow a bit more assertive than most other Trappist brews in the same league, with pronounced, near-roasty chocolate-like elements. I was expecting a sweeter brew, more in line with either the other BSA/Quads of its kind, or perhaps a hefty German doppelbock. This is neither, but instead a dark ale almost on the verge of becoming a mild sort of stout. Original for sure, and definitely proving that Trappist beers range wider than the traditional representatives. Rather tasty as well, but nowhere near its more famous brethren Iím afraid. Still: cheers for Engelszell and welcome aboard the Trappist Ark! :-)
MarcoDL (1005) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special beer. Slightly sour and tingly mouthfeel. Tastes sweet, with notes of banaan and honey. Full and yeasty body.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the abbot style, which I like better than a quad. Tick and rich palate. Sweet with rich malt flavors, as well as dried fruit, caramel and some bread. I did not taste the honey specifically, but given the sweetness, I believe iti s there. Complex and very high quality, I might put this in fourth place after the Abbot ales from Westvleteren, Rochefort, and Achel.
bulldogops (821) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trappistenbier nach Osterreich? Sure, why not. These Austrian monks have íer covered. 330mL Bottle from Sherbrooke. Dark copper pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste is ripened plum, raisin, caramel candy, and a nuttiness I cant describe. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt. Superb.
Lunkie (1319) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt spice herbal aroma. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing. Malt chocolate flavour. Smooth palate.
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vanvenlo (1103) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slowbeer bottle (15-Dec-13) Big sweet malt and herbal liquorice aroma. Black colour, ok head and suds lacing. Sweet light roast malt, plum and spicy liquorice flavour. Sweet plum and sweet roast malt finish, choc malt and light sour sweet plum aftertaste.
RobertDale (2631) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours brown with a touch of red. Has a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and yeast. Taste is raisin, plum, cherry, malt, yeast, and caramel. Nice. Does have the Trappist Logo on the label.
Sureshpa (190) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Very floral from distance, liquorice, hint of coffee Appearance: Dark brown, red glow, hazy, beige head (caramel), Frothy long staying head, full lace Taste: with first inhalation an zip; forrest fruits, quite fizzy, hint of coffee, roast, light booze aftertaste
olliejobbins (619) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. pours very dark brown with no end of sediment when you get down to the last few sips. no head but is very carbonated - more so than other trappists iíve had. aroma is of caramel, molasses, toffee and lots of fruit with a bit of alcohol. nice velvety mouth feel. very warming. you certainly feel the alcohol. lots of fermented fruit such as plums. a little yeasty. very nice.
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled in 1/2013. Pours murky dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, honey, herbal, light clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, honey, herbal, light clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, clove, honey, herbal, light bubblegum and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Big robustness and very nice complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Quadrupel style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
tricksta_p (289) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel, dark fruits such as raisins and plum. Pretty sweet, with some alcohol and slight sour notes in the relatively dry finish. I like this brew.