ClubGonzo (3854) - 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 today’s 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, it’s 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 I’m afraid. Still: cheers for Engelszell and welcome aboard the Trappist Ark! :-)
Watje2010 (12) - - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had very few foam on the beer and it dissapeared within seconds. Very heavy body, in my opinion it is a good beer but does not come close to any of its Belgian or single Dutch Trappist brothers.
suedehead288 (333) - BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2014.07 - 33cl - donkerbruin bier, mooie kraag - neus : pruimen, zoets - mond : zoets en chocolade
maledictum (607) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear dark brown, no head. something metallic in the aroma,slightly sweet. raw, strange flavor. berries, flat.
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle from Blue Max. Deep dense looking cola - brown pour with a frothy head. Aroma is dark fruit, prune, yeast, and something pretty sweet. Taste is similar. Moderate palate. Solid.
benpickens (397) - Camarillo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head; tobacco and espresso on the nose; chalky mouth feel to the palate; dry. Tastes like a stout vice a quad. Not my favorite.
maruno (30) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle in La Trappe glass, very nice appearance, with a very dark/black colour and humble white head. Smells like honey and apple syrup. Sometimes creamy tasting bittersweet with honey and dark bitter chocolate that confuces me sometimes.
Very surprising new trappist that adds a unique item.
AgentAle (579) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is rich sweet malts, honey, caramel, plum, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is sweet maltiness with some slight roastiness. Dark fruits, apple and Belgian sugars are here alongside some yeastiness.Finishes with some warm alcohol mouth feel. The appearance is an amber/brown with a beige /brown head that retains fairly poorly. Slight fruity sediment present.
Lele (82) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Birra molto particolare. Anzitutto, non credo proprio che sia una Quadrupel (come dice Ratebeer), quanto piuttosto una Belgia Strong dark Ale. Il miele presente tra gli ingredienti non l’ho percepito. Accanto al fruttato, si avvertono chiare note di cacao amaro e tostato. Tutto questo la rende una birra complessa e interessante.
devman171 (876) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted Alongside Westy’s, St Bernardus 12, Decadence, others, Pours murky brown with big carb. Aroma is big dark fruits, taste is simialr with a semi sweet finish. well done
Wolfbass (882) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ero veramente curioso di assaggiare questo birrificio trappista fuori dai confini belgici. Tutto sommato non mi è disgarbata, ma non mi ha fatto certo impazzire...