ClubGonzo (4903) - 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! :-)
BobEvers (366) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kleur bruin, geur rood fruit en mout.
Smaak, licht zoet, bitter, droog
Mooie balans. Stevig bier. Lekker
IOzh (34) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - NOV 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Pours dark brown colour with medium tan head. Aroma of plums, dark fruits, wine. Full body with medium to low carbonation. Taste is medium sweet and soft bitter gets a bit dry at finish.
rdb84 (396) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect Dubbel pour, frothy head. A: dark fruits, prune, red wine, oak, cherry, choco, hint of metal. T: lovely oily mouthfeel. Starts with choco, Bock, oak. Development is bitter and sweet, with boozy kick, cherry. Aftertaste sweet and bitter, dark choco. Nice.
SanDiego1 (34) - ITALY - NOV 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottiglia. Colore nero con riflessi marrone. schiuma fine, abbondante e persistente. Aroma di frutta secca, nocciola, tostato, vinoso. al palato corpo rotondo, ben carbonata. sentori che rispecchiano l’olfatto con una nota alcoolica decisa ma non eccessiva. Finale lungo di frutta secca, nocciola e tostato.
Kampfar (28) - Münster, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 L bottle, pours hazy and dark brown colored with light brown & creamy head, heavy malty aroma, dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke. Light yeasty on the nose (dough). Flavor is according to the aroma. Moderate sweetness, light acidic. Light bitter, long finish. Full body with creamy texture. Soft carbonation, light dryness and smoke in the finish.
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015-10-31. Murky dark brown body, small tan head fades quickly. Malty aroma with tangy alcoholic accents. Flavour is similar, malty core is briefly sweet then dry with alcohol and tangy fruity quality. Smooth medium bodied palate, carbonation is a touch low for the style. 3+ Just okay, it shows promise but lacks the subtlety and cohesiveness of say a Rochefort. 7/3/7/3/14 Bottle from the LCBO cellared several months, Toronto.
seynie (275) - Tienen, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a reddish tint. Almost no head. Spicy nose, plums. Aromas of wine, burnt caramel, malt, sour cherries. Quite an earthy finish with a lot of alcohol
fakebeersnob (245) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was in a dark bar (the great Hopleaf in Chicago), but this looks like a normal Belgium quad. Has the Belgium yeast mixed with dark fruits like plum, malt, and a chocolate/toffee taste. Sometimes reminds me of a wine or brandy feel to it. A bit of an oily texture and mouthfeel, with medium low carbonation.
I was unfamiliar with this beer, but I am glad I tried it. I will choose a Westmalle or Chimay over it any time, but will never turn down a bottle of this.
DJoer (1045) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium mokka coloured head, dark brown to black colloured body, coffee malts cacoa sweet toffee smell, medium carbonation medium bitter coffee complex cacoa chocolat malts caramell very nice rich taste
vincentvega72 (158) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donkerbruin troebel bier met dunne schuimkraag die blijft plakken aan het glas. Niet al te uitgesproken aroma. Je ruikt wat noten, mout, banaan. Donkere smaak die beetje chemisch proeft. Noten, bittere chocolade, honing, banaan. De afdronk daarentegen is wel lekker, blijft lang plakken in de mond en is heerlijk zacht en warm. Geen slecht bier maar dit zal nooit mijn favoriete trappist worden...