ClubGonzo (4162) - 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! :-)
melush (933) - SPAIN - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en El Corte Ingles. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta, uvas pasas, dulce, ligeramente especiado, afrutado.
fellebag (871) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33cl. Small coffee cream colored layer. Dark brown color. Aroma is raisins, berries, oak, prunes, cognac, chocolate. Taste is sweet with meat, sugar, wood, berries.
IPAgutten79 (580) - Skui, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mørk brun med medium høyde på skummet. Skummet forsvinner nokså raskt. Herlig aroma, med innslag av sukker, karamell, tørket frukt og malt. Smaken er søt, faktisk skikkelig søt først, så heller den nesten mot litt sur. Ellers er det brent karamell, hint av kaffe, malt og sukker. Tørr med medium/tykk konsistens.
bonkiedeaap (297) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer is hazy and dark brown with a nice and large cream colored head, also with a lot of bubbles. In the aroma clear tones of honey, caramel, pineapple and a little hidden hops in the background. The taste is light sweet in the beginning with clear tones of caramel and pineapple to change in a light bitterness with tones of dark chocolate, coffee and some spices. The finish is complex and bittersweet and has some light tones of coffee. Although this is a wonderfull quadrupel, it also reminds me a little of a stout. Really nicely done.
zacgillbanks (2456) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from York Beer & Wine. Very dark brown in colour with ruby red highlights. It has a very rich red fruity flavour, spicy, warming currants and bonfire toffee followed by a slight tart red fruity finish. Excellent!
Metalchopz (2363) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber-purple colour with a big beige head that stays long, as very carbonated. Lacing is thick and creamy. Plum and raisin aromas with fruity yeast, roasted malts, sugars, notes of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel with just slight warming. The taste is a little milder, but still pretty complex. Roasted malts, prunes, toffee, anise and grass. A pretty nice Quad for those who like dark fruits, caramel sweetness and grassy finish.
blackisle (794) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Nearly opaque deep dark brown, reddish hue, small foamy tan head, disappears quickly; rich aroma of sweet malts, ripe dark fruits, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, licorice notes; taste moderate to heavy sweet and mild bitter, roasted malts, sugar, laurel, alcohol; full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation; finish sweetbitter, roasted malts, spicy notes. Very sweet, decent beer but definitely lacks finesse.
Bicky (13) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Dark brown colour, creamy colour head. Smells like alcohol, coffee, smoke, soy sauce. Taste of coffee, herbs, some soy sauce. Very good. Name Trappistbier more than earned
malrubius (1811) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Table and Vine. Dark brown with lasting tan head an lace. Rich earthy aroma of caramel chocolate and smoke. Burnt caramel and raisiny sweetness with coffee and smoke and mild earthy woody tobacco bitterness and pretty clean finish. Full soft body. On par with what a great trappist quad should be. Excellent.
leghorn99 (24) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Si presenta di colore marrone scuro (o tonaca di frate), leggermente velata, ottima schiuma color beige, abbondante, cremosa con grana delle bolle media, e con un bel cappello persistente. Al naso intensità elevata, malto, caramello, miele, spezie, frutta scura; odori che sembrano aver trovato casa nelle narici. In bocca è un’esplosione di sapori, attacco dolce di caramello, zucchero di canna, vino, buona presenza alcoolica; note di caffè, cacao, liquirizia, e ancora uva passa, frutta scura (prugna, fichi, more...). Corpo strutturato. Retrogusto leggermente amaro e astringente, che gli dona un equilibrio eccellente. Birra trappista eccezionale, che incorpora al meglio tutte le caratteristiche dello stile. PERFETTA!!!