CEZ (406) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body, good, lasting beige head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, alcohol. Very sweet and warm with ripe prunes, cherries, liquor, dried fruits. Some hoppy notes manage to make their way through the thick maltiness and add some balance to the finish. Smooth, olily, chewy mouthfeel. More alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. A deep and complex, even if a bit extreme, meditation beer.
thewolf (11727) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ den Tatoverede Enke, Cph. Pours a deep ruby-red with a big creamy yellow-white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, vanilla and caramel. Very dubbel-ish flavour: sweet fruity, strawberries, red apples, prunes and a vinious streak. Some spices and herbs as well. Extremely drinkable (the 10,5 % completely hidden)
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Pours a very dark honey colour with a light tan head. Fruity aroma and taste. Pretty good. Drank this out of a tumbler.
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep reddish cloudy brown. Professionally crafted head, as with all the beers from this brewer that I’ve tried. Strong, biting alcohol in the scent, combined with the sweet malts it is reminiscent of liqueur filled chocolates. As I drink and the beer warms, I can also detect some nutty scents -- walnuts?. Ooo, this one is nice. Flavour is quite sweet, balanced by a monster burst of alcohol which appears at the same time a peculiar tang does -- though the tang outlasts the alcohol. Nice, fruity, and quite complex. Vanilla, apples, toffee and caramel. A few hops surface lightly in the aftertaste. Full bodied, though the finish is still somewhat dry. Throat exhibits a lasting alcohol warmth. Yum.
TrefwoordPunk (863) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Bottle 33 cl. Dark brown white a grayish head. Vanilla, caramel, coffee and alcohol and alcohol with a short but good aftertaste!
heavy (2349) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. Wonderful, brown colored body with big white head. Yes, white. Aroma is not very strong, but nice with caramel, fruits and other sweetness, but quite alcoholic as well. Flavor is great, well, not perfect as Rochefort 8 I had just before this, but very full bodied, nice yeasty, with fruity sweetness and some caramel malts, too. Nice finish, where again alcohol is felt. Tripel or strong ale, surely a great beer, thanks a lot Petra for choosing this one.
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful looking dark beer.. Yummy vanilla and caramel flavors. Feisty carbonation . Not as thick felling as I would have expected from its other qualities
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites on draft. A lot of complex fruit aromas and flavors and a rich malty core.
goldbrew (99) - USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2008 A very hot beer. The aroma is decent but not as intense as anticipated, full of sweetness and raisin. Indeed the alcohol is right up front and stays throughout. I appreciate the billowing head with heavy lacing and the beautiful bottling. I like many Belgian strong ales, but in the end it’s the biting alcohol and pummeling spiciness that makes it too tough for me to drink and masks a lot of the complexity that is undoubtedly present. Not a fully enjoyable experience.
Update: On tap, much different experience. Much more maple syrup aroma and complex bready, toffee taste. Also noticed a stronger hop presence than many other Triples/Quads. Sweet but not overly so. I didn’t feel the alcohol heat at all this time, so I write the previous bottle off as a bad one. Bumping up my score here.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was taken by surprise with the monster head that formed in my glass, so I poured it gently to produce a drinkable portion. It was my first impression of a brown-tripel with a vibrant alcohol note to it. I found it to be very rich and I agree with the previous poster who mentioned barleywine as a likeness.