optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - Poured a dark ruby red with a fluffy head. Aroma is lots of malt and spices and fruits. You can definitely smell the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very heavy but it's expected from a Belgian ale. Lots of carbonation. Lots of dark malts and fruit favors. Great beer. Will buy again.
AntoineGRD (32) - - SEP 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe d'un noir opaque
Arômes prononcés de malts torréfiés et de cacao
Saveurs puissantes de malts torréfiés, amertume persistante
Darkmagus82 (1204) - - SEP 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-27-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance- The beer pours from the bottle as a dark brown colored brew with ruby highlights shining through the body when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a thick and billowy cream colored head with a great level of retention. Over time the head slowly fades leaving a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big of dark fruits of prune, raisin, and cherry mixed with a nice brown bready malt aromas. These two smells are complimented with some other sweet smells of caramel and toffee as well as some aromas of a boozy spiced rummy aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a big shot of the dark fruit that was detected in the nose. Cherry, raisin, and date are all present upfront, mixing with a malty flavor as well as more sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and caramel. At this point the brew is quite sweet , with the flavors then joined by a moderately strong boozy flavor. This alcohol flavor grows stronger and stronger as the flavor advances taking on more rum like characteristics as the taste moves toward the end. With a yeasty and Belgian spice flavor joining the group of tastes late in the game a warming and moderately sweet dark spiced fruit taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is on the thick and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather high overall. The thickness, mixed with the alcohol flavors make for the nice warming quality of the beer, while the carbonation actually helped keep it on the more drinkable and exciting side and complimented nicely the fruit flavors of the brew.
Overall – Strong dark fruit flavors with a good balance in warming boozy flavors, yeasty flavors and spice. A nice slow sipping Belgian strong dark,; great for a relaxing evening on a cool night.
rgf001 (142) - München, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks good! Translucid amber with champagne-like bubbles. Head dissipates after a few seconds but a lace in the edges remains. Smell is typical of hops found in other trappist ales.
Sweeter than other Belgian tripples and quads. No off flavors. Good but not great.
Flanfl (88) - USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice brown red cloudy body. Good white head. Aroma of dark chocolate and sweet caramel malt. The flavour is sweet, caramel malt, chocolate and dried fruits. Medium body. It´s a nice beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle BB 12/12/15
Pale bronze body, some clarity about, forms a big dense white head that hangs around.
Good nose on it; earthy dark candy sugar, nuttiness, hint of dark chocolate with yeasty notes of dark plum, raisin, clove & black pepper.
Full body, rich but not overly so for a beer this big. Smooth slightly syrupy texture with creamy carbonation.
Palate delivers a good hit of sweetness upfront, with notes of burnt caramel, dark brown sugar, leading onto dark plum & berry esters, slightly porty dried fruit undertones, lingering peppery phenolics with a moderate bitterness and warming booze.
Very nice, been meaning to try it (again) for many a year, worth the wait.
fishonmyplane (436) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Candi sugar, toffee, slightly bitter malt backbone but sweet flavors dominate for the most part. A lot of similarities to their 9000 quad, but the quad is the superior brew. The classic Gulden Draak is still a very good apertif/sipping type of beer, but it comes up short in terms of complexity and richness, and it can be a little harsh in the finish. I’m nitpicking though - it’s a great beer.
Beerkenstock (44) - - AUG 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drink cool (10-12°C)Eye: pours a nice reddish-brown colour with big but slowly dissipating beige head. nice carbonation, just right.Nose: berries (red currant, cranberry), caramel and sweets.Mouth: red and black currant, raspberry, ripe banana, brown sugar and caramel malts.Palate: sweet at first, then slightly metallic aftertaste. walnuts, caramel and coffee in the end. Overall: very good beer, nice to look at. downside: alcohol taste and influence.
MelvinKalksma (12) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark beer that’s not really bitter, but it is sweet and tastes a bit like caramel. It’s awesome
Oelbas (172) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tåget kobberfarvet med holdbart gyldent cremefarvet skum. Duft med sødme, belgisk gær og alkohol. Sød næsten påtrængende smag af malt, mørk sukker og alkohol. Næsten ingen bitterhed. Eftersmagen er lang og sød. Fin balance trods det høje alkoholindhold.
sam_rates_beer (16) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overdressed dolled up booze breath morning sugar hangover. Tries to hard to trap me into paying for sexual favours. Probably a great dessert beer with bitter dark chocolate.