JulienHuxley (2543) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Geers. Clear deep red pour with receding foamy off white head that leaves only a ring of bubble. Aroma of rich boozy fruits I can smell without even picking up my glass. There are a lot of dried fruit aromas (raisins), winey notes, cognac, a tiny bit of menthol even maybe, definitely a lot of alcohol, almond and wood. Taste is really winey, intense port, cognac, boozy wine flavors, aged wine, not as sweet as I recall the batch 15 being, nice lingering caramel finish. Palate is a wave of warming alcohol, not too heavy bodied actually, decent carbonation, a sipper, but an easy one.
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@vPBFIII. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is raisins, cognac, wood and some mild hints of alcohol as well. Flavour is raisins, fruits, alcohol, some wood and mild toffeeish notes.
KLTZK (50) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours a large off-white head. Dark, very hazy appearance. The aroma is almost completely dominated by the cognac. Hints of white grapes, fruits and alcohol. The taste is a nice mix of beer and cognac. Hints of white grapes, malts, yeast, wood, alcohol, fruits and a bit of dust. The cognac also dominates the aftertaste, which is long and dry. Oily, sticky texture. Full body. Pretty good, but the aroma and the aftertaste don’t live up to the expectations (and the price you pay for a bottle, if I wanted to only smell and taste cognac I would have bought a bottle of that!).
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark plum amber, thick cream head. nose is instant cognac, wood, vanilla. taste adds raisin, plum, caramel, moderately sweet. full body.
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 14. Pours no head (their regular quad pours a 5+ finger). Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium body. Oak and dark fruit nose and flavor is same, sweet malty dark fruit and oak. Why is the good stuff sooo expensive - $20.00 for a caged and corked 375ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
cmc619 (372) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought at La Trappe abbey after brewery tour. Poured from 375ml into La Trappe goblet. Bronze brown. Palate is pretty soft. Heat is present, but in check. Wears the oak pretty conspicuously, but on balance I like it. Whiskey notes for sure. Probably a bit too heavy/sweet/thick (maybe just seems like that from the oaking; I really like the regular quad).
TBone (11927) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 375ml (WPBF)
Thanks bierkoning! Evident cognac fruity sweetness in the nose. Medium to full bodied. Cognac, apple, oak, grapes, raisins. Interesting beer, quite unique flavor. Good.
olio (5297) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle @ wPBF’14.
Pours mahogany color with a minimal head. Aroma is quite sweet with plums and raisins, cognac and wood. Flavor of ripe fruits, alcohol, caramel malts, toffee, some yeast and faint cognac. A strong sweet beer but the drinkability is still quite good.
laiti (4951) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37,5 cl bottle @ wPBF’14, no BBE info
Aroma is sweetish with ripe fruits, some alcohol and gluey notes. Flavour has cognac, sweet pear notes, apples and ripe fruits. Sweet but good.
gEUS (891) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle at home. Pours clear intense amber. Aroma of oak , raisins and alcohol. Medium body, low on carbonation but high on alcohol heat. Taste: lots of toffee and malt. Not the baddest of the series, but all of them are high on alcohol. Pity. Lacks balance