TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a muddy orange/brown, some carbonation, thin off-white head. Nose is candy, some vanilla, some oak notes and some spiciness. Mid range body, very smooth. Alcohol is well hidden for such a high abv beer. Refreshing finish. Subtle oak finish. Stellar.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml, batch 3.
Pours a cloudy, deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light and a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting cap. Thin rings and sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet estery aroma with hints of dark fruit, spice, candy sugar and a nice oak barrel presence. Slightly toasty with a sweet vinous character that compliments the dark fruit notes very nicely. Hints of grape, raisin, fig, currants and plum along with some other dark berries and some nice earthy oak. There’s also some zesty spice notes with hints of pepper, anise and candy sugar. The nose on this beer is very complex.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of vinous and earthy barrel character, spice, estery Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruit. The barrel character is most prominent up front but it isn’t too aggressive, allowing the flavors of the base beer to shine through. Great balance of toasted oak and sweet vinous notes. The blend of virgin, La Trappe and Port aged French oak creates a nice balance of flavor. Subtle smokiness with hints of vinous grape notes that compliment the base beer very nicely. Not boozy or hot at all, however, resulting in a very flavor, well balanced beer that is extremely quaffable. The barrel flavors are quickly balanced by the sweeter, spicy notes of the base beer. Hints of grape, currant, fig, plum and raisin as well as some faint alcohol sweetness, candy sugar and peppery spice.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer very much. I had high expectations going in and they were exceeded. If you love this brewery like do or Belgian quads in general, I highly recommend seeking out this beer. Excellent!
wedgie9 (1837) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 4/24/11 (Easter) from a 375mL corked and caged bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours cloudy brown-orange with a massive off-white head that slowly settles into a thin spotty blanket of lace. The nose is overwhelmingly banana candy (like Runts) with very light hints of vanilla and caramel. The flavor is more balanced with the fruity Belgian yeast accentuated by the oak. There is still plenty of banana flavor, but there are also strong oaky vanilla and caramel flavors along with some light bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long caramel, vanilla, and banana finish.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 12.7 ounce corked and caged. Ruby brown pour with a tall, fluffy beige head. Dusty yeast, wood notes, dark fruit, soft spice and caramel in the nose. Strong wood notes, vanilla, dark fruit, spice, dusty yeast, toasted caramel, and coconut round out the flavors. Body is medium-full with a strong, exuberant carbonation. Finishes with some sticky sweet malt notes, spice, dark fruit, soft coconut, vanilla, damp oak, cocoa, yeast and brown sugar. Damn tasty!
bhensonb (10803) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 c&c from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours a very dark cognac with a decent creamy off-white head. Aromas of moderately dark fruit and raw oak/wood. Full bodied. Very little heat. Smooth malt, oak, grape/raisin and just a little hop. Nicely balanced. Just excellent.
marcus (6359) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours ruby brown with a nice off-white head that subsided rather quickly. There is a woody aroma that implies aging in a raw oak barrel, and a hearty malt flavor that is a bit fruity with some raisin and oak and a slightly warming alcohol trail. A nice job of aging a great beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma of dried fruit, vanilla, toffee and earthy oak. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel, boozy vanilla and a bit of Belgian yeast. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a smooth, soft mouth feel. Excellent beer, I like that a Trappist brewery is getting into Oak aging, this can only be a good thing.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG thanks to Walter for sharing this, pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is candied sugar, belgian yeast, oak and sweet plums. Flavor is plums, apricots and yeast with caramel and toffee malts. Really nice beer.
DalzAle (1965) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light clear brown pour, plenty of carbonation and left a good amount of lacing. Aroma was sweet malt, brown sugar, funky cheese and prunes. Flavor is very dry woody malt, cedar, white pepper, vanilla and dry/well balanced on the aftertaste. Very good, but a little steep at $15/375.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml, Batch 3) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of fresh cut oak, raisins, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of new oak, raisins, yeast, some honey, and vanilla.