SirADNielsen (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home with Jetson. Somewhat cloudy, dark red-orange appearance with a cream colored head. Toasty, caramel malty, mild to moderate candy sugar, dry vinous aroma. Fairly fruity, grape, raisin, plum, dark caramel/toffee, mild candy sugar flavor with a dry, vinous finish. Pretty cool brew.
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kulminator - draft (normally for export to USA but Dirk got hold on most of the barrels). Darker amber coloured beer with some light carbonation and a small white head. Subtile herby and vanilla almond hinted aroma. Full light creamy palate. Finish is light herby and full malty. Subtile but complex. Very nice.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Dave. Pours cloudy brown, with a fairly large tan head. Aroma is malt, wine, oak, fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is malt, fruit, wine, vanilla, and brown sugar. Body is medium to heavy.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml bottle, Batch 6) Pours a murky orangish-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, oak, vinous, and vanilla. Flavor of raisins, dates, vanilla, oak, angel food cake, and brown sugar.
jdavidh (144) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a corked bottle.
Similar to the standard La Trappe Quadrupel, so I won’t go into tons of details.
The normally complex flavors and aromas of the base beer are somewhat masked by the intense woodiness of the oak. Very smoky, earthy.
Head was significantly stronger than I typically expect to see on a La Trappe Quadrupel - nearly two full fingers. Retreated at a moderate rate to leave minimal lacing on the glass chalice it was poured into. Islands of creamy foam remained for the entirety of the beer.
Aroma and taste were dominated by the earthy and woody tones, as noted. Lots of dark dried fruit and coffee.
On the palate it was quite creamy and coated the mouth. Had more of a boozy note to it, both in aroma and taste, that is sometimes better concealed in the non-oak-aged variant.
Still a very solid beer and excellent example of the style, but this is one of the cases where I don’t feel the oak aging is much of an improvement. It’s certainly not worth the significant price increase compared to the phenomenal non-aged variant.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opens without a sound but pours with plenty of carbonation producing a fast head that rises and falls to a pancake that sticks. Smells of mineral, sweet malt and dried fruit. Full nectar with mild carbonation. A very malt forward brew with mild acidity. Sweetness on the tongue with nuances of dried fruit and butterscotch. The barrels are very noticeable creating a nice alternate to the usual quad.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a off-white head. Aromas of brandy, vanilla, dark fruit and wine barrels. Flavor similar with hints of oak/wood coming through in the finish. A little too sweet and lacks some bitterness but a very smooth, warming beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3103) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Uhm, underwhelming honestly. It seemed really timid and a touch thin. Even the base quad seemed very mellow. Okay but I had higher hopes.
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small dirty-cream head over clear copper-amber beer. Superb nose as from old, sweet wine, very vinous, vanilla. Sweet, brandy, vanilla, vanillabeans, coffeemilk, alcohol-preserved fruit, winecasks. Very complex, yet balanced flavourprofile. Better carbonated than most such ales, slick, alcoholwarming. Spectacular nose. Beer, however, is more sweet than suspected.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of bubblegum and raisins. Taste is of raisins. Not very complex, but still tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and tingly with alcohol noticeable.