jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to close out the weekend. Purchased at the legendary Kris Wines. The pour’s a hazy deep copper color with a tiny off-white head that quickly disappears. The nose is sweet blackberry jam. Bubblegum. Grape fruit by the foot candy. Slight tannic aromas. Hints of acidic red apple skin, a bit of booze. Caramel popcorn. Complex aromas indeed. The flavors of white wine, apple sauce, red berry jam. You definitely get the wine barrel treatment in the initial taste. General spicy notes that you find in most strong dark Belgians. Nicely fruity, jammy finish. This hides the alcohol well. Full body, supple. Still, this drinks very easily, nimble for what it is. Overall, a really nice treat. I do have a soft spot for beers of this profile. Cool stuff.
sir__v (719) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color : dark brown amber beer with medium carbonization and small brown head. Smell: caramel, malt, bourbon, vanilla, whiskey and malt. Taste: very licorus! Caramel, malt and sugar with a vanilla taste. Aftertaste: malt, whiskey.
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 bottles shared between our little beer club.
Amber brown pour with very small head.Aromas of fruit,oak and wine with raisins and figs also in evidence.Tastes of all the above with brown sugar and the oak more in evidence.This is a nice complex,balanced beer with the alcohol well in the background.
Yves (2355) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown coloured beer with a completely diminishing head, only few carbonation. Malty whisky hinted aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty alcoholic bitter.
Swaroga (1445) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml. For my 600th rating I chose to drink this Trappist. I had to use my teeth to open it. It poured brown liquid with almost no head. There are some bits floating inside. Nose : fruity nose with tart and cooked cherries. Some wood and vanilla. Sip : medium body with low carbonation, oily texture. It strikes with sweet cherry and vanilla tart aromas. It develops more sweet and sour but finer notes of fruits and wood elements. The end is going more into dry wood and spices and sour fruits. The sweetness in this beer is strong but really well balanced and the beer hides well the alcohol content. Quite tasty.
BigBeer45 (1272) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Batch 9,
the cork was hard as heck to get out, I had to use a pair of pliers to remove it,
this ale had a hazy dark brown pour with red rust colors, the pour made a half finger of foamy, off-white and light tan colored head, it was too dark to see through except at the bottom of the glass when held up to a light, I could see a center flow of bubbles and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers with some sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a ring of sediment a ¼” wide or a bit more,
the aroma was big raisin, prune and fig dark fruit, bread and toasted bread, esters, bread and brown sugar sweetness,
it had flavors of raisin and fig, bread, toasted bread, bread and brown sugar sweetness,
the finish had a little alcohol pepper with malt and dark fruit flavors trailing, and a wine bite/bitterness at the end (from the barrel aging),
I noticed the wine hints in this drink as it warmed to room temperature,
the mouth feel was more than medium and coated the tongue with flavor, a little creaminess, soft to average carbonation,
a dark Belgian ale with a big dark fruit nose and flavor, a very nice drink.
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 cL bottle from Capone’s and Craft Ale. Pours turbid thick burnt umbery melted milk chocolate color with a initially loud fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The nose is caramel malt, figgy and dark vinous fruit, mild funk. Tastes grapey, with a definite oaky and cabernet overtone, some malt, caramel, figgy notes, brown sugar, and funky old aley esters. This one finishes complex, dense, and is rock solid.
77ships (4297) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml. bottle divided by 4 @ Kulminator – tiny La Trappe tasting glasses. Almost clear brownish copper with a touch of amber, almost absent, small, lightly lacing off-white head. Smell is a bit weak & not ideal circumstances. Taste is a touch mouldy, definite sweet, less fancy red wine, tannins, sweet standard La Trappe Quad, tad thinned out by aging taste, light booze in the back, alcoholic red fruits, red grapes, reasonable amount of alcohol coming through, caramel, sweet malty, candy sugar, some oak besides the overriding wine notes. Tad less carb, caramley, tad thinned out. Way better than the disappointing 10 & 11 which were also done with Malbec, this one is not stellar but still far from bad. It might be age, I think these beers take a lot of advantage from age.
vikingguy (837) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown with brown head. Sour oak aroma. Taste...Rich caramel malt balanced with sour oaky notes...ripe raspberry notes too. Very nice quad!
gEUS (1262) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle - pours clear brown golden with no head. Aroma of caramelised malts and lots of marzipan. Wealthy body, lots of sweetness, lots... Taste is nutty, caramel... Influence of the barrel on the beer is lot less than the other versions.