Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m back. For Walt. Also because this is really monumental.
Brown sugar, raisin, toasted caramelized marshmellows. Perfect amount of carbonation for this beer. Amazing. Glad to be back on ratebeer.
NeoHippie2 (742) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, yeast, oak, and touches of wine. Flavor is a perfect balance of all the aromas. The wine character is just wonderful but not overpowering. Rich and long lasting finish. Another great oak aged quad from la trappe. Every single one I’ve had has been delicious and every batch is so different. Delicious!
BigBeer45 (1199) - 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.
NikkTwist (1337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Eulogy in April 2013. Fantastic! Poured dark copper with no head. Great wine barrel aged notes. Has not turned. Deep and complex dark red fruits. Raisins. Dates. Nice dark caramel sweeetness but feels balanced. Heady aroma. Full body. For an aged beer with such dark fruit notes it still retains a nice bite. Again fantastic!
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark caramel colored pour. Small light beige head. Aroma has some sticky malts, light vinous notes, medjool dates and toffee. Flavor is sweet, figs, alcohol, dates, fruitcake, red wine in the background. Really damn good
dcschiller (2195) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Dak. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a thin eggshell head. Aroma is vinous, caramel, fruit. Taste is sweet, with more vinous notes. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Medium bodied and pretty smooth. This one drinks very easy! I like it.
SimplySike (662) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5 cl. Bottle.
Poors hazy amber with small head.
Aroma is red wine, yeast, malts.
Taste a awesome winy sweet, small bitter, even a hint of sour. You can taste the wine.
Mouth-feel oily, dry.
Again complex and amazing!
Scopey (5276) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Sportsman, Huddersfield. It pours murky brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is wood, dark fruit, red grape, tangy satsuma, nectarine, caramel, zest and Irn Bru. The taste is tangy dark fruit (plum, fig and raisin, red grape), satsuma, Irn Bru, varnish, earth, wood, spice and lingering alcohol warmth. Full body and fine carbonation. Complex and well balanced. Tasty stuff.
MrW (352) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red wine, caramel, fruits, oak.
Caramel, amber colored with a small beige foamy head.
Taste is full, vinous, caramel, sweetness, raisins, fruit. Taste stays very long. Warm mouthfeel.
jackl (3775) - 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.