JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Draft @ Monkís Cafe of 2006 (this version is supposedly hoppier). Darker red-amber with a medium head. Aroma of spices, yeast & dark fruits. Taste was a well balanced mix of dark fruit, sweet bready malts, some spice, and a nice hop balance. Good Quad.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear rich red color with nice sized white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of belgian spice, some fruit, and some malt. Taste is much the same with spice, fruit, some slight yeasty funkiness (bret?). Above average carbonation that makes the 10%abv slide down your throat without even knowing better. Pretty damn good.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pale (for the style) copper with a thin and suddenly no head at all. Doesnít look too flavorful, but it certainly smells otherwise. Sweet and relatively heavy malt, round and broken up and balanced by the alcohol. A bit fruity to boot, predominantly cherry with a hint of tutti fruity. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but nice and sticky with low carbonation. Just not as satisfying as Iíd expect from the style. The flavors are sharp, but a bit overboard. Big sweet malt, rich with caramel balanced by a good measure of alcohol and a bit of that Belgian twang. Again, very fruity. Not very lively, but not exceptionally dull. A suprisingly spicey finish, with things like anise, and a surprisingly dry aftertaste, with only lingering fruit and alcohol. I enjoyed this and would drink more for the right price. As I remember this, it was reasonable.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Spechs; Webster, TX; nose of spiceess, caramel, sweetness, and vanilla; Lightly hazed dark amber with a small tan head; flavor of spices, alcohol, caramel, and yeastiness. Good quad!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a beautiful clear dark amber with a large light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is spicy yeast phenolics complimented by a slight caramel sweetness and pleasant floral hop aroma. Taste is malty, and slightly alcoholic with hints of sweet caramel, and a realy wonderfull spicy yeast character finished off by the perfect amount of bitterness. Med-full mouthfeel with a wonderfull spicy and fruity aftertaste. Much different then other Trappist beers but just as good.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white hed on and amber dody. This beer is very well done : there are numerous hints, like frauits, spices. Malty, just bitter enough, quite fulfilloing. It has everything a good beer should have. Iíll buy it again.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle...11.2 oz. Orange hue, malty taste. Very smooth. I taste licorice and perhaps a hint of banana. Iím missing the cherry flavor that everyone else references. Iíve tried all of the Trappists except Achel, and would rate this above Chimay and Orval. Thinking of having a second tonight....great palate.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No bottle on date. Pours a clear amber color with a fizzy, somewhat full, off-white head; only a small bit stays around as a frothy, persistant head. Nose is nice and malty; candied dates, light cherry, some yeast and spice, faint clove and banana with some sense of alcohol. Taste is very rich in malt with some potency from the strength; cherry and sugared date are up front with some banana, crab apple, raisin, and faint notes of yeast and pepper. Palate is medium-full, lively, and somewhat chewy in texture making it seem fuller. Finishes still quite potent but rich and sweet and lasting with cherry and date still lingering on the tongue. Not overly complex (for a quad) and with more alcohol presence than most of the style, but a little intriguing with itís unique flavors not common to Belgians (cherry and crab apple...). The more I had, the more it seemed to grow on me, but certainly a beer that would be best suited as a dessert beer or special occasion beer.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant orange hued pour with a big yellowish bubbly head. Aroma is yeast and bananas. Flavor is a very rich malt, with not so much a banana taste. Instead the predominate fruit is cherry. The high alcohol does not make the beer too dry. Very nice.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is yeast and lightly malty, some cherries and banana. Beautiful deep read, thin white ring around the edge. Sweet alcoholic delicious. Amazing palate. Smooth and creamy.