after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Just pulled this off the shelf at regular price, so it can’t even be a year old yet. So this is just a control rating, not a "real" rating of this beer when it’s at the peak of its powers.
Pours a lovely glowing dark brown with a nice moussy dark tan head. No shortage of lace. Big fruity toffee nose. Nice medium body with attractive tiny-bubbled carb. Fruity, bready, toffee-like and somewhat vinous notes angle for prominence on the mid-palate. Long dry crackery finish.
This is some wonderful beer, but everything about it, from the rather forward sweetness to the hints of twang near the finish, lead me to believe that this would massively benefit from a few years in the dark. That would probably turn it into a world-beater.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great Trappist. Hot but balanced with sweet and spice. All around a great beer.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 burnt orange in color. Aromas of vanilla and apricot. Sweet vanilla taste, some banana and bubblegum notes. Very sweet sticky finish. Good stuff.
rane (1004) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Reddish colour with huge long lasting pale head. Aroma dominated by dried fruits plumes, dates and figs and some malty. Taste sweet and full again with notes of dried fruits. A very nice beer somewhat lighter than Rochefort or Westvleterns quads.
Welcome to my top ten.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - FEB 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red amber color with a creamy lasting beige head. Yeasty aroma with sweet notes of cherries. Smooth carbonation. Flavor of sweet malts, raisins and some yeast, well hidden alcohol. Slides of your mouth and doesn’t actually leave a noteworthy aftertaste.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber color with a ton of huge yeast chunks and a small white head. The aroma has a ton of the malty aromas with a bit of honey and cherries. The flavor is quite light with a bit of the bubblegum tripel taste.
cykyc (28) - USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my cellar favorites. For taste alone, I like the tripel a bit more. It has to me more muted tastes on the tongue and not as sweet as the tripel. Danger Will Robbinson!! Don’t drink a bottle on an empty stomach.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 This time a Trappist beer from the Netherlands. A dark red beer. A little bit sweet with a smooth caramel taste. Also there are dark fruits, like raisains. The 10 % alc. gives you a warm feeling inside. A very good and noble beer.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. slender trappist style bottle, coded freshness date on the back label, sampled in a tulip glass.
L: Hazy reddish brown with a robust pale tan head of bubbly topped, frothy foam that slowly settled into a thin creamy skim. A good deal of splotchy curtain-like lace circles the glass.
S: Raisins, dates, plums, nutty banana bread and earthy spices, along with traces of clove and pepper. A light whiff of alcohol in the nose.
F&T: Crisp moderate body, smooth and slightly creamy, this is a pleasant sipper. Fruity flavors of raisins, figs and plums that are bolstered by tastes of earth peppery spices, nuts, dark brown bread and candied sugar. The finish has a soft spiciness bitterness and is alcoholic dry.
A really nice quadrupel, comforting on a cold rainy winter night.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Monks in Brookline.
Gorgeous brown color that I’d expect in a quad. Aroma was on the sweet side, malty, with just a touch of dried fruit. Beautiful mouthfeel... glides across your palate. Yeast aroma is present but doesn’t dominate. Great beer.