ALLOVATE (2466) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Weird thoughts passed my mind as I sipped this. Unbeknown to myself the origin of these visions of summer and winter cascading over each other in images as if it was slide night and the pictures were in fast forward. It wasn’t a complex brew by all means, but the time involved in drinking a bottle, it seemed, would transcend me beyond my evening of throwing a ball to my three dogs. Poured into a chalice at just on cool, I half expected a dark brew as it appeared through the brown glass, but was greeted with a fiery bronze ale, with very fine lines of bubbles flitting up to surface beneath a thin, rocky white layer of whipped cream. Head held its ground for the length to trail a fine lace down the glass. Rich and sharp, ripe fruits on the nose with apricots, oranges and strawberries. Candi sugar offers a sweeter edge whilst a good dose of peppery, spicy hops give it some needed bounce. Juicy citric fruits dominate the palate with undertones of peaches, biscuity malts, light earthy and spicy hops, and a little doughy yeast. Medium bodied and smooth as silk with very soft carbonation giving the flavours a nice roundness. Alcohol was close to non-existent for a beer of such strength offering only a light warmth in the swallow. Creamy finish has more fruits and a very gentle tangy astringency, with a long quenching citrus aftertaste. Its only flaw was a lightly metallic edge that grew near to the end, about the time I awoke from my weird trance. This was a lovely and unique beer that what it lacked in complexity, it just made up for in control and balance. Absolutely delicious, another bottle and I’ll be back in the happy space. (30cL, BBE 06/08, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks good - crimson, clear and a nice head. Aroma reminded me distinctly of a weizen - cloves and caramelised bananas. Aventinus! Some figs, sultanas, rich malt, muesli, orange rind. Loads of fig flavour, Xmas cake, earthy, spicy, soft maltiness with quite a bit of alcohol. Some grainy brown bread in the middle there. Nice mouthfeel, marred a little by the alcohol. This was obviously in very good nick - but is it not bottle-conditioned? I might have to rethink cellaring a bottle... I certainly didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. Yum!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle is few years old. No date given. From a 4 pack that had the blonde, dubbel, triple, and a nice trappist glass. Foggy, light brown. Small, tan head quickly disappears. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel/toffee, rich malt, yeast, candi sugar, anise. Flavor matches the aroma up front, then transforms to dry, roasty, slightly bitter alcohol. Finish is yeasty alcohol. Aftertaste is a combination of the two phases with a bittersweet licorice flavor standing out. Full, creamy body. Rather tame for what it is. Nothing about this brew is looking to stop you from dinking it in excessive quantity. Way too easy to drink. Probably 12% by now and alcohol is only detectable in the finish. Very nice beer.
Quevillon (2548) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En lisant la discription commercial (oui, je li l’anglais mais je l’écris mal), il cite que c’est une bonne bière pour l’hiver. Donc, moi qui vie au Québec et que je l’ai eu à Noël 2004, ils ont raison. Cette bière chaleureuse, épicé, alcoolisé, l’hiver n’est pas si pire que ça avec cette bière.
SSSteve (3824) - - JAN 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
orange amber color with a small off white head. aroma of alcohol and dark fruits and spices. full bodied. spices and alcohol in flavor. very fizzy mouthfeel. i can’t get in to any of the beers from this brewer. they are consistently too sweet and alcoholic.
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark reddish amber colour, mediumsized beige head. Raisins, sweet malts and caramel in aroma, with hints of alcohol. Flavour is raisins, sweet malts, fruits and caramellish. Alcohol also present here. A very complex brew, with sweet malts and hops coming clearer in aftertaste. Wellbalanced, but still has a bit too strong sting of alcohol in it.
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 My recent trip to Amsterdam was the occasion for my first encounter with Dutch beer. As a start, I decided I couldn’t go wrong with La Trappe’s Quadrupel - and I was right. The friendly barman at In de Wildeman poured it in its proper glass producing a beautiful dark brownish red body, reminding of wet cherry wood. The creamy puff of light beige foam slowly descended to a thin cap, leaving incredibly sticky lacing on all sides. In the nose, dusty dark chocolate, figs and plums immediately appear suggesting the familiar trappist combination. However, other lighter notes are also prominent: caramel, berries, cream and particularly pear which was even more emphasized as the beer warmed. A sweet and inviting aroma. On the tongue, Irish creme, cherries, caramel, apple, pear, coffee and slight bitter malt flavor are the protagonists. Again pear is very much the key element, which I distinctly enjoyed as it conjures up the delicious desert, Poire Belle-Hélène. I found the palate a bit overcarbonated but the finish is ultra creamy which makes up for that small annoyance. Some time after the swallow a surprising and unmistakable marron glacé flavor materializes on the tongue. Just wait for it. Overall, an outstanding effort; but I must warn you: do not drink it under 12°C!
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours an amberish light brown color with a small tan foamy head, aroma of caramel malt, belgian spices and alcohol, flavor is also caramel-like with citrusy dark fruits present, decent body, good brew.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Banana aroma. Low carbonation, the bubbles are fine. Almost no head. Great tasting. Caramel like tasting. Strong alchool taste but enjoyable. Personnaly, I prefer the tripel than this one but would drink again !!
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Off-white head. Orange unclear body. Aroma of black berries. Rather spicy flavor with rounded alcohol taste, yet still pleasant for such a strong beer. .