chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 This was my first bottle in 10 years. It was as I remember. I had the 750ML corked version. The pour: deep caramel color with a head with large bubbles. (This usually is a result of bottle conditioning.) The bouquet: heavy "Trappist" yeast smell. Very fruity- dates, figs, raisins. The palate: intense, malty, sweet- you can definitely tell this ale is fermented with Belgian candy sugar. The finish: definite alcohol "bite" at the back of the tongue. Aftertaste: nutty, toffeeish. Very good Quad... not the worldís very best, but itís up there.
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
i thought i would like this a lot more than i did.
i bought it in a pint/glass gift set under the moniker "Koenings Hoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale". When poured, NO head was produced. Flavor was pretty good, with plum and raisins and malt.
did i not let it ferment properly? why was there no head? most people seem to report a beautifully laced head. i got nothiní.
iíll try it again, at the very least to get another trappist glass, but i donno if its in my radar of favorite beers.
granted, though, iím not much of a belgian guy.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a surprisingly clear reddish brown with a good amount of head, that lasted for only a minute. Aromas of cherries, beet sugar, molasses, some light malt notes. Mouthfeel is fairly sweet, thick, but with a striking metallic note to it (itís an older bottle, so that may explain it). A decent quad, but definitely not the best. A little too light for my liking, but a good choice if you donít want something as intense as say, a Chimay Bleu.
smith4498 (3501) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber with tan head. Aromas of grapes, raisins, figs. Flavor is mildly sweet with some spices and bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticable but not overwhelming. A very well made quad. Not the best but very good nonethelesss. I will definately drink this again.
borisz (407) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 CL, Nice beer, amber, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, medium body,
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at OíBriens in San Diego. Flavors of some spice and yeast. A very nice example of a Quadrupel.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very lacing head covers a nutty amber ale. Spicy and fruity, figs and raisins above all. Rounded and smooth. Alcohol is little noticeable. Flavourful, full bodied, sweet.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle into a trappist glass. Very nice looking beer. Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a thick white head that lingered for a very long time. The alcohol seemed a little overwhelming at first, but this beer really hit its stride about a third of they way into the glass. The spices and fruitiness came to the front, and the alcohol added a prefect kick at the back of the throat. it did get a little heavy on the alcohol towards the end, but all in all a really good beer.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chaucerís Pub- Brown liquid sits beneath a foamy off white cloud. Good lace throughout. Nose is very fruity. Dark fruit like plum, some fig, raisin. Lots of bubblegum esters and also quite yeasty and spicy. Sweet dark fruit flavour profile consists of fig, prune, red cherries. Thereís lots of spiciness and yeasty flavours with rye bread and some caramel. Excellent creamy finish with lingering bitterness and dried fruit flavours. Certainly a sipper. A good choice for #1200.
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprising that this fine quad, a trappist from the Netherlands no less is one of my new favorites. I found a site online where one guy rated all of the trappists and his scores for the Achel and LaTrappe beers were very low. I feel this is a very refined quad and holds itís own with not only the Chimay Grand Reserve and St Bernardus Abt 12, but also the Roche 10. Now I canít wait to find a bottle of Achel Extra Bruin!
As for the beer itself, itís an indulgence in taste and mouthfeel while keeping a classic profile... the sugars, the yeast, the body all excell.