YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-amber color with ample head. Aroma strong with a fruity tinge. Smooth and thick and strong in flavor. Impressive beer.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO (2003). Tasted in Westmalle 1836 Trappistenbier glass. Tasted at 10C. Appearance is light brown / orange / rust colour. Light white head, small but sustained. Aroma is strong in alcohol and has a distinct candy like presence. Flavour is very sweet. i am picking up a strong artificial sweetness, like brown sugar or something post fermentation. Very overwhelming. Seems like a very cheap knock-off of a proper quad/abt. Very disgusting.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml Bottle) Pours an orangeish-cooper colore with a large white head. Has an apple and alcohol aroma. Descent tasting Trappist ale.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. brown, corked & caged bottle. No freshness date that I can decypher. Poured out a bright orangey copper color, with an immense off white head. It lasted until the bottom of the glass. Aromas are of bananas, bread yeast, subdued hops, and slight maltiness to it. No aromas of alcohol, somewhat fruity in aromas as well. Tastes of bananas, malts, and slight hops bitterness as it is swallowed. It has that classic Belgian beer profile to it, even though it's not brewed in Belgium. Sweet on the tongue, not very warming as it goes down, either. Hides it's alcohol very well. Finished sweet, but not cloying. A well made trappist ale, all in all.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well for 500 I was going to have my Westy 12, but dopey me broke my trappist glass. So it's going to have to wait I little longer. This was good enough to be #500. Bottled at Monks Cafe in Philly. This beer was fantastic. Nice sweet malty taste to it.
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 Alcohol is hidden well, tastes good too, but for those of you who can get headaches from alcohol - this IS one of the beers that causes headaches. I only mention this because most Belgian beers don't do this to me, but this one did.
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured virtually with no head. The whole taste of this beer tasted like medicine. A little too sweet for my tastes, not enough hop bitterness.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 What can I say other than I absolutely loved this Quad. Poured into a trappist glass with a huge tan head. nose was super sweet. Flavor reflected the nose, very sweet and malty brings toffee and some fruits to mind. Alcohol is suprisingly subtle but I can assure you that it is present. Head and shoulders above DeKoningshoeven's other attempts. One of my favorites.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Yet another one courtesy of the dynamic duo of Icelandic beer culture, Haukur and Eiríkur. They’re a bit too generous as I was getting a bit out of shape along the tasting...
I do remember being pleasantly surprised by this big boy. It warrants a re-rate for a better description, but truly one of the best I’ve had. Underrated here in my opinon.
(Rating: Ar. 8 App. 5 Fl. 9. Pal. 5 OA. 18)
Re-rate: I was a bit surprised seeing how high I’ve rated this one as La Trappe’s other beers haven’t pleased me much.
Surprised by initial lack of head and, if not for seeing through the brown bottle, how light in colour it is. The aroma is big, however.
Sweet aroma with some dark fruitiness and caramel malt. Same goes for flavour which is, if I remember right, not nearly as complex as the other Trappist quads. Mainly caramel, or maybe rather nouggat, and it feels there’s some nice hoppy freshness on the finish.
Reminds me a lot of Chimay Rouge this time around, although it’s not really that similar. A whole lot sweeter too.
It’s not awesome as I thought first time around but still very pleasant. It would probably rate higher for me if it had something to back up that sweetness.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cloudy brown. Thin beige head. Sweet honey aroma. Cloying brown sugar flavour at first Mellowing out to Caramel and honey notes. Alcohol not that noticable. Slight dry hop bitter notes.