mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 pours deep amber, slightly reddish brown. smells musty pruney, like an open box of raisins and gerbers baby food. rich foam adheres evenly on the glass as head subsides. bottle conditioned. gentle carbonation. soft and rich on the palate. tastes of cognac without the high alcohols, and dry fruit with hints of grape, candy sugar and toffee. subdued bitterness. alcohol presence so well hidden. quite complex. nice treat at the end of an evening.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Color reminiscent of a strong apple cider. Pours with a ceaselessly foamy beige head... leaving a nice lace. Aromas of grapes, brandy & ... orchids (?) Tastes a bit like a Granny Smith taffy apple. Leaves a pleasantly sour aftertaste. Satisfying finish (I tried one on an empty stomach and it left me with the feeling that I’d eaten). I’d like to have this on hand as it could become a "comfort food".
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kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle that the cork was damn hard to remove! Lasting light beige head on a hazy medium amber orangish body. Sweet toasty, bready malt w/ a some light diacetyl. Some solventy notes of alcohol in the nose. Light vinous raisiny & Rome apple notes. Flavor is well balanced, but a little alcoholic. Flavors of buttery diacetyl mend well with the apple flavor to make a caramel apple that is sweet up front. Some floral plum flavors as well. Bready malt, and did I mention alcohol. It becomes more fruity/estery as it warms, but too many of these will make for a head banger of a morning. Light spicy yeasty finish with plums. Semi sweet aftertaste, but just enough not to be cloying. Aftertaste is clove yeast & toasted malt. Higher carbonation, but not has high as one would expect. Smooth, surprisingly well hidden alcohol given the flavor and aroma profile, & medium bodied. I like this more than the tripel, but still a little too sweet to drink a lot of at one time. And that comes from a malty beer loving person.
maeib (8664) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A mahogany brown coloured beer with little head. The aroma has caramel and banoffee pie. The taste is sweetish with caramel, toffee, bananas, malts and alcohol. A nice full bodied strong hoppy beer.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured a nice murkey off copper brown. Very sweet. Fluffy white head at first. Lots of apple and raisin and some brown sugar.Also some mints and a slight toffee. Lots of malt. Retains a lovely smoothness throughout. highly enjoyable. I need to try the others now!!
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 From a small bottle.Worn out Leather trousers in colour.Little head.Old wine and north african fruits,strong malt.Computer says no.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mellower nose. Candy, fruits, maybe some grain. tastes like.. apple juice? lots of fruity flavors swilring around. sometimes apple, sometimes raisin or plum. solid backbone here, assertive malts and sweetness, very light herb bitterness. like a beefed up dubbel. slight hint of honey.
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin white head. Very dark and cloudy brown body. Aroma is overwhelming bubblegum and some pears. Also a hint of clove. The taste was bananas and clove. Also some hints of pepper and appples. The alcohol is detected, but not overwhelming. A nice quad, but nothing special.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a amber color with a small rimming head. aroma and flavor is caramel rasin and soy sauce. body is rich and smooth. i like this pretty well.
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last of the Koningshoeven La Trappe gift pack (four 11.2oz bottles.. blonde, dubbel, tripel, quadrupel, and glass). The quad is considerably stonger and more flavorful than the others. They are all much the same in appearance and aroma, malty and fruity, with a creamy head that quickly disappears. There is more complexity in the quad.. flavors go in every direction. Mainly sweet malt base but then a variety of dark fruits and spices explode on the tongue, The sweetness, fruit flavors, spices, bitterness, and carbonation offset each other evenly and create a lively and interesting brew. Almost a sensory overload at times. No fault to be found here.. quite excellent! All the beers presented in the gift pack were variations on the same flavor theme, and all were imensely enjoyable. Others seem to prefer the quad, while I found them all appealing.