bodhijah (8) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
the candy of all beers!!! candied sugar wrapped in complex ester-laden, warming alcohol bliss!!! enticing, intense flavors and aromas of cherry cola and fresh apples with the underlying, earthy, mysterious hint of a monastery cellar and the yeasts that proliferate on grains therein(and no, i did not pour out the sacred yeast settled at the bottom of the bottle)...a complex amalgam of flavors that have to be experienced to be believed...a truly remarkable beer that i feel exemplifies the style like no other...
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 11.2oz. bottle. Pours reddish brown with creamy head. A bouquet of fruit and cream. Complex flavors of plum, raisins, dates, tangerine and apricots. Its a bit young tasting as the alcohol is hot. I’m sure saving these for a couple years could highlight the complexity even more and mask the alcohol better. Really nice beer though.
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Appearance: reddish brown color. Great head, dense, persistent, good adherence at glass and beige color. Good look!
Aroma: sweet malty, candy, yeasty and toasty. Fruitiness of dark raisins, figs and berries. Reminiscences of cacao, vanilla and honey. Low hoppyness. Liquory, I remember the cherry liquor. Complex. The sweetness hidden the alcoholic degree.
Flavor: Complex and nice, but slightly unbalanced for the sweetness. Faithful at style, malty, candy, very good toast cereals, slight smoked and fruity. Sweet-fruitiness of raisins, figs and peaches. Citric-fruitiness of tangerines and berries. Clove and coriander spiciness. Touches of vanilla, wood and honey. Liquory, like whisky and amaretto. Finish with low hoppyness and warming.
Palate: Full body, oily and silky texture. Low carbonation.
Exquisite, complex and great beer, my favorite “La Trappe”.
(sorry for my english)
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aromas of fruit and cream. a nice rouge color aith a yellow head. flavor is creamy with hints of clove. a nice bite too.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - APR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown colored pour with a nice medium sized head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of fruit. Nice malty, sweet finish with a little carbonation.
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 11.2 fl. oz. Koningshoeven Quadrupel Trappist Ale. Beautiful dark amber color with big, frothy, white head. I also notice champagne-like bubbles shooting to the surface keeping the head from dissapating and providing for good lacing. Sweet, fruity, banana aroma. Palate is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a chalky finish. Flavor is sweet at first with a bitter finish. Overall, maybe a little too sweet, but nearly a complete beer.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby hued color with a two-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head. Quite fruity smelling; notes of mace intermingles with notes of raisins, prunes figs and concentrated cider. Actually after a bit more digging there is definitely a cherry aroma here as well. There is a touch of oxidation aromatics as well; hints of Madeira, sherry and perhaps a damp woodiness that is not quite like wet cardboard yet. Really the concentrated fruit character is what is most noticeable, but there is a nice backdrop of sweet spices (cardamom, clove and perhaps some mace).
The beer is fairly sweet, yet not sticky. The sweetness accentuates notes of concentrated fruit, which are a mix of prunes, figs and some light date notes. There is a nice backdrop of spiciness here that is a mix of clove, a touch of cardamom, a dusting of ginger and even an orange-citrus note towards the end. The finish remains sweet and rich with a rum-like flavor and a touch of alcohol bite. I would not describe the alcohol as hot though, it just serves to add a touch of warming character. There is a touch of oxidation here; its biggest effect seems to be an added chewy, malty, almost meaty caramel / Maillard browning character.
An interesting brew, that seems somehow to be lacking a little something. I could wish for a bit more chewy malt character and perhaps some more body, but on the other hand it is nice that this is not a super heavy brew. Still it is a good brew, and certainly contributes a nice warm glow after a couple glasses from this 750ml bottle.
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 33cL bottle. An absolutley beautiful beer, but maybe a little less complex than others in this class. Poured a clear amber with perfect carbonation and a brown head. The head quickly dissolved. There was a nice alcohol warming in the aroma, taste and finish. I agree this would be an excellent beer in the fall and winter, but still good anytime. Recommend trying.
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a dense lasting head. Wonderful complex malty noise with hints of spice and fruit. Warm alcohol presence mixed in with tones of fruit, nutmeg and caramelized sugar. A bit sweeter than I would like.
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber hue, with a beige head, but falling quickly, and leaving laces, yeasty, sweet caramel and toasted malt nose, with a fruity accent of raisins, plums, candy sugar note, with a faint spiciness and a warmth alcoholic aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a yeasty dough, sweet caramelized malt, and alcoholic character, with a fruity raisiny accent, dried dates and plums, brown sugar, with a potent alcoholic warmth mouthfeel, a touch a nutmeg spiciness, leading towards a malty, fruity, alcoholic finish.