Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle. Amber color with a rich tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aromas of green apples, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is really complex. Taste starts of on the sweet side with malts and chocolate before the high alcohol gives way to figs, rum, banana and clove. Medium bodied and really good.
DerWeg (1524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 33cl, cool, in a broad Duvel Tulip glass. Close kin to the excellent (and cider-murky) tripel. Clear deep amber, slight lingering head. Forward aroma honeyed and overripe ripe fruit then whiff maple syrup. Flavor is big - amazing tropical fruit-like presence at front , diving into roasted malty and brandy-like sustain finishing with a gentle bitterness. Stately while at the same time friendly. Rounded bitterness re-emerges in elegant swells. Mouth embracing, slight candy feel, warming sweet/alcohol sensations in palate and back of mouth - opulent with aromatic information. Evolves constantly!!!! I could smell the empty glass for hours. Less austere and more exuberant than some Trappists. One of the most fragrant and generously flavorful things Iíve tried.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big ceramic bottle with a swing top bought from Internet wines back in 2002. Pours a nice amber-brown colour with a small tan head. Nice malt aroma in the beginning, with port and prune notes; but later the aroma becomes much sweeter. Strong, thick-bodied, the taste is sweet and malty; the alcohol is hidden well, but for me this boy is a little too sweet. It finished more dry than expected, with some spiciness too. I wish it had some bitterness to balance things out. I liked it more as it warmed, but it still lacked some balance. I liked it, but itís not my favorite trappist ale.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome. The aroma of bananas gave me a hint that I would enjoy this beer even before the first sip. Wondeful and warming. This was the perfect beer for a winter evening on the front porch.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite clear for the style with a loose off white head. Amber. Aroma of pear,some honey, apple, bread, a touch of cat pee. Clean and straight forward for a quad. All the flavors are there but it seems like some of the magic isnít. Really a good rendition but without any element that makes it shine.
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a cloudy garnet with minimal tan head. Aroma of plum and fruit, very malty and alcoholic, with some bread and yeastiness. Flavor is quite alcoholic which overshadows a lot of the flavor. More vinous notes in the flavor, but the body is a bit on the thin side. Iím not very impressed.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber brown color with a few floaties, tan head. Plummy aroma, other fruit, light booze and some malt. Flavor is also pretty fruity, some raisin and plum, some booze again. I like the body but the alcohol is too apparent. Iíd imagine a cellared version would be less harsh and very nice. As it is, itís still pretty nice, but for a quad itís not as well made as some of the others.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden brown with off white head. Raisen cherry nose with light creamy toffee. Rich mouthfeel with a big sweetness that lingers. Cherry with some medicine quality to it in a good way, rich malt and a background of light toffee. Wow!
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost had to chisel out the cork. Poured a darkened amber with a light tan head. Speckled with sediment throughout. The aroma alone is enticing. Strong yeasty, bready aroma...this is quite a bouquet of fruits as well... prunes, apples, grapes, plums and peaches. Flavor is all malt with an apple like sweetness up front that fades into plums and prunes with a touch of woodiness and a grapey, yeasty finish. The body is very full and thick. Nice.
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
smelled of 2 distinct items that I could not pick apart, but hints of a sweet flowery aroma was in it, the smell was very pleasant. Had a thin white/offwhite head over a cloudy copper body. The palate was highly carbonated w/ a medium body and a smooth finish the flavor was very sweet, too much so for my taste w/ hints of rose light carmel a smokey wood, and brown sugar, with a hint of tart in the finish and a small touch of alcohol as it warmed. Overall a pretty complex taste that was good but to sweet to have gotten a better rating from me.