stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the finest of Trappist brews. Very full bodied, almost port-like, with a warming alcohol glow that makes my cheeks light with happiness. Sweet and long finish. An excellent example of how noble a beer can be.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle- Color is a deep rusty brownish orange with big chunks of yeast hanging out at the bottom and suspended within, medium beige head retains a bit before fading to a thin collar and has very minimal spots of lace. Aroma is largely wafting with phenolic yeast and an ethonal alcoholic punch with a modest sweetness of malts lending dulled citrus of melons and orange with hints of banana, raisin, and plum and some touches of caramel skirt underneath. Taste has a nice medley of dark fruits noted in the smell and a malty smooth sweetness with nice yeasty underlaying notes of clove and bits of medicinal plastic. Overall very soild in its length of malts, dashing with dark fruits and trailing with caramel, lighter toffee, and slight mild spice in the finish. The alcohol hardly makes any appearance but there is some warmth sneaking in. Feel is nice and smooth, lightly chewy and creamy with a lighter side of the heavy or full but yet, not medium either. Quite a nice feel, fits well with the malts and yeast. Well balanced and pleasingly smooth and quite quaffable for having 10% ABV, although that sneaks up on ya quickly lending a bit of respect and engaging you to slow down and enjoy it. Best of the La Trappe IMO.
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 (11933) - 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.