DerWeg (1546) - 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 (779) - 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 (1245) - 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 (2569) - 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.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a rich peachy-red colour with some nice lasting head. Very nice aroma, sweet & fruity. The taste is like candy-apple and prunes. Alcohol very well hidden. Enjoyable to drink, my only knock against it is itís just a little sweeter than Iíd like.