highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Thought it would be a cold day in hell before I tasted an Australian ale and a European quad side by side and preferred the Australian. But here we are. It has me wondering just how much the running order during a tasting session influences perceptions of a beer? Drank this one immediately after a seven-year-old Hahn Special Vintage 2000 English strong ale and the juxtaposition did this no favours. Not to say this is a bad quad, but it seemed sugary-sweet and frivolous after the austerity of the Hahn. This looked divine: hazy chestnut with a tall, loose sudsy head that laced magnificently. However, the aroma seemed teeth-rottingly sweet and artificially perfumey. It was all Bazooka Joe bubblegum, cane sugar and Parma Violet candies. Much simpler than the tripel and very sugary. Great creamy mouthfeel, nice and full. Carries its alcohol very well but too sweet for my taste. Bubblegum again, toffee and a big warming brandy finish. I’ve enjoyed the La Trappe range more than most but this seems like a weak link. I’ll take the tripel and dubbel over this. (33cl bottle from IBS, Perth; best before JUne 2008)
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I started to add this rating and realized I was adding it immediately following a fellow Oxford rater. And weirder still, I too found this bottle at the same "Dogdy Deli" aka Classic Beer & Wine on Cowley Rd. Interesting little hole in the wall shop. On to the beer: Huge cap of beige on a deep chestnut pour. Rich plums, spice cake and vanilla, with a high-frequency vapor hum. Rounded brown sugar and plum flavors. Clearly a substantial beer, but still very delicate around the edges, with a soft dry finish and a little lingering raisin flavor. I’m stoked to have found a solid quad I can get here in town!
Fin (9683) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml Bottle Picked up from the ’Dodgy Deli’ on the Cowley Rd, Oxford. Dark brown in colour which probably should have had a smaller head than the one I gave it with my careless pouring, crikey this is strong and yet the alcohol never tasted harsh. This is a lovely beer, wonderful fruitiness and spiciness, very rich and complex vanilla overtones also present, this was a very good find most impressed.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought it in a Koningshoeven 4pk with a Trappist Glass. This is the big daddy. Very strong! Dark nutbrown color. not much of a head. Maybe from the alcohol. Aroma of molasses, dark fruits like plums, prunes, figs, and dates. I recommend this Drupel!
microakes (160) - CANADA - AUG 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark beer, smallish head (the girl could pour, thank estonia) with a rich malty flavour, with light hints of chocolate. A nice start to any day.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is of sugared dates. Overly carbonated and foamy feeling on the palate. As with other quads, you can tell that there is a high standard of quality applied but you can also tell that there are better non-Trappist versions out there as well.
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 Konings Hoeven bottle. pours a chesnut brown with a quickly dissapating, creamy head that left a little lace around the rim. nose is of roasted chocolate and caramel with a bit of dates and yeast. tastes nicely toasted with caramel, chocolate, semi-sweet fruits, and mild alchohol. pretty good.
Bailz316 (255) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper with small whie head. Toffee aoma. Malty with notes of cloves and bananas and other fruits. Some alcohol burn. Dry, bitter finish. Pretty lively beer.
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Amber color. Fruity aroma with toffee, melon and some alcohol. Full bodied and sweetish flavor with strange spiciness (cumin?), warming alcohol, toffee, melon and pineapple. Sweet finish with pineapple.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml "Koningshoeven Quadrupel" version at the Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Amber pour with a white head. Lots of fruit and bready scents in the nose. Fairly sweet, toffee and fruit. Some spiciness emerges as it warms. Solid quad.