Orgeogre (10) - Lyon, - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice dark amber "ale" colour. Fine head . Must, yeast and alcohol dominate the nose. Average carbonation. Fairly fruity in the mouth with a definite bubble-gum finish. A very good ful bodied ale but not the top of the quads!
afinacio (6) - - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excelente cerveja Ale, strong mas adocicada. Aparência excelente, pouco olfato porem muito potente na boca. Nuances de banana.
assousa (14) - - DEC 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cor cobre, sabor intenso e equilibrado! Muito top!!!!!!!!
AtronSeige (702) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 21, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: High phenolics, spicy, pepper. High esters, banana, Light bubblegum,
Appearance: Clear, amber body. Large, white head, lacing, good retention.
Flavour: High fruitiness, banana, plums, , High maltiness, bready. Light warming. Dry finish with lingering fruitiness, plums. Light bitterness, just to balance the rich maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Silky, creamy
Overall: Wow! Increases complexity as it warms up. A really wonderful beer.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
16E. Belgian Specialty Ale
Ragnampiza (523) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750 ml bottle at Il Maltese. Light ruby red/copper, slightly hazy, with a nice, creamy and persistent yellow-ish head. Very intense and powerful nose, lots of fruit esters, peach in syrup, dark fruits, chestnut honey, mature fruits (esp. pears and cherries), a light alchool presence as well. Quite complex overall. Pleasent warming sensation upfront, quite velvety and smooth, perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet notes. Toffe and dry fruits (nuts, almonds) in the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable considering the ABV. Soft to average carbonation, medium to full body, slightly oily texture. Great.
bearislandbeer (15) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was fortunate enough to try this for the first time in the motherland of wonderful Belgium. The aroma draws you in immediately and the subtle yeastiness that is this quad is addicting if not inspiring. I was extremely pleased to find it on tap back home.
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maybe bad luck, but felt like water with a back taste of beer...is like all those i drunk from la trappe are the same just the alchool gets more...pity.. tried the different versions several time
yacoob91 (3) - POLAND - DEC 18, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
appearance: dark amber, slighlty hazy, nice thick head but quickly decreasing in volume, creates decent lacing
nose: typical belgian yeast, fruity and floral, goźdźik, bananas, malty, caramel, amaretto
mouthfeel: medium but soft carbonation, medium to full bodied, smooth, throat warming alcohol
taste: complex, pleasant, sweet, low bitterness, slightly alcoholic, fruity, quite short aftertaste
migwell (41) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The juicy liquid fruitcake palate includes dark fruit sugar, dried figs, faint banana, and a trace of biscuit suspended in a very creamy, moussey beer. First up is brown sugar followed by raisins and plums. Next is the licorice followed by a lingering herbal sweetness. The 10% ABV is not very noticeable. The beers tastes like it smells, which is refreshing. It pours a hazy dark tea amber under a 3" rocky off-white foam cap that slowly dissipates into clingy clumps of finely bubbled foam. The beer lines the glass with lace and upon swirling shows a hint of legs. Smell of date and prune was almost immediate along with black plum and some light Damsen nippiness. Also a lot of brown sugar and apricot sweetness. As you drink there is also a deep boozy aroma that sneaks into the nostrils and detracts from the taste somewhat, ridiculously feather-light, almost to the point of having a flattened body... while you don’t overtly taste the alcohol, it certainly thins out and helps float the beer across the palate.
Question: What would Ernest Hemingway think of the above style of writing? Same as me, probably. (All quoted from a single page of another beer rating site.)
Anywho, this is a pretty good Trappiste, full bodied and heavy with a big dose of dark fruit. I would say that the alcohol is more up front than in the better Trappistes, but this is a damn fine brew. Consumed in a nice (nicer than their beer!) Stella Artois glass.
redknob (19) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours and sits pretty. Smells like banana candy. Sweet and sour cherry flavour with rich, thick texture. Like over ripe fruit. Sweetness and volume of flavour hides the strength of alcohol.
Ester_ (114) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber -brown colour. Aromas of caramelized malt, Belgium yeast and spices. Flavours of caramelised malt, Belgium yeast, spices, candy sugar, candied fruits. Round mouthfeel. Couleur ambrée. Arômes de malt caramel, levure belge et épices. Saveurs de malt caramel, levure belge, épices, sucre candi, fruits confits. Alcool bien camouflé, rond en bouche.