JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 750ml from Sam’s, Durham. This one’s a few months old, and has a somewhat lively pour. The color is tawny/copper, with lots of floaties and a modest head (quickly abating). Nice aroma of dark fruits and yeast, though nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is quite dry, a bit to my surprise. Chalky mouthfeel, somewhat thin as well. Not cloying by any means, and the prunes and figs emerge nicely. Booze is hidden too. But things just seem a bit underdeveloped, even thin.
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Off white pour with a tan head of moderate proportion. Vinous aroma. The flavors of malt, lightly toasted grain, and toffee predominate with hints of chocolate and figs on the finish. Just enough mouth feel and balance to let all the flavors develop wonderfully. What really makes this ale is the balance and finish. A very good quad. Do these guys make anything bad? Very nice!
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A creamy smell of coffee and strong wine, quite malty and sweet. The normal large head is light brown and has a long duration. The body is dark red. A light sweet middle part which goes into a medium bitter finish with a long duration. Tasted a little bit like chocolate, very malty and well balanced. On the palate the beer is creamy, thick, very strong texture, the body is oily and silky with not so much carbonation. A full body. A very good beer, great for colder temperatures. A incredible full body, you can nearly chew it.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly chilled 750ml Monk’s Brew bottle via trade with craig, user id missing from my mind. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and quite rich. Pretty nice. Taste is sweet and just just just ok. The nose is true to style the taste seems to sweet
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was a little worried about this one since I acedentially froze the bottle and there was some leakage. Idiot me! But it thawed slowly in the fridge. Anyway, thin head of varying sized bubbles. Rich malty aroma with some raisins and brown sugar. Pretty sweet smelling. Color is a pretty dark mahagony brown. Sweet and malty with some more raisins and prunes, some molasses and roasted malts. Finishes slick and sweet. Hides its alcohol pretty darn well. A decent brew but lacks the depth of a true quad. A decent brew but lacking for a quad.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with FunkyBrewster. Pours a dark dull brown with a s small thin fine white froth. Authentic Belgian Trappist Quad aroma, fruity, raisins, doughy sugars, red berries, light spices. Super dry first taste, dark aged berries, dark brown sugar, nutty, slight bitterness from the lightly burnt molasses, dark Belgian candi sugar, doughy yeastiness, very light esters and some powdered sugar. Finish has a bit of dry chocolate and coffee beans. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation, a bit light for a quad, but very easy drinking. I love it a true quad.
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an average, rocky, off-white head, mostly lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, roasted grain), light hops (herbs), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of apple, pear, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this up at Wise Guys in Merrillville, Indiana, U.S.A. Why they sell it as "Brew" instead of "Elixir" in the States is beyond me,since the latter is a way cooler name. It has a Coca Cola pour except that the head vanishes more quickly. It has an aroma of purple grapes,raisins, punes, dark brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is pretty straight arrow, although it has a sharp flamora - pretty much the same as the nose except that the alcohol is hotter. The finish is interestingly sweet but dry. Pretty decent.
swoopjones (5602) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Spuytin Duyvil, Brooklyn. Pours a deep brown. Aromas of dried fruits, raisins, coffee, toffee, chocolate. Complex brew. Taste is again dried fruit, coffee, boozy, some malty sweetness. Fuller bodied. Liked but probably wouldnt buy again at least at the prices there
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of dark fruits, malt, slight cocoa in the back, some coffee.
taste is very nice, not overpowering, prunes, raisins, purple grapes, touch of sweetness, some malt, and a touch of coffee, aftertaste is thick on the tongue.