Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely Beer. Pours a dark brown with ruby opacities, a yellow, white head and a fast lace.Slight aroma of kiwi and fresh water. Sweet malt is apparent Stranger sweet malt, rimarkablily refreshing with strong bitt. Sweet malt flavor with mango and bitter spice, There is a depth set up between the bitter and broad malt profile. Caramel, very slight chocolate, with some bread. The finish is warm malt with bitter htat maintais its balance for some thime.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours classic dark brown with a foamy brown head which dissapears quite quickly. Aroma is yeasty, belgian sugar and malt. Taste is spicy, fruity and lots of yeast flavours, also banana, caramel, sugar, a little oaky. Finishes slightly thin, and with a fair ammount of alcohol. Very reminiscent of Bernardus 12. A good beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, with a smallish off white head. Big dark fruit aroma, grapes and plums especially, with some candy sugar and sweet malt aromas. The flavor is pretty solid, although fairly standard for a quad. Not overly interesting or complex, but a nice sweet, malty, fruity, quad with proficiently masked alcohol burn. In fact thats probably its best trait, its alcohol masking abailities. Solid.
Muggus69 (1228) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle. BB 7/4/14
Pours a murky bronze body with a small but thick and persistant tan head.
Nose seems a bit hoppier than most, citrus and herb, lots of rich vinous fruit; raisins, plums, dates, dark brown sugar, port and brandy-like alcohol presense. Has a slight mustiness surrounding it, which I could just be imagining.
Thick rich body, as expected from a beer of this size, creamy near-velvet texture, moderate carbonation. Alcohols on the way down.
Plenty of the aroma translates to the body; figs, plums, some citrus rind, dark cherries, bubblegum, brown sugar, port. Finishes somewhat dry and not as lengthy as I was hoping. Slight sharp citrusy bitterness to boot.
A very nice Belgian dark strong, no doubt, though the alcohol isn’t that well hidden and it has a slight citric sharpness which probably puts it a rung below more authentic Belgian counterparts.
JohnnyJ (4399) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 09 Belgian Beer Fest. Chunky brown pour. Lots of floaters. brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, raisin, and bread. It’s alright, worth a try.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was shared by someone at the first Liquid Sunshine. At this point in the night I was pretty smashed so the notes on the next five beers are going to be remedial in the fashion of one of my favorite raters in the whole world whose unhelpful ratings are obviously solely for the point of getting a tick and attempting to win some sort of imaginary internet contest...Cool! My 10th Abt/Quad rating - a milestone! The beers pours muddy brown. Has notes of dark fruit and brown sugar on the nose. Very sweet. Lots of dark bread, carmelized brown sugar and dark fruits in the flavor. Some alcohol notes too. My notes actually say, "drukk". Which I can only assume means one thing...
Beer4000 (4529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Slightly hazy reddish brown body with a fine and dense brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, mocha, brown sugar, spices and surprisingly well hidden alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, mocha, caramel, brown sugar, overripe fruit, hops and a bit acid. The alcohol present is more like a warming feeling. Very nice, balanced and complex, the inspiration from the Belgium Trappist beers is clearly, but the typical brown sugar/dry fruit flavor is more in the background leaving more room for the mocha flavor.
radiomgb (2263) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with ruby edges and a long lasting large beige head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, prunes, christmas cake and some light alcohol. The flavour is sweet with some alcohol, creamy, lots of dark fruits, cake and some toffee. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long. creamy and warming.
This drinks incredibly well and I foresee this aging very well.
750ml bottle from Sahara Mart in Bloomington, Indiana.
Opened on November 2, 2008.
Best before April 4, 2014.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed in Denmark...... Pours a dark brown color with some amber highlights and a thin white head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar and some malts. Taste of spices, nuts, brown sugar and warm bread. The mouthfeel in my opinion is just like a doppelbock !!! There was some some sediment at the bottom of the glass that looked like coffee grounds. Overall, this was a solid brew and worth looking for.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 corked bottle and served in my St Bernardus glassware: Disclaimer, I drank almost all of this before even thinking about rating at near room temps, so the verb age will be short... Deep hazy brown. Malty and fruity nose with classic abbey yeast esters. The taste is sweet but not cloy, rich dark fruits. a hint of alcohol warmth. Smooth and lush on the palate. A well constructed brew and something I need to buy again.