BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown body, clear with creamy, thick beige head that lasts. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, alcohol and some hops. Full-bodied, warming mouth-feel. Flavor of fruits, sugars, spices, slight bitterness on alcoholic background. Quite complex, more like a quadruple than a Belgian Strong Ale. Very good beer!
Fujimo2000 (19) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour rich brown with caramel lacing. Aroma is raisins, prunes and cloves. Taste is sweet as most Belgians. It’s a great drinking beer.
Andrew196 (1104) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mahogany in color with an off white head. Aroma strong in raisin, ripe plum a hint of cinnamon toast. Tastes exactly as I thought it would, more dark fruit, perhaps notes of caramel. But the finish was like a flat cola...a bit lingering with the alcohol too. Just never could get it together.
Chalumeaux (384) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 750ml bottle dark amber brown with an off white lingering head. Aromas of red fruit bread clove and alcohol. Taste is similar with hints of caramel and and nice lingering alcohol finish. My only issue is that it’s a tad sweet.
WillRunForBeer (1432) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by Chalemeaux. Thanks TJ! Pours medium dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is honey, raisins, clove. Flavor is caramel, brown bread, raisin, a bit of clove and some fruity esters in the finish. Good, but a bit sweet overall.
Dorkenstein (119) - - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too much aroma, vanilla maybe some bread or cola. Taste is of vanilla, cola, bread, raisins, and a warming alcohol finish.
lightbias (304) - USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looking back on the musical contributions of the man that inspired this brew makes me wonder exactly what I’m going to get from it. I hope that it’s a unique experiment in strong ales, as there was very little that was just average about Thelonious Monk.
I open the bottle and find the aroma spicy, nutty, with a foundation of caramel and prunes. The liquid is a clear nut brown as seen through a thin Pyrope garnet; the head a foamy cappuccino lazily gracing the surface. As I drink, the nuts and caramel turn to a doughy, earthy flavor; the prunes are apparent, materializing in each quaff, eventually disappearing in favor of the dough and spicy funk. I pull each mouthful slowly, letting the beer warm behind my lips, manipulating with my tongue, experiencing it throughout. Despite the 9.4, the alcohol isn’t abrasive, but makes itself known as I swallow; the sting of it only a slight dryness on my gums.
At first the brew is almost sticky with sweetness, then disappears completely after the swallow, but comes back in with light, biting bitterness on my gums and tongue. It reminds me of the style of the man; after a funky riff on the keys, he leaves you hanging with moments of nothing that cascade into a melodic scale, all of which leave you with the reminder that nothing should ever be status quo.
I really like this, it’s a damn good brew. The reminder from me tonight is to absolutely make sure you are drinking this at the right temperature. If the aroma seems distant, let it warm a bit. If you aren’t in love with this beer off the cuff, it’s too damn cold.
Sdaniel90 (527) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 355ml. Deep ruby with a minimal brown head. Intense fruity aroma of banana, clove, red fruits, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet, with low bitterness. Fruity and pleasant, with a fiery fruit and alcohol finish. Very nice.
Percy0103 (262) - MEXICO - JUL 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 355ml. A dark reddish beer with a small head. Aroma is of a typical Belgian Style beer (according to Bear to a Quadrupel) with Belgian yeasts, caramel, spices, banana and alcohol. Taste is bitter with a strong alcoholic finish. Medium bodied with some carbonation and astrinency. Reminds me a lot of a Quadrupel.
RIVERA_HOU (19) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tastes reminds me of Jaeger unfortunately. Liquorice, raisin, very alcoholic taste. Really not that special sadly. Light in terms of weight. Maybe I just don’t like Belgian style abbey ales or Belgian strong ales if that’s what it really is. This is my first of the four pack so we’ll if it grows on me.
coyforce (678) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow impressed by the complexity of the taste in this beer. Pour is a beautiful amber with a small head. Flavor is tangy but appropriate for this kind of beer.