eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Outstanding. Poured a nice dark brown color with hues of red in the light. Head was about a finger thick and pillowy and lasted throughout the drink with sound lacing. Sediment was fun to watch settle at the bottom. Aroma was sweet and spicy with some dark fruit and yeast scents. Mouthfeel was smooth, slightly creamy, with solid carbonation. The flavor was outstanding: started out spicy and finished sweet with plum or some other dark fruit (plums). Alcohol didn’t hide as well on my second tasting of this beer, although the first time it didn’t seem overpowering and the 3/07 tasting of a fresh bottle was smooth as anything. This beer is rated highly for a reason, a little fruitier and sweeter than Westy 12. (Sampled a June ’04 batch both of the first two times, and a Nov ’06 bottle the third time.). Re-rate, 2/07, 2yr old cellared version (June ’04), and this thing was ever so smooth, the alcohol settled down so well, the dark fruits were very nicely supported, waiting underneat the entire beer experience, those plums really catching mem, yet not sweet. The main knock on Roche 10 when fresh can be the alcohol, but this aged version was fantastic. Somewhere in between fresh and 2yrs is probably the optimum, though (slight oxidation, cardboard underneath???). 7/07 re-rate of a few month old bottle (24.01.11) in a horizontal between St. B’s 12 and Westv. 12, this one the clear and firm winner, my favorite quadruple, surpassing the others in a few verticals to-date, only one bad experience with alcohol heat, never repeated. The pour was beautiful, the aroma was floral, plums, dark fruits, overall fruits, spices. The flavor followed suit, so rich and full, finishing with a little spice zing, bready yeast finish, touch of metallic notes (but in a good way and probably only described as such for lack of a better descriptor). Really, a wonderful quad, sweetens with warmer temperatures, yet the alcohol was sublte still, the sweetness not over the top, rich, balanced with some spicey zing, and light yeast bitterness. Wonderful stuff.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a delightful beer, quite refreshing, and amazingly slick.
While the alcohol content is apparent, this beer is smooth and congenial, like your favorite old t-shirt, you know, the one falling apart that you just love to wear.
The aftertaste is slippery slick, as though your entire mouth has been coated with a sweet tingly candy.
Deserves its esteemed rating
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 An amazing brew! This brew pours a nice dark brown hue with an amazing head (what else would expect from a Belgian quad?) The flavor is a bit different then other quads i’ve had... it’s a bit herbal but still has that deep dark fruity Belgian flavor that we’ve all come to know and love. This beer has a little bit of spice to it as well. It’s hard to explain this beer, you just have to try it. The mouthfeel on this beer is perfect. This is a high alcohol brew and although it’s hidden pretty well, I was able to detect it in the nose, which knocked it down a point, otherwise this brew is absolutely perfect. Although this beer is a bit expensive ($8.00 for an 11oz bottle here in CO) it’s quite worth it. Nearly perfect in every respect.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 This is my "Holy Grail" of beers. I wanted it to be my very first post. I first tried it years ago while I was in the military in Europe. I recently bought 12 bottles directly from Belgium. Shipping was a killer but still worth it. Everything about this beer is near perfect. Very strong but alcohol is hidden very well. Deep dark color with a nice tan head. Smells like heaven. The trademark Belgian spiced malts and rich fermented fruits is just fantastic. This one really warms ya up.
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Øl fået til Ølentusiasternes festival 2006.
Grumset og brun.
Alcohollen er meget tydelig. (Stærk)
Smagen er kraftig krydret og ekstremt fyldig.
For kraftig til min smag.
ghawener (1484) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Licorice, smokey, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Too strong alcohol presence.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 Appears a hazy dark caramel brown with a small light tan head that fades into a mild, dissipating cap and collar. Little bits of yeast are in the bottom of the glass with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top of the beer.
Smell is of dusty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, cocoa,bananas, with dark fruits, and berries.
Taste is of the same aromas in a fine, fine mix that is like an outstanding milk shake with well blended sweetness and rum.
Mouthfeel is rum filled with a banana & cocoa shake mixed with a dash of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar that is evenly balanced with a touch of alcohol....reminds me of a drink I got on my honeymoon that was a banana mashed in a blender with rum and cocoa syrup. These beautiful flavors coat the tongue and palate with a pleasing dessert like enjoyablilty that makes you forget that there is over 11% abv.
A sipper for the most part but it doesn’t get much better than that. This is a world class beer.
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 12-oz. Pours deep muddy brown with a moderately geysery tan head. Plenty of fruit (plum, sweet red wine grape) and yeast and sugar in the nose, in that order. The mouthfeel is definitely a triumph; velvet and tiny bubbles at the same time. The flavor brings plenty more of the same fruit, some nut and date, and a sour twist at the finish. This beer finishes on the front of the tongue rather than the back, which makes me think I may be losing my faculties just at the moment. This is a great beer, and no doubt cellaring would bring out a lot more from it. Drinking the 7th best beer in the world is quite a thing, even if picking any "best" beers is about as reliable as picking the greatest minute of the day.
vitaminT (9) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 Aroma has plum and raisons with alcohol present in the nose. The beer poured a muddy brown with alot of yeast. Very nice beer with great plum flavor and a spicey finish. This could be from the alcolhol content or the hops, no sure.
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours muddy brown with a thick, white/tan head that last. Aroma is dark fruits, plums, raisons, some malt, and alcohol--was fairly strong and pleasing at first, but dissapated quickly. Strong and malty sweetness upfront. Significant spicey notes that balance the malt. Dark fruit. Alcohol is big provides a lasting warmth. Overall, it’s a fantastic beer, with a great amount of complexity, but I think there was more going on in the aroma than the flavor...a bit disappointed.