waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. mahogony with rising bubbles to creamy off white head. bubble gum, yeast, roasted malts, sugary aroma. lively crisp. fading tartness. dark fruit, candy, sugar. rich malts. good but didnít meet my expectations.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good Quadrupel. I enjoyed this and hope to have a few more like it in this style. Very big head, deep flavors of fruit and malt. Very nice.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle (2005 I believe). I think this is the first time Iíve had this beer, and honestly I find it to be a bit overhyped. Itís certainly well above average and a strong entry as a traditional Belgian quad. Very rich but with alcohol fairly hidden, huge nose of plums and oak with some caramel notes. But itís a bit less balanced than Iíd hoped for, somewhat fizzy and with a mouthfeel thatís far too thin for my taste. Comes on strong but finishes too weak. Obviously still quite fine, but Iím not sure (based on this initial sample, at least) that it deserves the stellar ratings.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Right up there with other great quadrupels, like St Bernardus Abt 12. Dark mohogany color and strong aroma of raisins and figs, with a dark vanilla head and sticky lacing that lasts forever. I love the taste on this one, dark fruits, yeast, raspberry, banana, lots of raisin and faint sweet oak flavors. This beer is quite similar to the Bernardus 12, but in a side by side tasting, it is much sweeter, with bigger berry notes to it. Nice palate as well, awesome body and the finish leaves a tingly film on the tongue. Great beer, but I believe it still falls short of Westvleteren 12.
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought it would be a lot harder to find this beer. it poured a deep browish color with little to no head, smells strong of fruits, out of a brandy snifter, delicious and worth the price.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Has strong taste of fruits, chocolate. Also has hints of malts. Finishes nice and sweet on the tongue. Great with chocolate chip cookie. Saved for my 100th rating.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a nice amount of beige head. Aroma is rather mild, but features sweet chocolate malts and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is similar, with currant really standing out to me. Nice and complex, with some fruity notes coming out more as the beer warmed up. Overall, a delicious beer that I enjoyed.
nearbeer (4827) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 330 ml bottle (L 13 09 11); saved for rating #100, and ohmygod did it ever live up to it! Hot fudge sauce-colored beer with a small-to-medium, creamy tan head that lasts better than any. Aroma is luscious spicy fruit with chocolate caramel, and all that is good on planet earth. Taste is the same fruity chocolate goodness, plus nice hop tingle and counterbalance. These Rocheforts are an experience unto themselves, and I donít think they go well with food (except maybe dessert), but who needs anything else when you have one of these! If I was a Trappist monk, I would get kicked out of the cloister for shouting obscenities to high heaven in praise of this most holy of all liquids!
mattcoats (47) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sinfully delicious! A rich creamy head and bountiful berries make this beer a great drinker! Unfortunately, it considerably lacked the aroma that should accompany such a delicious brew.
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shazam! dang me, get a rope and hang me. Pours with a lovely textured big foamy frothy head and lots of lace. aroma is lots of dark and red fruits; ripe and juicy. Sweet with some hop/yeast bitterness to offset. Almost opaque hazy brown color. Lingering sweet fruity apple, pear, fig, plum flavors in the finish. Had this at the Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin UsA