ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a muddy chocolate brown color with a huge creamy off white head, nice lacing. Aroma is dough, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate. Flavor is figs, yeast, dried cherries, prunes, malt, chocolate. Palate is full, silky smooth, easy drinking, yeasty, dry finish. Wow! Whole lot going on!
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Pours to a thick chocolatey chestnut brown, hissing and moaning as it awakens from its slumber. Wooden aromas with toffee and caramel, dried peach and pear...just massive. Dry nutty flavor like brazil nuts. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Plum, raisin and some peppermint. Dark chocolate. Silk and oak impressions in the mouth imitate the softest scotch. Clearly thereís no reason to try to ciphon every last flavor out of this brew or to labor to write them down. But itís spectacularly rich and emotive, deserving of any and all grandstanding it precipitates. Wonderous.
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Bottled at Bar Asterix in S„o Paulo. Pours deep hazy brown with a creamy white head. Aroma is very complex with notes of chocolate, caramel and dry fruits. Full body with a complex strong taste. Alcohol is noticeable. Taste is spice, with notes of brown sugar and dry fruits. Excellent beer.
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Dark brown but with a white, creamy head it looks good and it is! Very complex with some caramel, syrup, nuts and chocolate. Little sweet. The alcohol hides well, surprisingly strong. A very good beer and it is accessible as well. At least here in Sweden.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 In the glass its a very dark brown, with a thin creamy head. coats the mouth when you take a sip and sticks to the glass. Very complex flavour, lots going on - an xmas pudding, lots of sultanas and figs, with a hit of orange. This beer felt to me like too much of a good thing, the flavour was heavy and intense, the alcohol was very prominent. Because of this I prefered the lighter 8, which benefited from a more citrus flavour. What can I say - Iím a wuss.
robinvboyer (4106) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Easily my favorite Trappist.
Iíve had the westy 12, and Iím still partial to this beer. Aroma is just loaded of dried fruits, and sweetness. Flavour is very rich, and very complex, nice spice to it, almost chewy. A beautifully crafted beer, a wonderful warmer. Hides the alcohol very well. Simply superb.
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 Iíve had this beer on many occasions, and it is the best Belgian Quad Iíve had to date. This beer needs to be poured and given a few minutes to warm up and breathe. It is only then that the aromas really get going. Aroma is of sweet malts, dark fruits - figs, and yeast. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but fruit and spice complexity make up for it as this beer warms. Very well balanced and the alcohol is well masked. I would really like to get my hands on aged bottle, as this is the type of beer that would really benefit from it.
Gremlin09 (4) - USA - DEC 12, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THE BEST BEER I HAVE HAD SO FAR!!SMALL BITE FROM THE ALCOHOL BUT NOT AS MUCH AS U WOULD XPECT FROM A BEER OVER 11%. PERFECT BALANCE AND A CLEAN FINISH! NOT SURE WHAT ELSE U WOULD BE LOOKING FOR!!!!!!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330mL bottle. Finally getting around to rating this one... Pours a dark brown; creamy tan head with great retention and lacing. Generous aroma: dried fruits and brown sugar; smells slightly hot. Full, complex mouthfeel: plenty of yeast and esters and dried-fruit; hints of maple syrup, spice and toffee - almost chewy; perfect level of carbonation (lively without being unwieldy); hides its alcohol well. Long, dry finish, showing yeast and spice. Excellent.
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
With so many ratings what can I add. Itís a great beer! Great flavor, great finish, it definitly deserves the high rating.