Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Very dark cloudy brown/black with a tan head. Looks serious and forboding. Dark fruits and dark bready yeast notes fill the nose with caramels, and clovey spiceyness making up the background. This carries through to peppery, malty flavours that are both rich and elegant. Extremely well balanced in both construction and mood. Wonderfull!!
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A true classic--a deep, dark, strong quadrupel with no ambiguity whatsoever. Not as deep or resonant as some other quads (eg La Trappe/Koenigshoven), but a true blue specimen nonetheless
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy reddish-brown pour with surprisingly little head. Fantastic lacing, however. Aroma of sweet dark fruit (i.e. raisins, prunes etc.), which is enhanced by the alcohol. This beer coated the mouth well, and the beer was rather heavily-bodied. Same fruits in the flavor as in the nose, but there was also a spiciness that was not previously noted. This was a mean beer because the fantastic flavor and mouthfeel made me anxiously await the subsequent sip, and this beer packs a punch. Nice warming effect going down. It’ll be hard to keep these in the cellar!
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Bottle. Burnt sugar, roasted malt, raisin and tannins aroma. Dark brown color with moderate head - pours like a soda. Sweet plum flavor followed quickly by a strong tannic and alcohol finish.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Dark murky brown colour with a medium foamy tanned head. Complex aroma of malty caramel, yeast and a vinous nose. Heavy malty taste with notes of dried fruits, prunes and plums and a lasting bitter finish with an alcoholic presence that cannot be hidden at 11.3 ABV anymore.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 33cl .Hazy brown w big nitro mocha colored head that lasted, good sticky lace. Aroma is dark roast malt w chocolate & that Euro in the bottle, slightly skunky hops, Belgian yeast, herbs & spices. Flavor is big spicy dark roast malt w alcohol noticable & the hops described. Nice bitterness, clean, spicy, rather sweet body & finish. Lots of sediment. Well into med bodied, nice herbal nuances. I feel this would go well with vanilla ice cream. Nice, interesting, complex, but not really my style. Rather sweet & syrupy on the palate.
tswhitehead (6) - USA - MAY 3, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Angelic choir upon high,
touch lightly with airey wings,
thy slender shoulders and thighs I will see...
pure delectability in God and his saintly company.
Yeah, I liked this brew!
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, best before sometime in 2009 (hinting that I shouldn’t be drinking it just yet). I shouldn’t be rating this, as I am recovering from a cold, however I decided to go ahead anyway because I think the beer has aided in my recovery. Only disappointment in the appearence was the small head. What was there laced pretty well. Deep effervescent chocolate amber colour made up for the disappointing head. Aroma, um, well, big! Spices, toffee, raisins, flowers, alcohol... Taste - um, well, huge! And it needs to be to get in before the alcohol which is considerable and smacks you in the face at the finish. Despite the big, warm, dry, (kinda like Australia) alcoholic finish, the balance remains very good, which is a big achievement. I think this is assisted by the fine carbonation which leads to a lush yet subtle feel. Would love to taste the same batch in 2009 to see what has changed. Think I might head back to the beer shop.
Tmoney99 (11066) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with medium off-white head. Aroma and flavor was very complex with with a fruit flavor and a long finish. Full body with a small alcohol bite at the end.
mfbeer (6) - USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The high alcohol is well covered by a rush of all kinds of flavors. Not too sweet as is often the case with double and triple fermented (or in this case quadruple) belgians. Love it.