cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight tint of red. Has a real nice fruity/floral smell. The head was medium and lasted for about a minute. Lots and lots of bubbles after pouring (tracers?). It also appeared to have yeast left in it for probably a 2nd fermentation? (oh god at least I hope itís yeast). If I had to choose one word for this beer it would be ouch. The brew starts out relatively smooth with a nice bitter taste, but then starts to take on the characteristics of rubbing alcohol. I have to be honest I read some of the reviews before actually making my review, and I noticed how some where saying that the alcohol wasnít noticeable. Let me make this clear, the alcohol was very noticeable. It tasted and felt like I had dropped a shot into the beer before drinking. Donít get me wrong I enjoyed it, but damn caught me way off guard. In my personal opinion Iím not sure if this beer really deserves as high of ratings, but what do I know? Maybe it was just a little too strong for me.. but then again Iím the one who picked it out. To sum it up: good but not my style.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 iím gonna take some flak for this, but here goes... dark brown pour, pretty muddy head. thick, irregular 3-finger thick head. up to light itís got some red. very opaque. woody, somewhat underpowered aroma. doesnít smell very good. some off-scent. tastes really woody like some kind of whiskey. i really hate this. my friends say it tastes like itís supposed to. only drinking it since i spent fucking $7 on this POS. pretty complex, i can taste other things going on, but iím so distracted by the middle woods I canít even pick out the other things. not too much alcohol for an 11.3abv. upon suggestion i was able to pick out some prunes. it must just be an acquired taste like whiskey, but so far i like this belgian style the least by far.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i poured gently, but still a huge head ensued... cloudy brown with big time sedement. I am not a big belgian fan, but this was a super smooth crisp belgian. usually big abv has big chewy taste to hide behind, but this was crisp and clean and still not hint of 11.3.... if this was not so expensive i would make it a regular. i will have to save this for special occations.
eaglefan538 (3024) - 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 didnít hide as well on my second tasting of this beer, although the first time it didnít 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 í04 batch both of the first two times, and a Nov í06 bottle the third time.). Re-rate, 2/07, 2yr old cellared version (June í04), 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. Bís 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 (185) - 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 iíve had... itís a bit herbal but still has that deep dark fruity Belgian flavor that weíve all come to know and love. This beer has a little bit of spice to it as well. Itís 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 itís 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) itís 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 (404) - 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 ōl fŚet til ōlentusiasternes festival 2006.
Grumset og brun.
Alcohollen er meget tydelig. (Stśrk)
Smagen er kraftig krydret og ekstremt fyldig.
For kraftig til min smag.
ghawener (1564) - 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 doesnít get much better than that. This is a world class beer.