Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle: Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with hints of yeast, banana, and a mild alcohol presence. Malty flavor is rich with hints of dark fruits and caramel. Has a sticky creamy texture with a roasty finish. A fairly well-balanced beer that is intense and delicious.
BiddleBrau (998) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown, dark but thin head. Thinner palate. Alcohol present with roasty notes. Real nice and reminds me a classic Belgian brew. Happy to see another new product from Sierra Nevada.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very tasty brew from Sierra & their new friends the monks! Great color. Good body. This beer is strong, but well balanced with a solid malt backbone.
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RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany with red-orange highlights and a creamy head (in a tall, non-goblet glass anyway). Aroma of raisin, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, and toast. Flavor of raisin, toast, brown sugar, earth, caramel, slight red wine or vinous notes, and a certain "mustiness" to it. Finishes with earth, mustiness, moderate bitterness, crackers, slight fruit, and a bit of a drying sensation. Medium-heavy body, high carbonation with a kind of fluffy mouthfeel, hot with alcohol. Overall, I remember thinking this was pretty well done. Not awesome, but good.
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caged and corked bottle. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Opaque dark brown with a nice tan head. In the aroma I smell yeast and malt. Nothing exotic at all. The flavor is exactly as the nose would hint. Very rich and heavy malt with yeast. Perhaps a hint of hops. Lots of fruit is tasted and mostly it is darker varieties. Some chocolate emerges with warmer temperature. Alcohol is also tasted and it is significant. Yeast becomes more prominent, at during that sip. It is easy to see how monks of centuries past gained so much nourishment from beers like this. So much malt and so much malt. Maybe I will take a bottle to work and have it for lunch tomorrow.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a wine glass.
Pours a moderate brown color with a good light tan head. Nice lacing on the way down and a thin cap throughout. The nose carries some dark fruits and a bit of malt sweetness. Not too much there. The flavor carries Belgian yeast, but is a bit muted without much complexity. Medium body with a smooth finish. Pretty good, but not great.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany in color, khaki colored head. Sting aroma of fruit and mainly spices. ..clove, nutmeg, plum. Light hints of alcohol burn but inviting.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a chalice. Cork came out with a pretty solid pop. Poured a surprisingly dark brown with a finger of light tan head. Belgian spice in the aroma initially. Some burn sugar came out as it warmed. Lots of caramelized sugars in the flavor, some more Belgian yeast spice. Some chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not apparent, pretty easy drinking for 10%. Fuller side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quad seems like a made up style, but this is a very drinkable beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THOUGHTS: Yum. Very tasty. You could hear the fizz as it was being poured. Rather Belgian. Hid alcohol well. Very easy to drink. It started to become a little cloying by the end, but only slightly.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark rad that was nearly black in the glass with a small to average, off-white head that mostly lasted and left fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel, chocolate, candy sugar and chocolate syrup; moderate spicy yeast; raisin, plum, prune fig, toffee and brown sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly sour and lightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly acidic and slightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel, toffee, slight chocolate syrupy, black cherry, prune, raisin, plum, molasses, port wine, spicy yeast, brown sugar, candy sugar, hints of vanilla, a little citrus, and a little dark chocolate. The medium body was creamy and then dry with soft and then quite fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.
shamsway (13) - - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into tall pilsner(?) glass. Satisfying pop from the cork. Pours a dark reddish brown with a hefty tan head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and something I can’t quite put my finger on - fruit? Taste is malt, dark fruitiness and alcohol. Medium, enjoyable body. A tasty beer that I’ll drink again.
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