DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 10% ABV 330ml bottle. Dark brown pour swimming with sediment. Thin off-white head resolving into a slick of swirling clumps. Headily orange-fruity snout with boozy suggestions of port and licorice. Caramel-smooth maltiness with a hint of medicinal woody spice and a generous slug of licorice-yeasty bitterness in the finish. (Re-rate) Aroma distinctly oaky, soapy, sweet but hopped. Garden herb/ noble hints in there. Would never have picked that up before I went to Munich. Almost pitch and creamily collared. BLOOD, liquorice, soap and sugar in the mouth with a nibble of roasted barley. Herbally hops apparent. Smoke and alcohol aftertaste. It’s a decent enough big dark Belgian ale no doubt, but excessively sugared and too boozy for my liking, and lacks the elegance and complexity of it’s Trappist brothers. Digging those delicate noble hop notes, however.(8/4/7/4/15) (Re-rate) Wildly incongruous waft of noble hops- herbal, unfiltered helles germanic, chick pea. Singular, pure, uncomplicated, un-’Quad’- like. Apparently v.dark ruby tints. Liquorice black but copper vs lightbulb. Immovable narrow cappccino collar like a floating layer of cream. Herbal Hop-driven without bitterness. Chick pea, kidney bean notes merging into soft whispering booze, sweet peppery coriander-like spice never tasted in a beer this dark and big. Drifting towards the numbing caramel silk of Chimay. Saved by those hops, but standard liquorice finish.. mixed bean salad dowsed in marzipan/palinka alcohol. Tasty slick sessions but nowhere near worthy of Trappist comparisons. No yeast, roast, edge or bite. Just mellow caramel and hops. 15 is too generous.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is very malty with some fruity notes as well. Taste is malty, sweet, and with some fruity tastes as well as a small alcohol warming. Very nice to drink.
MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with thick creamy head. Fruity, malty, and sweet with a creamy yeasty finish. Warming and very plesant. A favorite.
jake65 (2881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: A true brown pour with lots of bubbles and a large, creamy beige head. Nose is fruity with yeast, malt, and some breadiness. Taste is light with fruit notes, little yeast, plenty of malty sweetness, and some hints of more fruit in the tail. A very creamy (at the same time silky) mouthful and warming in the end. Excellent.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with light tan head that lasts. Aroma and flavor were similar; malty, bready and light fruit. Very smooth/creamy beer that masks the high alcohol content well.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour, on tap, nice ruby colored with a fluffy white head. Aroma and flavor are both somewhat fruity, yeasty, and with mild alcohol. The mouthfeel was amazing though. Very silky . . . Nice beer. I’m usually an All-American guy, but those Belgians sure get it together sometimes.
anders37 (19098) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit. Sweet malty yeasty flavor with lots of dark fruits. Malty yeasty finish with some hints of alcohol.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that slowly settles but renews with a twirl of the glass. Leaves light lacing rings after each sip. Nice fruity aroma. Sweet flavor of fruits with a malt background and hints of wood and spices. Medium body and a creamy texture. Very enjoyable as an after dinner treat.
bebop329 (27) - USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thoroughly enjoyed this quad with Skibumphishead. Pours with a frothy one inch head that never fully dissapears. Nice lacing and warm brunette color. The aroma is intriguing with citrus undertones. The taste is slightly citrusy, but has a richer more robust flavor. Hints of raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon and chocolate with a burst of grapefruit aftertaste. mmmmmm....me likey.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK, I simply LOVE my American micro breweries. BUT, I have purposely waited to have this particular beer due to its high rating and hype. So here I am....Pours out dark red/brown, dark ruby like. Aroma is heavenly, sweet malts (somewhat typical of other abbey ales that I’ve tried) Formed a white foamy head. Flavor is of a smooth malty taste that says "take another drink". Very good beer. Does taste similar to some other Belgium ales, but much smoother and refined. I would love to try this on tap or cask. Yes, I still adore my American brews, but this Belgium beer is pretty damn great.