aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was grape/orange with brown hues. The head was off-white, creamy, and lasted forever. The aroma was not very pungent at first. There was a sour/yeasty smell. The alcohol and fruit were stronger after having had a bit to drink. The flavor was alcohol, yeast. It burned the nose slightly. The palate was alcohol and was a bit harsh. The finihs was warm and lingered in the back of the throat.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally tried this one, I feel like its a staple that I should have had a long time ago. Poured a murkey brown that showed some red in the light, bottle had sediment that remained stirred up after sitting. The head was profuse, tannish white, and frothy. The aroma was typical belgian, some spicy aromas, ripe fruit, alcohol, and musty notes. The flavor showed the alcohol but in a mature way (it wasn’t over the top but it let you know it was there), spicy, mature fruit, and a sweet caramely taste. Nice. The palate was very dry and had a small bubble carbonation feel to it. The finish was very warm and I noticed the alcohol very much. Not as great as I had expected, but still a good Belgian.
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer with which you can’t go wrong. I’m drinking one now. This is one of the twelve or so beers I currently have in rotation. It’s not overly sweet to me like Achel, it seems to be a good balance, hops are present so it has a good blend of hoppiness, malt and alcohol with chocolate & coffee overtones. The bottom line is you won’t regret giving it a try and there is a good chance it may become a regular for you if you do.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 11.2oz bottle, part of our blind "Better Know a Style: Abt/Quadrupel" tasting, pours deep murky brown with nice white head. nose is molasses, prune, plum, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, and mostly raisin. taste is rather sweet with rainsin and plum notes. mouthfeel is slightly watery with alcohol and dry finish. finished #3 out of 9 quads.
2005 vintage, 33cl bottle. i wouldn’t say this improved, mellowed a bit. still tasty but not better.3.8.
sberk13 (5) - pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2007 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
as my co-worker put it tonight - "perfect" - this is what belgians should taste like - malty sweetness with hints of fruit - great color with a nice solid head
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 On tap at Ölrepubliken in Göteborg, Sweden. Pours a nice reddish brown colour with a generous beige head. Superbly balanced fruity and nutty aromas with dry yeasty and hoppy notes, and nicely integrated alcohol (is it really 10.5 abv?). Medium to full bodied, extremely smooth mouthfeel, with a vivid carbonation.
Jiffypark (31) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a darkish brew with head that looks pretty carbonated, thank you very much. As things simmer down, the head becomes more delicate with every passing minute. Absolutely gorgeous. And fruity, so fruity and delicate all the way around. Very, very good thing this isn’t sold at my corner store. I can just imagine the damage that would wreak on my personal finances.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just had my second bottle of this beer. Had my first on Christmas eve as the fourth bottle of Westy 12, Westy 10 and Rochefort 10 sampling. It held up incredibly well that night and tastes great on its own. The monk is smiling for a good reason.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Carbonation doesn’t seem overkill but this really makes you need to burp-- more than any beer I’ve tried. Still the best Belgian brew I’ve tried. Beautiful look and lacing. Nice nose, great finish and aftertaste. Pit fruits, grapes, carmel malt balanced with mild spice/herbs and hops.
alexanderj (3407) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Poured a reddish amber; medium head. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, plum, pit fruit, light malt. Creamy palate, slight warming at the end. Slightly sweet; alcohol fairly present. Flavor of pit fruit, brown sugar, yeast, caramel, alcohol. Complex.