patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at the Publick House in Boston - Pours dark reddish-brown with a thin, lingering head. There’s a wonderful aroma of dark fruits and yeasty malt. There are more dark fruits in the robust, well-balanced flavor complemented by a lightly bubbly, full bodied mouthfeel. The finish is silky and lingers pleasantly. Excellent!
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at local brewpub offered as one of their guest beers. Very good. Totally opaque but clear, deep red around the edges. Small head diminishing. Sweet roasted flavor. Not as complex as I expected but very good nonetheless.
SSstout (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle rich mahogany red. Fresh, fruity aroma. Taste of sweet malt vanilla, dark fruits, caramel and slightly bitter hops. Light and slightly spicy in the mouth. Not as smooth and creamy as other favorite Abbeys.
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Thick and foamy light brown head... deep, hazy reddish-brown color. Really nice aroma of fresh apples and pears, some dried dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins), some malt and some woody smokiness. Flavors were predominantly fruity, malty, and slightly alcoholic. Very silky smooth, creamy, yet crisp mouthfeel with a clean dry finish. Awesome overall, considering how widely available (and relatively inexpensive) this one is. I never pass up an opportunity to drink this beer... it is truly special to me.
Dolemite31 (4) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this bottle at a new liquor store in town. Color is reddish-brown with a medium head. Aroma is strong: malt, banana, cider, and alcohol notes. The flavor is malty with underlying notes of fruit and raw dough. Alcohol is a little stronger than I expected, and I detected a hint of butyric acid notes. Good, but not as good as I hoped.
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours dark brown/black with a lasting white head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very well balanced, with similar components. Most notably, there is an underlying but not overpowering tart fruit flavor.
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drought on tap. Pours dark brown with a begie creamy head. The aroma is so coplex! Dark fruits such as plums and raisin. Also aroma from chocolate and strawberries. The taste is bready and has a sweet mild aroma that makes my heart go away...The palate is so mild and soft.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Pours dark red, almost purple with a medium off white head. Aroma is a bit yeasty, dark fruits, vanilla, some bread. Flavor is caramely, dark fruits, alcohol. Nice warmth to it. Very smooth, a bit velvty on the palate. Not as good as I was expecting, but still quite nice. Flavor and aroma could be bigger.
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark blood red with an off-white, medium frothy head. Retention is moderate, giving way to full, yet watery lacings. Aroma is malt, flowers and esters. The smells are not as intense as I had anticipated. Well-carbonated, full-bodied brew. Taste is of sweet malt caramel, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, slightly bitter hops and distinct alcohol presence throughout. The flavors are complex, as a quad should be. I found that it fell slightly short of my high expectations, based on the Trappiste quads.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle-pours a big fizzy, foamy tan head that laces with hazy red-brown color and effervescence. Aroma is fruit-cherry, sour esters, malt. Taste is medium malt, fruit, sweet, alcohol-in line with 10%abv. Nutty, secondary hops. Good effervescence. Good sipping beer.