Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle. Great pour-hematite pour with a thick FROTHY head. Nose is malty and cardboard. Flavor is prune, acidic, a little alcohol, and yeasty. Taste is raisin, yeasty, and a little metallic. Very chewy palate, like a Chimay Red. Good full mouthed flavor. This is a very full bodied beer. It sits on my stomach like a whole meal-yummy. Finish is dry, cold, and bold like the Gobi. Good beer. It gets better as it warms.
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. aroma is of spice and raisin. beautiful pour a cloudy brownish red. with a thick tan head, flavor is a mixture of so many flavors, assorted spice... nutmeg, cinnamon, plus raisin and plum nice malt characteristics and flavor leaves a great malt and hop finish. there is so much to take from this beer. i like this, but i still feel like i need more to get the whole experience this beer has to offer.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I felt this was a bit overblown, even for a Quad. Too much like medicine for me. Just a bad blend of hop and malt.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy head, dark brown in color. smelled of yeast,malt, slight chocolate, dark fruit. taste was good, started out sugary, and fruity-plums, raisins. and malty. as i neared the end of the bottle the chocolate became more of a presence as did the originally well hid alcohol. which by the last drop was about all i got from the taste. overall i liked it, so many hidden tastes that each came out at different points of this brew. am excited to see what some time will do to my 750 ml im saving!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeast, bread, plums, sweet yet mildly acidic aroma with some notes of chocolate. Opaque, darkest brown with generous, pillowy, tan head that recedes slowly with decent lacing. Very sweet and fruity - plums and brown sugar. Chocolate and minor roastiness appear toward the end. Lasting sweet aftertaste with alcohol barely noticeable. As you drink it, the sweetness builds. Smooth, velevety mouthfeel with thick, rich body. Luxuriously delicious. Perhaps best as an afterdinner drink or nightcap in small serving sizes. Bottle.
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew blows me away just like Rochefort 8 and 10 do.....except in a little bit different way. The aroma and flavor are the difference. Both are complex, but the St. Bernardus folks whistle to a different tune. This is a very strong ale, but it’s not the alcohol that blows you away. Hold a mouthful and you’ll absolutely understand what I’m (and all the other raters) are talking about.
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer. I had little expectations for it as I had done no research on the beer at first. The appearance is enticing as the large tan head nestled on the deep mahagony body is appealing. Your senses are next titilated by the aroma of plums, fruit, malt and yeast. The flavor is complex and well balanced starting sweet and ending with a nice hopy lightly bitter finish. . The alcohol is well masked and unoffensive. Good palate and oveall a repurchase high on my list.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 $3.75 for11.2 oz bottle,,, This has been the very best tasting beer I have drank up to now!! it is $%#@! great!
super nice head that lasted the whole beer great thick lacing.
nice dark beer slight chocolate flavor.
I wish i had more right now,,,will have soon!!
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft, yet rich aroma, spice, anis. Nice representable head , dark brown ale . At 10 % it is hard to hide alcohol. Medium bodied yes so powerful abt cant hide the true. Good, technically fine.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An outstanding ale! Dark, muddy-brown color. Strong nose of alcohol laced apples. Very, very malty. Definite presence of cloves, cinnamon, apple, maybe prune, currant and cherry as well. A multitude of flavors boiled downed nicely to a well-balanced and easy to drink ale!