Chrisco88 (9) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a murky deep brown (borderline black). An inch or so of off-white, foamy head lasts a good while, so long in fact that it was a bit annoying. The head is quite dense and frothy.
Aroma: Not very aromatic due to the massive, thick head. With some swirling and settling I caught a little bit of the dark fruit notes. Smells a bit like dry champagne to me, maybe a touch of alcohol.
Taste: What a complex beer we have here! First hit with dark fruit flavors, reminded me of red wine so I thought maybe grapes, currants, cherries or plums. I get a slight taste of some malts in there but the carbonation really brings out the fruit above all else. Not much bitterness if any. Aftertaste dominated by a dry alcoholic taste.
Palate: Good effervescence makes for a crisp, dry finish but overall the beer goes down smooth and is perfectly balanced in the mouth.
Overall: Definitely a new favorite, excellent Belgian ale in every way. The interesting esters and hints of malt combined with the ability to hide an ABV of 10% make this a deceptively drinkable brew. By all means grab a bottle and find out for yourself, a glass or two later and you’ll be damn satisfied- and DRUNK!
911lin (15) - - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330cl bottled. I have only had Westvleteren12 for once so far. As another quadrupel, this beer is much easier to get and not bad though.
chromeotaphor (20) - Grevenbicht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Verfrissend luchtig aroma, mooie schuimkraag die langzaam wegtrekt. Ontwikkeld zich langzaam maar mooi in de mond en fel in de afdronk. Krachtig bruisend. Complexe smaak van donker fruit met hinten van chocolade.
ZacM612 (84) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, tall off-white head. Aroma of yeast and some fruit. Flavor is complex, sweet, with some chocolate. High carbonation with medium body. Very good. Why did I pass this up for so long?
ArmandoBR (1) - - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On first taste, dark and chocolaty. Comforting. But palate has lighter notes: citrus and almonds. The bubbliness lightens the beer significantly. Pure delight.
TannerMidd (5) - jenks, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 7, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: Dark red-ruby almost brown with a light tan head
Aroma: Dark fruits, plums, figs, sweet malts, along with the classic yeast smell for Belgian quads.
Taste: The dark fruits hit your tongue with a slight banana flavor likely from the yeast, spices are there as well. Decently sweet without being overwhelming and a ever so slight bitterness.
Palate: Medium-bodied that doesn’t seem to completely coat the mouth like some other quads I’ve had. There’s a sweetness that is there that doesn’t stick to the inside of the mouth like syrup, it’s almost a clean quad if there is such a thing.
Overall: Delicious quad! Perhaps my favorite quad ever.
Howlader (677) - - JUL 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught, in bottles, and from a growler. Excellent beer, not quite as good as Westvleteren, but close.
Melnis (134) - LATVIA - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pav?js aroma prieks kvada. Garsa: gaidiita, alko arii jutams. Belgjiigs. Gazeets. Truuks fiicas. Tipisks aroma: xz :D
nudiebear (29) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, yeast in bottle consumed as part of drink. Dark brown liquid with overwhelming carbonation and a thin but persistent head. Aromas reminding me of fresh air and spring floral notes. Tastes sweet and slightly hiding the regular dark beer notes I expected from the memory of earlier bottles. Very enjoyable. I must find one which tastes like this except for the suspended yeast. Maybe the next Abt 12 bottle?
ttoadee (609) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark brown pour, decent tan head. Nose is cherries, figs and yeast. More bitter than sweet. Middle is currants, more cherries, dark roasted grain, and a hint of alcohol. Finish is coco and slightly bitter hops. very deft on it’s feet @ 10%. Complex, inviting, and soothing. Went great with a sirloin, mashers, and peas!
RussianDragon (294) - - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mekong, Richmond. Pours a dark hazy brown with lasting wisp of head and lacing. Aroma is subtle, biscuit, malt, dark fruits and yeast. Flavor is a delicious round malty brown quad. Always an event to have this beer, and to have on draft is amazing.