MelvinKalksma (37) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The taste tells you one thing: this beer is deep and extremely multilayered. What it does not tell you, is the intensity. This beer can honestly be called the best beer buy I ever made (and that’s at 16? for a 75cl bottle).
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Denis’. Dark reddish brown, thick fluffy head fades to a tight cap. Amazing rich nose, red fruits, raisins, leather, soft spice, chocolate, oak, red wine, hint of booze. Soft rich palate, red fruit, oak, savoury oak spice, spicy hops, raspberry, subtle tartness, dry woody linger, hint of booze, spicy hop finish. Soft velvety carbonation. Amazingly deep and complex, a better quad than Westvleteren 12. Incredible.
ShelbyGrey (179) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is fantastic, complex woody vanilla, amazing body, perfect for this time of the year!
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wine barrel aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, coming from a 75 cl bottle with cork and muselet packed in a fancy wooden case with print on the front side; limitedly produced, the bottle is even numbered (in this case n° 26810). Vintage tasting of the 2013 version so must be about 1,5 years of age. Thin and initially quickly dissolving, loose, light beige head consisting of rather large bubbles; all that remains after five minutes is a steady rim around the edge and some thin lacing, but as the bottle progresses, the head becomes more stable and more sticky. Colour is a beautiful, very dark wine red, clear at first but hazy with deposit. Tempting and complex aroma of banana liqueur, Syrah wine (my favorite grape), vanilla, cherry ’pralines’, chocolate sauce, crème de cassis, liquorice, old red port wine, cashew nuts, honey, steak, cognac, orange juice and orange peel, brown bread, woody tannins, leather, cloves, figs in ’jenever’, red berries, candied dates, Kirsch, maple syrup and a faint hint of coffee. Rounded, sweet onset of candied fruits, banana, dates, pear and raisins, Syrah wine again, medium carbo, subtle citrussy acidity, yeasty spiciness, full and mellow chocolatey, nutty and caramelly maltiness, honeyish candi sweetness lingering, the carbonation tingling on the tongue, evolving into a yeasty and malt sweet finish with an explicit, yet elegant presence of woody tannins, gentle roasted bitterness (much like in a Scotch), red wine and peppery hops cleansing the somewhat sticky candi sweetness; retronasally, the port and sherry notes resulting from an early stage of oxidation as well as the vanilla-like oak tannins only add to its complexity. I have a feeling this bottle has about the perfect age for a tasting session, though I have to admit I am curious about its cellaring potential. Vinous, rich, complex, sweet in a very noble and restrained way and charming especially on a December night, this is easily one of the best Belgian ales I tasted in the past few months. Highly recommendable, if it can still be found today. Honestly speaking, I hadn’t expected this kind of quality from this particular brewery; it is a good thing that the established mainstream breweries in Belgium are still on the lookout for whatever happens in the craft beer world, and pick up new tendencies every now and then. I hope to see more of this quality level in Belgium in the future!
vipinvelp (2542) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark ruby, black almost. Nice aroma, heavy, some read wine notes, cloves, Taste is quadruple worthy, cloves, some chocolate notes, light bitter, alcohol warm. Lasting warm beer taste in mouth. (Velp 201412)
Gerbeer (2169) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with light head. Beautiful aromas and flavors of roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and dried fruit with complex hints of wood and light spice. Great stuff.
onceblind (4967) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle. Deep dark nutty ruby with a thin off beige head. Sweet and delightfully peppery nose with a dose of spruce or something herbal on top of dark sweet malt tones. Nice lovely flavor of dark sticky malts with a gentle roasty blackness with a side of herbal spruce and pepper and a wee bit of sweet roast. Lovely.
teddybeer (2473) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2012 #2336. Dark brown colour with a beige head, good duration and nice lacework. Aroma has notes of toasted malts, brown sugar, spices and chocolate. Flavor has notes of toffee, spices, chocolate, dry fruits and ripe fruits, alcohol very good compensated, candy sugar notes, wood and barrel. The final is slightly alcoholic, sweet but not cloying, slightly bittery with chocolate and barrel hints.
superspak (3077) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled in 2012, bottle #10960. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, fig, caramel, clove, pepper, oak, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, fig, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, pepper, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, clove, oak, candi sugar, chocolate, brown bread, molasses, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, moderately prickly, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic oak aged Quadrupel! All around awesome complexity and balance of dark malt, yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
jamesie1857 (1537) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle from Beer Tempel, Brugge (back in 2012 - sitting waiting, patiently ever since). Deep ruby red to pitch body, firm lasting beige head. Nose is liquorice, blackcurrants, cherries, plus a certain booziness. Taste is warming, lots of the expected rum soaked cake fruits, lots of wood, deep and rich. Best I’ve had since last Christmas!