kdm1984 (627) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enormous, dense head that sticks around a long time, leaving decent rings of lacing. Deep aroma of cocoa, red and purple fruits (cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raisins), yeast, breads, and a hint of ... Dr. Pepper? How neat. Flavor - this is the smoothest 10% ABV beer I have ever drunk. Holy moly - it is too easy to drink this! Best-hidden alcohol ever. Be careful, because it’s really tasty, too. VERY well-balanced on the acid front, which is typically my foremost complaint among some otherwise great Belgian Strongs. 5 on the palate for sure. I’d like a little more aftertaste, but what is there is really scrumptious - all the aforementioned fruits, especially the red ones, lots of creamy maltiness, and a finish of bread and fruit. Nom! My special orders for December have gone so well. I’m such a happy beer geek! UPDATE: I am now tasting some spices in addition to all that other stuff. This just gets more and more interesting.
Darkmagus82 (448) - - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy dark brown-mahogany color with a billowy off white head. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of darker fruit smells with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. Along with the darker fruit smells comes plenty of bready and lightly roasted malt smells. Some yeasty smells as well as some other sweet aromas of a caramel and toffee nature come along as well. A bit of spice of coriander and clove as well as a slightly funky like smell come and linger on the nose creating a rather dark and sweet but slightly funky off aroma to sit on the nose.
Taste – The taste begins with a very dark fruit sweet flavor with tons of raisin, fig, plum, and cherry. The sweeter flavors are matched by a bit of a bready and doughy taste with a hint of a chocolate and a bit of roasted malt mixed within. The yeast and spice that were detected in the nose come on more strongly toward the middle of the taste and bring a very nice dimension to the brew, complementing well the sweeter dark fruit flavors of the brew nicely. Some candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a rummy booziness develop on the tongue as the flavors advances, bringing a little bit of warmth to the taste. At the very end, a little bit of earth and a light woody/oaky flavor join the profile which end up leaving a very tasty and somewhat smoother, but robust sweet dark fruit quad flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average thickness and carbonation are a nice compromise for the sweeter dark fruit and boozy, oaky, and spiced flavors of the brew and makes for a nice easy drinking, yet slower sipping brew overall.
Overall – This is one quite tasty quad. This one is on the tops of my list. Dark fruity, nicely spiced, and yeasted, with a good blend of a warming taste/feel, but all while maintaining a great drinkability and enjoyability. This is quite a nice quad!!
Lawger (81) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark brown with barely half a finger of beige head. Preserved fruits, raisins, medium roasted malts, sweet licorice and some coffee on the nose. Palate is medium bodied, definetely on the sweet side. Sweet fruits, a hint of acidity and no bitterness. The finish is very long. Very nice. Will try to cellar a few to see how it developes. I think this will be even better in a few years time.
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venom666 (300) - Alicante, SPAIN - JUL 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown color with beige medium-lasting head. Aroma is intense, ripe fruits like plums, figues and raisins are present. Chocolate, toasted malts, hazelnuts and spices are also present. Medium-full bodied. Taste is outrageous, very sweet, with toasted malts, caramel, cherries, plums, vanilla and spices. Very balanced, with well integrated alcohol. Dry finish, with some coffee hints. An absolute masterpiece.
JanEric (978) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Struise pannepot 10%. Zwart donker koffie bitter lange finish lekker vol alcoholisch. Tap at ma che siete venuti a fa roma. Dark coffe like beer. Thick. Slow drinker. Very nice
Franksv6 (62) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Dark black beer with no foam and no carbonation.
Smells like sweet cherry and wood. Tastes like cherry, bitter, fruity, sour. Very good beer.
murran (99) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a coffeelike body and a thin head. Rich and complex aroma of dades and bread. Nice complex taste with a little creamy feel.
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Homer321 (1600) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. pour is nearly black with a large brown head that has a reddish tint to it as the bubbles break down and leave a thin light brown layer on top. Aroma is all dark fruit, raisin, cherry, melanoidin bomb. Taste is initially fruity then a light funky tartness comes through, like a tart apple almost. This is a 2010 bottle and here is some definite oxidation and it is the papery kind. Mouthfeel is medium to light, with some smooth alcohol warming in the ears after a couple sips. overall, pretty good, but the tartness and oxidation really prevent this from being world class.
jerd16 (183) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours burnt umber with small superficial mocha-head (vanishes within minutes). Very little lacing. Aroma is knock-the-door-down belgian yeast and banana. Raisins, some brown sugar (molasses) and some plum. Melange of competing scents. Glorious and tone is the beer equivalent of a dessert wine. Taste is sweet - one small complaint is that it becomes a little cloying towards the end. Provides everything in the palate that it does in the nose (surprisingly rare). Banana and yeast notes are dominant but the dried fruit is never too far away. Excellent beer that provides the drinker with a conundrum that is unravelled in every sip.
Daanminator (67) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2014
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Deze toch alweer een tijdje geleden op (2010 versie was het) maar totaal niet mijn ding.
Pepinis (23) - SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza oscura de color café. Poca persistencia de la espuma. Buen cuerpo y de aroma y sabor complejo. Destaca la malta de aromas y sabores frutales que recuerdan a frutas oscuras y maduras como las pasas, ciruela, plátano y dátiles. En el sabor se hacen más evidentes las especias junto con un suave picor final. El retrogusto deja un leve dulzor residual seguido de una astringencia también leve. La presencia alcóholica es notoria pero a la vez está muy bien integrada en el conjunto. Una cerveza redonda que hay que degustar con tranquilidad. (Botella 330 ml)