Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Wow this was a bit surprise, and reminded me more of a Trappist Quardruppel then anything else. Large almost creamy like beige head that mostly lasted. Very thick as you pure it in the glass. Good display of lacework. Muddy like body with a very dark mahogany like color. Aroma was explosive with notes of overripe fruit (prune, date, fig, and raisin), caramel and grain, light roasted malty notes, almost vinous over the palate. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light sticky and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet flavor with light notes of bitterness. Extremely nice and lingering finish. Reminds me of the Kasteel Donkel without the heavy underlying alcohol. Very nice beer!
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a bottle at the brewery at Val Dieu. Yeasty, with traces of caramel and coffee. Nice spicy aftertaste. Definitely does not show the alcohol.
omhper (19671) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Dark ruby, firm rich head. Fruity cherry aroma with grainy malt underneath. Sweet with dense bready caramelly malt. Really full bodied. Concentrated flavours of cherries, malt and candi sugar. Vinous notes of alcohol. No bitterness. A massive ale, think Kasteel Donker, but less sweet and a bit grainier.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a large creamy white head. Dark fruit and yeast aroma. Bright palate. Fig and chocolate taste with a sweet alcohol and vanilla taste to the finish.
thewolf (11192) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 75cl @ YNWA. Pours a golden dark mahogany with a small, creamy and slightly grey-beige head. There is a stunning level of lacing in this beer! Powerful aroma of dried fruits (raisins and plums) along with a dose of dark chocolate. Lightly oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with a weak background of chocolate. Then a lot of burnt sugar appears, and it mixes well with the lingering alcohol at the end. There is a touch of tartness at the end.
daniele (5482) - ITALY - JUL 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
scura buona schiuma persistente al naso molto fruttato come una passata concentrata di frutta in bocca un buon corpo ben bilanciata con un retrogusto tendente al secco
Wim (2827) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 dark brown coloured body with a medium off white head a roasted malty aroma a dark fruity taste and a bitter herby finich
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage Val-Dieu Winter from a 750ml bottle @ Hamiltons UCSD Beer Club Belgian Tasting. The beer lpours dark amber with a small thin head. The aroma is is sweet with notes of candied sugar. The taste is sweet with a bit of light carbonation. Amazingly drinkable, the alcohol is completly undetectable, I could drink a bottle and only realize when I stood up.
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
AKA Val Dieu Winter. It’s June now, so what better to drink than a Belgian Winter beer? Cloudy dark reddish brown, nearly black with a moderate head with great lacing and retention. Spicy aroma that’s dominated by darker fruits. Sugar and caramel is here too. Medium bodied, sweet sugary finish with some alcohol present at every step. Lotsa good quad comparisons here, but the trappists do it better.
Jerre (2702) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste yesterday from tap @ KBW Vichte. Aroma was complex: little spicy, sweet end fruity. Dark brown to black color, with very lightbrown head. Medium at full bodied. Taste, malty, dark fruits with caramel, much alcohol, with dry finish spice into the aftertaste.