Christos (5431) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hantverksbryggeriet Munken) Stubby bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.5%
Brown coloured body, clear, with a full finger of tan head on top, thick and with good retention.
Aroma has light red fruits, raisins, ripe berries, caramel.
Taste is sweet, some faint metallic notes on the front and then caramel, dark fruits, stewed red fruits, sugars, well hidden alcohol.
Medium body with soft carbonation.
Nothing exciting but pretty good nevertheless.
Samuel214 (912) - SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från SB. Mörk rubinröd/mahognybrun lätt disig vätska med högt beiget krämigt skum. Ser riktigt snygg ut. En fin dämpad sötma i doften av melass, torkad frukt, brunt socker. Även en lätt syrlig kolaton och lite rågiga och rostade toner. Mellanstor kropp, sväller något i munnen. Nästan lite torr i avslutningen. Sötma som i smaken, men mer tillbakahållen för att ge plats åt lite torrare, rostade toner. Något syrlig, långt långt bak en gnutta rökighet. Viss beska i eftersmaken. Helt ok!
stouby (4596) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home, from Systembolaget. Clear dark red. Aroma medium malty (caramel, fruit). Flavor medium sweet, some alcohol, light sour/bitter. Medium+ body.
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swedish quadrupel (the name ’Klosteröl’ says it all), in the (I assume original) 8.5% ABV version, older bottle from De Molen’s shop. Medium sized, lightly lacing, pale greyish beige, moussy head retaining very well on the edges and leaving a veil of greyish foam in the middle; translucently bronze robe with rusty burgundy hue, hazy. Seductively rich, fragrant bouquet of sweet cherries, amaretto, sourish passion fruit, medlar, cooked rhubarb, lots of toffee, brown rum, liquorish, stewed pear, banana, port, candied dates, blue plum, brown sugar melting on a hot pancake, redcurrant, cooked egg, red cabbage with brown sugar but not in the DMS way, dusty earth, very old dried sage and a faint whiff of coffee powder as well as a slight ’rusty’ touch of onsetting oxidation. Red fruits in the onset, sourish (redcurrant, blackberry, passion fruit) and, more subtly, sweetish (apple, raisin), with medium carbo; smooth, treacherously light body, fluffy, a little bit oily, with a caramelly sweet main character adorned with nutty and even bitterly toasted edges, while the initial fruity esters keep dancing on top of it without dominating too much. Rich, warming finish, ongoing bittersweet malts, slick with the initial subtle fruit tartness continuing and drying a bit, a dash of herbal ’background’ hops providing some balance against the malt sweetness, and of course the expected glow of warming, liqueurish alcohol. Brown sugar-like, yet unobtrusive sweetness lingers a bit, but somehow does not become too cloying, as it is being balanced by equally long and equally soft lingering basic tartness. A very subtle coffeeish accent accompanies this but never really comes out of its secret hiding place - less so than in e.g. Struise’s Pannepot. As a whole, this beer reminds me a bit of an old Westvleteren (8 or 12), already a little bit thinned by age and showing the first yet unmistakable signs of oxidation, so I assume this was better when young. Regardless of these signs of progressing age, however, this is a well-balanced, rich and ’wealthy’ quadrupel, exemplary for its style without topping the very best ones; the oxidation in the nose was subtle enough to add an extra layer of sherryish complexity without becoming bothersome, so I don’t think this would benefit from very long periods of cellaring. Enjoyed it though, but perhaps a bit more in the nose than in the mouth, I must add.
Jorn69 (2943) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130208. Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty and sweet with dried fruits.
Aggiebob (1045) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: It poured a murky brown with a thin head. The aroma was brown sugar and dried fruit. The flavor was raisins, apples, plum, caramel and brown sugar. Very nice sipping ale.
ramboraffe (2107) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle at Tullen lejonet, Göteborg. Brown with off white head. Caramel raisin sweet and hay. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.
nilsas (3951) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
gunnar (8770) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear nut brown with a small white head. Aroma is malty with dark fruits. Taste is weak acidic creamy malts, strange and a bit unpleasant.
vjohans (744) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, alcohol, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,