huineman (691) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2017
Only three ratings so far this year, four if we count mine: looks like this one is slowly but steadily disappearing. I bought this bottle back in 2014 (May 8th to be precise) at the very De Koningshoeven Abbey shop, where I had driven to to spend the afternoon with my father. Nice day, indeed.
The 375 ml bottle has been properly cellared for the last three years, and now finally open and poured into a La Trappe chalice (wasn’t actually sure about this point, whether a big snifter would have been a better choice or not, but finally went for the classic option.)
Pours densely and slowly, intense maroon to reddish brown, losing all trace of head the very moment the ale touches the glass.
Aroma is intense indeed, and it actually smells more like red dessert wine than trappist ale (and so are the looks, with that abscence of head or bubbles). Loads of scents: wild honey, molasses, big booze, ester-laden. Red berries, over-ripe banana, milk chocolate, dried figs, almond nougat... Complex, powerful and far from the other quadrupels (as I said, closer to LBV ports or Maury wines.)
No remaining CO2 whatsoever. Powerful yet not harsh alcohol. Sweetish and umami as it develops in the tongue. No bitterness, be it from hops or cask tannins. Long-lasting, warm sweet’n’sour finish with reminiscences of home-made biscuits and dry strawberries. Vighals (3984) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2017
Tåkete mørk brun med lavt beige skum som blir fort borte. Lukter portvin, cherry, trevirke, så fatlagringen har gitt resultater, gjær og svisker. Middels pluss i fylde. Tørket frukt, svisker, dadler, vanilje, cherry, fat. Lett bitterhet. tderoeck (9735) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2017
3/I/17 - 37.5cl bottle from In De Wildeman (Amsterdam) @ Tim’s La Trappe tasting - BB: II/2039, bottled: K10B14 (February 2014) (2017-13) Thanks to marcoijelena for scoring me the bottle!Wixie (589) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2017
Clear reddish amber to brown beer, no head. Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, bit sweet, ripe banana, caramel, lots of dried fruits, honey, sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots and lots of vanilla, bit oxidized, very sweet and sugary, some banana. Aftertaste: more vanilla, sugary, caramel, mainly banana, little bitter, bit sourish, oxidized, madeira notes.
Hazy light brown liquid, no head. Sweet aroma, with a hint of peat. Heavy body, no carbonation. Taste is a bit sweet, oak. zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Hazy orange, beige head, fruity aroma, wood, toffee, sticky, brandy, vanilla, flavor of wood, toffee, brandy, vanilla, dried fruits, plums, alcohol, sticky, medium+ bodied.
Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Vintage bottle of two years old bought from a private collector. Loosely structured, milky, creamy, greyish white head requiring a bit of forcing to develop but retaining well after that, with a thin greyish veil in the middle and a steady rim on the edges as well as a thin but persistent layer of lacing; translucent bronze robe with brownish red - burgundy hue, almost clear but made more or less hazy by minuscule bits of dead yeast floating around everywhere. Powerful bouquet of raisins soaked in cognac, sweet sherry or even old ruby port, kahlua, caramel candy, fried apples, candied cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, candied fig, honey, melting fondant chocolate, ginger, cinnamon, old and wet wood, bourbon, madera sauce, fried mushrooms. Candied sweetness in the onset, lots of residual brown sugar, hints of fig, raisin and dried banana with an underlying sourishness for balance, softly carbonated (even lacking a bit in carbonation), with a smooth, lean mouthfeel which, due to the slight undercarbonation, feels thinner than it could have been. Caramelly malt sweetness dominates the middle, with some chocolatey accents as well as ongoing candi sugar sweetness and dried fruit sensations; in the end, the drying wood effects come through, trying to balance the initial wave of sweetness but in a less succesful way than I have experienced in other batches of this series. Varnish-like solvents abound along with vanilla-ish aspects of the oak and a strong sherry-like flavor, further accentuated by the ageing, which in this type of beers also results in sherry-like effects. This sherry taste clearly dominates and sticks in the throat after swallowing, along with persisting caramelly malt sweetness, a dash of earthy hops not succeeding in providing enough bitterness and, unsurprisingly, a strong alcohol warmth, becoming a tad astringent on the root of the tongue after a while but otherwise not bothering me too much. Pleasant and fairly complex sipper like all batches in this series, but in this case, the ageing does not seem to have done it much good, as it is already a tad thinned and undercarbonated; yet the maderisation does accentuate the sherry flavor to the point where the aftertaste is very much like a sweet sherry. Interesting, but still one of the lesser batches to me, also in being insufficiently dried by wood tannins, so that the very sweet character of the basic beer keeps prevailing. Gerbeer (3754) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
375 ml bottle. Pours a deep clear mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, brandy and sweet malts. Flavors of sweet golden raisins, dry brown sugar, treacle, condensed brandy and toffee. Warm but subtly balanced. Wonderful if you like sweet and sticky. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass:
First time there’s something like a foamy head/lacing.
Disappears quick. Headless hazy amber brown body.
Aromas of prunes, light marzipan, light wood tint, light toffee, light bay leaf...
Flavour is sweet prune and wood with a dirty malty tone. Light sweet liquor tints.
Aftertaste is dirty malty and dirty wood with prunes and light bitter.
Low carbo, just medium bodied, light watery mouthfeel... bytemesis (8423) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours quite hazy reddish chestnut, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma of sherry, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, date, raisin. Flavor is quite sweet, sherry, dark dried fruits, minimal bitterness. Medium body. Definitely oxidized, but since I just bought it last week that ain’t my fault. Still a solid quad. Some lingering heat. Foffern (1879) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy deep mahogany color with a small light brown head that fades fast. Complex aroma of dried fruit, liqueur, plums, red wine, licorice, oak, alcohol, heather and brown sugar. Sweet flavor with dried fruit, liqueur, brown sugar, oak, licorice and berries. Has a silky mouth feel, full-bodied and a light bitterness. A very complex ale, and is quite sweet.