mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pours an exquisite and hazy deep amber. Not much head, but a good amount of lacing. Smells of grapes, oak, and caramel. Then, there’s the taste. Sweet malt, a nudge of bitter hops, then a familiar unctuous feel and flavor that reveals the oak aging. Full, creamy, round mouthfeel without being heavy. The 10% ABV warms on the way down, but doesn’t overpower any of the magnificent flavors. Unsurprisingly, it becomes more complex and the flavors bolder as it warms.
jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2012
Bottled from the monastery, tasted side by side with a regular Quadrupel and Oak Aged batch #9. Ruby colored, small head. The port notes emerge immediately pouring it into the glass, very powerful, fruity, oak, combined with all the other features that are already in a normal Quadrupel, absolutely fantastic. Very complex yet smooth fruity flavor, oak, raisins, malts. Lasting fruity finish. By far the best Oak Aged i’ve had so far, immensely complex, yet very smooth and balanced. Please, make this version again! 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2012
Split together with Belgbeergeek, Beerdrifter & Thirstybird // 2010 Vintage // tasted after once again Quercus #2 & the magnificent O.A. #1 // darker than # 1, dark copper red with a small white head // smells of sweet vanilla oak, lots of oak, candy, berries, spices and toffee // sweet malts, candy, dried fruits, sweet dark fruits, light bitter touch, vanilla oak, lots of toffee, caramel, lots of sweet vanilla oak, touch of hops, tad rawer than the incredibly smooth #1 // very smooth, light sparkling, damn good even if I prefer #1 over this one Tranquillity (2333) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle bought at the brewery. Wonderful aroma, like julmust in Sweden. Looks like mead drunk in Finland during 1st of may. Taste like port wine, wood, sahti. Lovely stuff! DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle in my 39p La Trappe chalice from a charity shop in Coventry. This beer was so expensive when I saw it back in October (more than a fiver), I had to persuade my girlfriend to buy me it for Christmas. I still believe in Christmas- I’m a Christmasist, as Gez would say. I instinctively want to dislike this beer because it smells of monks being wrestled to the ground by a marketing team, selling out and tryng to cash in, and should be shit but really, really isn’t. Dull chestnut with a short-lived head. Aroma something else; custard, butterscotch, marzipan, molten cinder toffee ladelled over raisins. Thick, sweet caramelised custard speckled with raisin taste; maple syrup and liquorice Allsorts, yet meatier and nowhere near cloying. Zero alcohol. Rare thing: beer massively enhanced by aging in oak.
gunnfryd (14877) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Ondineke Aalst. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is swee, oak, licorice, caramel. Flavour is sweet, oak, vanilla, licorice, caramel, oak. Well balanced nice beer. Calisky (2941) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 Couleur ambrée trouble, très légère mousse blanche. Super nez de Vanille, caramel doux, cassonnade, orange, pèche, note épicée de nonettes, bois de fut, fruits a noyaux. Gout complexe, bien sucré vanillé, cassonade, caramel doux, prune, fruits noirs, fruits sec, boisé,épicé nonettesl.
Super ronde en bouche, on sent pas l’alcool. Superbe! Wixie (589) - BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
Clear red liquid. No head. Aroma of oak and fruits. Heavy body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet and rich. Erzengel (8744) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2016
Great round and intense beginning. Mild, chocolate, plums, raisins. The wood is light, intense, round and mild. Lots of stick plums, mild and round. Intense deep fruity mild brew. Nice! Faathoven (104) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - JAN 6, 2017
Pours amber, slight hazy with whitish head. Bunch of dark fruits in the aroma, dates, raisins, plums, figs, plus red wine, soaked oak, belgian yeast characteristics from the fruity esters and kinda mead notes. Very complex flavour that is just the same of the nose. In the back end I got some tannins bitterness which balances nicely, and a slightly dry finish asking for another sip. Smooth, medium to full body and almost an oily texture mouthfeel. This is huge!