oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark brown. Thin to almost not head. Smell of strawberries, alcohol, and dark berries. The flavor is so thick and spicy with a wonderful wood like finish. The palate is somewhat thick and smooth. I cannot taste the amount of alcohol that the label say. One extra point for that! hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2008
I’ve known for a long time this is truly the best beer I have ever had, even before I was peer-pressured by the ratebeer.com clan. Truly a remarkable trappist offering. I’ve had 4 in my time, and I will surely update this rating next time I have one, because it is so deep that it requires immediate attention. I recall tons of dark fruits, solid malt backbone, and a prickling tongue that makes any beer enthusiast enthralled. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 15, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle into sniffer. Dark nut brown with a pretty substantial head that holds impressively long. Plum, alcohol, honey, raisins, cherries, sugary candy, cordial, and some doughy malt on the nose - very appealing aroma. Crazy complex flavor - black licorice, vanilla, honey, sugar plums, alcohol, and more. Smooth on the palate with soft carbonation - medium bodied. I’m not a quad guy really. I always have appreciated the complexity but haven;t really (absolutely) loved the taste, but this this is crazy good. I actually like this better than I thought I would. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 33cl bottle from Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL). Pours a dark brown to black color with one-plus finger tan head that slowly recedes but provides ample lacing on the glass. Reasonable head retention. Aroma: malt and faint sweetness with notes of molasses, sugar plum, and alcohol. Flavor is of malt, oak, candy sugar and earthy notes. Alcohol is well-hidden in this well-balanced , full-bodied beer. ccoalier (13) - USA - JUN 15, 2008
To date I give the ’10’ my highest rating. (Lets hope that changes).
First... I love the dark caramel color and the solid thick head.
Second... The beer’s flavor masks the alcohol. This also has a downside because I can drink six without knowing it which leads to the usual Inebriated state.
Third... The love the bottle shape for some reason. It strangely reminds me of the bottle of a soda I used to drink when I was a kid.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2008
sad to be this bummed by this beer. pours mild red with voilent white head. malty, slightly spicy, a little too alcoholic... not what i was looking forward to. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2008
THOUGHTS: It wasn’t as good as I was expecting at first, from all I’ve heard about this one. But it was still a really nice beer. And it got better as it warmed.. Hid alcohol incredibly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark brown with tiny to large body particles of a thin density and had an average to large, off-white head the mostly lasted. The flavor was nice but a little weaker than I was expecting. There was moderate to heavy malt, light yeast, Dark Fruit Candy sugar, a little spice and some cola. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a short duration. The flavors were dark fruit, candy sugar, a little spice and some cola or vanilla. The medium to full body had fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and light alcoholic finish if it had a finish at all. It sort of just goes down. nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Beautiful murky pour with a fluffy head and moderate carbination. Wonderful aroma! Fresh fruits and I swear I smell bubble gum!Very bitter and strong allcohol. Alot stronger than I would have thought. Good mouth feel, I am definately not gonna rush through this beerI’m a little dissapointed. But I will definately try again. BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
11.5oz bottle. Pours a dark caramel color. Fiizzy light colored head. Malty aromas combined with fruity tones of gapes, plums with slight hint of apple. A perfect balance that combines a sweet start on the front of the tongue and is followed by a slight sour taste that finishes dry and bitter. 12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Dark brown pour with a generous head. Smooth flavor of mixed dark fruits making the 11.3% very subtle. Great beer. I have revisited this since and this has become my favorite Abt/Quadrupel.