janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 26, 2008
Very dark reddish brown with quite quickly vanishing head. Leaves nice lacing though. Aromas: licorice, herbs, slightly vinegar, sweet malts, a bit toffee. Very complex sweet malty and spicy flavors: berries, raisin, Finnish easter pudding. Medium-Full -bodied, foamy and syrupy palate. mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very dark amber black with a monstrous coffee-and-cream head. Aromas of toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, prunes, and a good deal of red wine notes. Taste is nice and biting, with about the same aromas with the addition of some banana notes. Nice warming alcohol lingers. andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 A quadrupel with allot of character, right up there with Westvletern in my opinion, if not better. It’s dark and strong in alcohol, dangerously smooth. Strong tastes of ripe banana, dark fruit, alcohol and a characteristic nuttyness. Exellent. TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 picked up at binnys this is my first abt/quad.poured a murky brown with big frothy head and floaters ,thick lacing.wow sweet creamy and very strong in alcohol. taste of carmel,raisins currants and grains. but not overpowering cant wait for my next quad Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle from xmarcnolanx. Thanks! Pours a chocolate brown with a thin fizzy head that won’t go away. Aroma and taste are remarkably similar... strong caramel with dark fruits and bread. High and subtle effervescence. Some alcohol warmth, but it’s hidden well. Nicely balanced and very complex. Very nice.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2008
smells of sweet prunes and dried fruits, sweet malt ... sweet and flavorful start ... slight alcohol burn in th finish ... caramel and spices ... dates and prunes .... smooth and relaxing .... I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle, 12 oz. Murky and cloudy dark ruby with a lasting light brown head. Good lacing. Heavy malt aroma with molasses, caramel, and bread. Only light hops, but heavy on the yeast. Initially an average alcohol aroma, but grew as the temperature of the beer rose. Notes of plums and dates, as well as cask wood and nutmeg. A full body on the palate with a creamy texture and lively carbonation, and a somewhat bitter finish. The flavor lasts long with a moderate combination of sweetness, bitterness, and acidity.
Overall I get the impression that I have yet to fully interpret and understand this beer. This was an "off-the-shelf" vintage (probably 2007). I would love to try vintages of five year intervals to see how it matures. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark brown with hints of amber and a wonderful long lasting creamy tan head that leaves lots of great lacing. Sweet aroma of dark ripe fruit and yeast, some caramel and spice, chiocolate and raisins. Great flavors coming through too, roasted malt, fruit, chocolate and spice. Nice alcohol bite. Seriously wonderful. Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2008
Cloudy reddish brown with a bubbly tan thin head. Fruitcake yeast aroma like many of the Belgians. The perfect winter Belgian fruitcake, vanilla, toffee taste that warms you as you drink. Not too sweet, not too dry, the blend is perfect. The after-taste is perfect. Smoother than the 8 with more alcohol, what a combo. Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2008
[Rating #100] 10/24/12 bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, wine, yeast, and some dark fruit. Flavor is also extremely complex: roasted malt, dark fruit, alcohol, a bit of nut. A lot going on, but I dont like it quite as much as I was hoping.