brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle thanks to Jamie. Rating #1000!!!!!! Dark chestnut colored pour with a small head. Complex sweetness in the nose with date sugar, dark fruit (prunes) and brown sugar. Nice. The flavor starts with brown sugar but becomes tons of dark fruit like dates (strongest) and prunes. It’s sweet but just enough to make the light residual sugar shine. It is in no way cloying. A touch of yeast in the finish. Mouth feel has plenty of carbonation but it is also oily. Somewhat of a dull and muted yeasty finish which I found distracting but the overall analysis is good. Rating ended. Over and out;-) Love you guys! jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Aroma is very citrusy, with sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Flavor is very sweet, caramel and brown sugar on the front, immediately followed by belgian candy sugar. Also subtle notes of citrus and yeast. Very carbonated in the mouth, with a smooth character all the way through. Good alcohol warmth. A highly drinkable beer....easy to sip, easy to get carried away with. ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 28, 2008
Nagyon összetett sör,fantasztikus aromákkal.Illata mint egy jó minőségű édesebb Cavendish pipa dohányé.Íze olyan mint egy finom marcipános gyümölcsös,süteményé,amit házi pörkölésű kávéval kísérünk.Sűrű,testes de nem nehézkes.Utóíze száraz,erdei gyümölcsös,hosszan tart.Egyedülálló! Thanks armando629! kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle. Huge thanks to MrChopin for this one. Aroma of marzipan and spiced bread. Hugely complex flavors, marzipan, spiced cakes, dark fruits and hoppy finish. Love this, need more. HermanW (1069) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 7,99 Euro bij de de plaatselijke slijter. Een hele goeie quadruple. Voor mij heel belangrijk er zit geen alcohol smaak aan.
vwguy (4) - hoenfels, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2008 does not count
i finally got to try the number one which thanks to my brother in law who came back with it. i poured amber brown. the smell was wonderful with the spice and cider smell. the taste though i was kinda disappointed because it was number 1 but it tastes of cider and spices. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Well I finally get to try this one thanks to a generous trade with Cletus. Pour was dark amber brown with very little carbonation. Aroma was very complex, too many things to try to describe, smells of sweet cider and red wine?!? Flavor was excellent, malty, spicy and no noticable alcohol, which was suprising considering the 10 percent ABV. Overall I have to say this was an excellent beer and Im glad I got to try it, although I dont know if I will seek it out again since there are many other Quads out there that are readily available and come in a close second place behind this one. BadAprilia1000 (436) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
This has to be the best beer I have ever had. I had heard all of the hype and decided to track it down and try it. It came to my door straight from Holland in bulletproof packaging. When I finally let it chill and got to taste it I was stunned, all of the hype had been true. Everything I had heard about this beer was correct. It pours a beautiful dark brown with a creamy head. One of the best I have ever had. I wish I was a monk. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
FatPhil (16689) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 23, 2008
hazy auburn brown pour with a monstrous tan head. cinnamon cream colored yeast hits last and creates little designs in the fluff.
very vinous aroma changes every time i go back for another sniff... white wine, brown sugar, milk chocolate, malt powder and vanilla all show up.
the palate is quite spicy and has a ton of yeasty bitterness... earthy, woody, real maple syrup, concentrated malt powder and lots of chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. pleasant perfume before the dry spicy finish. it*s only mildly sweet though dry at the same time. medium body seems a bit thin considering how much is going on, the abv% and how NOT sweet it is. creamy texture is rich in the mouth but not heavy.
i really enjoy the balance, alcohol and complexity yet the sugar level is kept low making it crazy easy to drink and enjoy. sure it smells alright and tastes ok... but it*s the whole package that makes it great! now i*m ranting and at a loss for words...
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2017 330ml bottle - 2007 bottle, drunk 2008/12 - Birthday gift from Anna - thanks!
Blind tasting (alongside St. Bernardus Abt, Rochefort 8 and 10, and Chimay Blue)
Deep reddy brown, creamy beige head. Grainy aroma, not as sweet as other dark trappists. Maybe it is even dry and a little woody. Soft carbonation, velvetty in the mouth. Some warming alcohol. Almondy bent, and the bitterness appears to come from the almonds. Some graininess and almost huskiness in the body, and liquorice too. Lovely hops in the finish. Adding the yeast, the liquorice builds, and over time the lovely buddy hops come over more.
3.9, but came equal 4th (with St. Bernardus Abt) out of the 5. Yes, this is a fantastic beer, but looking at most peoples comments, their numbers are complete bull inflated purely by the rarity of the brew, and by the fact that they already know in advance what the beer is.
Rerate: 330ml bottle - shared by Kairi, a million thanks! BB 2017-09-17 (8:4:7+:4:15=3.8+)
Woh, super almondy cherry, but also porridgy aroma. Very mellow palate. Looked great obviously. Lovely sweet malty body, tons of almond, Wonderful bitter finish, love those hops. Hooray for old-world hops. Damn, this is good. Love the nuttiness. But this would really benefit from ageing.
MONKYFEST - 2017/04
A = 1 = Monky Business (8:4:8:4:15=3.9) Apple esters, malty, just lovely
B = 6 = W12 young Bottom (7+:4:6:4:13=3.4+) More rocheforty, almondy, heady, hoppy, some alc
C = 2 = Monky Business (6:4:7+:4:14+=3.5++) Dirtier yeasty aroma, but lightens nicely
D = 5 = W12 young Top (7:4:6:4:14-=3.5-) Stuffy aroma, yeaster dirtier taste, feels young.
E = 4 = St. B Bottom (7:4:6-:3:13-=3.3--) Toffee aroma, sourish a bit rough. Dirtier, liquoricey finish, harsh.
F = 3 = St. B Top (7+:4:6-:4-:14=3.5) Toffee, some fruit, malty finish.
Bonus = W12 BB 2016/04/10 (6:4:7:4:13=3.4) Mashier, even more so with yeast poured in. Still could do with a bit more ageing.