lkowalkowski (401) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2017 MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review #600. Bottle brought back from Belgium by my wife - thanks Bryna! Served in a Westvleteren goblet. Best before February 10th, 2011, so roughly two years old.
A - Thank god! After the flat bottle I had in Toronto I was worried. The cap comes off with a hiss and a touch of gunsmoke. Pours with a voluminous two fingers of dark tan foam (impressive for a goblet!), that dissipates quite slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing and a thick cap. The body is a nearly opaque dark plum color.
S - The smell literally explodes out of the glass, with an initial wave of dark fruits and berries. Plums, prunes, raisins, black cherries - they’re all here. There’s some vinous red wine notes that emerge, along with a touch of sweet tobacco, apples, and nuts. There’s a caramel malt backbone that ties things together, but stays in the periphery. As it warms a touch of booze peeks through to remind you that this is for sipping.
T - The taste is very grape-forward, with notes of port, red wine, dark fruits, rum-cake, and caramel. It’s not as saccharine as Rochefort 10, as it’s balanced by a dryish and slightly woody finish. While the taste isn’t quite as complex as the nose, the alcohol is better hidden.
M - The body is chewy and viscous, without becoming heavy or syrupy. Carbonation is present, but soft. Finishes surprisingly dry with only mild residual stickiness. Not much in the way of alcohol heat at all. It’s everything I’d want in a quad, and maybe even a bit more.
D - So, is it the best beer in the world? Probably not, but it’s a superb one nonetheless. It’s shockingly drinkable for a 10.2% quad, and I could actually have more than one of these without feeling diabetic too. There’s been a lot written about this beer, and I’m not sure there’s much I can add - it’s excellent, highly recommended, and worthy of the acclaim that has been heaped upon it.
Ciemnej barwy z piekna, gesta piana. Piwo pachnie ciemnymi, suszonymi owocami, jest równiez slodka karmelowa nuta. W smaku gladkie, szlachetny alkohol delikatnie rozgrzewa na finiszu. Niesamowicie pijalne. Genialne. k_gadeberg (54) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 On bottle @Ølfred - Aarhus Streetfood
Pours red/black and hazy, with beautiful white head
Impressive taste of toffee and dark chocolate, which gives a kind of sweet bitterness - it stays in your mouth in an eternity!
Wouldn’t be able to drink a whole by my self though. brew81 () - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Got to enjoy these while living in Belgium a few years ago. Worth the work to get a couple of cases through the Abbey. Scrumpy369 (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Bottle shared at home with shonali. To many more years! Murky brown colour, floating yeast chunks, head disappears almost immediately. Nose is dried fruits, plum, raisins. Taste is also dried fruity, strong plum notes, some candy sugar, keksz. Sweet, but not geil. Some alcoholic warmth in the end. Very nice beer overall. Definitly one of the best beers out there, shame its yeasty as hell. PictouRx (181) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017
Wow finally found a bottle to consume. Poured in tulip glass ...decent lacing and small head...looks like dark apple cider. Sip...pear plum apricot caramel toffee molasses all at once. Very very smooth little bitter. Yup best I’ve had so far!
raficon (44) - Lipno, POLAND - JUL 21, 2017
super piwo, aromat suszone owoce figi troche skojarzen z miodem, w smaku slodkie tresciwe alkochol niewyczuwalny. vastervikman (22) - Vastervik, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2017
Yes, I also spent shitload of money to illegally buy this charming beer, even munks said they are against it, but dam stop making so perfect beer!!! This is love story no doubt about that! Loved it all the way. Like first kiss or something! ortodox69 () - - JUL 20, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2017 bevuta nel pub adiacente il monastero in Belgio. birra scura a 12 gradi . gusto particolare forte e nello stesso tempo delicato. mi ha ammaliato surething_ii (367) - Šenkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 18, 2017
Bottle from the Abbey.
Well, it’s hard to ignore the hype when I traveled quite a way to get it (instead of buying 12€ bottle in Brugge) but I will try.
Best comparison that comes to my mind is wine. It’s like a well stored bottle of red. It won’t amuse you with heights and everything, but it’s perfectly well balanced and smooth. Color is black with decent head. Aroma not that significant. Taste keeps in one line leaving no place for irregularities. It’s basically a drink for special occasions, so not what you expect from beer. Very interesting. jorgevial (1) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 16, 2017 does not count
Simplemente impresionante, sabores a miel, licor, frutos secos. Se ve increíble.