Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Mikkeller | Tags: Alcohol by volume, California, cherry, Palate, Philadelphia, red, Taste, wine
Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00
Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank
Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way.
Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness. Phenomenal.
Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel.
Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.
Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Smuttynose | Tags: beautiful, brilliant, calories, cherry, citrus, clear, crisp, red, sweet
Aroma: cherry, raisin, wine, fruity, flowery.
Visuals: quirky but not unappealing packaging, ruby red body is brilliant, transparent and foreboding, weak white head thins to nil, little lace. The body is breathtakingly beautiful.
Palate: Tangy, tingly, highly carbonated, sharp, could cut through a heavy meal. Might be better with some age. Finish is acrid, bitter, and biting, but quick and fleeting.
Overall: A nice big beer from Smutty, though not my favorite from them. This one seems kind of chemically influenced, somewhat overly sweet, and just a bit off balance. Some time in the cellar would teach it a few tricks, I think.
Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Allagash | Tags: alcohol, candy, cheese, dry, grapes, great bottle design, haunting, high craft, high hops, high malt, high quality, high strength, increasingly hazy, long fruity finish, no head, no lace, rose, ruby, Slight gush, smooth texture, spinach, very nice, well balanced, wine, wood
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ
Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long fruity finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), St. Bernardus | Tags: aromatic, Bread, caramel, cherry, citrus, cloudy, drinkable, earth, explosive, floral, fruit, Fruity, grains, herbal, jungle, nuts, peach, pleasure, sharp, spice, sweet, tame, tea, Toast, Toffee
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ and Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.25 or less
Size: 11.2 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: between Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor: toasted Grains Bread Toast Nuts Caramel Toffee
Hops Flavor:Floral Jungle Spice
Other:Fruit and lots of it
Notes: This is beautifully aromatic – one of the finest aromas I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy in a beer.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: Very, very good.
Notes: My original tasting was a gusher, but my subsequent tasting gave no such issue. An absolute standard for the type. Dark fully opaque body, with a long lasting, consistent bright white head.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Balance: More sweet than bitter, but fairly well balanced.
Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Toast Nut Tea
Hops Flavor: Earth Herbal Citrus
Other: Fruit and lots of it
Notes: The flavor is nice, and the fruity backdrop is a well balanced and delicious setting.
Palate 4 out of 5
Balance: more Sweet
Notes: This is quite enjoyable as a standard of the Belgian Abbey Trappist style.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Very, very good.
Freshness: I think that this second tasting was fairly fresh.
Personal Taste: Liked, quite abit.
Notes: A lesson — always enjoy a beer well within its intended tasting period, or suffer the consequences of enjoying at a later date.