alobar (2791) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, candi. Nicely balanced flavor of dark fruit, yeast, candi with a touch of sour and bitter. Wonderful beer though a tad think for a quad.
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby-amber pour with a very nice, tight white head. The nose is a bit tart with a touch of light acetic character behind a fairly rich plumminess. A little bit of fruitiness and spiciness with a touch of oaky vineousness as well. Nice cherry flavour in the middle. The malts show through pretty nicely with a bit of nice caramel character in the middle. It’s got a warming shot of alcohol and a bit of herbal hoppiness which seems quite unusual in a beer of this style. Both clove and cinnamon spiciness that I normally associate with cherry pits. It’s actually lovely stuff. A bit of lingering tannic structure on the back of the palate.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Poured a reddish brown with a thin head. Nose was sweet with Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Medium thin mouthful. Decent depth of flavors. Dark fruit, candied sugars and belgian yeast. Nice quad, a touch thin, but nice flavors and very drinkable.
dogfish120love (949) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish cherry wood color with very little head. The aroma is rather sweet and smells of dark fruits such as figs, cherry and plum. The 8.3 ABV warms the nostrils. the flavor starts off sweet, but ends with a slight tinge of sourness. The alcohol shines through somewhat significantly, but not to the point in which it is overwhelming. The texture is rather thin.
TheEpeeist (3364) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Dark chestnut brown with a ring of foam. Nose is fig, raisin and vanilla with a faint cinnamon burn. Medium body with a tang. Taste is fig, vanilla and candi. Dry finish with bitter spices. Pretty tasty but more a spiced ale than a quad.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at tap house - seattle. I really liked this, complex, sweet, dark reddish brown in color, definitely a call back to belgian strongs
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red/brown with a khaki head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit (figs, prunes) with a sour note, not what I was expecting but still a good smell. The flavor is more of the same with dark fruit and vanilla with some sour aspects, but not quite as much sourness as was in the aroma. The vanilla is strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and lower carbonation.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Amber bronze pour with a tan film of head. Very fruity aroma- quite sharp and berryish with an underlying dry toasted malt character- the body is fairly light and slick. The flavor is fruity as well with a touch of rich tartness and sugary notes to balance. There’s some underlying woody/tobacco-like notes underneath the berryish fruitiness. Quite unique and rather eloquent, but loses points for not hitting the style.
boFNjackson (4140) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured dark brownish with a thick, tan head. Sweet, well carbonated with a good malt presence. Caramel, chewy, dark fruits and sugars with a slight alcohol character.
craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 2009 vintage. pours a murky brown with a 1 finger off white head. sherry, sweet fruit and sugar on the nose. med body with light spice, dark fruits, cinnamon and light vanilla with wood notes. sweet / smooth finish with raisins, grapes and figs. ages well.
pours a light brown with a thin off white head... aromas of dark fruit and some faint yeast... medium body with cinnamon, nutmeg and some dark fruits such as raisins.... somewhat abrupt finish... lingering spice... not bad, not great.