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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
Quinte55ence is a big, Belgian beer - a Quintuple to be exact. It is made with 5 different specialty malts and 5 different hops. 25 (or 5 squared) lbs. of dark Belgian candi sugar were added to the kettle. The OG is 25 (or 5 squared) degrees Plato. (And wasn't Plato that guy who believed the heavenly bodies were comprised by the 5th element, the quintessence?) As for hops, the beer has, you guessed it, 55 IBUs. It has been conditioning for 5 months. This beer is a handfull so to speak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Dark color pour. Dark fruit aroma and some cocoa. Very warming effect. Belgian candi sugar flavor some Belgian yeast character. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft - Dark fruit, molasses and raisins. Dark maroon with a rich beige head. Dark malts, light molasses, dark fruit and a long toffee, fruity finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1964) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2014
On tap at 5 Seasons Westside. Pours a muddy brown with a medium, cream colored head. The aroma is milk chocolate, coffee, some light earthiness, and cashews. Mellow sweetness, with a lightly sour and bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body, smooth, and creamy. Overall, this is a milkshake of a beer, but it lacks the yeast character and complexity that I would’ve expected. Not bad, but just... alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Comes out of the tap an opaque coffee brown with a minimal tan head, but this may be a an artifact of the pour. Aroma is fruity and slightly woody, about average strength. Flavor is fruity, mainly apple, with a strong alcohol bite and a hint of sweet chocolate. Texture is silky smooth, a bit thick, and subtly fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Very dark brown with a fizzy white head. Chocolate raisin molasses and dark fruit aroma. Chewy palate with a big chocolate and raisin taste and a molasses finish with white grape notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Pours a deep black color with a brown head. Aroma is yeasty, caramel, roast, chocolate, plum, a hint of clove, and some molasses. Flavor is caramel, roast, chocolate, toast, plum, yeast, clove, and a slight bitter earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
On tap at 5 Seasons North on 4/16/09 after BeerWars... I’ve really been looking forward to this one for a while... fantastic pour... deep and dark with a 2 finger tan fluffy head that fades eventually... some dark fruit and sweet malt lingering in the aroma...medium to full body which is extremely smooth... some plum, raisin and dark malts fall towards the back of the mouth... no real spice qualities like typical big Belgian quads... lots of sugar on the finish with more dark fruit... excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 Appearance: Basic black body with a small, creamy-looking, light tan head. Smell: Earthy, roasty, dark chocolate nose with notes of prune juice and a beefy Cabernet lending some fruitiness. Taste: Rich, sweet, dense flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, roast, dark candi sugar, a pinch of licorice, cocoa powder, and a red wine (which morphs into a more general grape fruitiness). Fresh-ground black pepper. Slight woody hints. Final taste of melted chocolate ice cream on the drying finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Diabolically delicious! This is more like it. This is what I’m talking about, guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle, from Jimbowood. Many thanks, man. When I took this cork off, I was taken back by the fruityness of this beer. Nice looking deep rich amber brown color. Flavor is nice, very fruity, with a hint of oak and brown sugar. Could use a tad bit carbonation, but im sure this is not an issue on tap. Although I liked the BA version a bit more, this is still very good and I hope to have the opportunity to try others from this brewery in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3294) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
750 ml bottle from the cellar at 5 Seasons North. Vintage 002 from February 23, 2007. Pours basically black with no head. This sports a very rich nose with loads of dark, ripe fruit, rum oak, and a subtle spiced backdrop. The mouthfeel is still, sticky, and oily. Wow, this is a huge Belgian styled beer. Tons of sweet vinous character in the flavor with hints of vanilla, tobacco, fruit bouquet, figs, cashews, and chocolate. I didn’t find any aggressive esters here, just enough to keep things complex. I really enjoy the fact that 5 Seasons has made an enormous, robust Belgian styled ale without any cloying sweetness or spices.

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