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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (2985) - 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 (5540) - 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 (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
On tap at 5 Seasons North on 4/16/09 after BeerWars... Iíve 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 (4280) - Marietta, 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 Iím 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 (2646) - 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 didnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Not sure who shared this w/ me but thank you. Dark brown pour w/ a small tan head. Sweet aroma plums and raisins definate alcohol notes and touches of brown sugar. Well coated palate lightly creamy. Rich syruppy flavor some raisens lot of dark brown sugars and rich alcohols. Very big and rich.. Delicious. Overripe dark fruits in the finish w/ some hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Very dark with thick tan foam. Fruity - plums and figs. Very smooth and easy to drink - the alcohol is hidden in all the melodic fruit and chocolate. A little more phenolic as it warms. Also, the fruits and the alcohol seem to pop more as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: March 11, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, huge solid tan foam head that fades but can easily be roused back into action, nice drippy lace that grows into nice patterns
Aroma: sweet malt aroma starts off light but enrichens over time with nice ripe figgy fruit
Body: velvet body
Flavor: huge ripe fruit flavor that just keeps getting better and better, perfect sweetness like a ripe plum, hint of chocolate and licorish, slight trace of alcohol appears from time to time, little to no bitterness

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: March 12, 2006
the chocolate is showing stronger today turning it into a rich chocolate beer with lots of ripe fruit, like chocolate covered plums

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: October 06, 2006
the fruit is taking back over from the chocolate, incredable ripe fruit from the very first sip, rich plum and raison, many wonderful esters, just enough sweetness to add interest,

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: October 08, 2006
when cold it appears that the body might be thinning a bit but that notion quickly disappears upon warming,

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: December 07, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: 5 North
picking up a bit of roasted and bitterness along with the rest of the cast of characters, a touch of raison starting to show up

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: April 22, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: 5 North
roasted is still present but adds rather than detracts,

Brewery: 5 Seasons Prado
Date: May 19, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: 5 North
Score: 4.7
Appearance: black, huge tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: big sweet fruity aroma, lots of dark fruits
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of sherry and complex dark fruits, rich chocolate, little to no remaining bitterness, roasted is all but gone

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Date: July 05, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: dark chocolate and ripe fruit aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: lots of bitter dark chocolate flavor, ripe dates and plums, touch of sweetness with the ripe fruit, bitterness comes with the dry dark chocolate character, light alcohol
Overall: quite young with the chocolate and ripe fruit being seperate and distinct, age will help it blend and ripen

Date: October 18, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: picking up some fleeting hot alcohol in the aroma but the fruit still comes through
Flavor: a big smokey character in the flavor, dry dark chocolate same as before, less of the fruity character
Overall: still very young

Date: July 23, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.7 to 4.1
Body: creamy body
Flavor: dark fruits in the flavor is coming out strong, rich chocolate, light alcohol blends with the dark caramel and brings out the dark fruits

Date: October 23, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: more roasted coming out in the aroma along with the dark fruits
Flavor: dark chocolate flavor is picking up a burnt character along with the roasted, still a lot of the dark fruit but starting to dry out a bit which is holding back the fruityness
Overall: getting drier and roastier rather than fruiter as it ages

Date: April 16, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma with a caramel sweetness and light roasted
Flavor: flavor is turning back to the rich chocolate with lots of fruity character

Date: January 06, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: aroma is drying out with the roasted and dark chocolate taking over from the sweet fruity esters
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, dark fruits come through with a touch of sweetness
Overall: not aging as well as it should

Date: January 22, 2011
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, fruity esters, light chocolate
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of sweet esters bring in the dark fruit character, light spicyness adds a bitter edge

Date: June 05, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Score: 4.6
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet ripe fruit aroma, rum soaked fruitcake, figs and raisons
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, incredible richness, dark fruits, sweet esters are in their prime, rich chocolate, touch of bitter dark chocolate

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **** /4

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