reebtogi (3709) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours a murky brown color with a 2 finger light mocha head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruit with some yeasty notes. Taste is a fruity and malty sweetness up front finishing with a herbal bitterness. Medium to heavy body with loads of carbonation leave a nice tickle on the tongue. Alcohol is mostly hidden but still present. A well done brew for the style and quite enjoyable.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rather complex quad here, which almost tastes more like wine than beer due to the barrel aging in pinot barrels. not sure about pinot specifically, but definitely plenty of deep fruits in here. lots of fresh apples too. then youíve got all the typical belgian stuff of yeast and sultanas...also some alcohol but subtle enough to be pleasant, and certainly well hidden for 11%. quite odd to say the least, but also rather delicious.
Cantabrian (674) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíd aim for a 2.5 score due to por appearance and taste, but in the end I was quite enjoying it. The look is a bit off-putting, looking more like something that has been discharged with violence. I quite like the fruity aroma, perhaps cherries, any red beeries hidden under the alcohol. It is indeed the expected crisp nose of a well-crafted quadrupel. I was a bit shocked with the flavour, especially the uncomfortably bitter finish. I am talking medicine, elixir bitter. Something that reminds me of the herbal, quinine, orange taste of Saint Raphael aperitif. This facet was just too pungent, masking any other effects on the taste buds. In the end, this is one of those things like wasabi peanuts: you know itís rather unpleasant, but you still enjoy having it to the last drop.
lliams (192) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
young one. Iíd like to see it with age- 3 years I reckn itíd be top stuff. Aromas are barrelly and sour, pours unfiltered big ice cream head. sweet and sour- complex real tasty alc is evident 11%. one for the cellar
Pdubyah (183) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is like Fizzy wine, except it doesnít have a tannin roughness. It has a lot of cheery aroma, and it looks like a muddy cloudy mess. It could have had a head.
Itís both weird and wonderful, and also wine and beer. Iím not going out to buy another but if I wanted to impress my wine-drinking mates this might be the thing thatíd turn them. Itís a strong beer well hidden, be careful :-)
It made me smile.
Jimthechap (1324) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer will not win a prize at a beauty contest. It appears murky red like badly fermented wine. The head, such as it is, sits in a greenish brown gibbous crescent across the top of the beer. There are flecks of dark sediment across the bottom of the glass and a few sparkles of carbonation rising reluctantly to the top. Was I expecting perfection? No. No I wasnít and so I am not in the least disappointed. The predominant aroma of the beer is cherryvite. Sweet, ripe red cherries rendered down into a cordial and sprinkled liberally with slightly armpit-type Belgian funk. The combination is not in the least bit off-putting and promises a sweet dance across the palate with vestiges of kriek-like sour. So am I right? Yes I am. It is gratifyingly sour with woody oak toward the mid-point of appreciation. Far from being cloyingly sweet, it dried and coated the mouth with a tannic film. This is a chewy beer: you open it and think that it will take a while to drink, you smell it and think, maybe not so long after all, and then you taste it and know youíll be enjoying each othersí company for a good half an hour, maybe longer. I award this beer marks for its inventiveness, the satisfaction of its flavour and the overall reward. It polarises my thoughts and makes me think about what it is I like about each individual element of beer. Iím glad this beer came along.
Could be one to add to my cellaring programme.
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 HTH with Aurora Borealis: This is a fantastic and balanced beer. Beautiful flavours, great sourness, magnificent mouthfeel, and inconspicuous ETOH level. You can appreciate the barrel treatment. By far the best Abt/Quad / sour in Australasia; a tribute to this formidable brewer. Other brewers please take note!
BungEye (11) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Wow. Complex. Beautiful Pinot Noir aroma with a hint of "beeryness". Fruity(dates, figs, raisins). Nice tan head, initially with cloudy dark amber colour. Head dissipates quickly, which one would assume for a beer of 11% ABV. The taste is amazing. Like a Trappist Quad beer but somehow more complex. Like a beautiful red wine. Hint of, dare I say, blue cheese funk, which is amazing. Perfect balance with bitterness and sweetness. Smokey finish. As enjoyable as any of the Abtís I have tried and somehow more complex. Wonderful.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very murky brown with little carbonation. Very subtle aroma but as it warms up starts to show that this beer is not the norm. Sourness up front, with pinot coming though the middle. Finish is dry. I think the majority of beer drinkers will hate this beer, but luckily Soren is not making for the majority. Should be known that I was also not a fan of the Sultan which is the base, but oak aging + yeasty magical goodness has made this a better beer.