dreamflower (471) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with northropfrye at Beer Bros. Regina. This was a great Belgian ale. Fruity, rich, complex, nicely sweet, aromatic. Everything I like in a beer.
andrewturba (894) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark brown/black with light brown head that wont quit, sticking to the top of the glass. Aroma consists of caramel, fruity ester i assume from the belgian yeast. Tastes of caramel, toast, mixture of spice and booze dried cherry and plum, very complex and very good, it has come along way from when it was released(as i expected). Nice work Neal.
Reimer96 (1017) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let this one age for about a year as it was a bit boozy at first so let it age in the bottle proper for the style. Pours a clear black with a long lasting tan/brown head that leaves lots of spotty lace. Aroma is sweet caramel, fig and some alcohol. Taste is is caramel and some spice and smooth alcohol finish, far smoother than when it first came out.
northropfrye (1888) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a great quad. Dark brown colour. Very aromatic with dark fruits, roasted malts. The flavour is true to style; you can hardly tell this was made in Canada, rather than Belgium. Fruity, masked abv, excellent all around.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Maybe pretty fresh for style. Dark mahogany with fluffy foam. Rich malt aroma with some light molasses. Flavour is chocolate and burnt coffee. Easy to drink. Lots of spice as it warms. More dark woody chocolate. Thick palate. Maybe not as complex as the Trappists but tasty. Hard to find the big ABV.
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market on 03/01/2012 in Calgary, AB. Colour: almost black with high and stubborn off-white head. Nose: plum-like fruits, some merlot wine. Swirling brings out fresh gala apple and light gingerbread. Balanced and charming. Taste: medium-high sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. The malt is thick and strong and everlasting. Rich cherry but becomes too rich and turns into sugar dominance. Almost too much by the end of my 650ml bottle.
Torontoblue (68) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle bought 12 Aug 2012. 7 months old. I had this fresh waaay back in Jan and it was good then, but a little bit of ageing has totally changed this ale. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights coming through. Aroma of cloves, cardamom, tart dark fruit, dark chocolate and fruity esters of banana. Cloves & pepper are the dominant flavour on the tongue, followed by a nice sweet, raisiny malty backbone. Medium bodied, and never cloying. Finish is long, sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end. The alcohol has definitely died down and integrated well. I had a La Trappe Quad earlier, and this aged Alley Kat is just as good!! Neil was right that this needed a bit of age to really shine.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a dark amber color with a 3 finger light beige head with good retention eventually settling to some nice thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild caramel with some faint chocolate and hops. Taste is caramel and chocolate malty sweetness with a sharp hoppy bitterness which finishes clean. Medium body with ample carbonation leaving a nice warming feeling on the palate. This is a tasty beer with nicely balanced flavors and highly recommended.
canuck_j (59) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
AROMA:big fruity esters and malt, banana esters toffee, liquorice.
APPEARANCE; dark reddish- brown with a big light tan head. Crystal clear.
TASTE:Blast of big sugary malt and alcohol. tasty notes of black currant, banana esters and lemon- lime in the finish.
PALATE: full bodied with a lively carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming.
OVERALL: a big beer with the sugary sweet alcohol one would expect from a big Belgian beer. Not a bad attempt at a Belgian but I’d say the Belgians and the Quebecois are better at them.
jrizko (42) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 (First Taste, Home, New 650mL Bottle, Lager Glass, 9.4% ABV, Chilled, 23/03/12. #19.)
Appearance (4/5): Pours a dark and hazy cola brown, with an average sized, frothy, light brown head with good retention and good lacing.
Aroma (7/10): Fruity raisin and prune with roasted caramel and clove dominate, finishing with notes of cocoa, coffee, and toffee.
Taste (7/10): Begins very fruity sweet with a little acidity, finishes slightly bitter with lingering sweetness.
Palate (4/5): Medium body, slightly oily texture, lively carbonation, and a dry, warming finish.
Overall (15/20): This is my first abbey style beer, and I found it quite pleasant. The alcohol is very well hidden, the sweetness is not overpowering, and the warming finish is very nice. One of Alley Kat’s best in my opinion.
Drinkability: 3/5. Character: 4/5. Buy Again: Yes.