DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, several vintages sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest, this rating comprises a mix of those. Aging only mildy affects this brew, only the level of spice really changes. Young, the spices stand out. Very sweet, minimal hops, medium malty body, candi sugar all the way, subtle yeasty flavor as well.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark amber body, short-lived white ehad. Bread dough, pumpkin pie spice in the sweet aroma. Sweet clovey flavor - sugared donuts, pepper spice with a healthy alcohol burn in the finish. The beer has some nice maltiness but they’re not that complicated, and the alcohol is distracting.
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light golden amber w/little or nos head. Malt, lots of hops and some cherry on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with sweetness up front and a dry finish. Cherry malt, some piney hops, and lots of roasted flavors. Not bad at all, in fact damn fine!
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish amber. Beautiful color. Quickly dissipating head. Very sweet alochol aroma laced with apples and spices.
Nice malty flavor with a good alcohol presence. Finish could be longer, but overall a very nice selection.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a dark copper color w/ a nice white head made up of larger bubbles and dissapating quickly. smells of malts and cherries a hint of pepper as well... a nice complex aroma a carbonated, creamy palate that felt great going down. The taste is complex a bit sweet hints of alcohol over overly sweet almost a touch bitter on the tongue almost a bit overpowering in the flavor and not totally in a good way.. it improves a bit w/ temp.. and might be good to let age.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve just sampled this so far. Pours a nice copper color as someone else said. It pours kind of like the V12 actually. The aroma is a little weak for a Quadrupel. It is dominated by cherries, caramel wine and malt. That is all I am getting so far. The taste is the same, but with the addition of apples in it as well. The mouthfeel feels like white wine to me with a strong alcohol presense. Quite a nice mouthfeel. Overall I am pretty pleased with this. However I have had the Westy 12, so I am spoiled.
screigh (670) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a very nice looking deep copper color. Not much aroma at all. I would guess this is a typical Belgian taste. I have never liked this style but thought I would give Avery a chance since I like other beers by them. Other reviews say that it is true to the style but I am a bad judge. I do not like this beer at all.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clean and clear copper mahogany with a thin light tan head with fine lacing. Aroma isn’t particularly complex, but has some sweet caramel maltiness, a touch of pepper and some Belgian yeasty esters. Body starts fairly viscous with appropriate carbonation. Has a nice Belgian malty and candi sugar sweetness throughout with some bready yeast character toward the dry, peppery and fizzy finish. This is fairly well balanced, but the great complexities, especially that of dark fruit, that can be found in a Westy or Rochefort are just bereft here.
badgerben (4887) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with no head. Slightly sweet aroma. Mainly a malt body with some hops to back it up, but not enough to distract. Some cherry, but again, not much. It’s quite tasty, but basically just very malty.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Reddish Amber Coloring With White Ring. Similiar to a Dry, Alcoholic Kriek... Malty...and Hops...Fruity - Cherry, Yeast.... and Nice Warming. Subtle for What it is.