iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden red, bubble gum malt aroma that certainly not unpleasant, but seems to be lacking some depth. . . Bananas, green apples, some pears on the tongue, the only real complexity comes right at the finish when the sweet fruits morph into an unexpected oakiness. Pretty light on the palette for such a string beer. . . some spicy alcohol lingers as it warms, overall good beer but I was expecting a bit more complexity.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2003
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Red with slight orange hint. Poured with a bit of head but faded quick. Nose was beery-malt. Very little fizz. Alcoholic sweet, No complexity.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, brown color. Very Sweet, the cane sugar and molasses comes through in a big way here. Couldn't drink many of these in a sitting. Good beer with a cigar.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I noticed quite a bit of smokey, woody notes in this beer. Initially alcohol and a medium body, with quite a bit of sweetness to complement the alcohol. Not overly sweet, but this beer has lots of good flavors.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber body with very little of the white head that does not stick around, possibly due to alc. content. Sugary sweet aroma with some cloves that have been more apparent in other bottles and this one had DMS(corn)vegetal aromas which I also do not remember from past bottles. There is a little maltiness that comes around after it warms. This is the first time I've actually rated this beer,and I must say, it is not one of the better samples I've had, but I'll keep that in mind in this rating. Flavor is about the same as the aroma; Sugary sweet at first, cloves, then hops come around at the end with alcohol flavors, but overall well balanced in the finish. Aftertaste is clean with some hop flavor and bitterness. The alcohol is warming, not hot at 10% ABV and the carbonation is moderate for a "Belgian" style beer of medium body. Not terribly complex but dangerously drinkable. I know this beer is better than the bottle I've just had so I'll adjust my rating according to both this bottle and my memory of what I've had in the past.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Dark golden grown hue, sweet hoppy aroma, which doesn’t really smell like a Belgian, but it does taste like one. Very strong alcoholic taste, but also has a sweet caramel syrup taste as well. Very spicy and sugary, almost too extreme, with alcohol biting the back of your mouth.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a beautiful site is this transpicuous mahogany colored elixir of life setting in my glass, the modest and creamy head all cutesy and light tan in color, with a silky coating of lace, to end the visual portion of the sampling. Fusel alcohol, sweet caramel, malt, fresh and clean, a superb nose with the start thickly malt, sweet, the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish has a delightful hop presence, the carbonation delicate and the aftertaste quite dry. The high ABV makes itself known as a nice “Belly Warming Feel”, and a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, hearty and robust and a must try for the “Bad Boys and Girls” in the audience.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden bronze with bubbly half inch thick head. Smells like pennies(copper), but doesn't taste that way. Sweet carmel taste, gets sweetier as it sits.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amazingly clear and sparkling red / orange color. Thin beige head that clings to the glass. Slight sour aroma mixed with yeast and hops. Flavor is clean with a light boubon flavormixed with molases. No fruit flavor to mention. Not as good of a Quad as LaTrappe or Weyerbacher.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing orange color. Medium head. Aromas are malts, fruits and brown sugar. A full-bodied Belgian Style Ale. The malts are bold, very sweet and fruity. Yeasty, with a hint of spiciness. Its very sweet, perhaps overly so. But, its also very smooth. There are hints of the 10% alcohol, some in its slightly ‘oily’ texture and most noticeable it is warming effect, but it has no alcohol bite. This is a nice sipping beer, once you can get past its sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.