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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (621) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown pour with a thin light beige head. Dark fruit and a touch of vanilla in the nose. Full-flavoured and a little boozy, figs and raisin notes, not much hop presence, and a touch of yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (6856) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle - Caramel and light spice. Deep clear maroon with a rich beige head. Lots of spice, a bit of booze and malty. Finish is a bit nutty and a little cocoa with a touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Hazy dark amber color with a medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of spices, wood and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, banana, cloves and yeast. The finish is sweet with a spice and fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2008 Pours near opaque, big beige head, little retention Smell smooth coco, red fruit Taste more coco and red fruit Sweet without being cloying, mid body Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2012 Vintage // Bottle 1126 of 3240: Rich brown coloured body with a nice copper tint and a very thin tan head, all on top of a beautiful ruby and violet tint when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cognac, whiskey and the strongest bit - figs. Medium-bodied; Relatively thin (for the style) with a big caramelised sugar flavour of pit fruits, toffee and just plain brown sugar. Aftertaste shows a good balance of malt, oak, dryness and the sugars with no bitterness at all, just a hint of alcohol bite, but not like most in this style. Overall, a nice beer that tastes more of a dubbel than a quadruple - but good, not excellent. Missing a bit of the carbonation and deep complexity, but this was nice. I’m glad I drank this after only a single year of aging, i’m thinking that in another year’s time, there will be no flavours at all - just mellowness. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased exactly one year earlier at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington [state] on 10-February-2013 for US$14.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 10-February-2014. Note that my bottle says 10% alcohol and is not the same as pictured - a different label and a caged top, not a swing top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3321) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Traded 2008 bottle, #283 of 1800. This was a fairly typical quad in aroma dark malt and a hint of spice. The flavor is interesting because I swear it starts out just like Pepsi, just for a split second. Then it mellows into some dark fruit. The finish falls a little flat with some odd bitterness. Fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4459) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, some caramel malts with hints of toffee, and a light bitterness. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Average to smooth texture. A decent American interpretation of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2455) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours murky orange with a creamy off-white head. Mild milky and slight spiced aroma. Flavour is smooth and slight milky. Mild spiced and light hoppy. Mild spiced and yeasty finish. Light liqourice and spiced yet also smooth caramel malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stevesie (336) - - MAY 1, 2013
2012 bottle. Dark, primer red without much head. Sweet, malty nose with lots of caramel. Taste is similar; thick and syrupy. Kind of flat. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18740) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty dark fruit finish.

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