M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 A unique take on the style offering somewhat subtle, well balanced and integrated, decently complex barrel, fruit, yeast, and malt tones
A clear, vibrant, deep copper body presents several fading carbonation streamers and a smooth to frothy light khaki head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a pair of thick peninsulas and a few spots and spatters of clinging lace
Oak, mild bourbon, yeasty belgian notes, light candied malts, and shadowing cherry qualities coalesce to inspire further nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla, oranges, peaches, and fruitcake on a smooth, highly quaffable medium body with well restrained carbonation and building creaminess finishing with a pleasant layer of oak complimented by mild dancing spirit characteristics surrounded by lightly tart fruits; this one generally creates a bright, integrated experience with subtle tart, sweet, and tannic qualities mingling and complimenting to create a warm, nuanced ale which seemed to need a few minutes to completely present itself within each serving
25.4oz 2013 vintage code BB13226-2 08-2015 served at 60º into TeKu
10/16/2010 2009 Batch 1 No 9145 of 11384
Appearance(3) – Aroma(7): pours a deep amber increasingly hazy as the servings progress from this 750 ml bottle, a quickly dying one inch bone colored head settles to a couple strands of wavy lace and a thick ring – smells of mellow bourbon, brandy with rich wood notes and sour cherries
Taste(8) – Palatte(3): mildly sweet stone fruits and yeasty spices are followed by mellowing creamy bourbon and vanilla, sour and acidic cherry character persists, enjoyed the third serving the most which included more yeast, also, a little time to breath and warm was beneficial – fairly light mouth from a quad, slick, virtually no sense of alcohol with some carbonation which keeps the lighter body from being watery, surprisingly easy to drink considering alcohol percentage
Overall (17): a nice quad with some interesting cherry, barrel and liquor notes, major flavor elements in this one work quite well together, acidic cherries cut through and balance the rich bourbon, especially once the bourbon character subdued with some time to breath, one of the easiest drinking barrel aged +11% brews I’ve encountered
Enjoyed with a slightly gooey homemade oatmeal craisin white chocolate cookie
03/09/11 2009 Batch 1 No 9155 of 11384
Served in 13.5 oz Luigi Bormioli Napoleon Brandy
Not sure if the glass or matured palate was the difference, but this bottle was excellent
Light to medium body with medium to lower levels of carbonation
Well balanced mix of wood, bourbon and tartness
Mouth is on the light to medium side, very smooth and moist, just a touch of dry bitterness to end
Foffern (1620) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Two year old. Has a deep unclear mahogany colour with a creamy beige head. Aroma of oak, dried fruit, heather, red berries and some alcohol and chocolate. Has a silky mouth feel, full-bodied and light bitterness. A complex and very rich ale.
maley1 (1042) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark amber pour with small tan head. Aroma of malts, fruits, toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Taste of malts, toffee, dried fruits, vanilla, oak, bourbon and subtle cherries. Full bodied, medium to low carbonation, strong bourbon finish that mellowed at lower temps. A little off balance but enjoyed more closer to room temperature.
JefVerstraete (2772) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ LIBF 2016. Brown colour, dark fruit, sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla. Well balanced quad, ,not too sweet. Nice.
Hamirubi (541) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10cl sample from bottle at the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival II 2016 (16 V 2016). This Bourbon quad fits the top 50 of quadrupel brews and it really has some trump cards. A brown ale with medium carbonation, dirty looking. Spices and bourbon notes cover the flavours, the mouthfeel is very dry, peaty, straw. The taste has a keen bitter sweet balance, making this a lovely, high alcohol drink.
brigg (598) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Cloudy dark copper body, big tan head. Aroma of caramelized sugars, yeast, dark cherry, plum, wood, alcohol, red wine. Sweet and mildly tart flavor, red wine, woody, light pepper. Light to medium body.
mike_77 (5062) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber appearance. Aroma and flavour have some light fruits. Strangely some sweet tomato too. Flavour has lots of sweet Bourbon. Very dry and woody finish.
Kavu (3837) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A taste from a friend (bottle) @ his home. Pours clear chestnut with a medium beige head. Aroma is malts, caramel, bourbon, oak and alcohol. Flavor is malts, nuts, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, some cherries and some hops. Very nice.
Alengrin (4262) - BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At LIBF. Moussy, dense, egg-white head, cloudy amberish chestnut bronze colour. Rich aroma of vanilla tannins, dried banana, medlar, pear syrup, wet wood, bourbon, marzipan, candied orange, marmelade; sweet onset, rounded, brown sugar, fig, banana with a very (too?) subtle cherry sourishness, fluffy and full mouthfeel, caramelly, toffeeish, oaky finish with beautiful retronasal vanilla-like tannins, warming whisky-like alcohol. Rich and opulent, but perhaps a bit too much tilted to the sweet side, a tad more cherry tartness could probably have made this even better.
erickok (5107) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet berries, bready, bit underwhelming. Soft taste, too barrel aged go me, thinning down the beer and giving sharp edges that don’t match the beer’s malt and yeast Base. It’s nice but I hoped for amazing. (At Libf 2016)
ElManana (1727) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting pour at Leuven Innovation Beerfestival. Thanks for sharing! Vanilla, light sour, barley-wine like, not my thing.