M82 (213) - 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
fiercepanda (438) - Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy reddish brown beer with a medium off-white head. The aroma is toasted grain, fruity, brown sugar, and bourbon. The flavor slightly wood, bourbon, tart cherry, with a burnt caramel aftertaste. The alcohol is present but not dominant.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the March 2014 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy brown color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was bourbon, coconut, vague fruity hops and a bit of pineapple. The flavor was bourbon, sweet caramel, wood, pineapple and lemon. Long finish of bourbon, coconut, wood and pineapple. Moderately full bodied. Interesting.
Miked1687 (577) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to the friendly folks at pizza plant for this sample. Amber pour with a thin off white head. Nose is sweet burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel, Bourbon. Taste is sweet Belgian quad with nice tart yeast/funk, and that moves into a buttery Bourbon finish. Thin mouth feel. Nice.
rlgk (9037) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Linköping Beer Expo 2014. Hazy golden/amber beer with a nice beige head. Sourish vanilla aroma, caramel, woody, raisins, figs, citrus, woody, cream, spicy, yeasty, figs, plums, banana notes. Malty vanilla flavor, citrus, spicy, candy, woody, toffee, warming alcohol, licorice notes, figs, grapes, sourish notes. Magic beer.
pineypower (2369) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to Dmac for sharing this bottle. Pours out a somewhat muddy apple cider color with a small off white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, caramel, dried fruits and some light alcohol. Taste is complex, light vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, sweet dried fruits, cherries, light dates. Some warming alcohol comes in, in the finish. Complex and leaves some sticky residue on your lips.....
Crompt (92) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Major flaw here for me is I don’t like cherries. But if you like quads and cherries then this may be your new favorite because I still liked it despite not liking the focal flavor of the beer that makes it unique. Maybe people shouldn’t buy, much less rate beers after reading the label on the beer with an ingredient they dislike. Douches....
Staffan47 (766) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska på GH. (Hinner precis betala när det uppdagas att dom säljer 3F Golden blend till vrakpris. Attans) Nötig doft med inslag av banan och andra fruktestrar. Medium kropp och väldigt ljus för stilen. På det stora hela en trevlig belgare i trapiststil.
beerbaaron (871) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Bottle at home. Pours a pretty looking almost clear ruby reddish orange amber. Medium creamy off-white head, lasting with lace. Good carbonation. Aroma finds notes of cherries, wood, bourbon, toffee, caramel, some dark fruit, touch of vanilla. Tips towards sweet. Complex and balanced. Medium to Lighter full bodied. Soft. Lovely bourbon character and accompanying warming sensations without any booziness or burn. Layers of dark fruity, woody, vanilla, toffee. Some gentle tartness in the background. An extremely well-made beer. A complex, thoughtful sipper. I really enjoyed this.
MarinEvelyn (436) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
strong bourbon aroma. Caramel, a little cherry, toffee.
Taste is similar, definitely more cherries. Strong bourbon, but not too harsh. Fairly smooth Nice finish. Fairly sweet from the cheeries.
Valgreen (421) - DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Slightly cloudy dark red, big off white head, nice lacing. Aroma and taste, malty sweet, bourbon, slightly sour, yeast, bread, alcohol. Had to do the rating fast.