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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Not that much of an improvement over the 6th glass except the bourbon flavor.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
umich03jm (2706) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2015
2013 bottle. Aroma are strong oak and vanilla, moderate candi sugar and cherry syrup, light chocolate and some Belgian spice. Strong bourbon in the taste. Pretty boozy. Moderately sweet with candi sugar, licorice, and dark fruit. Hint of chocolate. High carbonation. Too boozy and sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drdisque (627) - Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bomber poured in a snifter. Pours cloudy reddish brown. Aroma is strong tart cherry tannins. Flavor is sweet and bourbony with a little bit of booze on the finish. Not a lot of cherry comes through to the tongue. Notes of cinnamon and clove. Pretty good, not a boozy as I worried.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy (1748) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Not really getting the love for this one. Kind of over the top with the booze. Masks everything that is good about a Belgian Quad (spices, candi sugar). Just way sweet and boozy. Maybe a couple ounces are fine, but any more than that and I’m pouring it down the drain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cousin_Larry (587) - - JUN 7, 2015
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2472) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
Bottle 750ml. [2014] Pours mahogany with low beige head. Aroma is of alcohol, bourbon, malt, plums. Taste is of caramel, alcohol, fruits, plums. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sticky on the lips. Overall: Good. Boozy. Malty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3774) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). 2014 bottling. From Paul’s CANBIF box, thanks! Split with the Québec crew.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber-copper with a medium beige head, decent retention and some lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon is the dominant feature here along vanilla, cloves, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, dried fruits and caramel.

Taste: Medium sweetness but quite boozy with a lot of bourbon, caramel, cloves, dried fruits, brown sugar, vanilla and bananas.

Palate: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. A bit astringent. Warming/boozy finish. Lingering caramel presence.

Overall: It definitely have some similarities with Belgian Quads but the bourbon takes a lot of place in this one and the fruitiness is taking the backseat while malts/caramel/brown sugar are showcased. It’s flavorful and well executed, but it lacks a bit of balance and it’s a quite a bit too boozy for my liking. Very good nonetheless.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2064) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
Pours a dark rich-looking caramel with a medium offwhite head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of wood, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, vanilla at first. After a while all you can smell/feel is the alcohol, though, bummer. Taste is of caramel, vanilla, coconut and not too boozy on the first sip. Moderately sweet for such a big beer and moderately bitter. Body is medium-full, carbonation moderate and the alcohol really creeps on you. Overall it was nice and fun until all I could taste is the wood and alcohol, I wouldn’t recommend it because of that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5566) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2015
pours unclear medium dark brown, orange tint, with a reviving light beige head, nice lacing - neverminding particles here. banana, brown sugar and demerara - some toffee and maple syrup sweetness too, loads of coconut, lots of booze, very spicy, nail polish-y, dried plums, belgian spicy yeast. average belgian carbonation, medium-full body, semi-sweet, boozy and tannic-spicy-grassy finish. big and bourbony BA quad. nicely constructed if not a tad too much barrel components.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esp0r (2356) - NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle shared with good friends
Dark brown, massive light tanned head. Smell of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark malts. Heavy sweet, alot of bourbon, vanilla, spices, some booze, dark and dried fruits, ficus and raisins. Moderate bitter finish. Well balanced BA quad. Nice blend of bourbon flavors and dark fruity malts.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1062) - USA - MAY 25, 2015
Brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is bourbon and a little vanilla. Very sweet with a big bourbon flavor in the finish. Almost chewy body. Wife: 3.9


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