GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle courtesy of mmtmatrix poured into a goblet.
Pours a hazy amber brown with a big off-white head with tons of carbonation (which Ive gotten in all the Smokestack beers) which causes the head to last forever and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, Belgian yeast and tons of dark fruits dominating - plums and raisins especially. There is an alcohol burn in the nose as well.
Big sweet caramel malts dominate the taste with tons of candi sugar and a yeasty bubble-gum flavor as well. The dark fruits are there but not quite as big as in the aroma. Alcohol definitely makes its presence felt in the finish with a major warming effect.
The mouthfeel is very highly carbonated, too much for my liking, and a medium bodied for the style.
This is a less heavy version of a quad but that lends to very high drinkability for the style and I made it through the bottle much easier than I should for a beer this big. Be very careful, because I wasnt...
aetheon (82) - The Gutter, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 note: my first quadrupel ale :: pours like syrup, looks opaque brown with a touch of red. totally champagne carbonation. The flavor is all molasses, butterscotch, apples and prune. Very Sweet - This is really not what I want my beer to be - ick
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy brew with a substantial head and imposing dark brown color. Aromas are toasty, but there is some floral alcohol and plenty of esters as well. Too many flavors piled on the beer to enumerate. The effect is a little confused, but makes for a distinctive sip. A bottle of this is a heavy lift for the palate. Despite all of the complexities, a good beer to sip.
Tejas (844) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
HUGE head that was actually a pain in the ass to pour. Flavor was weird. Actually tasted like butter and was way to sweet. Didnt hate it but one and done.
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very nice example of a Belgian Quad style. Nice fruity funk, very malty, and solid head with a nice lacing that hangs as you drink it down. You can tell the skill brought to BLVD by its Belgian born Brewmaster.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This was the first Boulevard beer I have had. Nice brown pour, with a nose of caramel and malt. Flavor was smooth, sweet and enjoyable. Very nice.
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown with a big head. Smell is very nice. Sweet fruit with a hint of malts. Tastes like chocolate covered cherries with a malt backing and a nice warming on the way down. Nice brew, I will enjoy this one.
mar (4590) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange pour with a thick khaki head. big nose of malts, cherries, sugar, yeast and alcohol. nice mouthfeel with a big dark fruit flavor, highly carbonated finish along with a good belgian yeast flavor. not too shabby overall.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours brown to red with haze and a big giant head that seems dissipate rather quickly and does not lace at all. The aroma is caramel, figs, plum pudding, and yeasty goodness. The flavor is strong, sweet, ripe cheese yeast, figs, prunes, caramel, white chocolate, and just right. The palate is a bit overly alcoholic and warm, but hey, the season is right for this. Overall, Im actually impressed. This is a decent Quadrupel.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy bright ruby redish amber with a huge dirty white, creamy head. Dissipates moderately, however, the head remains stagnant throughout the session. Moderate lacing. Aroma is very fruity and sweet. More apricot, raison, and fig newton than their tripel. Some citrus notes and belgian yeast strain. Definite darker fruit and a bit breadlike, although less than the tripel. Very light burnt caramel hint too. Taste is dark fruits, raison, dates and much deeper than the tripel. Malty and creamy. A definite fig newton taste to it. Reminds me of a fruit with a pit...so darker and not very citrusy, although there are hints of citrus hops. Palate is full bodied and carbonated. Very smooth and slightly warm. Less warming alcohol than the tripel. Great balance. Finishes slightly dry and kind of dough like. Overall, I had this and the tripel back to back, which is why Im comparing them. This beer is definitely more well rounded and balanced. I like the smooth malt backing and the sweet, fig and raison taste to it. The taste starts pretty low key, but really revs up towards the end. This is a really well made quad, ranking just below the top tier IMO.