highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If the first beer of the new year is an omen, 2014 is going to be a ripper. This well-travelled Australian-Norwegian collaboration has effectively done a round-the-world trip - from Australia to Norway in a wine barrel and back again by bottle. It’s an atypical quad with a hint of De Dolle (as someone smarter than me points out below. I love the De Dolle range, so we’re off to a flyer.) Lovely appearance: walnut brown with a persistent head. Rich aroma with obvious barrel and red wine notes from the barrel maturation on the trip to Norway. Shiraz barrels would be my guess - definite white pepper on the nose. Also present: blackcurrant, ginger ale and sherbet. The sherbet hints at a sour-sweet character which becomes fully apparent on the tongue. There, the beer reveals itself as an extravagant blend of brown sugars and fruity acids. There are sour cherries, turpentine, shiraz, perhaps even white rum. The body is lush and marshmallow soft. I love beers that take my palate into unexplored territory and this is one of those. Exceptional. (250ml bottle courtesy of Allovate of Perth via Bergstaden of Norway - immense thanks to both for the experience. Batch 866B. BB: 20/12/17)
ngeaney (93) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour, with an off-white head that is quite large for this style. The aroma is amazing, lots of vanilla, wood, red wine barrels right off the nose. Getting lots of dark fruits, chocolate, this beer is a true sipper and a great beer to nose all night.
The taste is similar to the aroma, a bit sweet with hints of toffee and caramel with the high alcohol very well hidden. The red wine touch makes this a great Belgian Strong Quadruple and a big favourite of mine, highly recommended.
Idiosynkrasie (5029) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle. Cloudy, opaque, dark brown colour with red glimmer and huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, beige head; humongous lacings. Vinous aroma, hints of oak, blue grapes, dark berries, a touch of cinnamon, cautious hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet with dry overtones, vinous, slightly fruity, minimally chocolately, notes of blue grapes, dark berries, hints of warming alcohol; full body, some alleviating carbonation. Rich and complex, thereby flattering sweet-ish and relatively "easy" drinkable.
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this quite a while ago in Delirium Hoppy Loft. Didn’t rate it then, will do now.
Really enjoyed this beer, was very full of taste and lots of wine taste in it. Is it really because of the story, no idea, but did enjoy it a lot in general.
Lukasmh (618) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, nice label! Pours dark brown with reddish shine and slight frothy big ever lasting cream head. Aroma is very nice and sweet with slight acidity and some sherry grapes. Sweet fruits, some berries among over-ripe raspberries, caramel malts, toasty backbone. Red wine, oak and some vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet, then turns acidic. More quad in taste. Caramel, toasty malts, vanilla, some oak and vanilla. Some marmelade and berries. Quite high carbonation makes the body light for ABV. Really balanced. Slight bitter tannins. Alcohol makes finish dry along the toasty malts.
Vestergaard (958) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Magnus. Pours a hazy, Dark brown with a huge, off White, long lasting head. Aroma is very vinous! Red wine, tannins, oak, strawberry, caramel, Dark dried fruits. Black currant. Very fruity, slight toast. Taste is really vinous! Dry oak, lovely tartness, vanilla, sweet, intense fruit. Crazy balance between the toasty, belgian sweetness and the dry, tart vinousness. Huge surprise! High carb and surprisingly light body.
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larsniclas (6149) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Mörkt brown with a beige head.
Vinous aroma with notes of vinegar.
Rather sweet and vinous flavour with prune and raisins. Vinegar-notes.
TET (2167) - FINLAND - JUN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed 20.12.12, BBE 20.12.17, Batch 866B. A very dark brown, a head is big and light brown. Aroma has richness of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, also fresh fruitness of perries and banana, port wine, warming. Complex and enjoyable aroma. Taste is more straightforward than aroma, prunes raisins, perries, some grapes and barrel, also some spicyness in the end. Almost full bodied, nice carbonation is lightening the palate, quite smooth. I haven’t tasted this as a young but now as an older, matured and balanced. The fruitful quad, tasteful beer.
Gerbeer (2407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with moderate creamy tan head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, dark fruit and sweet roasted malts. Flavors of sweet doughy malts, reduced red wine vinegar and chocolate. Interesting mix. Nice.
ElDesmadre (2279) - Mikołów, POLAND - MAY 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from humlebingen.com, thanks! Wow, where to start... The red wine imprint is unquestionable, I would even go so far as to say it is this beer’s dominant trait. Red wine, wood, some funk, redcurrant, chokeberry, some apples, leathery notes. Absolutely fruity, ’red’, complex beer. Soft, full bodied, heavy, with the sweetness being skilfully balanced by just the right amount of tartness. It gets more conventionally ’quadruply’ in the finish, with notes of dark malts, like caramel, chocolate, even faint coffee. This transition from red fruit to dark malts does not affect the barrel notes, however - they are still there. Unlike the alcohol that is so well hidden that you’re no longer sure it’s even there. Exquisite.
stoutnick (752) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark red pour. Aroma is cherry, berry fruits, mild yeast. Taste is red wine, mild oak, big malt prunes and dates presence, very nice with vanilla at end. Palate is medium carbonation and full. Not my favourite style but really like what they’ve done here.