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RATINGS: 294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Wood aged Pale Quadruppel. Imagine a blend of Scaldis and Cantillon Pure Kriek. Forget it, there is nothing like it (yet). Vlad is shocking to your sour beer senses and taste buds, which do not understand that such a balanced delicate sour beer can be so drinkable and appeal to so many people while being extreme. But don’t forget, it will still open a can of 10.6% whoop-ass on your ass after all the pomp & circumstance of what an amazing beer it is subsides.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Poured out of bottle. Again big thanks goes out to Alex, Chris, and Jason!! Thanks for sharing this while I was in Chicago. Full of sour funkness. Slight fruit notes, cherries and tart lime. Flavor wasn’t as tart as I was expecting, I suppose it was a little mellow, but still an outstanding sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
750 ml bottle as a bonus (!) in a BA trade. 2009 vintage. Pours a murky golden color with a small white head. Looks like a fresh apple juice. Aroma of apples, white grapes, lactic acid, oak, and vanilla. Most of the wine and bourbon is gone but the booze is present. Flavor of apples, white grapes, lemon, oaky funk, honey, and vanilla. Same goes for the nose in terms of discernable barrel characters; it’s there but a bit washed together. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, coating, and tart mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Really complex, fun-to-drink sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
A cloudy medium yellow body that forms a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is tart and spicy, acetic. The flavor starts sweet and quickly turns sour. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart citrus aroma. Fruity sour tart acidic woody flavor. Has a sour tart woody citrus finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Big thanks to Todd for sharing this one to kick off the tasting! Pale Quad, eh? Perhaps that makes a bit more sense than a conventionally understood wild ale. Dark amber pour, fairly moderate head. Nice bourbony nose, not too aggressive and so the wet wood and tartness are still detectable. Medium, semi-playful palate with some heat and a still somewhat dry finish. More wine character emerges in the taste, not as buggy as a lot of wilds, and it combines interestingly with the bourbon to make this a distinctive strong sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
I ordered this a while back from Cascade and it took me longer than I thought it would to crack it open. The pour is a rustic golden color with a solid white head that settles as a long-lasting thin layer. This is funky and fruity in the aroma with cherries, apple, some white wine, and barrel notes. The bourbon is burried in there and takes some digging to find. This is far more drinkable and easy going than I expected for a 10%+ beer. Tart citrus and lactic sour flavors; funky peach and oranges, along with barrel notes, and soft bourbon in the finish. The bourbon is more noticeable in the flavor but it’s still not overly strong. I don’t pick up any Quad flavors. Not sure if I am supposed to or not. This is a very interesting beer and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. Again, it’s far more delicate and drinkable than I’d normally expect from a beer with this much alcohol, which is a good thing. As with every other Cascade Sour I’ve had, this one is plenty sour and good but it’s not intensely sour or anything.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1914) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 A good sour beer with a lot of sweeter fruity and sugary flavors that sets it apart from the pack. Lactic tartness is nice and light acetic acid adds a good amount of burn without being too much. Really freaking awesome beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Served in a snifter. Pours an amber-brown color with a single-finger head that dies down somewhat quickly but leaves a bit of lacing behind and has a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a decent amount of lactic character plus some citrus and a fairly-strong amount of green apple skin. The flavor is sour with a bit of funk as well as some oak and a light amount of acetic acid. Mouthfeel is a bit light with a good sour character. Fair amount of carbonation plus a really nice level of drinkability. Nothing really stands out about this brew, though in the end I simply want more. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2010

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2322) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2011
Trying to catch up on old notes. Gold amber with head. Tarty peachy fruity aroma. Fruity sweet tart peach dry tart farmy barn. Soft effervescent palate. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy head with average retention and good amount of lacing. 3.5 S: The aroma is much more reserved than the Plague, but the barrel aging works much better. The bourbon is very light and barely noticeable. However, the wine contributes much more strength, lending a pleasant vinous character to the beer. Musky funkiness with a moderate lactic component. Not as fruity as I’d expect given the blend, but there is some peach and apple aroma. Just a touch of spiciness with clove and black pepper. 3.5 T: Just like the Plague, the bourbon and wine components don’t mesh well. Take note: leathery and vinous flavors cannot coexist in harmony. Moderately sour with a healthy tangy lactic acid component. Lots more fruitiness than in the nose. Foremost, cherries are detected, followed by lemon, green apple, red apple, and peach. Leathery bourbon contributes a touch of melon. Moderate tannic astringency, oak, and vanilla. Super complex and fairly tasty, but would be much better without the bourbon barrel contributions. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is nice considering the Plague gushed on me. Could be creamier, but it feels appropriate for what it is. Lightly astringent aftertaste. 4.0 D: Pretty good, though trying to do too much worked against this beer. I don’t think bourbon barrels should have anything to do with sours (though sour Abyss wasn’t too bad). Anyway, decent taste that gets better as you progress through the bottle. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-29-2011 23:43:55


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