beastiefan2k (2716) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL capped bottle poured into Duvel tasting glass. Small but thick head atop a ruby body. I think this is the best American Belgian Strong I have had in a while (not sure this is a quad). Esters are held almost fully at bay. Sweet, slightly hot raisin and cherry present but appropriately balanced by a sugar and date sweetness. No nasty astringent character, which can happen in a big beer like this. I think the sweetness works well for the beer. Walks the fine line of alcohol and sweetness but not too much on either side. Not overly sugar and well managed yeastiness. This will be a rebuy.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
BuckeyeBoy (3138) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle pours out a mahogany topped with a sand head. Nose is sweetness pit fruit belg yeast and some rich malts. Taste is as the nose with a good amount of sweetness belg yeast and candy fruit.
Experiment_Ale (1072) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Crux with Taylor on a fantastic Friday at sunset. Pours brown bronze. Aroma is phenolic figs, taste is dark sticky, sweet wheat Belgium fruit.
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (bottled Feb 10, 2014). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, overripe banana, clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Smells nice, but is mostly sugar-oriented odors. That portends a very sweet mouth experience, and so it is true...there’s some yeasty tartness that helps to balance a bit along with the alcohol, but all in all it’s quite difficult to drink much of (even given the style). Diabetes beer.
stevoj (2628) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/ruby body with small, tight beige head. Aroma is true Belgian, dried fruit, molasses and oak barrel. taste is slightly tangy, some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is sticky and weight is medium bordering on heavy. Good try at this style. Very close to a dubbel.
GothGargoyle (1559) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear rusty brown with a small pale head. Aroma is dried fruits, cherry, hint of cinnamon, pomegranate. Medium-full bodied, sweet and fruity on the palate. Taste is plum, raisins, brown sugar, hint of cloves and coriander. Nice.
brenn79 (1662) - Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml corked and wax dipped bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a crackly light tan head that reduces quickly leaving a collar. Aroma is dark fruits, plums and cherries, brandy, sweet. The taste is dark fruits, brandy, barrel oak. The body is medium and carbonation is fairly low and soft. This is decent, I really enjoyed the flavor of this, but it is flawed, was hoping for more.
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 10/13 - pours dark amber with very small head. Nose of plums, yeast, spices, and booze. Taste is of brandy, plums, and dry spice. Very syrupy and sweet.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Zymurgeist2 (1197) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau for SF Beer Week. Pours a clear chestnut with white head. Moderate complex dark fruit. Solid yeast contribution leads to medium full mouthfeel. Finishes quick. Not terribly complex but tasty.
ACHops (894) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel-aged "Banished" version on tap @ Beer Junction for Barrel Junction. Probably needs to be separated out from the standard Double Cross rating, this lists @ 12%. Pours dark brown amber with thin mocha head. Aroma is lightly tart dark fruit and undercurrent of oaky wood. Taste is thin dark dubbel brown, faintly sour currents, plums, and fig. Dry, balanced finish. Not my favorite style, but very nice.