slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
of the few reviews on those other sites, this has well above average, but not amazing reviews so far. i think it is getting pigeonholed because as soon as you pour it, itís hard to think of it as a quad. pours a golden ornage color with small tight white head. fragrant and fruity, with lots of yeastapice on the nose. i am used to darker brews for the quad style (usually) with a different fruit profile. despite being 11% and sweet, this is a decent summer beer. other than that, decent goes out the window. the aroma and flavor as as "stiringly deep and contemplative as advertised". i honestly canít understand a couple of the reviews that think of this as a one trick pony. the belgian yeast seems to be complemented by the rye barreling, and the fruity aspects (and the fruit itself) conplemented by the wine oak. LOTS of little nuances to pick up on here. And at the end of a 22 (solo) i wanted more, which is quite rare for me. started at 45 and got warmer. awesome beer...this is why Deschutes is among my favorites
Fatehunter (1754) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a finger of head that quickly disappeared on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is lots of ripe fruit: plum, apricot and spices.
The taste is malt background with lots of fruit sweetness to the end.
The texture is softer.
Itís really nice and fruity.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured lighter orange with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up tart vinous notes and pomegranate over a fruit and light bready base.. some peppery warmth amplified it. The flavor found similar, picking up a little honey at the core.. tart around with vinous notes, oak, black pepper, cloves, and a touch of whiskey around.. belly-warming finish with a hefty dose of barrel and tasty fruits. Heavier-bodied and warm on the palate, with nice tartness cutting through.. good balance.
arnold931 (924) - Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Broken Spoke. Pours mostly clear copper with small white head. Nose and taste is grape, apple, peach, pomegranate. Good.
drsordr (1664) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour light copper with moderate white head. Nose apple, peach, pear, Belgian ester, spice. Taste sweet fruit up front, banana, peach, pear, some cherry. Mid palate ester and spice. No harsh flavors from the barrels. Spicy long lasting finish. Hides the 10.9% well.
CardsFan25 (81) - - SEP 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange pour with little head. Cherry, banana, bread on the nose. Dark fruit and slight banana up front with a mild cherry finish.
superspak (3603) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 5/8/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a small dense off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, light banana, clove, pepper, vanilla, oak, light whiskey, honey, caramel, light toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate candi sugar malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, light banana, clove, pepper, vanilla, oak, light whiskey, honey, caramel, light toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of yeast/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, clove, pepper, oak, honey, caramel, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate candi sugar malt flavors; with a great malt/oak/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome partial barrel aged pale quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast. oak barrel, and moderate candi sugar malt flavors; and vary smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
njager246 (645) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the chance, aroma of oak, banana, and sweat fruits, taste is almost like a quad meets a barley wine. Taste has a ton of fruit hints of citrus, vanilla, and oak. taste holds wonderfully. Very nice
Brentv (514) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bomber. Pours a not-quite clear orange with a minimal white head and hardly any lacing as well. Fruity aroma and taste of stone fruits with some apple, white raisins, and a hint of funk on the nose. Taste is quite sweet - too sweet. Iím only halfway through the glass but Iím tired of it. Otherwise nice complex flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Gentle carbonation.
Mark_Eck (1250) - - AUG 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orangish brown color. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, caramel, and some vanilla.
stevoj (3022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Albertsons. Pours out a medium golden with red tinge. Aroma is pit fruit, prunes. Taste comes on strong with fruit sweetness, sugar and a copious amount of alcohol warmth. Body seems a bit light, but flavor makes up for that shortcoming.