j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by gregc from BA at Captain Lawrence during the release of the newest vintage of the St. Vincentís Dubbel. Was looking for this when I was in Montreal at the beginning of April but I was unsuccessful in tracking it down, so I was glad to get to try this. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Pine, plum, candy, and caramel on the nose. Medium bodied, sticky and sweet with a nice caramel flavor coming through. Finishes fruity with some light banana notes.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yum, great texture, layered flavor. Lovely spiced sweet bread, some notes of coco, malt. Shouldve aged it longer though.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Grant, the Georgia Maniac. Thanks, man! Pours a beautiful, almost perfect onyx with a contrasting head of slightly off-white. Aroma is subtle raisin yeast just waiting to be baked. Hints of cinammon, plumb, and raddish. Flavor is spiced raisin bread with just a hint of yeasty dough in the core. Earthy elements unveil themselves as the beer warms. Nice, full mouthfeel that leaves no taste bud untouched. GREAT beer; worth the wait, and worth another purchase in the fututure.
smashed420 (32) - CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
341ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with nice, slowly disappearing head. Aroma is dominated by roasted grains with some toffee undertones. Taste is also very roasted barley, similar to an imperial stout. Body is medium, surprising for the strength of the beer. Warming alcohol in the finish, but not overwhelming. The roasted character seems totally out of place and lacks subtelty, but still it is a very pleasant beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Cloudy brown color with small light tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma has nuts, raisens, light caramel, figs, vanilla bean. Flavor is nutty, with raisens, oak, notes of chocolate and vanilla. Finish is mildly sweet. Overall its very good, but doenít really hold up to the true belgian quads (Rochefort, Westvleteren, etc).
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Thanks to stowehop for the bottle. Slightly hazy burnt-orange color with a large head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and bananas. Sweet taste, medium heavy body. Ends brown sugar sweet with a little touch of alcohol.
Loses a lot from the alcohol and the fact that I donít appreciate banana yeast as much as some.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
$4.99 @ Discount Liquor, no date. Hazy brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, good retention. Belgian yeast, caramel, dark candi sugar, some sweet figs and raisins are all up front. There is also some peppery alcohol and cocoa. Flavor had some slight tobacco notes and stronger chocolate. Thankfully, it didnít get too sweet, which is always my problem with other countries trying their hand at stronger Belgian styles. Semi-dry finish with light alcohol burn. Full body with light carbonation. Very good beer.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely dark brown with red ruby quite evident. One finger white head lasts well. Aroma is raisin, caramel, and lots of overall dark fruit. Residual sugars are prevalent, and the yeast character is quite unique. Palate is thick and full... smooth and sugary. Semi-dry sugar coating finis. Excellent example of the style.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from grapes of mirth. Pours a pretty clear dark brown color with not much of a head at all. Aroma was very complex. Fig, cherry, chocolate, alcohol, malts, and other fruits. Left a little burn in the mouth but overall pretty smooth for the strength just not as easy to drink as the belgian renditions.
pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out brown with ruby hues and a small lacing off white head. Very nice aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spice, yeast and some nice sweetness in there, very good aroma. Taste is complex and has a lot going on, dark fruits, namely fig and dried cherries, chocolate, yeast, slight alcohol and a little bitterness hanging in there. Very complex and definitely one of the best non-Belgian quads Iíve had. Would love to find another bottle.