3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Sampled from two kegs in the cooler of Ganstaller-Brau. the plan apparently was to let it sit for 1-2 years in steel (tanks, with some pulled off to keg like these) before transferring to oak barrels for an additional year. However the state of Quator at this time (November 2011) was not so good and Andreas mentioned that plans to further age in oak have been scrapped and he’ll brew another batch and try again. The two kegs we sampled were both acidic, tart and mildly "infected’ in a very general sense. I leave it to the brewer to speculate as to how this happened given the beer never touched oak, a point of confusion early on when the future aging in oak was lost in translation and I was under the impression the samples I had already spent time on oak and thus the acid and bacteria character. That all said, it wasn’t a monstrous infection, though certainly not mild; it was well-above the taste threshold of (I have to assume) acetic acid. Flavor is moderately sweet toasted grains, plum / black cherry fruit, oxidized caramel malt / cardboard / wet wood. Body is rich, chewy and full, carbonation is balanced to the weight and sweetness of the beer and froths appropriately across the middle and back. One keg was moderately tart / sour (in a plain yogurt-almost-sour-cream way) with mild acidity (red wine vinegar, black pepper phenols, slightly metallic) while the other was mildly tart and sour with less acidity than the first but had the same character as the first (red wine vinegar, etc). For sure a shame that it didn’t turn out as intended, but still enjoyable and delicious and certainly not in such bad shape that the underlying effort can’t be appreciated. So here are my notes for the sake of completeness, and I’ll certainly make an effort to get over and try the next batch of Quator to revise my review here.
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Süßer, aromatisch-malziger Geruch.
Antrunk süß, herzhaft. Mitte röstig-malzig, gut balanciert. Abgang dunkelmalzig, perlend und bitter-trocken. Super!
Festival der Bierkulturen. Köln - 14.05.2011
Benzai (9996) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Alvinne CBF 2011. Slightly hazy amber / red color, off-white head. Smell malts, caramel, fruits and some hop. Taste some smoke, bitter, fruits and some citrus. Tastes a bit thick, syropy texture. Medium body, nice carbo.
fugitive (1681) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color hazy amber with small head. Aroma malt, caramel, citrus, smoke. Taste sweet, bitter, alcohol, hop.
Koelschtrinker (12655) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wenig herber und stark malziger Antrunk, dem es an Süße nicht mangelt. Diese intensiviert sich sogar noch und wirkt zusammen mit dem Alkohol etwas scharf, dennoch ist das Bier für 10% gefährlich süffig. Zum Ende erstmals hopfig, dazu wenig bitter. Langer und intensiver Malzabgang, bei dem auf Süße Trockenheit folgt. Minimal rauchig. Sehr gut! 12/12/12/12//12
jfb (4559) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) pours a murky brownish-ruby colour with almost no head. aroma of heavy honey melon, dark berries, bubble gum and quite a bit of alcohol, very fresh. favour is milk chocolate, caramel and grain, with lots of brown sugar and sweetness and light notes of alcohol. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
pivnizub (9296) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: Almost clear, amber coloured, stable mid-sized tanned head; solid honeyish and dark-malty nose with a light hoppherbal background; moderate to solid - relatively dry - bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; slightly lingering hoppy-malty finish. Really good.....
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. The aroma has caramel, light roast, some fruits, grassy hops. Bit hazy, orange-brown-red coloured beer with an off-white, thick head. The taste is light-moderate sweet (not too sweet), good bitterness and has caramel, nice grassy hops. Well bodied. Fantastic beer.
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4th March 2011
ACBF. Hazy brown beer. Little off white head. Softish palate. Smooth creamy fresh malt. A little aniseed alcohol in the background. Tiny bit of hop fruit. Nice but quite malty.
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Th. 4th. Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) 2011, De Kasteelhoeve, Doorniksesteenweg 314, Outrijve (Avelgem), Belgium.
Hazy - murky medium red amber color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass - orange - citrus - wood, moderate yeasty, alcohol, smoke notes. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. A bit meey here have to try it again when keg have been still for sometime and not just put on like here at ACBF ..