GoufCustom (768) - HONG KONG - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.
Looks: Cloudy hazy amber honey colour with thin traces of yeast sediments; One and half finger head and beautiful crumpety light beige foam which lasted for 3 minutes; Excellent and beautiful sticky lacing with very small and bubbly carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant rich malt, with strong plum, bubblegum, raisins, apricots, peaches, nice sugar syrup, liquor, strong Bel yeast, light lemon and very light grass.
Taste: Strong and nice sweet rich malt, with strong plum, light raisins, light apricots, warm alcohol, strong thick molasses, strong Bel yeast, lime, light bitter hops and very light grass.
Body: Full body. Slick and quite creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Dominated by rich maltyness and dark fruits - plumy and light raisins - plus light dry apricots. Bel yeast is very notable but not as domineering as St. Bernardus Abt 12. Quite simple but very solid and pleasing.
Booze and Sweetness: Neat taste of liquor with hints of brandy. Sweetness is all molasses, no cloying syrups; The 10.5% abv is manifested in warming alcohol - quite potent but comes in small waves, very comfy if you sip carefully. The knock-on is certainly not as hard-hitting as Piraat 10.5%. Very nice!
Hoppiness: Very light grassy nose. Fitting lime and very light grassy taste; Bitterness is moderate to light for an abrupt, low-fi bitter-sweet finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry. Rich and nice sweet boozy to mouth.
Comments: As a strong Belgian Ale, this one is right up there, but as a Quadrupels? While each of the big three (Westy 12, St. Bernardus 12, and Rochefort 10) has something distinctive to offer, this one seems to play it safe - the neat fruity and light liquor aroma, just-right plum, booze and pleasing sweetness - to give you the impression that this is a ‘go to’ Quads - very nice no doubt - but not able to go beyond as one of the best. Hey, the dust has been settled, so this one is a couple par below the top dogs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I like this one as a go-to Quads!
superspak (2464) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 11/19/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, plum, golden raisin, apricot, white grape, light banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, golden raisin, plum, apricot, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/prickly moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome pale Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
suurjuust (976) - ESTONIA - JUL 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange, white head. Sweet, toasty and malty nose, caramel and alcohol are pretty pronounced too. Flavor is vague fruity-yeasty notes, sweetness, caramel, malts and grains. Warm boozy finish with slightly sticky caramel. Oily mouthfeel.
hawanna (2058) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
caramel, cereal, hay, herbs, alcohol, dark golden Color, clear, frothy, white foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
liquidbread86 (36) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden in color, sweet aroma. Smooth and sweet taste. Excellent quadruple. Highly recommended.
Piero1987 (650) - Iglesias, ITALY - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with beige head. Nuce caramel malt, nuts and rhubarb aroma. Sweet and smooth with medium body and some alchol.
Modularman (110) - - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is subtle sweetness, appearance is gold with white head, taste is sweet honey with low carbonation
kryon (1333) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear light brown with high white head. Not looking like a quad at all
Taste is sweet with honey, bread, sweet fruits, belgo yeast
Ktwse (1892) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy amber with low white head. Aroma of honey, wheat, citrus, hay, caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee and fruit. Body is medium and smooth with soft carbonation.
ansalon (1281) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy apricot with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of peach, apricot, caramel, stable, resin. Taste is caramel, apricot, honey, resin, peach. Mouthfeel is oily and smooth with medium carbonation.