axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a huge mug of this stuff in Newark last night. Pour was dark red/brown with a small tan head. Very complex aroma. Lots of dark cherries, carmel, chocolate, sweet smoke, and mild alcohol. The flavor is extremely well balanced with a lot of nice flavors and a well hidden alcohol hint. I believe this is, by far, my favorite I.H. Belgian style beer.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to egajdzis for splitting this growler with me...
Appears a hazy dark mahogany with a small light tan head. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of candi sugar, toffee, grapes, brandy, light rauch, cocoa, caramel...very complex with a touch of smoked meat.
Taste is of the same aromas with a raisiny, rum cake, cocoa, liquid smoked flavor swirling about.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly boozy, sweet, again with a meaty, sugary complexity that keeps you thinking about the hidden enigmas buried in this brew.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with a yellowed tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar and yeast. Flavors of caramel, yeast, spices and some dark fruits. Medium body, malty/spicy.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow, this didn’t seem anything like a quad to me. There are some notes of fruit in the aroma, some in the flavor but a bit more sugary sweet malts come through. Strange and strong.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Tried several times, but I drank last night at a Iron Hill Chocolate and beer tasting. Poured murky brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, dark roast malts and toffee. Tastes is very complex with toffee, roasted chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, figs and so much more. Light alcohol warming in the finish, but overall really quite nice.
KornDogg (517) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap, Lancaster IH. Subtle malt aroma, Dark amber body with thin head, nice lacing. Flavor is predominately candied malts, with hints of fruit and spice. Alcohol is hidden well, nice warming finish.
JAXSON (513) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 750ml bottle, brewed at Iron Hill North Wales. This is probably the most under-rated beer on this site from my experience. Pours a deep brown with some reddish edges, and a creamy beige head. Very rich, pleasant aroma of rum-soaked cake, dates, toffee, overripe bananas, and other very nice things. Hugely expressive flavor, just amazingly good. Rum sugars, figs, dates, vanilla, overripe bananas, wisps of dark berries, orange tea cake. This blows away so many of the best Belgian strong dark or quadruples. The only beer of this style which is really comparable to this is Westy 12, in its amazing craftsmanship and elegance. It’s thick an rich on the palate, not too boozy, just an incredible effort from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. ***************EDIT Recent bottles of this have been a bit flat and have lost their majestic glow. I’m lowering the score slightly, but this still deserves a place among the best due to the number of wonderful bottles I’ve had.
oOJUXEOo (196) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with lacy head. Smell was strong of vanilla and alcohol. Found the alcohol taste to be a bit overwhelming but calmed down after first taste, that is probably the dangerous part sine this beer is 10%abv.
brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown ... very sweet aromas with a minimal head (probably due to the 5 oz sample size I was drinking). Flavors were very complex - some vanilla ... but definitely the candied sugars. Alcohol flavor was definitely present but not overpowering - especially as it warmed up to room temperature. Glad I got to taste this puppy at the Iron Hill in North Wales.
YodaB (10) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap in Iron Hill Newark Location: Very dark appearance. Excellent balance between the roasted maltiness and the fruity sweetness characteristic of Belgian ales. At 10% alcohol, this beer packs a punch, but it is smooth enough that the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Very drinkable, but be careful