langeveld12 (186) - - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Pours an average frothy light brown head that fully diminishes. Body is clear and sparkling, with amber color. Aroma contains straw, caramel, lemon, dough, grape, raisin, plum, pineapple, cherry, red wine, tawny port, cask wood, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. Flavor starts off light acidic, to quickly go to sweet and vineous. Finish is sweet, very light bitter and warming alcohol. Body is medium, with creamy texture and soft carbonation. It’s got all the flavors of the regular Quadrupel, but with fruits and wine added. I can imagine the vineous and fruity taste and sweetness are too much, but I just love it. One of the best I have ever had.
Had another one after a year. No dramatic changes, but the vineous taste seems more present and more tawny port like. Still great!
Another one two years after. Almost no carbonation left. Taste is even more like port and wine. Original quadrupel taste is still there as well. Sweetness is the main flavor, a little bit bitterness is left. Less complex in its aromas, but still very good.
phaleslu (5721) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks, Chris! I haven’t made any effort to seek these out, so it’s nice when they show up. Pours a hazy plum-amber-brown color with no head. Maybe a little flattened from age. Notes of caramel and sweet bready malts, dates, brown sugar, raisins, and oak. Very straightforward. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Not bad, but not a standout for the style.
Tmoney99 (9965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured a hazy brown color with a minimal frothy tan head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate dark fruit and dark sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
DrSilverworm (4732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7oz bottle, on close out at Party Source. Mostly hazy brown / red color. Virtually no head or lace. The last two of these I tried (batch 8 and 11) were lightly carbonated, but this looks and tastes much flatter. Not completely flat though, just the lightest bit of carbonation. Bigger body, smooth texture, lightly sticky. Good dark fruit, nutty malt aroma, very light spice, hint of light chocolate. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. 10% alcohol is well hidden. Some nice big tannic notes. Good, potent, flavorful quad, although this one is a bit too flat compared to the others... Kind of brings the sweetness out more than necessary.
alexsdad06 (4349) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a hazy deep copper color with a medium sized creamy off white head. The nose has big ripe fruits, raisins, fig, caramel, brown sugar oak and a touch of the alcohol. The flavor is more fruits, raisins, fig, caramel, oak and alcohol. There is some burn to the mouth feel that grabs my attention, but it seems a little thinner than some of the other batches I’ve tried.
b3shine (4194) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cl bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a murky brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells of dark fruit and oak. Tastes like it smells, only more robust. Nice and smooth on the palate. Pretty good.
mathieuc (924) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is composed of grapes, brown sugar and a little oxidation. Taste is sweet but also a little acidic, oxidated (cardboard). Tannic and vinous. Alcohol really well hidden. Flavors of brown sugar and fruits (raisins). Body is medium, mouthfeel slightly sticky. Carbonation is low. Good beer!
fkoolen (121) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown-red colour, slightly hazy with a quickly disappearing beige head. Immediately after opening the cork of this 37,5cl bottle, the aroma of wooden casks, Malbec wine, port and even whiskey fills the nose. Taste has these woody flavours, caramel, vanilla, spices like and a big wine/port-like punch with red and dried fruits like cherries, raisins and plums; all very smooth, subtle and balanced. As it warms, the taste is becoming more sweet and alcoholic with coffee, whiskey and more wine notes are coming through.The wood is adding to a dry but oily mouthfeel (coming from the tannines), with low carbonation and medium body. So much better than the regular quadrupel, amazing drink.
Nordcore (932) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 37,5. Dark brown, hazy with a min. head. Woody malty, caramel, dato fruity aroma. Light bittersweet taste with a wooden, soft alc. end.
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark burnt orange colour, no head whatsoever, looks flat; vinous, oaky aroma, like a tannic red wine, also stewed prunes, leather - smells great; mellower than mellow, carbonation practically absent, the very softest of beers; gentle sweet stewed fruit flavour, dried cherries, with a slow steady build up of warming alcohol; long finish; good and very interesting for sure, but I won’t be forking out £10+ for the other batches!
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
Doughy yeast, date-like malts and wine lengths are licked by alcohol warmth and caramel in this rich Barrel-Aged Quadrupel.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam stays atop the misty reddish brown.
-The mouthfeel is healthy, not too heavy. However, carbonation is much softer than expected. Makes the beer feel heavier than the average Quad.
-The flavor profile is more talkative than the aroma.
-Touches of blueberries appear in the nose, and spicy phenols in the flavor profile.
-The finish is fruity, warm and sugary.