JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark-ruby chestnut color with thin soapy head at the edges, looks nice. Aroma is an interesting mix of grape skins, banana phenols, and some vinous qualities. The phenols are quite apparent, but donít really ruin the aroma or taste. Thinnish palate for style. Caramel sweetness and mild rich spice in the taste, with a slight dryness and heat in the finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy jayg. Pours a dark mahogany, ruby color with a light brown head. Kind of glows. Smells of big banana, dark fruits, and some sweet caramel and dark malts. Taste is a little of the same, big maltiness and banana flavors. Sweet fruits and caramel make up the background and enhance its overall tastinesss. A little funk to it too. I wouldnt call it acidity, but there was definitely some sour characters to it. Pretty damn good.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick, deep caramel brown with subtle violet hues and foreboding cloudy tints of rich mahogany that will hopefully entice Christina Applegate into my apartment. Thin off-white head forms and rapidly submerges back into the body. Adequate and randomly thick lacing. Aroma is quite plummy and moderately pruny. Candy sugar plays a powerful and captivating role here, perhaps coming on a little too strong initially. Marshmallow encrusted graham cracker scents are noted. The banana notes that are present, and so intensely prominent, remind of banana chips and are too tropically fruity to command an excited rating of the aroma. Otherwise itís nice, this would probably fare incredibly well at the one year mark. Flavor is very nice, on e hell of a hearty and fruity taste. The dark fruits mixed with the yeastiness that is so exaggerated in the flavor begins to taste like banana-raisin pudding. Alcohol, as it was in the aroma, is quite noticeable. Breadiness is fiery with spice, somewhat quenching, extremely full. Palate is extra full bodied, lightly bitter and sticky. Finishes with excessive sweetness and cooperative and pleasing alcohol dryness. One note: it is my thirtieth birthday today, celebration ensues with good friends and many an amazing beer, so I hope this review isnít nonsensical.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This was a nice brew, but I hold PP/Lost Abbey to a higher standard. Raisin extract addition adds an undersirable characteristic to this brew, but itís good nonetheless.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with slight tan head. Starts with malt, molasses and carmel. Nice 10.5% Quadrupel.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Raisins, plums and dates carry chocolate and roastiness, as roaming alcohol heat converses with earthy hoppiness in this seductive Quadrupel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles a purplish brown gown.
-The nose offers some sweet fruitiness alongside bubblegummy candy notes.
-Carbonation is prickly and effervescent.
-Light fruity tartness and leafy hoppiness succeed in balancing the flavor profile.
-This improved greatly with a year or so on it.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via the generous Bartzilla. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of figs, malt, yeast, fruit, and hops. The aroma was full and balanced yet light in the air. The flavor was terrific. Figs, plums, and malt dominate but these flavors and sweetnesses were balanced by some tartness and perfectly implemented carbonation. The flavors rolled through the mouth. Alcohol was apparent but not intrusive. This is one of my favorite Quads, ranking up there with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Bottle. Poured a deep, dark brown brown body with a nnice thin head leaving way towards a nice ring around the glass it was poured into. Aroma is of sweet dried fruit, figs, malt and a small amount of bubblegum. Flavor at first, served too cold, is of bubblegum with a sweet dried fruit taste. As it warmed this became vry enjoyable. The dried fruit stay without a dry mouthfeel as many of itís predessors. Big tart taste, but very enjoyable. Very subtle too with a low amount of carbonation but it seems to work here pretty well. Alcohol is detected slightly but itís pretty mellow. A damn good American Quad and probably our countryís best versions of the style.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours deep brownish ruby with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of figgy fruit, funky caramel malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, pears, slight berries. Tastes of caramel malt, figs, some yeasty funkiness, port wine, brown sugar, berries. Very complex palate, and this one stays on the tart side throughout.
IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by Odeed; Nose of yeast, raisins, caramel, and cloves; clear cherry brown with a small ring of beige bubbles around the sides of the glass (not much carbonation) Flavor of spices caramel, and alcohol, with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Body seemed medium thick and seemed to coat my tongue. It needs some RR Temptation added to turn it into RR Despiration!