Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4   Light Brown(1)->Dark(5) : 4   Ruby : XX   Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 4
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2
Intensity : 4
Yeast : 4   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Esters : 3   Banana : 2   Phenols : 3   Leather : XX   Perfume : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX
Malt : 5   Biscuity : 4   Toast : 4   Caramel : 4   Toffee : 3   Maple : XX   Molasses : XX   Nuts : 3   Candy : 2   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : XX   Fruits : XX   Chocolate : 3   Coffee : XX   Vanilla : 2   Grapes : 4   Blackberries : 3   Dates : 2   Cherries : 4   Plums : 3   Figs : XX
Hops : 4   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : 2   Floral : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : 4   Spicy : 3   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : XX   Wood : XX   Cloves : XX   Smoke : XX   Pepper : 2   Ginger : XX   Peach/Pear/Apricot : XX   Candi Sugar : 2   Anise : XX   Vinous : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 3   Complex : 4   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 3   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX
Comments: Perhaps a bit young? This was a really different approach, quite hoppy (saaz?), bitter in the finish despite its initial grapey and juicy goodness. Despite its originalities, this remains delicious and richly malty.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Richmond "industry" gathering. Dark brown appearance. Huge caramel malt and cherry aroma. Flavor is thickly malty in the vein of a Thomas Hardy brew. Great depth of flavor. Hint of earthiness in the finish. Awesome brew. Another favorite from the tasting.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head of fine bubbles that recedes quickly. Strong aroma loaded with raisins, molasses, sweet malts and some roastyness. Color is a dark brown. Rich roasted flavor with lots of raisins and dates again. Roasted grains, sweet malts and molasses. Noticable alcohol kick. Little bit syrupy. Finishes warm and sweet with a thick lingering malty sweetness. A very good quad.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with very little carbonation. Robust body with lots of dark berrys, cocoa, wood and a bit of caramel and hops too. Very inviting. Not a bad beer - full-flavored and well-rounded.The high alcohol is warming and pleasant - not astringent at all.
MPA (958) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (cell phone rating). Dark. Aroma of raisins, caramel and pine. Sweet flavour of caramel, a little yeast and malt.
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Many thanks to Markus (bu11zeye) for this one. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a small off-white head. Spicy malty dark fruit aroma wit hints of raisins. Spicy malty dark fruit and raisin flavor. Long dry spicy warming finish.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 bottle....appearance:dark raisin brown with very little head....aroma: caramel malt, raisins along with other dark fruits, and i also get a decent trace of booze to go along with it......taste: toffee and caramel malt along with dark fruits and spice. some bitterness in the finish. alcohol presence in the taste as well.....all in all, not a bad quad.
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Thin, tan head that dissipates quickly to a rim around the glass. Nearly black body with tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. Dark and almost intimidating. Looking up through the beer, you can tell it is clear, despite the darkness, and this perspective shows a dark chestnut color. Warm fruity aroma with notes of prune, brown sugar, spice, and alcohol. Nice roasted malt with a hint of milk chocolate initial flavor with light bitter aftertaste that is relatively long lived with an alcohol finish. This brew comes across almost as a strong stout/barley wine cross. It is full bodied with slightly syruppy feel that coats the side of your tongue and the back of your throat. The lively, almost fizzy carbonation keeps it ffrom feeling too heavy. Overall, this beer has a nice subtle aroma that is reliatively complex and pleasant. THe taste is excellent and the mouthfeel is nicely balanced with a full body that is lightened a little by the carbonation.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with not much retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry figs and plums with some subtle notes of alcohol. Taste of dry figs and plums is dominating with some rich and sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. A bit too sweet overall for my liking and it is missing something complexity-wise. Not bad but definitely not what I was expecting from this well renowned brewer.
NachlamSie (3275) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle brought to you by Tronraner. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. I was expecting a blast of raisins on this one, but it’s not that intense. The aroma is a tasteful rendition of the Quad style with an assertive level of vinous sweetness. Light hints of cloves are present with the ubiquitous raisins, bread, and dark spices. The palate is medium heavy hinting at the presence of 10.5% abv, but never really proclaiming it. This is a sweeter quad, but not overly so. Just appropriate suggestions of raisins and brown sugar are highlighted. Earth and semi-drying spiced tones leave a satisfying finish. Carbonation is quite low which allows the maltier, breadier aspects to shine nicely. All in all, this is a very well done Belgian styled ale, but it lacks those intricacies that the dedicated masters of the craft painstakingly evoke. I’d drink this again with a grin on my face.