drjay44 (2828) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a thick, well retained light beige head, with some Belgian lacing, over a slightly hazy, brown (SRM 25) body....nose is light dried fruits, including, cherry, plum, raisin, treacle, light cinnamon.....taste is sweet fruits including plum, raisin, light cinnamon, very light chili, toffee/caramel, finishing with a light spice bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, minimally sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a different take on an Abt/Quadrupel. The spice additions were used quite judiciously, but are present and add their own qualities. The underlying malt, yeast contributions, are a little less complex than usual, leading to a lack of oomph from these usually reliable quarters. This all results in an interesting beer to deconstruct, but unfortunately, lacking in the best features within this wonderful style. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Argonaut Denver. Pours a clear reddish brown appearance with a big, creamy brown head. Plum, dark grape, somewhat spicy cinnamon, mild chocolate aroma. Dark fruity, chili pepper, cinnamon, caramel, plum, caramel flavor. Kind of interesting but not my favorite.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, raisin, light roastiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, spice, cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering tobacco finish.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark brown with a very small khaki head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.
smell is of some cocoa, chili, spice, and a touch of coffee.
taste is of chili, some cocoa, a little coffee, and some roasted malt.
JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, large tannish head. Sweet dark malts, chocolate, spice, cinnamon, raisin, boozy, and sharp carbonation. Unfortunately the sharpness is pretty strong. Nice flavor, but overall I didn’t enjoy it too much.
Brouwerij (955) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, opaque brown with two fingers of pillowy light brown head. Decent retention, especially for such a high ABV, with a little lacing. Aroma is alcohol, dark malt, slightly roasted, hint of soap. Flavor is caramel, toffee up front, fading into slightly cocoa and chile tones. Hints of alcohol and soy sauce in finish. Overall, pretty palatable despite all the alcohol, which is mostly detectable in sensation rather than flavor. Soft carbonation, medium body, and a significantly warm finish. An intense, strong beer. It was interesting, glad I got to try it.
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL from Bine&Vine. Murky, muddy, deep brune pour. Towering dark tan head. Big bubbles, okay retention. Nose is pretty nice milk chocolate, hot cocoa, muted nutmeg/allspice, sweet/spicy tamarind (this time tamarind is actually in the beer...a first?). Very nice. Taste is dense, yeasty, filling with spices, alcohol, more alcohol...almost flavored vodka like booziness...made me shake with near gag reflex after notes of vodka surfaced. I took way too big of a swig..this is a sipper. Ok, now it is tolerable with dark rum, semisweet chocolate, spiked egg nog. Palate is dense, powdery, some silkiness. Overall a bit yeasty/muddy with some spicy chocolate dessert flavors that work better than just the dark cherry character of normal Judgment Day. I enjoyed it. Let it warm and the Abbey Quadrupel notes come into play- chocolate, yeast, sweet alcohol warming. On style even with all the adjuncts.
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, bottle opened with a loud pop, lots of carbonation. Dark reddish black pour with nice fluffy and large tan head, aroma brought notes of vanilla, dark fruits, plums, chilis, hints of cinnamon, ginger, touch of raisin, slight earthy notes. Taste is a nice mix of sweet vanilla, caramel, bready, like bread pudding almost with a creamy note, nice cinnamon, slight chili, ginger, hints of earth, grain, finishing fairly sweet, but dries out, carbonated well, finishing with some more dark fruits and sweet raisin. This is well done and very well balanced.
mikedR (1451) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As someone who normally doesn't go for Belgian strongs, let me be the first (?) to say that this is an impressive one. All the strong Belgian notes are spot on: slightly malty backbone, well masked ABV, high carbonation, etc. The twist of the spices that the brewer added makes it interestingly impressive. While the spices are present throughout, I especially like how the spiciness lingers for a while afterwards.
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ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap it is extremely dark in the glass with a medium head. The aroma has raisins, chocolate and heavy roasted malts. Taste has roasted malts with some sweetness maybe some molasses. There is also a touch of cinnamon. There is an alcohol punch in the end like some rum. Great finish.