adnielsen (9460) - 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.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown, almost balck color and a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate, roast, spices, some dark fruits, and some light pepper/chili in the background. Alcohol content well hidden.
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by kermis @ Jim is John tasting. Dark brown to black color, medium sized light brown head. Smells like a Belgian double. Taste is disappointing as well, malts, pepper, leaves, overripe fruits. Overcarbonated, medium body. Not a good quadrupel by any means.
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ageing did this one good. Dark, thick, some spice in nose. The taste featured a good balance of citrus, chocolate, cinnamon. Very good drinkability.
jtclockwork (8911) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Bottle. Pours dark muddy brown with tan brown head. Nose and taste of alcohol soaked dried fruit, dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, dried mild spiced chilies and other spices. Medium body. Alcohol in finish.
GT2 (8741) - 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.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the tasting room. The beer is an opaque dark brown color with a medium thick khaki head that recedes gradually. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark fruit, spices and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, mild peppers, cinnamon and ripe fruit. The finish is subtle peppers and chocolate. Above average overall.
Beerhunter111 (8273) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, sehr fruchtig, reife Früchte, alkoholisch. Geschmack stark fruchtig, dunkle überreife Früchte, leicht röstmalzig, alkoholisch.
Meilby (8180) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white/tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, vineous, alcohol and cinnamon. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a warm, fruity and chili spicy finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisiny sweetness, alcohol heat and delicate spiciness evolve within this creative take on the Quadrupel style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam laces around the cloudy brown.
-Spices and chili are well integrated and could be mistaken for yeast phenolics. This is not a spice bomb, thankfully.
-Effervescence is relatively soft on the palate, which in turn makes the residual sugars feel a tad too heavy.
-This one’s great with pecan nuts, for example.
Bottle. Thx Clark!