GT2 (9307) - 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.
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours deep brown with a small yellowish-beige head. The nose is earthy, fruity, jam, berry, dried fruits, toasted coconut and caramel. The taste is jammy fruits, berry, sherbet, blueberry, raspberry, candy, warming alcohol, toffee and nut. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Pretty juicy. Nice jammy character. Good depth and high drinkability for the style.
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
MartinT (8550) - 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!
JorisPPattyn (8430) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge yellow-beige head, big bubbled & irregular, fully resistant and leaving lace over virtually black beer. Nose bursting with exotic vegetables, herbs and fruit. Chocolate and chili peppers; promising fiery heat and complexity. Chocalte, burnt, CO³ acidity, dark fruit, coffee cream, Bitter-sweet-spicy and yet moderate heat in the mouth. Bit aldehyde-like - the cinnamon? Again dark fruit in the background, steeped in brandy. Very creamy head, spritzy liquid and velvety, full-bodied beer; warming. Simply excellent.
DSG (8423) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, caramel, a licorice note, mild spiciness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, a bit sourish, with malt, lots of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and a slightly alcoholic finish. Medium to full-bodied, kinda silky.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Brian! Pours a cloudy dark brown with a touch of amber and a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of spice, fennel and clove with dark grains and chocolate. Flavor has notes of fennel and chocolate with underlying clove and spice.
BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a brownish head. Dark fruit, chili peppers, and a little spice in the aroma. Smooth palate. Very tasty - really digging this!
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a nice pop, medium size and mostly retentive tan head over an extremely deep brown, near black hues body. Aromas are of dried peppers, chocolate, toffee, cinnamon and lots of dark fruit. Dry, nearly roasty with thr peppers. Rich, boozy as well. Complex. Flavors are of flan, toffee, creme brûlée, chocolate, vinous, leather, raisins, dark fruits. Malty with many dark fruit esters and light burn. Lively carbonation, low burn, dark chocolate, well hidden alcohol. Tasty.
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of Extreme Beerfest. Pours a hazed brown with a large yellowed beige head. Spicy, fuzzy musk, a touch of paper. Sweet, caramel, chocolate, prune and plum. Lots of roast, warm cocoa. Chocolate, roast, plum, more fuzzy muskiness. Lingering alcohol and wood on the finish.