AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque pour with a medium head. Nice aroma wafts through the air upon opening the bottle. Smooth drinking with a mix of flavors: caramel, yeast, and fruits mix into a sweet tasting beer.
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crushinat0r’s bottle from Julio’s. Hit the bullseye on the style. Black, lots of lace. A mouthfeel of yeast, a meal of it. A good amount of sourish brown flavour here. Noting a feast of yeast aroma, the drinkability is very good for my favourite style.
Fin (7411) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ordered amongst a mixed case from Cave Direct Beer Merchants, cheers Phil L, had this in Dorset 30-08-08 Pours dark, dark brown with an off-white creamy head. Big dark candy sugar in the first mouthfull, deceptively strong soft, super smooth everything is done in just the right measure, ice cream vanilla, some nice port touches, lovely, lovely beer.
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of Cartdan, 750ml Monk’s brew bottle.
Pours cloudy brown, white head.
Aroma of dark fruits, yeasty.
Taste dark fruits (fig, plum), some sweetness, lightly bitter, caramel, giving a sugary taste.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown color; light-tan head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Brown sugar, nougat, and basic wet malts in the aroma; slightly bland. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried dark fruits, basic chewy malts, and caramel upfront; basic, chewy caramel-driven quad; kind of straightforward and uninspired in the mouth. Lengthy finish: toasty malts, caramel, and dried dark fruits.
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (mold, basement), with notes of plum, grape, cheap chocolate. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very dull and clumsy.
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dense brown with some beige haze and wet lace. Nose is grapes, raisin, acetone and toffee. Body a bit thin and bubbly but it still works. Taste is apple, plum and woody yeast. Dry finish with hints of dark fruits. A different kind of Quad from Mikkeller.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff. Deep brown with chestnut overtones, dark enough to seem almost opaque at first, with a large light brown head that faded quickly. Nose of malts, sweet fruits, dried fruits, and spices, like a Belgian quad. Great complexity of flavor like a quad, less chocolate, perhaps, and almost no coffee, but malts and candi sugar and toffee, a hint of chocolate for sure, dried fruits, caramel, some sweet spices like clove or cinnamon, and something that I could not place with certainty — over-ripe plums? prunes? licorice? Some much going on. Alcohol well hidden ... too well, actually. This is not a bottle you want to drink by yourself!
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Dried fruit of all kinds thrive within the molasses-laced chocolate as warming alcohol and bready yeast sweep into a finishing wooden hop bitterness for a healthy and most generous Quadrupel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A generous layer of foam stays atop the heavily-sedimented dark brown.
-The dried fruitiness is redolent of black cherries and dates.
-Dextrins are levelled throughout, helped towards a valiant big-beer mouthfeel.
-I wish I had another bottle to age longer. A little maderization will surely be gorgeous for the aroma and the flavor profile could gain from being more cohesive. But this beer’s already very satisfying for the style as is.
Bottle; 19/03/11 was written on the plastic cork.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of raisins, dark ripe fruits, brown sugar, malts, toffee, caramel, and hops. Poured deep copper/brown in color with a large, foamy, khaki head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Full of small, medium, and large particles. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of nuts, wood, chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol, yeast, and toffee. Medium to full body. Dry, chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Nutty, slightly alcoholic, dry finish.