awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy brown color with a thin layer of fizzy, off-white foam. Big raisin aroma with suggestions of leather and chocolate ice cream. Soft, but noticeable alcohol with a mild perfume-like quality. Hints of toast and some melanoidin malt richness. Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation, but the attenuation is such to provide a good balance for this beer. Not as dry or carbonated as the Belgian quads, but still maintains a satisfying level of drinkability and richness of flavor. Initial malt flavors of toast, fig and raisin, accompanied by light chocolate and a moderate alcohol presence that helps balance the sweetness. Hints of rum and the distinctive dark Belgian candi sugar sweetness, but the sweetness perception is mainly up front as it finishes relatively dry and clean. Toasted malt lingers in the finish, along with some mild pepper and floral alcohol perfumes. Big on flavor and devoid of the lingering sugar sweetness that plagues so many examples of this style. The "full bodied" commercial description had me a bit worried at first, but this beer ended up exceeding my expectations.
Homer321 (2437) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is dried fruit, stone fruit, munich malt, dustiness. Slight bit of alcohol noted as well. Pour is murky brown with a small off white head. Taste is pruney and fruit roll up, with an alcohol warming in the chest. Slight oxidation in a mix of paper and sherry, but doesn’t affect the mouthfeel that greatly. Pretty solid, but probably would have been more enjoyed fresher.
BiiruBierBeer (388) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is old cardboard and caramel malt. Taste is pretty much the same with some malty doppelbock notes in there. Low to medium sharp carbonation.
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Deep reddish brown color with little head. Nose is spicy and yeasty. Dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar and clove all make an appearance. Toffee, darker fruits, rum, clove, sweet breads and hints of alcohol in the state. Decent palate. Taste is a little muddled at times, but it’s still a good beer. Tasting notes from 2012.
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in color... Aroma of rich malts, plums, sweet dark fruits... Flavor is caramel malts, brown Belgian candi sugar, sweet malts... Light yeasty finish... Nice
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Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mörkbrun och klar. Inget skum. Doft av godis, kola. ganska komplex doftbild som för tillfället känns ogreppbar. Mer åt barleywine-typ. Ganska hög kolsyra. Åldrats med värdighet. Kola dominerar smakbilden.
valpoaj (659) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, translucent garnet with a film of a tan head. Aroma is surprisingly faint - candied sugar, caramel, vanilla, but this didn’t open up much, even upon warming. Flavor is pretty good, sugary malts, raisin, plum, caramel, hint of booze. Palate is smooth and easy drinking. Given my high standards for NG, this one fell a bit short, though it was still a good drink that I look forward to having again.
Lukaduke (2486) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to adnielsen ! Pours a deep mahogany color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is filled with belgian candi sugar, flat cola and a trace of herbal earthiness. The palate follows with lots of dark earthy character that balances nicely of the background gingerbread, burnt sugar and cola. Traces of anise, wet wood, vanilla and charcoal linger. Complex and tasty !
drsordr (1345) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Few year old bottle, pours very dark brown with ruby hue. Nose candy sugar, molasses, raisin, slight booze. Taste sweet up front, Belgian candy sugar, some raisin and faint spice. Decent mouthfeel for old bottle.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled August 2010
A: pours a really neat cola ale with a single finger of light tan head which falls quickly to a centrally capped sheet of the same. Little/no lacing. Gotsta give some recognition here, man it’s brilliant, never seen a quad with this much clarity.
S: Malts are typical of a quad, sweet, nougat, some dark stone fruits, maybe a specific hint of prune. Yeast is there, subdued for the style, which is nice IMO.
T: Sweet and sweet. I really have a hard time here. Just seems like sweet, malty, belgian candy sugar. Some hints of earthy yeast.
M: Thin with moderate carb. Semi-dry finish. Expect a little more body here.
O: This beer looks great, unfortunately, it doesn’t stand out in the nose. The flavors are one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is unimpressive.
Serving type: bottle
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Trade by StFun ]. Clear medium to dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, oxidide malt, date, light to moderate yeasty. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, dark malt, light yeasty, dark berry - fruit notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.