JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty amber clear body, thin lasting light tan head. Nice-looking.
Aroma has light cherry, brett, vanilla.
Odd bretty hints circling all around a mix of sweet bourbon vanilla syrup. Very slight astringent hops in the background. A little wheat. There’s a lot of flavor there that reminds me of something I can’t quite put my finger on… something with a family gathering or my dad.
Overall, thick and sweet. Almost cloying, but it has enough flavors going on to keep it real.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Drewbeerme for this most excellent extra. Bronze color. Fairly subtle nose. Collapsing mouthfeel with no creaminess, depth or weight. Nice flavor however, with hints of caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. A pretty good beer.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong nutmeg scent to this beer, some hints of cherry as well. Mouthfeel was thicker, felt kind of like a delicious fruity syrup in my mouth. More alcohol flavor as the brew warmed. I definitely tasted the woody flavor from the barrels as it warmed. NG’s Belgian Quad, like any other quad I’ve tried, is not meant to be chugged. If you savor it slowly, this one will treat you well.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent, magnifying and bright polished copper in color with an anthill of grey in the center and milky white lace at the sides. Aroma speaks of heaven. Pinot grapes with cranberry rye. Chardonnay, lime and buttered vanilla toffee further form the aromatic fury. Lavender and honeyed floral rose hips embellish a fascination that could be sniffed all night. Full flavored brethren sings with vanilla jojoba butter, caramel angel food cake and white lilacs laced with brett. Warming almonds get dipped in liquefied brown sugar, white chocolate and Disaronno liquor. Fuzzy carbonation is delightfully scratched with aged, earthy crisp bitterness while showing its youth. Pralines roll in rye with a tart, caramel, granny smith apple butter side. A hint of pear-like figs meet tart lemon short bread, covered in caramel, with a dry, sanded down tongue to follow. Truly a Dan Carey epic that will last through the ages.
rockwell (10) - USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love the mild sourness on the nose. Palate is a a mixture of vanilla, cherry & apple tartness. A little bit of alcohol heat, which at 11% is to be expected, I guess. I can’t wait to try this in 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.
JPDIPSO (5038) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber orange color with a tall canvas colored head when poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass. Decent lacing. Dusty dry malt aromas with hints of cherries, light oak and a crisp Brett component. The more I sniff the more I like. Not overly complex, but subtleties exist with some cortland apples and light cloves. Quite smooth and slightly oily on the palate. It is quite amazing how the temperature changes the character of this one. At a local beer tasting it was served ice cold and was light, nearly fluffy and thin. Now warmer it is full and warming. I have to give it a 5 just because of the transformations this one can go through. Pale malt goodness start. Hints of lavender, mace and strong vanilla. This is one to set by the fire with. Light oak in the linger with a touch of single malt scotch dancing about. The stomach is starting to warm, but the throat and mouth only have a mild tingle. Likely a touch to sweet and malty for some, but for me, a self confessed malthead (with hophead tendencies), this is another awesome brew New Glarus. I’ll be stocking up on this one.
twindadplus2 (627) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear cherry red with a fizzy head that faded fast. Aroma is mild with a sour, metallic tang. Tart and sweet with cherries and apples in the first sip and a yeasty tang. Oak and vanilla finish with the bourbon becoming more evident as it warms. Nice, light carbonation, on the verge of medium bodied but still feels a bit light. Still an excellent sipping beer that I’d love to try after it’s set for a year or two. The unplugged series has to be the best idea from New Glarus yet.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fine sherry or sourwood honey color with a dusty head. A bit fizzy. Sour odor, close to stale beer or cider vinegar. Vanilla bean and tart apples. Fine and ligth bodied. I don’t get that much fruit forward, but late in the back. Very delicate and subtle. Fine.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cherry wine with a lot of carbonation is my first impression from the aroma,not much of a head to speak of,the faomous New Glarus cherry tartness is immediately evident, with the oaky vanilla aftertaste,alcohol becomes more evident as it warms, a very tasty fruity sipper, just a little thin to be rated higher,may improve with age
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Interesting is the best way I would describe this one. Aroma of oak and fruit. Pours a peach mohogany with a fading head. Not what I was hoping for, but exceeded my expectation in another path. Its fizzy, sour, oaky (similar to the enigma) and finishes smooth.