daknole (8850) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange pour. Very lightly carbonated. Caramel, light apple, yeast, light fruit. Sweet flavor, Apples, yeasty, caramel. Ok.
BeerandBlues2 (9351) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by RSRIZZO. Pours hazy tawny with a small, bubbly off-white head, medium retention with spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, and bread malt with alcohol, dark fruit (dates), and hot, boozy alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt (caramel, toast, bread), moderately hot alcohol, dates, brown sugar, and a dry finish. Full body, moderate warmth, and medium-low carbonation. I was fairly disappointed with this beer. It was way too boozy and there is hardly any residual sweetness; over attenuated, particularly for a Quadrupel.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady, fairly aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces only a one finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, amber-red-gold hue when held up to the light. The aromas smells toasted and nutty up front, this is backed by dark fruit notes of raisin, prune and perhaps some dried fig. after my third go at the nose, the oak becomes apparent (though I am sure it influenced the toasted / nutty notes up front too) with a spicy-woodiness as well as a soft, just plain, fresh cut wood like character. At times a hint of vanilla is noticeable and this boosts the dark fruit character here; there is also a rich, brown sugar like note in the aroma. The mix of notes in the nose really plays well together here; the nut and toasted malt notes meld into the dark fruit aromatics which are balanced by the soft woodiness. I especially like that the oak character is not so overwhelming here; the oak is much more subdued than most Oak-aged beers & this beer is much better off for it (at least in the nose). At times the fruit and oak can combine to contribute a sort of tart, sort of rotting, sort of fermenting fruit like character, though this is only noticeable briefly from time to time, so it doesn’t really detract.
Softly carbonated as expected, but this is enough to provide the needed texture to this otherwise thick, rich, chewy beer. This has a rich, caramelized sweetness to it that keeps from being cloying, towards the finish though there is a spicy woody character as well as some spicy higher alcohols and fermentation derived notes that help to dry things out. The spicy oak is what really lingers on in the palate after each sip though, with a peppery, somewhat hot character. Brown sugar flavors (without really being sweet), compliment a brown bread like malt / grain character that gets a bit toasted at times. The oak also contributes a toasted quality to the flavor too, and there is also an underlying, general nuttiness to the flavor that contributes to the overall toothsome character that this beer achieves; the nuttiness sort of reminds me of hazelnuts or perhaps a touch of pecans (the oak provides some buttery notes that also suggest the pecan comparison).
The carbonation is slight enough here that I think it dulls both the aroma and the flavor; this would likely be better if the carbonation were a little more lively. Still, this is a pretty darn tasty beer; I really like that the rich, malt and fruit character in this beer is not overly sweet; at times it is almost more savory than sweet.
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour again thanks to Aaron for the awesome series, 2-5. Pours dark reddish with off white head, aroma has notes of oak, raisins, molasses, vanilla, some slight anise, earth, touch of spice notes. Taste is full of raisins and oak, slight earth, anise, spice, finishes slightly dry and a bit woody. Not bad overall.
notalush (4747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by adneilsen - lightly hazy orange/red - thin film of lace - surprisingly subtle nose that allows the oak to take over - flavors of vanilla, coconut, light tropical fruit and spice - moderate caramelized sugar - raisin and plum - fusel alcohol flavor and a light vegetal character is hidden a bit by the alcohol and oak, but still present enough to be a distraction - okay, but a bit disappointing.
TwoSipDip (8877) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Slightly hazy, dark red orange appearance with a small tan head. Somewhat roasty, dark candy sugar, toasty belgian caramel sugar nose. Somewhat woody, caramel, toffee, candy sugar, quite sweet while restraining some bitterness, light vanilla, mild belgian flavor. Roasty, caramel, candy sugar, mildly bitter aftertaste.
Nikiel (873) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at N00bru2. Pours reddish brown with tan foam. Smells of oak and orange. Tastes orangy with hints of vanilla, oak orange and raison.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark like coffee with a shallow spattered soapy head that disappears rapidly. Smells of aged fruit cocktail, mocha, coffee bean, brown sugar. Full nectar with mild carbonation. Good aroma to palate follow through. This brew has exceptional hop prominence. The wild fruit expression is debilitated by this flavor bending bitterness that makes it easily accessible. It’s a beautiful science. I’m gonna TRUMP! this one. Original score 97 but it’s so freakin delicious I’m goin’ 100. By the way, this brew exhibits all the qualities and complexities of a classic Belgian Quad style brew. Good job guy’s!
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark raisin-colored pour with a creamy eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Aroma of oak, vanilla, plum, cherry skin, and smoke. Flavor shows tons of brown sugar, molasses, fig, grape, toffee, caramel, Bing, and prunes. Medium to heavy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Tasty.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle straight from the brewery. Pours a dark hazy amber with a thin beige head. Nose of vanilla, mild oak, complex candied sugars and golden raisins. Belgian yeast. Fine sherry. Taste adds a nice slightly sour finish. I’m surprised the ratings on this beer are lowish so far. Yum.