csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown, light khaki head. Lacing. Sourish smell, honey notes. Sour cherry, lots and lots of malt, and brown sugar flavors. Long lasting sweet and sour finish. Great mouthfeel.
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Pours a hazy red color with thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is of yeast and fruit. Taste is dominated by alcohol. Begins somewhat sweet and fruity and finishes predominantly of alcohol and on the bland bitter side. Not a good bitter. Gets warming toward the end. Thought this would be much better since I love the Lindeman’s lambics.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a rather dramatic deep amber, with lots of sediment and carbonation. The head followed suit with tiny tan bubbles clinging together in a tight formation. Caramel is dominant, with cherry, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol present throughout. A bit tart. Very enjoyable, and an excellent value.
run20six2 (119) - USA - JAN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good tasting beer. A bit bitter, not a noticeable taste of alcohol. Overall very smooth finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy New year-My first beer of 2005: Dark brown with a ruby tint. Head is medium and cocoa froth color. Fruity aroma (apple and pear) with a hint of chocolate fudge pudding. Flavor is tangy black cherry, a little chocolate, some sour grape tartness and the hint of alcohol. Palate is champange like. Right up there with the ales from Belgium.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. dark brown with a little bit of a red tinge. fluffy white head. lots of carbonation. aroma of pears, apples, yeast, and sweet malt. flavour is complex, loads of malt flavour and a low hop profile. As it warms up there appears to be some notes of chocolate. A good Quad, at a relatively high price of $3.60 USD.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
it looks like im the second person to rate this in 2005.the quad poured a ruby red with a 1 inch thick frumpy head.it was hard to get a nice wiff due to the foam resting atop the body.although i did catch some cherries,and caramel.i took a sip off the side of the chimay glass and picked up a wonderful mix flavors.belgian yeast,candy,malts,and cherries all rushed to my lips.although the body and overall complexity were a little light for a quadrupel.the 3 philosophers did not disapoint.
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2004 and a fine way to say goodbye to ’04 and ring in ’05! Pours a fizzy mahagoney with a small but thick and frothy tan head. A brilliant copper shows up in good light. Some fair lacing that falls rather quickly. Complex aroma of caramel malt and hops with a nose of raisins and sweet alcohol. Smooth flavor of caramel malt with a mild hoppiness in the middle and finally finishing with alcohol and tart dark cherries. What an intriguing flavor! Palate is full-bodied and warm.
riordan93 (14) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small head. Aroma is appropriately yeasty with a slight cherry tartness.
The cherry is nice but not overpowering.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004. Very complex aroma of yeast, sugar cookies, malt, plum, multi vitamin, a bit of tart cherry, and a hint of cocoa. Gorgeous looking deep red with a pillowy, thick, sustained tan head. The vitamin flavors come out strong for me in the flavor and it is a little oxidized. Quite light bodied for such a large ale. Kind of a muddled flavor profile with some dusty chocolate, some sourness, earthiness and very little cherry. Somewhat bitter for the flavors also. Doesn’t come together great IMO. Maybe after some aging.