Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Mahogany colored with a big frothy head dissolving to a thick sheet of lace. Nose is malty, caramel, candied fruit, cherries, cask wood. Flavour is much the same with a bit of tartness in the cherry flavour and alcohol comming through in the finish as vapors and warmth. Possibly a bit high on the alcohol, next time I must try to drink it a bit colder (quelle horreur!). - colder trial: alcohol is better hidden but the aroma is (as expected) severely diminished. - solution start colder, drink slowly and leave a bit at the bottom of the glass to sniff later.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish color with medium large head. Aroma is sweet with a cherry malty smell.Cherries are tasted all the way with some roasty malt flavor mixed in.Finishes dry with a weird aftertaste.
kshan (1) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark ruby color with a nice thick rocky head. Tastes include roasted malt, fruit, yeast, caramel and surprisingly only a faint taste of cherry. I expected more of the later. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Maybe a little aging would help what I found to be an exceptionally complex and tasty beer. An excellent beer from Ommegang.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brownish red with a thick tan head. Aroma is of cherries but lightly so. Taste is of cherries and some oak flavors. Finishes a little harsh with an alcohol bite. Still very good and very tasty.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was sampled with beerguy101 and is the 2004 version. It pours a beautiful murky brown color with a MASSIVE tan and creamy pearlish head which took a minor eternity to dwindle away. The aroma had hints of yeast, peaches and orange peels. There were also subdued hints of oak and tree bark. The taste was very pleasant with a heavy roasted malt front followed up by oak and cocoa in mid taste. Fairly dry malty finish, mildly sweet. A slight bit of coriander perhaps in the finish...very nicely done, a great beer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 750ml corked bottle brewed 2003 This Quad poured a cloudy reddish brown with a head that settled down to a thin tan layer just like others in the style.Underneath the bready malt aroma lies subtle notes of cherries giving this a fantastic malty fruitiness that is a delight to the nose. One of the best aromas I can remember at the moment. The body is soft and full with a crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. The flavor has everything you’d expect in the style. Fruit, malt, yeast and an asortment of spices that all add up to a complex and completely satisfying ale. Overall I found this ale an exceptional example of fine craft brewing that I highly recommend giving a try.Re-rate 8/05... This beer is phenomenal! Has become my favotite quad of late. Subtle cherry notes really play well to the overall flavor. Unbelievable for an American brewery!
Lubiere (9299) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice vinous aroma, with spices (coriander), Hazy brown colour, sweet matl and spices wraps around your tongue, with faint hops in post taste. Rated in TO Dec. 2003.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 I’ll start by mentioning I’ve been wanting to try this beer for a long time. Medium to deep brown, very nice, long lasting tan head. Malt focused aroma with notes of caramel and dark fruits, almost like blackberry syrup. Thick malty flavors dominate in the mouth, with hints of molasses and a myriad of berry oriented flavors. I truly cannot pick out the cherry lambic flavors, which really surprised me as Lindeman’s Kriek is a beer I know fairly well. There is a bit of a bite at the finish that I think would probably fade with some aging (2003 bottling sampled). The alcohol is evident but integrated in the manner of a good port. Nice job. Superior to the New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek experiment. RERATE: 12/26/11 - No change to rating. I think I was a better rater description-wise back in 2004 than I am now. Still a great beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking rich brown w/minimal creamy head. Strong but integrated cherry aroma lead the way for this malty woody bready plummy caramely ale topped with cherries. Nice finish but not outstanding.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy brown/amber body. Ripe, alcoholic and intense. woody (oak) mellow and warm. Astringent and dry. Rummy notes, licorice and some phenolitic character. Soft front, aggressive finish. Complex and strong, this is pretty solid stuff.