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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A Quad for our Fifth Year in Business! Big and rich with lots of malt character and a nice balance of spiciness, sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAXSON (555) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
On tap at the brewpup. Clearly this is not a quad. It seems to be a belgian trippel if anything, much in the line of many De Dolle offerings but without the wonderful yeasty qualities. I got alot of candi sugar and some lighter fruits. A bit too sweet, and a bit too thin as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2007
brown/amber. little head. sweet aroma. Very rich, yet balanced flavor of caramel, yeast, sight spice. A great super full bodied belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2007
11/3/07 - Draft at brewpub. Orange ambe color. Nose is minimal, spice and malt. Touch of giniger and coriander, orange peel. Nice belgium. Again, ordinary for me, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Draft. Brownish pour with minimal head. Complex aroma of candi sugary malt, figgy fruits, hops, some floral spices, and spicy molasses. Tastes dark fruity, with citric hops, some funky notes, and some candi sugary molasses hints. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
(hand bottled sample)bronze body with no head.aroma is a mix of butterscotch,alcohol,and citrus.flavor is about the same with a slight tobacco finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Handbottle from mj! Thanks! Nose of molasses, spices, and caramel; Rusty red with not much head; flavor is sweet with toffee, caramel, alcohol, and some woodiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Handbottled from mj, Dark bronze, leaves a white ring of foam around the glass. Wood, pear, caramel and a slight whiff of alcohol. Very sweet and caramel-y. Light phenols, a tinge of alcohol, pear/apple and some bread. Full bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
(11/3/07, 12oz handbottle, thanks mj) Crystal clear amber body with virtually no head. Aroma is sweet, boozy, caramel/toffee, light anise. Taste is sweet, caramel, plum/raisin, wood, bread, some alcohol. Sticky full body, minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Otto’s. Sweet aroma. Tobacco and raisins, plum, vanilla, Twizzlers. Light oaky notes and a bit of hoppyness. Amber coppery clear, with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy oily body, with medium-light carbonation. Silky and smooth. Starts with huge sweet sugary malt. Brown sugar, candy sugar, oak, vanilla. Treacle, perhaps. Very little bitterness to counteract the sugar. Cloying. This should sit down for a year or two, and I’d love to try it then. After is sweet and thick, with alcohol warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours a very calm, very dark amber with oily chestnut hues. Only a notion of a light beige head is spurned by very low carbonation and a viscous body that seems to stifle what carbonation there is into stasis. The aroma is a dense conglomeration of caramel malt and treacle. Candi sugar is heavy, but there is also a raw component to it that signifies overattenuation. Alcohol is mild, but everpresent. Cereal grain grinds against Rhum orange traits, creating a syrupy attack on the senses. The flavor is much the same, syrupy and loaded with caramelized sugars and scorched caramel maltiness. Doughy malt is scattered about and occasionally roars to a head, suppressing some of the more delicate chocolate and spice that seems to lurk beneath. The finish is caramelly and semi-sweet, fading quickly but softly. Mouthfeel is a particular quandary: medium body, lightly sticky, some watery pockets, awkward textures. Decent. Even though this wasn’t exciting or particularly well-executed, I’m happy I got to try it.

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