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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
A dark Belgian-style ale you can’t quite put your finger on. Neither wholly traditional nor modern. Familiar, but unidentifiebly unique. An ale to slowly ponder, seldom decipher, yet always enjoy.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a thin fizzy off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some dark fruits, cardboardy grains, and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruits and medium bitterness and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, a rather bland and thin quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcon25 (260) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle pour at Bottle share, golden pour, fruit biter aroma, bite in the taste. Not the best but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pour is copper brown with red hues and a tight small bubbles light brown head. Nose is fairly well balanced, candied sugars, sweet cherries, moderate yeast and light spice. Taste has a touch of twang in the finish detracting from the flavors a bit. More on the sweet side like the nose, candied sugar with strong cherry. The yeast note is pronounced in the back with a light spice. Good medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Glowing, clear, deep amber to mahogany body supports a tight, 1.5", frothy crowned, bone white head falling to a thin, whispy sheet and thick frothy ring with leopard lace all around

Controlled richness with flowing complexities of gooey sweet roll, dates, fruit cocktaill, subtle woody earhty bitterness, red and white vinous qualities with integrated, brightening Belgian yeast esters, all on a silky, juicy medium body transitioning flawlessly to residuals of the previously mentioned components with a touch of glowing warmth building throughout the drink

I really enjoy the restraint and balance while maintaining high fidelity aromas and flavors

22oz bottle 2014 with a few weeks of cellar storage into 13.25 oz Luigi Bormioli brandy snifter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle. Mostly clear chestnut brown body with a fine off-white head. Quiet nose shows a strong raisin core with nutty brown sugar and cinnamon spice malt and phenols. Trace alcohol and the cinnamon twizzler and cherry syrup gives it a slight cough syrup resemblance, but the alcohol isn’t sharp and it holds itself together well. Medium-full bodied, rich, off-dry up front with a lengthy sweet finish. It’s cleanly fermented and balanced well in the mouth, bitterness and acid standing up well against sugar while maintaining richness of body from front to back. All around solid beer, no noticeable flaws and every facet aligned well. The malt and yeast character similar to what you find called Abbey Dubbel, but of course the body and alcohol are more in line with Quad / Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft sample. Cloudy copper pour. Aroma of dark fruits, honey, sweet roasted malt. Taste is caramel, sweet fruit, honey, booze. Stale malt/cereal finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerenberger (1567) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Aroma of raisins, dark fruit, yeast, and maybe hints of metal. Pours a cherry amber with a strong tan head and minimal lacing. The taste is an astringent sweet. Malts, nuts, dark fruit with some gain on the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall, ok, but not favorite quad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2933) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, copper color, a modest head of off white/light tan foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was yeast, light grain, maltiness, with a touch of caramel, light pit fruit, and ready alcohol presence. The taste was similar, with a touch of sweetness, and alcohol warmth, carried by soft carbonation, in a medium body. Decent, average Quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1476) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Caramel brown color. Nose of caramel, light clove. Flavors of caramel and dates, some banana and clove but light. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
(750ml, #185/300) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and caramel. Flavor of brown sugar, raisins, anise, chocolate, yeast, and dates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a dark amber brownish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

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