schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown (actually a dark brown, not just a not-quite-black or dark red) with red edges when held to the sun. Average sized off-white creamy head which lasted about half way down the glass. In spite of the huge bulk of sediment, this beer was only slightly cloudy. Lots of suspended tiny particles. Aroma is moderately yeasty, predominantly sweet of candied pears, brown sugar, ripe brie (with some ammonia), earth, light alcohol, and a nice touch of aged scotch whiskey. Flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acetic, with notes of maple candy and caramel. Medium bodied, smooth, but somewhat watery, lively carbonation, vinegary finish. Undoubtedly a finely crafted beer, but not a 100 pointer in my most humble of opinions.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After much searching I finally found a bottle of this at some belgian beer bar in an alley in Stockholm, Sweden. Poured into the matching Rochefort glass a deep dark brown color with the perfect amount of froathy beige head that lasted the entire beer. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar, plum, raisin and alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma: plums, brown sugar/caramel, raisins and a deep alcohol undertone. All members of my family tried this beer and all enjoyed it. A classic!
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Wow what an improvement over the #8. The commercial description is right on. Aromas of vineous grapes, plums, light chocolate. Flavor is plums, grapes, chocolate tones. Full mouthfeel, and very soft, and light in weight. Those damn belgians are awesome arent they!
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown colour with red. Nice thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruit and alcohol. Lovely thick mouthfeel, kick of alcohol, complex fruity caramel tones. I approve.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown with a purple hue. The caramel head is frothy and stays awhile. The aroma is strongly of alcohol and raisins. Strong flavor of alcohol and fruit, raisins, winelike and warming. Pleasant palate, alcohol is not overwelming, but definitely a sipper to enjoy slowly.
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Fruity aroma, raisins the most. Big warm sweet alcohol taste with currants and raisins. Has a very smooth aftertaste
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2006 [bottle, slightly above fridge temperature]
Strong musty grape/winey aroma, with some sweet, dark malts. Flavors are pretty huge- moderate carbonation, plenty of dark fruits like cherries, plums, raisins initially; then a nice woodiness comes through. Alcohol finishes things off, leaving plenty of warmth. Subtle nutmeg/brown sugar spices. Strong, almost glaring alcohol presence. Still, an impressive beer.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge bubbly and frothy head--nice dark brown caramel color. Strong sweet aromas of dried fruit: raisins, plums, dates, as well as molasses, caramel, dark roasted grains and malt. The alcohol was present in the aroma, in the form of a red-wine-like sweetness. The flavors were completely overwhelming: sweet malt, dark roasted grains, dried fruits (cherries, plums, raisins, blueberries) as well as fresh apple and pear notes. The alcohol is definitely present in the flavors, especially in the finish, but the beer as a whole is so sweet and complex that this doesnít take away from the experience. A perfect amount of carbonation as well as a nice smooth and sweet mouthfeel that isnít too syrupy. Overall an amazing experience, definitely the greatest (accessible) beer of its kind.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Blind Quad 07 tasting. 330 ml. bottle. This was near the end of our tasting and I was feeling a bit disapointed, but one whiff of this and I was like a kid bouncing up and down on my stool. Just a perfect aroma so big and so many complexities. Just pouring off the top: toasted, toffee, brown sugar, oak cherry, port, grape, rasins, nutty, bready dough, the others didnít compare. Rasin colored, nice sized beige head and good lacing. Many of the same complexities come out in the flavor, lightly sweet lots of rasins, plums, brown sugar, dried fruit, currants .... syruppy texture and a little fizzy. A delicioius long finish with a little alcohol. Wow. We all agreed, definitely the best abt/quad in the line up, better than St. B and Westy 12. damn fine beer. 10/5/9/4/19 = 4.7
rated on 1/22/07-------
330 ml. pours dark reddish brown color. A large array of aromas come out, raisins, plums, berries, carmel, sugars, and spice. It hits your tounge and covers your whole palate with a medium body and nice carbonation then the flavors of raisins, plums, currants, carmel, brown sugar, burnt sugar, molasses, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. This is a very complex brew that the longer you think about it, the more you realize the delicate and balanced flavors of it. 4.8 rated on 8/2/06
Iíve had this one many times over the years. It doesnít hold the sway it once did with me. That aroma s still amazing, but it can be a little boozy at times. The booze can make the flavors/malts fall apart some. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer. Still one of my tops. 9/5/8/4/17
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 Consumed at about 65F. Dark brown murky color with sediment floating around. Bubbly light tan head that lasted to the end. Aroma is complex and on the light side. I think I smell sweet malts, cherries, grapes, cinnamon, other spices and alcohol. The flavor is really silky smooth with melded flavors making it difficult to distinguish. There are spice flavors, beat sugar, sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.