Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish brown with a thin head that dissolves to a paper thin but gorgeously persistent head. The nose is malty with strong alcohol, quite like a glass of brandy. The taste is smooth - coffee, yeast, roasted malt, with some prunes. The finish is bittersweet and the alcohol really comes through when swallowed. A fine beer that for the most part masks it's ABV well, but for me, not the beer to end all beers that some feel it is.
dobb1392 (36) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wonderful brew. alcohol semi-hidden with its warm spicy fruit palate. commercial description says it all. more please
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazingly complex and warming aroma of malt, alcohol, prunes and a little spice. The liquor is very dark with ruby red, plum undertones. Intense body, very complex, with notes of stone fruit and malt. Syrupy, sweet and alcoholic with a long, lightly astringent finish.
WitchKing (7) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Extremely complex and yet strangely enjoyable. The first sip will make you understand this. You'll taste a unique flavor that has many different wereabouts, among them fruits, spices and a tip of acid. Yet, it is immediatly identifiable and even if it is a strong beer, it is not ruined by the taste of alcohol. The color is also wonderful, a rich dark brown that won't leave you careless. Very well balanced beer, a real must-drink!
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(almost) perfect frothy/fizzy head. nice roasted, malty, coffee a bit resin, raisin and much more (fruits nuts & licorice). Light sparkling bitter, later a bit acidic and salty. All quite balanced
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown w/ yeasties. Fruity aroma. The first sips are bitter w/ a nutty flavour, but it transitions to a plummy/raisony complex thing. Gets a little watery at the end though. The alcohol sneaks in at times, but is well hidden overall. This was great.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful rich warm spice aroma. Dark brown. Warm spicy balanced flavour. Nuch better than the 8 I sampled.
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 This beer lived up to the hype. At 11% I couldn’t taste a hint of alcohol. It is one of those yummy beers thats goes down real nice. Hard to discribe the aroma but definitly original and sweet. Beautiful murky brown color. Not a large head however but this is definitly one of the best belgians I have ever tried.
Ah, the youthful rating. Very malty and sweet aroma and taste. I don’t need to go further, for me this is the best Quad, I was moved to rerate after drinking a Westy 12, which I followed with this beauty. Sure it doesn’t have the same mistique but its superb.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 aroma is delicious. massive and rocky tan head - peaks and valleys provide a great
landscape to admire. very dark brown, burnt orange, and lively body. the flavor is
complex and full - sweet, nuts, caramel, fruits, alcohol, spice, ... aftertaste is most of all salty and dry, but with
all its other flavors as well. the last few drinks become so smooth like velvet, alcohol turns into licorice, and again all those other complexities never fade away. basically, it's all together for a wonderful balance. i very
much like it indeed.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Bottle: What can I say? I have been saving this bottle for two months to share for a special ocasion. I was determined woulden't be jumping on the bandwagon if it wasn't superb, well it was...