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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The aroma is distinctly Belgian and has a hint of fruit. As with most Belgian beers, the hops are primarily used for bitterness and provide little to no flavor or aroma. We kept the malt bill relatively simple to allow each malt to come through in its own way without getting all muddled together. The caramel and chocolate malts, in particular, work well together and you can taste each of them in the beer. We also added a large amount of Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup during fermentation, which darkened the color, imparted dark fruit-like flavors, and boosted the alcohol. Despite its high strength though, the alcohol only comes out as a warmth on the back end but is not over powering. The aftertaste is slightly sweet but also has a dryness that makes you want more.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1868) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to djd07. Holy figs and dried fruits in the nose. Like a candied sugar explosion with wonderful fruit esters. no phenols. Pours a clear-ish deep red with light brown head that dissipates quickly. Taste is initially just like the aroma, very sweet, fades into an alcohol warming that keeps coming at you. The mouthfeel is very thin considering what I would expect from the sugary sweet aroma and flavor. It doesn’t stick to my lips like a barleywine. The malt bill seems a little flat and one dimensional, but otherwise this is a treat. A high boost treat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3706) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of candy sugar, molasses, fruit cake, clove, prune and raisin. Taste is of chocolate, prune, dates, raisins, yeast, sweet cherry, candy sugar, and pound cake. I had a bottle about 6 months ago or so and I must say the flavors matured nicely over that time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany color with a small bubbly head. Notes of dark fruit, dark brown sugar, yeast, caramel apples, and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
A: Inviting with the alcohol clearly there, but buried in Belgian candi sugar aroma rich with dark fruit notes such as black cherry, plum and raisin, and a good balance of sweetness and maltiness. A: Pours a dark brown, almost blood-burgundy color with little to no head. T: A light yeast character, lighter than the nose. Alcohol not as noticeable as in the nose. Toaste malt and baked bread notes although the dark fruits are much more apparent. Figs, plums, maybe even chocolate covered cherries. P: Perhaps just a touch thin, but medium carbonation and a medium body. O: As a major fan of all things Belgian, I have had a great many quads, including a great many American-brewed quads. I think this is probably the best American quad I have ever had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerby23 (9) - Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013 does not count
Quads aren’t my cup of tea, but this is good. To sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits-raisins, cherries, figs-and a licorice back bite. Definitely fits the style, just not mine

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brown pour, tan head. Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, molasses, sweet spice cake. Pretty nice brew! Not overly sweet, nice texture and good carb levels.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (743) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Floral, creamy sweet potato aroma with some almonds. Taste is caramel, oranges and warming spices with some other dark fruit notes. Finish is warming.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with beige froth. Nose is sherry soaked fruit cake, applesauce and molasses. Alcohol hits you first then sharp carb with a citrus tang. Taste is sweet plum and raisin, rice wine and tamari.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1513) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Finally rating this one. Bottle. Pours deep black with a small tan head. Milder roasty nose. Taste is full on sugary caramel, roasty notes, with a big alcohol kick on the end. More of the traditional quad as seen in Belgium. Thick, full, and juicy. One of the better American quads I’ve had. This one is hard to pull off. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
651mL thanks to djd07. Clear, deep red pour. Medium yellow foam. Super sweet grenadine nose. Taste is grenadine. Palate is sticky, grenadine, rich maple and big sugar. Mega sweet- not my style.


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