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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (3620) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thnx to kurt! Pours beautifully dark brown, creamy white to brown head. Smell is sharp metallic., abbey yeast. Dark fruits, earth, hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, earthy, dark fruits, chocolate, very full and rich. Perfect carbo. Lovely beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle shared by Dan at my house. Pours a deep brown thick and oily in a snifter. Not much head at all. Aroma is dark fruits (raisin, prunes, figs), sweet brown sugar cookie dough, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. The taste is brown sugar, cookie dough, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Medium full body, chewy. Finish is slight boozy and warm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2263) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle at home tha KS to Mora2000. Pours brown with ruby highlights small head and legs. Nose is dark fruits and toffee. Tastes of figs, cherries, tobacco, caramel, raisins, and candy. Light warming and syrupy but enjoyable palate. Nice one for this cold evening.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle @ home from the rot box. Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy appearance with a thin brown head. Candy syrup is heavy in the nose. Some brown sugar, dates, figs, and plums as well but it smells awfully sweet. Moderate full body. A little bit oxidized. Caramel, burnt sugar, apples, and plums in the flavor. Ok - maybe a bit old at this point.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from djd07, thanks again! Brown pour with a light khaki head. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar, and slight yeast. Flavor is similar with notes of toffee and sweet malts. Abv is hidden completely. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13326) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of toffee, figs, dates. Taste has soft roast, dark fruit, caramel, molasses. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, 10/19/2014, shared by dfroms. Dark brown pour, ruby highlights, a few wisps of head apparent. Aroma is brown sugar, plum and other dark fruity overtones, dark toffee, touch of chocolate, older leather character. Taste is dark brown malts, brown sugar, spices, caramel, smooth finish. Thick body. Great, really authentic and delicious quad, reminds me of a well-aged Trappist brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfroms (348) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep cola-ish mahogany color. Aroma is very authentic rich quad: prunes, plums, burnt sugar, banana, clove, cola, stewed cherries, faint milk chocolate. Taste is milk chocolate- covered cherries with plum, prune, caramel, and a sweet bourbon-like finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Light but creamy texture. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11638) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2014
12oz bottle at Campground Brewdown. Small tan head atop clear mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, some cherry, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, fig, plum, some cherry, alcohol warming, alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
(22oz bomber) clear dark burgundy, fine tan bubbles. Nose of dark candi sugar, peach, caramel, very Belgian, spiced. Taste of dark Belgian candi sugar, odd saccharin taste, weird but good.


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