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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Its deep complexity begins with a molasses sweetness with notes of dark fruits like raisin and fig and develop further with an undercurrent of tart spice from its distinctive Belgian yeast for a truly transfixing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iamaaronmartin (1) - Redwood City, USA - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
Great beer, but a bit expensive for the quality. Perks up the warmer it gets, with some nice barrel sweetness. Quite smooth, without being terribly sweet. A bit strong with the clove but I found it faded after a good breathing. The baked bread hints were really refreshing, medium carbonation was at a nice level. Medium head on a slow pour. The dark color was really beautiful with a dark cream colored head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1542) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Truly nice. Aromas and Flavors of dark fruits, holiday bread, figs, oak and Belgian candy sugar with a spiciness from the yeast. Weighty and full. Nice dark bourbon color with a small head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (4686) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle at BottleDog, London. It pours a dark copper color with medium beige head. Aroma is strong sweet malt tones, molasses, orange marmalade, red wine, booze, leather, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste has more of the same: vanilla, chocolate, molasses, toffee, dark fruits. Light booze in the finish. Full bodied with creamy texture and good carbonation. Overall, nice quad

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Sampled from a 25 oz brown corked bottle this beer poured an orange-brown color with an enormous fluffy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was strong sweet candied dark fruits - mostly raisin and fig with a sugary note. The flavor was sweet, tart and mildly bitter with dark fruits - mostly cherry, raisin and fig - followed by molasses and cognac. Very long finish. Moderately full bodied. Alcohol well contained. Marvelous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2800) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Clear amber with no head. Fruity and vinous tones. Fruit, malt, spices and wood. Full body with a long balanced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle from a Sam’s mixed pack shared when Moose was in town. Murky chestnut color with a nice tan head. Big aroma of a classic quad with hints of sweet, dark fruit, malt, molasses and booze. Traditional flavor too with sweetness, umami soy, dark malt and lingering, warming alcohol. Pretty good Belgian clone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2015
a little spiced, a little funky and a little sweet. complex, but sweeter and fizzier than i like. pretty good, but not a standout at a standout price point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 6, 2015
QUite nice and fine aromas. NOt as good as other quadruppels and maybe not even one in taste. VEry thick and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1213) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2015

750ml cork bottle opened with loud “pop” bought at Q-Club in SoHo, Central.

Looks: Translucent amber brown colour with no yeast sediments; One finger head and soapy light beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Good sticky lacing with fizzy small carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet rich malt, with fairly strong brandy, strong plum concentrate, strong raisins, strong caramel, toffee, chocolate, very strong molasses, strong spices and Bel yeast.

Taste: Strong sweet amber malt, with pretty strong plum, rum raisins, dark fruits, liquors, strong wood barrels, light funk, carbo, caramel, very strong molasses, strong spices, Bel yeast, light lemon, light bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to full. Slick and quite thick palate.

Mouth Feel: Thick and pretty rich amber maltyness, strongly-carboed to the tongue. The brandy liquor-ish character is quite light-weight and feel robbed, which is quite surprising. Very strong wood barrel with notable funk, very spicy with bits of cinnamon. Strong molasses but sweetness is just right. Not as Bel-yeasty as I thought it should, fair lemony hops to round. Pretty good.

Booze and Sweetness: The 10.2% is easy, and the oak barrels somehow brings it out quite easily, but never too harsh. No obvious knock on. That’s good!

Hoppiness: Strong spice in nose. Lemon, grass and strong cinnamon spice in taste. Bitterness is notable and for an abrupt, moderate astringent sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Sweet, spicy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: The first sniff and taste simply reminds me of a strong Belgian Amber got powered down, like a strongly-carboed and thinned Bush Noel. This one is straight-forward, has a variety of tastes but not layered, rather simple instead. This makes a easy drinking strong Belgian Amber, but perhaps too easy and I was expecting a fun-filled Quadrupel, which isn’t the case here. Okay and fairly decent but far from being great.

P.S.: This one is underwhelming for my #1100 rating, but I’ll take it. :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (473) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2015
Pours a purply brown with a tan head. Aroma is magnificent, loads of red grape, plum and black current. Vanilla notes, bourbon, bit of yeast. A very pleasant beer I’d happily have many times.

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