J_man (649) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Costco compliments of an awesome co-worker. Dark brown but clear with a tan head. Dark sugar and spice aromas. These follow into the taste along with cloves and allspice. The alcohol is evident but really well balanced with the sweetness and overall flavor. Really tasty quad and one of the best specialty brews from Sam Adams I’ve had.
Arayaga2 (1746) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of dates and apple. Taste is the same, and dry, with a bready finish. Not much in the way of oak or alcohol, surprisingly. $7.5/750
fcjack1 (94) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Costco. Pours a reddish brown. Thin white head. Scent of booze and dark fruits. Taste is similar. Booze lingers. Nice burn.
Tmoney99 (9962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear copper brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, clove, wood and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
DrSilverworm (4724) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, shared by b3shine. Mostly clear dark red color. Thin khaki head. Couple loose dots and ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, soft, kind of creamy lighter carbonation. More dry. Dark fruit, some chocolate, lightly spicy. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Interesting stuff. This is a quad? Wouldn’t have guessed, a bit sweet for a quad. Must be all those fruit additions. Hides alcohol pretty well, anyway.
alexsdad06 (4347) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a deep amber to copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, dark fruits favoring cherries and figs, some spicy character, a nutty component, with Belgian yeast and a splash of booze.
b3shine (4189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by me with the group). Looks decent; a transparent orangish brown with AMPLE off-white head. Smells a bit doughy with notes of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Tastes like it smells with an average (albeit thin) mouthfeel. Okay beer, but an underwhelming example of the style.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bruisin. Pours a clear cranberry red color with a large creamy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of dark fruits brown sugar, dates, cranberry, mild spice and earth. The taste is bright cherries, grapes, other dark fruits, sugared dates, spice, herbal hops, strong yeasty finish. Medium-full bodied, fairly sweet, decent balance, only a mild bit of booze. Nice beer.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark red close to brown colored body with a thin cap of a white foamy head that dies at a nice pace into the body. Lacing is sporadic and tries to cling, but doesn’t and slides at a decent pace.
The smell has some raisin, fig, plum, pear, spiced apple combine through a toasty sort of molasses and some Belgian candied sugariness. There is also a decent earthy spiciness comes into play as well.
The taste is sweet and somewhat spicy through the previously mentioned flavors. There is a nice Belgian yeasty/earthy/spicy yet sweet aftertaste takes hold and guides to a dry finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy on the body, not sessionable - more of a sipper. Carbonation is somewhat smooth for the style and is pretty good to me. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Overall, this is a good Quad that I would have again, and I could see this one being picked up for my Easter dinner this year.
Metalchopz (2071) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Barrel Room Collection at the LCBO. Pours a deep rich amber colour with very tiny particles through it. The creamy head is a warm beige colour with a decent stay and some thick lace around the edge. Raisins, dates, figs scent with some light citrus sourness and hints of alcohol. The alcohol and thankfully not present in the mouthfeel. Really ? 10.2% ABV ?? Smooth and wet all-over. Caramel malt base with the darker fruits. I do not feel the Belgian Ale yeast in this one though. Nice that it is easy to drink with the alcohol level, but lacking some punchiness for the style.