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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

OKplus' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle served in a Prairie teku. A - Pours a tawny brown with red highlights. A firm tan head holds well and clings the glass. S - Brown sugar, dates, figs, apples, banana liqueur, old candy, fruit cake, T - Sugary malt, lots of fruit, apples, prunes, but raisins and dates are very prominent. Vanilla and woody tannins along with some noticable hops that give the candy sweet malt base some balance. Finishes fruity with some tannin/woody like bitterness. M - Medium full body, foamy carbonation, finishes crisp with a rounded woody bitterness. The alcohol becomes sharp when allowed to warm up. Excellent aroma. The wood doesn’t stand out but is layered underneath the fruit and malt. There’s noticeable bitterness that almost clashes with the alcohol. It would get in the way if it were any stronger but really helps with the sweetness. Pretty good for an American made Quad. Serving type: bottle 01-05-2014

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5669) - 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 (2669) - 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 (3457) - 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 (7485) - 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 (3838) - 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 (1163) - 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 (415) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4134) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - muddy brown with a thing head. Nose - fudge and flatulence. Taste - fudge or brown sugar. Dried fruit. Figs. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - slightly underwhelming. Sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3418) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle - 750ml. Dark brown couldy body with an average beige foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with fruity, woody, and yeasty hints. Alcohol is not too agressive. Its robust malty/hoppy taste carries plummy, woody, and yeasty notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Light but firm auburn brown, decent thin ringed head and wee bit of lacing. Decent enough greasy nutty, brassy enough and a biscuit and plummy. Currants later. Decent carb, long thick mouthfeel. Ripe nutty finish and a yeasty brassy linger.

Bottle, Beerhive, Decantillon Tasting

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