jefcon (1426) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super-dry, with pit fruits and warming malts. Long on the palate, totally in balance, and the freshness of the flavors came to mind as I carefully sipped at this one. Not bright, hi-liter esters awash in alcohol, but fresh, well-crafted, and carefully-constructed. Perfect precursor to a rich Thanksgiving dinner. I have high standards for American versions of Belgian styles, but this quad is distinctly American without losing any of the careworn aspects of the style that make it so special. Really well done.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Sort of straddles the line between an abt and a quad. It could have had a slight infection, but I think it was just the sherry-like aspect of it fooling me, but there was a slight sour or tartness to it. Either way it was very good. Very complex. Fruity in many different ways. Way better than I imagined it would be. I highly recommend it.
TECHNICAL: Drank 4/28/2013. Bottle. Poured a medium orangey amber, which borders on brown in the glass when held out of the light. It had a small, fizzy, tan head that mostly diminished. The aroma had heavy caramel, molasses and burnt caramel; light citrus hops; light to moderate yeast; grape raisin, plum, prune, apple pear, peach, pineapple, cherry; honey brown sugar, alcohol; dark fruits and lightly fruits alike; and dark candy sugar. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly acidic and sour with a long duration. There was caramel, molasses, honey, brown sugar, prune, raisin, plum, peach, pear, alcohol, dark candy sugar, pineapple, apple, cherry, cranberry and moderate yeast. The slightly more than medium body might have been thicker but the carbonation made it seem lighter. It was a little oily and then slightly dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish.
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 19 2014; eye: dirty brown, hazy, nice beige head that turns into a thin sheet, average lacing; nose: yeast, spices, malt, caramel, alcohol, fig; mouth: yeast, spices, malt, toffee, alcohol, alcohol warmth, pepper, fig, finale in alcohol with good presence of malt, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic and foamy texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, via Importations Privêes Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 19 octobre 2014; œil : brun sale, trouble, bonne mousse beige qui se transforme en une mince couverture, dentelle moyenne; nez : levure, épices, malt, caramel, alcool, figue; bouche : levure, épices, malt, toffee, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, poivre, figue, finale en alcool avec bonne présence de malt, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique et mousseuse; en résumé : correct
anders37 (17643) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Dressel’s Pub, St Louis, MO. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit finish.
EithCubes (5090) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL, just capped, Bottled with love on 6 1313, so a full year ago. Nose huge in ark caramel, fudge, plums, huge raisins, lighter red berry, sweet and thorough. Pours hazy dark chestnut with a rocky beige head. Medium body very malty with a lot of booze, some heat but a little firmer in fusels and stingers on the tongue; average carbonation but alcohol and lightly tart malt make it very aggressively crisp. Brown sugar caramel, and really dirty, humus-rich earth, long-lasting with a bit of wheaty slime, very rich. Some acetone and busted wild phenolics that are out of control, but match the pinned-back ears of the rest. I’m OK with it, but it’s very brash and rough around the edges.
GenDV138 (1835) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at RBSG 2014 Dressel’s Pub Beer Dinner. Dark honey brown with off-white head. Aroams of figs, dark fruit, spices. Tastes of apples, caramel, dark fruit, figs. Medium body with a dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel.
jtclockwork (8964) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Etched glass bottle at Beer Dinner. Pours dirty brown with white head. Nose/taste of plum, raisin, prune, toffee, chocolate covered fig and dark fruit. Full bodied.
Frank (3044) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a red brown beer w/ a ring of head. It has a fruity cherry nose w/ a bit of banana to it. It is big and heavy and quite sweet. The finish is earthy bitterness. I found even a small pour of this rather hard to get through.
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at RBSG Brewers Dinner at Dressels (St. Louis, MO). Pours a deeper amber brown hue, good deeper hazy dark middle with some gentle orange glow on the edges with frothy offwhite head, mellow tannish ring that sits atop and laces small. Aromas are richer, nice carmelized and dark fruit, touches of plum, caramel and gentle spiciness. Mellow Belgian yeast, some gentle prune and plum, gentle warmth. Initial is fuller bodied showing caramel and plum. Gentle yeastiness, faint spice hits with
A firm warmth as it goes down the throat. Middle is a bit toasty, carmelized and caramel. Backend is a bit spicy, warm with touches of plum, touches of toast and gentle faint vanilla. Mellow dark fruit, plum and gentle yeastiness, mellow warmth finishes us out. Tasty, a bit big but really well done. Yeast and fermentation is on point. Not my style but a very nice beer.
Ferris (5008) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Dark sugars, raisin and light booze. Cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Dark sugars, plum and Belgian yeast. A mediocre quad.
crossovert (7961) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
PRetty high levels of dark fruits in this one, moderately boozy , some spice notes.