radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split a bottle. Poured a dark reddish ruby color with a off-white head. Aroma was some yeast notes, plenty of dried fruit notes, and a touch of vanilla notes. Flavor was yeast character, fruit characters, touch of vanilla. Pretty darn good.
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is really quite good. Aroma is almost coffee, with hints of dark, dried fruit. Possibly the most inviting aroma Iíve experienced. Taste follows through on the aroma with a complex mix of dark fruit and a thick, intriguing flavour left on the tongue. This was a surprisingly flavourful, drinkable and interesting ale.
popery (1391) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown - sort of a maroon-tinted mahogany - but light enough for color to be seen throughout and the beer is transparent even in a full (small) glass. Head is thin layer of fine beige bubbles. The aroma has lots of sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Lots of raisins, prunes, plums and other fruitiness. If I didnít know there were plums added, I probably would think this is just a normal quad with particularly deep fruit notes. It smells like a raisin bread pudding. Lots of doughy, bready malt with caramel, molasses, treacle and sweet booze. Very nice spice, as well. Taste starts sweet and builds in complexity and spice. The fruit comes through with a bit of tannic bitterness. Makes me think of macerated plum skin. Most of the sweetness is caramel and other doughy, toasty malt notes. The finish is a bit boozy, but thereís a lot of nice lingering flavor. The mouthfeel is fine and gentle. It does get a tad sticky as the beer warms and some of the carbonation comes out of the beer. Hard to avoid that. Still, it coats the mouth nicely and that light bitter note keeps the beer from getting cloying. Overall, Iím impressed by this beer. With their fancier offerings, Sierra Nevada shows off a mastery of restraint. When it comes to adding fruit (and barrel-aging), breweries tend to go overboard. This beer uses plums to enhance its flavor, and the beer, rather than the plums, remains the star of the show.
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 On tap at Caponeís. Black with a little head. Mocha, a big of edge from the plums. A big rich and drinkable beer, though in sips.
Hair6a11 (1348) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap : Pour is dark caramel / ruby with a modest khaki head in this glass. It retains on the average side here - the nose is heavy on sweetness, as well as dark fruits. Caramel, Candied Sugar, a bit of vinousness; the flavor profile is heavier on the sweetness, too much so by my estimation. the body is lacking a bit of heft for me - this one reveals the plums, i suppose, which is a nice twist, I thought. more candied sugar, caramel and toffee, plums and grape skin, modest florals - anyway - a nice attempt here, masking alcohol well.
beertholomeus (752) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark caramel color with thick tan head. Smells of plumbs, yeast, malts and spices. Strong roasted malt taste with plumbs, chocolate, yeast and caramel. Smooth and sweet finish with slight alcohol warmth. Very good, decently complex and rather easy to drink for a quad.
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark ruby with a smallish head. Ok head retention and lacing. A little disappointing for a Belgian, though.
Lots of clove and banana in the aroma very typical for the style. Just a hint of dark fruit.
Bready banana flavor with clove and bubblegum. Dark fruit is present but not as much as I would have expected given the plums this is brewed with. A bit hoppier than other quads I have had making this seem more "American." The alcohol is noticeable but remains restrained.
Overall, a decent quad but it falls short of some more notable Belgian examples. I donít feel the addition of plums is really that big a deal but still worth picking up if you come across it.
IrishBoy (3821) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle from Imbibe Wine. Nose is caramel, sweet prunes, and bubblegum that seems to me to make it smell really great. Clear cherrywood brown with a small beige head. Flavor is sweet, peppery, a touch of anise, and spices. Actually very good
Beergeek23322 (2220) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz corked bottle. Pours deep mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, candy, fruit. Very balanced and complex. long sweet finish.
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Tap and Handle Fort Collins. Pours a dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Grape soda, caramel, candy sugar, toffee, apple, pear aroma. Somewhat cloying, grape, plum, big apple, caramel flavor. Fun to try but nothing special.