argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Cola black body with medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, alcohol, light caramel. Taste is sweet, plum, caramel, some alcohol/alcohol warming. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.
mikesaum (630) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz cork and cage, pours a cola color with a creamy looking khaki head. Aroma is great, complex with layers, bready, spicy belgian yeast, boozey, lots of dark fruits, plums, figs, heavy malt. Flavor is nice very malty with sweet bread, some caramel/tofffee notes, plum , fig and cherry just like the aroma, Iím surprised at how much you really do notice the plum taste, belgian spice in the finish with a tiny bit of a medicinal finish. Nice.
CanIHave4Beers (3557) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an exceptionally dark brown color with big head that rises and falls into a thin-ish film but never really goes away.
The aroma is richly malty, very nutty and far roastier than what Iím used to in a quad... but itís a very enjoyable characteristic. Some raisins and dark fruit in there as well, but this is more subdued than the malty bit. The beer is not especially sweet smelling.
The flavor is somewhere between a huge brown ale and a quad, certainly nutty and roasty but never "coffee, or burnt" roasty just defiantly roasty. The grapey alcohol note is hit pretty perfectly and I canít tell if the spiciness is alcohol deriven, spice deriven or both. Either way the booziness is pretty big. The plum flavor is nice, fairly subdued but very well integrated, the level of sweetness is good... this isnít exactly a style of beer that lends itís self to dryness, and this is by no means not sweet... but itís a long ways from cloying or sickly.
Despite the head retention, this is a pretty bubbly lively beer & it does the dance between heavy beer and bubbly prickly palate very well.
Enjoyable, and unbeatable for the price.
Jonathan_E (21) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from twelve ounce corked and caged bottle into Riedel Overture beer glass. A fresh fragrance of potpourri rushes up to the fore with heaps of dried lavender and violet, black forest cherry skins dashed with powdered sugar, and, of course, plum sauce. Head appears as a shadowy wisp of a ring that fizzles into spotty lace and a bronze metal body. Dense fruit cake fills the palate, deconstructing into dried dark stone fruit skins, gingerbread, and culminating with huge malt that settles into flavors between coffee cake and tiramisu. Thick enough consistency that coats the tongue with a velvet-rich texture. Well-balanced and one of the best entries of a Belgian style from an American brewery that Iíve tasted.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle into trappist glass. Intense dark red brown appearance, but for some reason the head was very subdued and thin. Not sure if I poured it wrong, but Iím just surprised there wasnít more to it...not as surprised when I smell it. Huge fruit aroma, vanilla, yeast funk, and a big boozey overtone. The ABV is probably why the head was so thin. Taste is dominated by some alcohol bitterness, but lots of fig, plum/raisin, banana, sweet brown sugar. As it warms up, it seems to get a little sweeter with some tea leaf in there too. Pretty good but a little harsh I think.
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
13 oz., heavy, corked & caged bottle, poured to a snifter at Lunar Brewing Co., showing some clarity to the dark brown, ruby highlighted color, with a very modest, off white/light tan head that reduced quickly to a thin ring, splashed up some spots & streaks of lacing on the sides of the glass, along with a leggy film. The aroma started with alcohol presence, followed by sweet plum/prune, raisin, spice, and caramelly malt. Full bodied, with decent carbonation to project the notes, the flavor mimmicked the aroma notes well, then added some tartness and alcohol warmth. A very nice sipper!
boxofrane (2387) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy St Pattyís Day 2013. First big beer of the day. Bottle. Pours nearly black with some light coming through. A big carbonation head jumped up and quickly dissipated with a light film. The aroma has a ton of dark fruits. Plums, obviously, raisins, brown sugar. A really nice smelling quad. The taste has a nice sweetness up front that does has a lot of plum flavor. There is a rich brown sugar trail following. The alcohol is very well hidden. A great quad at a great price.
Dansrc51 (46) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is very subtle. Maybe plum, caramel and bread
Appearance is dark brown with a slight reddish tiny
Taste is plum, stone fruit, caramelized candy and Belgian phenolics
Palate is much lighter than expected. I paired it with a porter house and it was very complimentary but not overwhelming.
Very good beer. I will buy several bottles and cellar a few.
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sonnycheeba (4192) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and thin, creamy beige head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is plums, cookie and caramel malts, floral hops, spicy alcohol, figs, raisins, and light chocolate. Flavor is dark fruit esters and sweet malts forward with floral hops, light vanilla, light oak, and fresh dough; dry, lightly sweet finish. Med/full body and low carbonation.
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber/purple pour with a ruby/purple hue and beige head .... aroma of dark fruits, plums/figs, caramel malt, sugary sweet and slightly boozy ... taste is of dark fruits, sugar plums for sure, figgy, caramel/roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate malts and some heat/boozy ... taste and smell are similar ... lots of flavors good stuff just a tad sugary and boozy