Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good sized off-white head of very fine and dense bubbles in my chalice. Sweet and malty aroma with lots of dark fruit (raisins, plums), some belgian candi sugar and some spicy yeast notes. Color is a deep dark mahagony brown. Wow, pretty hot up front and then mellows out to a solid malty brew. Lots of depth and complexity with more dark fruit, roasted malts, spices, brown sugar and yeast. Finishes rather clean with a bit of lingering malt and spice. A nice complex quad but the body seems to be slightly lacking. The more I drink, it seems to be a bit on the watery side. Still a good drink!
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown, nice head fades slowly. Aroma is malt accented by dark fruit, hint of yeast spiciness. Flavor is similar, with fruity malts balanced by Belgian yeast character. Notes of apricot and plums, with white pepper. Nice. Not spectacular, but nice. Happy to see them starting to work in this direction, but perhaps not as big a success as the kellerbier.
944play (350) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Bright deep ruby with receding tan head. Dusty, woody, stonefruit aromas. Generous crunchy malt, raisin, and tart vinous flavors. Well attenuated to a medium body with little harshness from high alcohol. Kinda hard to take, with prominent acidity, but age may treat this brew kindly. Also, I kinda wanted more bready and clovey notes, but this is a lot better than the Dubbel in that respect.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown. Black currant and some prune flavors along with maltiness on the full bodied palate. Hoppiness adds a bright dimension as well. Absolutely fantastic!
rougeau13 (2003) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, clear, ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, alcohol, toast, bubblegum yeast, and a touch of wet dog. The taste is malty and a bit sweet with spice and yeast flavors. Somewhat mild for a quad, but that just increases its drinkability. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread/nuts, popcorn), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of candy sugar, orange peel, clove, gum, and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A rather simplistic, sugary, unfulfilling rendition. Just as with the Dubbel, there isnít much there to entice. Not that thereís anything wrong with it (other than a bit of popcorny malt), it just isnít trying to be anything more than passable. Basic by-the-numbers caramel/sugar-driven aroma, sugary sweet in the mouth, and itís remarkably thin and watery for its size. Probably the best thing about it is that the alcohol is well-masked. Note: Iíve tried two bottles of this...the first was badly infected with cork taint, as bad an infection of that kind as Iíve ever witnessed, wines included. Luckily I kept the receipt and returned the first bottle for the second; caveat emptor.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Haymarket, pours hazy dark amber with white head. Aroma of plums, yeast, and brown sugar. Flavors have brown sugar, spicy yeast, caramel and a fresh doughy quality. Med body, lively feel. Booze on the backend. Really clean, good fermentation.
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap flight. Glowing brown pour with a high foamy khaki head. Biscotti nose. Taste is sweet tea, white grape juice, and a little booze. Fairly clean palate with a little booze lingering. Syrupy in the mouth. My fave of the series.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Haymarket. Pours a darker amber with a frothy head overall. Nose is tartness and cherries, dark fruit and a light peppery note as well. Hint of smoke. On tasting, contains a light tartness and some residual sweetness that manages to dry out. Quite soft and well hidden alcohol. Some more of that strange smokey note comes through as well. Really solid beer and a good Quad.
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours dark brown with fizzy, off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is bread malt, yeast, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor is bread malt, caramel, and light hops. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.