BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut colored pour with a eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Actively carbonated and a little fizzy. Loads of Belgian yeast, peppery and banana notes along with dark fruits like raisin, plum and prune. Some caramel and toffee. Missing that über dark chocolate, molasses, fudgy quality that I get in the best. Meh.
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky Maroon color with a light layer of beige head. Aroma is rooty, sweet caramel and alcohol spice. Flavor is a bit chocolatey, sweet, and dark fruit. Not bad.
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany with a healthy tan head that dissipated rather quickly to a solid film and left moderate lacing. Dark fruit aromas - plum and raisin - with rich caramel malt, bananas, clove, and hints of brown sugar. Caramel and bready malts form a solid foundation for a fruit sweetness that becomes almost tart, followed by a nice blend of spiciness and warming alcohol. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, thick creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a long complex finish. Extra points for the cause.
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle). Pours a dark mahogany-mostly clear-with a chunky tan head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits (figs and dates), caramel and some belgian yeast. Taste is semi-sweet with a touch of tartness and some light bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick texture. The finish is a little harsh, but not too bad. This is a style that most American breweries fail miserably at. While not a great quad, Sierra Nevada does a respectable job with this beer.
mcberko (5919) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 750mL bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavour of brown sugar, toffee, Belgian spices, and some burnt caramel. Medium complexity, with a lingering spicy, sweet finish. The best of the Ovila series so far, but still nothing spectacular.
SSSteve (3719) - - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. dangerous cork. pours almost black with a small, fizzy beige head. brown sugar, plum, licorice, root beer, anise, and nuts in aroma. i get a lot of licorice in the flavor and dark fruits. the palate is too over-carbonated, but a lot of quad’s are and the abv is strong at first but what did i expect for 10.4? overall, this a very well done quad. standard in design, but in a style where ’standard’ is and should stay the pinnacle. made with quality from a great brewer.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Khourys. Pours deep brown with a thin head. Smells of hay, yeast and light caramel. Dark fruit and caramel. Good body with a fruit finish.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Large beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, light banana, boozy. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some banana. Medium-full body, moderately sticky.
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep mahogany color with a lasting off-white head and minimal lacing. aroma is raspberry, hops, grapes and licorice. taste is rich with leather, hops, balckberry, currants, grapes and chocolate. finish is sweet and syrupy. an enjoyable beer and an acceptable tribute to the Trappist brewing tradition but simple and overly sweet compared to the finer xamples of the style.
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at fireworks pizza. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Nose is boozy and full of molasses and brown sugar. I get a hint of roasted malt on the tongue but also a slight raisin vibe. Clean finisher. It’s a big beer lacking in complexity.