dcschiller (2207) - 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 (10582) - 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 (4007) - - 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 quadís 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 ístandardí is and should stay the pinnacle. made with quality from a great brewer.
kathouse (1374) - 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 (12515) - 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 (826) - Houston, Texas, 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 (3861) - Lewisburg, 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. Itís a big beer lacking in complexity.
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks emacgee for sharing. Pours a muddy hazelnut brown with off-white ring of lace. Nose is quite estery with lots of bananas, booze, brown sugar, light dark fruit character. Medium body, a tad sticky, with soft carbonation and a sweet and mildly bitter finish, slightly abrupt finish. Heavier flavor, dark fruits more prominent, booze a little too high, and not very complex. Iíve had much worse quads, but this is just average.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a smallish beige head. Retention isnít that great. Lots of dried fruit soaked in alcohol and some chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is more boozy dried fruit, burnt sugar and spice, and a little smokey chocolate. Body is medium with fizzy carbonation. They did the style well, but this somehow still lacks a real soul. Itís just so hard to copy someone elseís style this closely and come off as original. And without originality, why should I buy your beer? The price certainly isnít convincing... This and the dubbel are both fine beers (the saison was a miss...) but at $10 a bottle, I have a few Belgian beers that are still going to take priority every time.
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and vanilla. Sweet caramel taste with some bit and notes of dark fruit. Creamy. Smooth. Spot on for the style.