CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked & Caged 750 ml Bottle. Murky dark reddish brown pour with a half-inch layer of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma of dark fruits, caramelized sugars, Belgian yeast and toffee. The flavor delivers on that promise with a healthy dose of candi sugar, caramel malt and raisin notes upfront along with some plum, grape and oak to round it out. Naturally chewy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dark sugary fruit finish. Another respectable take on a classic Belgian style from the Ovila label.
thorongil2 (1599) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear amber colour with a small brown head; aromas of citrus, ash; lightly bitter flavour with a long medium bitter finish - strange for a quad
onceblind (5307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown with copper highlights, under a thin foamy off-white head. Nose has a bright pink bubblegum note spiked with dates and dried cherries. The taste is very quad-like; boozy dark sweet malts, some raisin, Belgian yeasty eccentricity, some bubblegum and an almost cloying yeast tone on the finish. Not as much plum and cherry but more bubblegum and malty maloasses-ish tones. Sweet and nice, but not "Belgian" enough.
DocJitsu (1194) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola brown with a short light tan head. Cherry fruit roll up and grape nose. Full but lifeless moutfheel. Cherry lifesaver overarching some toffee. Meh.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL, corked and caged, 333th rating for this brew. Nose sweetly malty and lightly yeasty, just tons of stone fruit, swirling eddies of heavy plum with lighter peach, over sturdy base toffee and red berry, even some faint earth and smoke. Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with some ruby before the volume accumulates, and a creamy pale tan head. Taste is sweet with light tang, heavy berry, strong but seductive and pleasantly soft warmth in the throat and chest, heavy plum, faint earth and toffee, with a nice yeasty resolution. Itís obviously very big but the alcohol is handled masterfully here, and the big picture is clean, fresh, and well-executed. Very low bitterness, but the subtle hop spices emerge in the mid-body and maintain their grip. Soft vanilla and wheat character, medium but appreciable ester and phenol development, smooth medium-full body. There will inevitably be some sniping from the peanut gallery about supposed American boorishness here, but I canít come close to agreeing; this is clearly the stroke of a master, and one to hold up against more established examples (though Iíd gladly take a dash more Special B per bottle!).
GTAEgeek (1443) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ale Yeah! Pours black, with a small, beige head. Aromas of dates, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, and toffee. Very sweet, with a lot of savory spices. Heavy body, sticky, and slightly warming. Overall, this is a pretty good attempt at an American Quad, but still lacking the complexity and balance Iíd expect.
crossovert (9061) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Spices and dark fruits in the flavor and aroma. A decently mqde american qquad.
BrettTaylor (636) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured as a taster at local shop. Pours a rich clear brown with reddish hints and very little head. Aroma - grape, raisin, toffee, and subtle alcohol. Taste is a bit boozy, brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, and malt. It is thick and oily on the palate and has a nice long lasting finish.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Wood, alcohol, and cherry-raisin malt aroma. Chestnut with small head. Sweet woody cherry cola and toffee malt flavor. Mild alcohol finish. Body a bit light. Pleasant.
ajnepple (3285) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Freshcraft. Dark brown appearance with a tan head. Aroma of fruity esters, sweet malts, yeast, candi sugar and light earthy hops. Similar flavor, adding caramel and notes of clove, banana, and light spices. Rich and complex.