superspak (1899) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, raisin, plum, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, raisin, plum, light banana, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity/spicy balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Naka (693) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottle was found in my friendís basement. It is old.
Pours a medium - dark brown with no head. Completely still. Aroma is black cherries, brown sugar, a hint of coffee and some alcohol. Flavor is VERY sweet; caramel and sugar-dipped cherry. Decent silky body , bit Iím really missing the carbonation. Needs a little more balance and obviously a little carbonation.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery. Pours a deep, rich mahogany color with a dark red hue and a small, off white head that slowly fades. Aroma has a vinuous blast of fermented grapes, raisins, molasses, cherries, and light yeast. Taste has molasses and caramel sweetness, musty yeast, dark fruits, grape juice, dry, clean booze in the finish. Syrupy medium body with almost no carbonation
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml served into an Orval Chalice.
A - Pours a red cola brown with ruby highlights. 1 finger of frothy khaki head forms a creamy micro-bubbled cap that never vanishes. Great looking beer.
S - Vinous fruit, grapes, cocoa, peaches, caramel malt, raw brown sugar, cherries, Christmas cake, banana taffy comes out as it warms.
T - Prunes, dates, green figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, candy syrup, slight oxidation, raw brown sugar, unripe banana, a tartness plays on the edges of the tongue, licorice comes out on the aftertaste.
M - Moderate carbonation keeps this from being full bodied.
This beer has a raw sweetness that is seems to cry for more shelf time. It seems to lack the melding or layering of flavors of a complex Quad. I will save my other bottle for December because this beer just reminds me of Christmas time.
Serving type: bottle
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
During RBWG 2013. Clear amber pour with a small khaki head. Ripe dark fruits, some caramel, brown sugar, etc., and a bit of doughy/pale malts as well. The flavor is much the same, dark fruits, malty, some candy sugar in there, yeast esters. Not bad!
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the 25.4oz bottle a cola-ish brown with a 2 finger head. I cant see much in the way of carbonation in the darkness. Aroma is surprisingly faint ( or is it my allergies?) but I catch a hint of bread & dark fruit. 1st sip is of dark cherries, plums, and a hint of caramel. Itís quite sweet & malty even after 2 months of aging. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but there is not as much carbonation as one would expect. Overall, this is a pretty solid quadrupel, a quite suitable offering on National Beer Day!
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark caramel brown, ruby against the light, with a short, fizzy off-white head that shrinks quickly but leaves a stubborn collar; visible carbonation risers along the sides. Aroma: at the pour, very boozy; this quickly subsides into candi and brown sugars, caramel, milk chocolate, cola, pumpernickel bread, molasses, raisins and dates, and even some citrus. Taste: extremely sweet, with strong notes of caramel up front (like a Wertherís Original) then lots of raisins, plums, brown sugar, and a hint of green apple; as it warms, you get some woody, leathery, chocolatey notes, along with a hint of cherries. Finish: a lingering brown sugar sweetness is the strongest remaining flavor, and thereís an immediate alcohol warmth in my belly thatís just shy of burning. Notes: Cellared this for exactly one year, which I think helped the boozy/alcohol characteristics mature and subside to a reasonable level; else it likely would have been a too-intense booze bomb. Iím not the biggest quad fan in the world, but this was really, really enjoyable. While it was big, sweet, and boozy, the palate was not too syrupy, which would have made it rather overwhelming. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
Leighton (8643) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in the hotel lobby during RBWG 2013. Pours clear amber with a fine cream head. Big sugary malt flavor, ripe fruits, some yeast and bread. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild warmth finish, sweet malts, ripe fruits, berries, rich bread, mellow alcohol. Decent balance. I like it.
adamjackson (1749) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Acquired this bottle quite a while ago. 750ML..probably 18 months old. enjoyed in a wine glass. Dark amber color, nice clarity, slight brownish luffy head fading slowly. Nose is sweet, yeasty, bready and a hint of raisins.Taste is loaded with raisins, hint of cherries, cane sap and leather. Very sweet up front with a mellow finish with hints of tobacco. Very thin body, nice carbonation. Decent abbey style beer.
Hansen (5976) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, lasting. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and has notes of sugars. Flavor starts sweet, yeasty, hardly any bitterness. Syrupy texture and soft carbonation.