Lectvay (150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle acquired in 2013, stamped best before 2017. I drank the same batch about a year ago, and I think it is as good or a little better. Aroma is great, burnt caramel, roasty, dark, boozy. Heavy and sweet, but a bright, fruity sweetness. More caramel, rum, raisins. Itís a little more fizzy feeling than Iíd like for the flavors, but thatís about as critical as I can get.
48FanInCali (736) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bomber - Dark tea colored pour with plenty of head but no retention. Nose is a bomb of dark fruit, figs, dates, and bread. Taste is super smooth with lots of dark fruit as well. A few years has done well for this bottle. One of the better Abt Quads I have had especially from this side of the Atlantic. Well hidden alcohol and a good kick of sweetness.
Iphonephan (3529) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Beer Heads MeetUp bottle share event in October 2014. Pours a hazy light cola brown with an ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of butterscotch. Smooth finish. Nice quad.
JStax (3166) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin velvety head of beige foam. The aroma is a little alcoholic for my liking,but there is some nice ester notes of clove and a bit of anise. The ttaste is softly sweet with some alcohol heat on the back end. Velvety mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
TheJester (1939) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. (2011 vintage.) Hazy copper-brown with a nice, almost-white head. Yeast, bready malt, booze, candi sugar in the nose. Nice, but not particularly distinctive. Yeast, dried fruit, booze, and a nice earthiness in the flavour. A touch of herbs and brown spice. Not too sweet. Booze isnít hot. quite tasty.
kevinator (1034) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good. It had an aroma of bready malts, burnt sugar and spice. Lighter brown and amber color with a thin head. Lighter palate than most quads with moderate carbonation. Heavy malt flavors followed by burnt sugar with spicy yeast and a tinge of coffee. It blended well and went down easy.
zizzybalubba (1478) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh, NC (Triangle). Brownish-orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grape, raisin, beet sugars, and sweet plums. Taste is a well-balanced blend of dark fruit, caramel, candi sugars, and Belgian yeast. Moderate alcohol warming but most of it is well-hidden. A very nice interpretation of a quad.
milewide (1565) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful example of style! Sweet and flavorful aroma and taste which is truly Belgium. Alcohol well hidden.
superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 1/23/2017. Pours lightly cloudy pale ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity/spicy flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, lightly slick/bready, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadruple style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
DrSilverworm (6805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Bottle #3067, date is 1/24/12. ABV labeled 9.9%. Hazy burnt orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Lots of bits in the body. Bigger body, sort of slick. Very sharp carbonation, and soft. Caramel malt, dark fruit, some prune. Lightly spicy. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter. Lightly peppery. Solid quad. Friends seemed to like it quite a bit. Gets better as it goes.. Great dark malty, almost milk chocolatey aroma. Great dark fruit notes to it. Kind of vinous. Man... Gets much better as it goes and sits. Soft, sharp carbonation turns into creamy and mellow. Very nice.