PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber / light brown, tan head, moderate coarseness, 3mm fades to frothy film. Aroma is raisins with a touch of happy sappy everygreen and a hint of grapefruit. moderate caramel. grass. Slight pondwater. Aroma is much more fresh than a Trappist (such as the La Trappe Quad that I just had). Body is medium-heavy, moderately syrupy, slightly gritty, moderate-to-moderate-strong carbonation, medium-heavy burn, medium-fine coarseness. Flavor is sweet raisin, some strawberry, prune, fresh grass and herbal weeds/brush, fairly spicy/phenolic (although not as much as some American Belgians.) Overall, a decent American attempt at a quad. It does taste fairly green and has some spiciness that again fails to mask its American origin. Nothing that special. The sweetness actually gets a bit cloying.
AndyW68 (1199) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very enjoyable. Hazy brown pour with thick off white head. Aroma is ready and yeasty. Taste follows as a sweet version of the nose.
Lectvay (175) - 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 (804) - 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 (4039) - 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 (3532) - 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 (2082) - 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 (1228) - 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 (1588) - 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 (1696) - 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.