HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Bottle (330ml) At Volo. Very fine slightly mocha looking head - quite lively, dark specks like fine-ground cinnamon. Not much lacing. Light but very appealing aroma with cloves, some alcohol, sweet malt, bar chocolate. Colour is cloudy medium copper. Taste is ... mild but complex, follows the nose, but not at all alcohol-overwhelming - itís there, but under control. Refreshing and slightly sweet. One of the best ABT 12ís Iíve had - not quite to Westvlerteren 12 or the Rochefort 10, but close.
Sregnar35 (1022) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Great, full bodied, fruity belgian beer. Lots of things all going on at once with this beer, very enjoyable. I have since had this on tap at Mahars. All I can say is wow, unbelievable.
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Delicious but very complex and difficult to analyze. It poured a rich brown with reddish highlights and a large frothy head. The nose was spicy and floral but not nearly as powerful as its mouthfeel. The high alcohol content (10%) came through very clearly to me. The flavor was malty and tart with undertones of caramel and plums. The finish was amazing, starting with a harsh bitterness that slowly mellows out into a very smooth creamy and sweet taste on the back of your tongue. I took long breaks between each sip to really appreciate that final evolution.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark brown color with a contrasting white head. It gives off a wonderful fruity aroma. Fruits and caramel are the flavors that come through. No alcohol flavor in this beer despite the hight alcohol content. One of my favorite Quads.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark caramel color with large off white head. Nose is sweet plums and caramel. Mouth is medium body, bitter, with an alcohol warmth delay.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice opaque brown/black pour with a think white head. Nice fruity spicy aroma, with some spicy yeast. Big mouth full of dark sweet malts and lots of dark druits - dates, plums, prunes, and surprisingly little peppery alcohol (well hidden). Very nice quad
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque brown with a thick off white head. The head dissolved nicely leaving good lacing. I also picked up on a fair ammount of carbonation. Aromas were of yeast, floral notes and a hint of pineapple/ fruit. Flavor was malty and sweet up front, with fruity sugar flavors lingering on. I thought the mouthfeel was suprisingly full, and the alcohol was masked quite well. Overall very enjoyable.
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, with a good head with some belgian lace. The aroma has overwhelming variety, with spices, lavender, soap, coriander, and various others I canít identify.
The taste is surprisingly tart, with some lingering sweetness - sour with some hints of vodka, with well masked alcohol. Nice, but not exceptional.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#271009 printed on the back of the bottle. Very murky brown body with a medium, creamy tan head. Creamy-sweet aroma: orange zest, brown sugar, nutmegy custard, with a fluffy yeast that sort of ties it all together. Big, sweet malty flavor: candi sugar, orange zest, rum, and that unifying yeast. Bits of green bitter hops, too. The usual big, sweet intense Belgian-y flavor. Fun but not terribly interesting.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 The goofy guy gets it done. Poured a massive head in my St. Bernardus glass. Typical quadrupel color - dark red/brown. Aroma is overpowering with raisins, but thereís also malt, alcohol, yeast, and some fruityness. Flavor is very strong, alcoholic and sweet. Raisins and alcohol dominate everything initially. As it warms it becomes more complex but remains overwhelmingly sweet.