vipinvelp (2542) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark ruby, black almost. Nice aroma, heavy, some read wine notes, cloves, Taste is quadruple worthy, cloves, some chocolate notes, light bitter, alcohol warm. Lasting warm beer taste in mouth. (Velp 201412)
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wine barrel aged version of Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, coming from a 75 cl bottle with cork and muselet packed in a fancy wooden case with print on the front side; limitedly produced, the bottle is even numbered (in this case n° 26810). Vintage tasting of the 2013 version so must be about 1,5 years of age. Thin and initially quickly dissolving, loose, light beige head consisting of rather large bubbles; all that remains after five minutes is a steady rim around the edge and some thin lacing, but as the bottle progresses, the head becomes more stable and more sticky. Colour is a beautiful, very dark wine red, clear at first but hazy with deposit. Tempting and complex aroma of banana liqueur, Syrah wine (my favorite grape), vanilla, cherry ’pralines’, chocolate sauce, crème de cassis, liquorice, old red port wine, cashew nuts, honey, steak, cognac, orange juice and orange peel, brown bread, woody tannins, leather, cloves, figs in ’jenever’, red berries, candied dates, Kirsch, maple syrup and a faint hint of coffee. Rounded, sweet onset of candied fruits, banana, dates, pear and raisins, Syrah wine again, medium carbo, subtle citrussy acidity, yeasty spiciness, full and mellow chocolatey, nutty and caramelly maltiness, honeyish candi sweetness lingering, the carbonation tingling on the tongue, evolving into a yeasty and malt sweet finish with an explicit, yet elegant presence of woody tannins, gentle roasted bitterness (much like in a Scotch), red wine and peppery hops cleansing the somewhat sticky candi sweetness; retronasally, the port and sherry notes resulting from an early stage of oxidation as well as the vanilla-like oak tannins only add to its complexity. I have a feeling this bottle has about the perfect age for a tasting session, though I have to admit I am curious about its cellaring potential. Vinous, rich, complex, sweet in a very noble and restrained way and charming especially on a December night, this is easily one of the best Belgian ales I tasted in the past few months. Highly recommendable, if it can still be found today. Honestly speaking, I hadn’t expected this kind of quality from this particular brewery; it is a good thing that the established mainstream breweries in Belgium are still on the lookout for whatever happens in the craft beer world, and pick up new tendencies every now and then. I hope to see more of this quality level in Belgium in the future!
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle. Deep dark nutty ruby with a thin off beige head. Sweet and delightfully peppery nose with a dose of spruce or something herbal on top of dark sweet malt tones. Nice lovely flavor of dark sticky malts with a gentle roasty blackness with a side of herbal spruce and pepper and a wee bit of sweet roast. Lovely.
ShelbyGrey (179) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is fantastic, complex woody vanilla, amazing body, perfect for this time of the year!
tricksta_p (1588) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sweet malt, toffee, ripe dark fruit, raisins, vanilla, hint of oak, booze, touch of bourbon? Flavour is sweet with a sweet and slightly boozy finish. Pretty good.
Westchesterco (1238) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is strong caramel and bourbon notes
Swaroga (1618) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013. The beer is just perfect. One of the best quads I ever tasted. The barrel aging is subtil and perfectly balanced. What a beer !
Martinus (3441) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, madeira and spicy notes. Sweet malty flavour, raisins, honey and caramel. Sweet finish, caramel.
(from 75cL bottle @ Joris’ & Judy’s Dinner Party. Thanks for sharing, joes!)
jamesie1857 (1537) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle from Beer Tempel, Brugge (back in 2012 - sitting waiting, patiently ever since). Deep ruby red to pitch body, firm lasting beige head. Nose is liquorice, blackcurrants, cherries, plus a certain booziness. Taste is warming, lots of the expected rum soaked cake fruits, lots of wood, deep and rich. Best I’ve had since last Christmas!
PriorL (2423) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thx to the kind donator!
APPEARANCE: Clouded Brown/red beer. Small but stable head.
NOSE: oak, sour, somewhat lactic but very fruity,
TASTE: sources very clear, oak, fruity, somewhat sweet. Very nice beer alltogether!