jbeatty (945) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2011 vintage, 11/26/2012. Pours deep, dark brown, dense stable beige head with cohesive curtains of lace. Aroma is tart green apple and berries, candied fruits, yeast, faint caramel and vinous character. Taste is moderately sweet dark caramel malts with mild tartness, toffee, slight roast, dry woody chocolate bitterness in the finish. Medium full body, tingling carbonation. Ok, decent brew.
Barrelbelly (596) - BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly sour aroma and taste. Caramel, chocolate, yeast. Candy sirup. Soury finish
turbothy (1055) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 05317 bought at De Halve Maan. Pours dark chestnut with a fairly large head. Sweet, alcoholic aroma. Smooth malty flavour with raisin and spices. Very drinkable, grows on you ... as you make your way through the equivalent of a bottle of wine on a Thursday night.
DrSilverworm (5024) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Shared by caterwaul. Mostly hazy dark red dark brown color. Thin khaki head, Some thicker lace. Dark fruit, raisins in the aroma. Some vanilla, definitely a good oaky aroma. Bigger body. Smooth, soft, kinda lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, a light bite to the finish. Lightly dry in the finish, yeah. Alcohol not that well hidden. It’s woody, but it doesn’t seem like virgin oak.. I cant shake the feeling that this is a whiskey or bourbon oak, so much vanilla in this. Solid barrel aged quad. Doesn’t hide the alcohol as well as, say, rochefort 10 or la trappe oak-aged, though. Softer, and with a more of a bite than those 2 favorites. Solid stuff though. Like Alden said, barleywineish... And that’s a good way to look at this.
Westmeister (1524) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Picked up a bottle @ Green’s. Haven’t had a quad in awhile and it was due time. Pours dark cola with ample lasting tan head. Smell is sweet ripe plums, raisins, earthy, cola, caramel, nice. Taste is initially ripe fruits, rains and the some mineral and wood qualities show up. Brown sugar and just finishing notice of booze. Nice sipper and better as it warms.
NeoHippie2 (794) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #11942 Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aromas of yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits, and subtle oak. Flavor is very similar to the regular version, which is awesome, with just a bit of oak in the finish. Very tasty but the oak character wasn’t nearly as prominent as I would have liked.
sic1314 (2553) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of roast caramel malt and dark fruit. Full body, the flavour as the aroma, some wood from the ageing apparent, some liquorice amongst the fruit.
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bieresgourmet.be. Pours a near-black deep brown body with large creamy off-white head. Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, licorice, wood and hints of dark malts and lactic sourness. Taste is dark malts, cinnamon, candi sugar, oak and a pleasantly lactic "barrel-infection" sourness in the finish. Full body, dry finish, high carbonation. Quite a lovely creation from De Halve Maan.
fkoolen (143) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heritage 2012 75cl bottle. Pours a dark brown-red colour with a slim slightly off-white head. Nose is quite sweet with dried fruits, wine and wood. Taste has liquorice, raisins, dried fruits, nuts, big alcohol and hints of wood and wine/tannins giving the drink a dry mouthfeel and long-lasting aftertaste. Medium bodied, a bit oily, lively carbonated. Not as smooth as my favourite barrel-aged beers but a balanced drink, definitely special.
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a clear dark brown with a round off white head. The aroma is rich caramel. The flavour is strong bitter with a big liqourice alcohol yeast palate. A real winter warmer.
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival. Pours clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of over ripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.