Alengrin (3225) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eisbock-processed version of Quadrupel X, leading to an astonishing alcohol strength of 25% ABV and produced only in extremely limited quantities (216 bottles, I was told), sold at 100 EUR per bottle, but the gainings are used for charity, apparently. Despite the massive alcohol content, it still carried a quite firm, off-white head over a hazy deep amber hue. Very powerful, if not overpowering, complexely perfumed aroma of amaretto and marzipan, caramel candy, honey and orange liqueur. Very sweet, orange- and almond-like taste, near to syrupy mouthfeel, cloying, liqueurish, very complex and long-lasting, inevitably very alcohol and ending in a dry and long, liqueur-like alcohol warmth. Maybe a bit too strong for what it can bear, but very fascinating nonetheless. A kind of beer liqueur, one could argue, and more a super-strong barley wine than a true quadrupel to me.
jtclockwork (10809) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I shared at Goulet’s tasting. PoursPours dark amber brown head. Nose/taste of candy sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel syrup and alcohol soaked fruit cake. Full body.
vtafro (4827) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks Jtclockwork. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet warmth, dark fruit and other deep tones. Very warm flavor, some burn, dark sugars and fruits.
Nisse666 (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle at En öl och whiskeymässa Gbg, vintage 2011
AR: port wine, red grapes
AP: mahogny oily, no head
F: peppery, port wine, red grapes, rasins, pruns, still fizzy, wee liqurice, heavy warming vs the 25% ABV - poured by Skrubbe, thx for the extra treat man!
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (mega thanks to BelgBeerGeek for this one and to hannont for bringing this over)... Poured clear, reddish with no head. Nose of wood, vinous dark fruits, prunes, raisins, etc.. Super thick, completely coated my palate. Sweet, heavy booze, spirit-like with a ton of alcohol heat. Lots of dark fruit characters, dark cherry with some vanilla and sugary candied sweet tones. Intense.
markextrae (2121) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
finally. we had this bottle at a tasting with 4 other people. took some time to take of the wax. poured into molen tasting glasses. poured a deep amber red colour with no head. smell was like a port, strong boozy nose. with sweet sugar / caramel. with some fruits hidden in the back cuz’of the alcohol. and wow! the viscosity of this beer is so incredible thick! never had a beer that had such a thick mouthfeel. it’s like you would take a spoon to eat it out of the glass. verry sweet taste, with apples, more candy sugar, wine feeling. well it was for a good charity
neepsntatties (1369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...semi cloudy garnet-amber with no head. Nose...butterscotch, boiled cherry sweets, marzipan and macerated cherries soaked in booze. Palate... Massively cloying and boozy with a thick feel that reminds one of kirschwasser or framboise liqueur. The palate is eminently coating and the booze and dryness really hits mid and back
palate. This doesn’t seem like 25% and I’ll bet it could sneak up and kick your patoot right quick!
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: alcohol, herbs, grains, little oxidated.
TASTE: lots of alcohol, herbs, sweet, caramel, red fruits.
Too much alcohol and not totally in balance...
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle, huge thanks to Greg for sharing! Reddish chestnut colored pour. Nose and flavor bring big notes of red berry, plum, sherry, caramel, vanilla, marzipan, and sweet red wine. Definitely some alcohol burn, but I wouldn’t peg this for 25% were I to drink it blind. Definitely has some things going on and drinks all right, but not nearly as impressive as Double Black.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, raisins, bread, and baked banana. Flavor of cherry, wood, toffee, vinous, and almonds with a alcohol burn in the finish.