Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
A very interesting quad with a sour twist worked out pretty well. If I had a complaint it was a bit on the expensive side. Otherwise if it came in a 12 ounce bottle I would have been just as happy to rate a fine release from Struise.
Aroma / Appearance - A caramelly brown base sits below a musty tan head. The reddish hue traps a mixture of old chocolate, white wine, and malt. The creamy contribution of the bourbon gives some nice depth. The sourness does not stand out much from the other scents.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy vanilla, maple, caramel, and more stick in the thick mouthfeel. The muted bourbon aspect tickles the throat for a second. This has a nice big body that clings to the palate. A very unusual quad would be hard to finish off alone so share it with a few friends.
jackl (4347) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013. The pour’s murky brown with a small head. The nose is cherry fruit leather. Rich toffee. Bakes apple. Spicy sweet Belgian yeast. Similar flavors. The taste is more baked apple, marzipan. Chocolate. Charred grain. Spicy. Full body, soft carbonation. Tasty.
DrSilverworm (6010) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10oz snifter on tap at Neon’s, for $10. Caramel malt, candy sugar, dates, dark fruit, toffee in the nose. Some butter scotch and vanilla barrel character. Big pineapple tropical fruit aroma in the nose. Bigger body, sort of slick. Lighter, soft carbonation. Some barrel, light vanilla character amidst the red fruity sweet flavors... A bit sweet overall, light alcohol warmth in the finish, light bite, light spiciness. Solid belgian strong ale, though I’d preferred a bit more strength and less big sweetness. Decent belgian strong ale overall. $10 for it hurts, though. Would prefer a pannepot reserva any day.
Tmoney99 (10455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Poured a hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, brown sugar and dark bourbon wood aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout complex brew.
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper, light haze, big tan head, little retention/lace, but some legs. Aroma of fig, toffee, fruity ester, vanilla, lightly vinous, honey. Taste is sweet, but not cloying; vanilla, dark fruit, light wine, toffee. Palate is soft, slick, sweet finish. Nice.
Swaroga (1259) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Clear brown color with medium, thick dirty white head.
NOSE : old bread, vinegar, apple, wine, caramel, vanilla, booze, nail polish.
SIP : very thick with creamy texture. Low carbonation. The creamy texture is amazing. It carry sweet lactic notes of caramel malts. It gets a bit sour that develops through wood, wine like flavors. The booze follows but stays well balanced. In the end it warms. After couple of sips it is clear I will get drunk with this. Finish is dry and sweet in the same time. Each sip the beer reflects well it’s bourbon barrel aging. Aftertaste is acidic and sweet, wood and vanilla, booze and earth.
OVERALL : what a brew. Aging in oak for couple of years makes this beer quite unique. Huge.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
19/10/2013 Eurhop (tap). Color miele, poco torbida, schiuma leggerissima. Al naso sentori di malto, frutta matura, zucchero candito, vaniglia, alcol molto presente. In bocca è dolce, caramello, zucchero di canna, note di botte, un po’ sbilanciata. Corpo pieno, carbonazione bassa. Buona, ma mi aspettavo francamente molto di più.
drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Local Option. 08 version. Amber to orange color. Sweet throughout. Vanilla. Oak. Apricot and some banana.
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) in DC. After starting with the Oostvleteren 12, I was shocked to see such a difference between that Quad and this Quad. Poured a dark orange, honey-looking brew, with a small, wispy off-white head. Aroma was nice fruit notes, honey with a touch of hops. Touch of vanilla, some notes of woody barrel come out in this one. Touch of boozy bourbon notes, but surprisingly and dangerously drinkable.
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy Golden Amber with a lasting off-White head. Aroma of fruit on the turn and delicious bourbon vanilla. The Bourbon ageing is delicately done and it allows the other elements to blend beautifully. Very well balanced. Toffee, dried fruits and vanilla with a hearty warmth from the booze. Outstanding.