rajendra82 (980) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The deep burgundy color, and the small head looked very nice in the goblet, and the smell of cherry, orange, and banana was a very authentic touch. The taste was sweet and rich, and reminded me of some fruit jam or some type of dessert topping. The sweetness was backed with a spicy yeast note, and followed by drying and warm finish. The heavy sweetness made this quite a sipper. The alcohol was evident but restrained. This was a very authentic take on the style. Maybe a tad sweeter than the real deal, but very close.
SSSteve (3958) - - FEB 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. dark brown with a reddish tint and almost no head. aroma has notes of dark fruit and roasted malt. nutty with dark fruits in the flavor and a good amount of minty, herbal, licorice spices. kind of light bodied for a quad. a good bit of heat in the finish. overall i thought this was still pretty nice even with some flaws...thin, hot, and no head.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2010 Update Sept 13, 2010. About 7 months old now and progressing nicely. Very strong aroma with gobs of fruit and diminished alcohol, chocolate also prominent. This gets an easy 8.5 on the nose and almost a 9, a joy to inhale. Flavor stays about the same but the alcohol is noticeably dropping off, still quite sweet though which which contributes to some stickiness on the mouthfeel, although it still remains very creamy and full. Excellent, already getting better (and it was great fresh) and Iím looking forward to following this for a couple of years.
22oz bottle. Served cool room temp into a Duvel glass. Pours somewhat thin dark brown with a one finger beige head that leaves spotty lace and holds a moderate cap. Aroma is fruity, cherries, sour apple, alcohol prominent, yeast, bread, caramel malts, big & sweet smelling aroma. Flavor is sweet, cherries, dark fruit, caramel, a little chocolate, brown or candy sugar, bread and yeast really picks up as it warms, some bitterness on the finish, alcohol is there but doesnít burn. Long sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full, sticky and sweet. This is a pretty damned good US-brewed Belgian Quad, pretty young though...Iíd like to revisit in a year.
Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 17/20