Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear but dark brown with a substantial head. The aroma is muted, musty toffee (my wife hated it, thinking it actually smelt like "puke" [we have small kids so this wasn’t just hyperbole]), and I thought it was more unexceptional than uninviting. I liked the flavor, especially when it was colder, as it seemed that the alcohol was more restrained then. Bold, big flavor, sweet, tangy, acidic, big toffee like a candy bar, vanilla, hazlenut, with something mildly fruity but hard to place (perhaps faintly like a banana-orange-pineapple smoothie?) and more than a hint of apple in the late, long finish...it struck me that this was very similar to most Quads that I’ve had. The alcohol is pretty apparent but it wasn’t a bad thing. I almost completely forgot to think about the palate until my very last swig: that’s a good thing, because it was easy drinking with decent body and carbonation support.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown redish. Creamy large off white head. Malty aroma, some toffee, little bit nutty with some yeast and alcohol. Full and creamy palate. Smouth, Sweet bitter taste, roasted Alcohol is clear in finish. Doesn’t seem so heavy. Misses some more character, but a good beer.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep reddish brown with an overly generous, fizzy head. Nose toffee, quite rich and chewy, deep caramel, some molasses. Flavor underwhelms, some sugars and malts, chewy caramel/toffee again, but a bit plastic and dead, bit of band-aid going on here. Eh.
pivo (2626) - GERMANY - NOV 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted bread crust nose with some sweet caramel. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Big, broad sugary malt, figs and raisins in the middle as well as toffee, light roasted malt effect at the end. Chewy body, clean palate. Great balance and a fantastic brune.
JK (4865) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Do not serve chilled or cool or whatever the bottle says. Very dark and cloudy brown. Small but thick head that becomes rocky, and remains as a thin layer on top of the beer until the last sip. Cold immediately from the bottle the beer has little aroma, little flavor, and far too much carbonation; so much so that it seems to effect the flavor as footbalm said. After warming to room temperature there is malt, fruit, and very light spice. Flavor of rich sweet malt, some fruit. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. This tastes like a dubbel, but with the abv so high, it would be fair to call it a quad. Pleasant.
joergen (22911) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown coloured with a small off white head.
Aroma of malts, fruits, spices and dried fruits.
Sweet flavour of malts, dried fruits and caramel.
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color, medium forthy eggshell white head. Bread dough and yeast nose - great. Candy sugar taste, slightly alcohol to detect - and like a grain barn. Lively carbonated. Very spicey, yeast in the beginning - nice nutmeg and cloves in the middle with a weird though kind of light sour, sellery finish.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown with a nice fizzy layer odf foam. Nose is a jumbled mix of some spices and fruits with some sweet maltness.This is very carbonated,so much so that it fizzles the flavor off my tongue.Does have some coriander and fruit esters but not all that for a Belgian Strong.
rauchbier (3652) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, ZBF 2005. Hazy brown, good off white head and moderate condition. Low roastiness and chocolate in the nose, sweet and chocolaty in the mouth with some roast barley dryness in the mouth, low sweet malty finish with more roastiness.
TimE (3990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with dog food and chocolate in the nose, which was surprising for a Belgian Ale. Rich, chocolatey smooooth mouth with fig, chocolate and snuff and a big dry malty chocolately finish.