TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz.: Speckled peach. Mixture of large and small bubbles blanket the glass with lace. Grapey, rummy, caramelized orange aromas. Some bready malt and meaty yeast hints. Very alcoholic. Spongy, big-bubbled carbonation. Quite viscous. Initially thick, with a full-on sweetness that takes hold, packing a tightly gritty punch of cane sugar and rummy sweetness. Delectable, albeit short lived, floral hop softness. Coriander is poorly utilized and bolsters the alcoholic heat. Despite the active carbonation, the syrupy/grapey sweetness remains prominent. Hint of over-toasted malt hulls lend more harshness to the already harsh alcohol. Flavor wants to become medicinal, but there’s just enough dryness and malt depth to eclipse it. Somewhat oxidized, though, and the malt seemingly takes on more mushy, husky notes, as it goes. Anticlimactic finish reveals little more than a twinge of apple acidity, peppery alcohol, and a sharp tannic sting which annihilates the softer malt qualities. Does show some potential, but as is, it’s too sweet and sloppy.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Rerate (7-4-7-2-14=3.4): Fruity, candied, malt forward aroma is quite musty. Clear deep amber coloured body is topped by a pillowy off white head that lasts well. Sweet and fruity with moderate herbal hop notes and decent bitterness. Medium body with lively explosive carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie. Original Rating (7-3-5-2-11=2.8): Interesting aroma is herbal in character with notes of celery, brown sugar, green apples and pineapple. Hazy copper-orange coloured body with low white head that recedes to cover with light lacing. Dates, apples, (yellow delicious) in the fairly sweet but somewhat plain flavour with alcohol apparent throughout. Heavy, medium-full body is quite syrupy as initially strong carbonation flees quickly. Bottle sampled with MartinT and Olivier_MTL.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Bello Vino, Ann Arbor MI (Oct 2005). Dark, faintly cloudy amber with a massive frothy slow-diminishing off-white head...fairly yeasty, lightly sour nose, seems a bit worty but not disgustingly so, lightly vinous with some slight pungent wet floral notes...on the tongue, alcohol is warmingly present at first, rather stinging near the finish, alongside wine-soaked caramel and a touch of anise and white pepper...fairly sweet throughout, but not cloying, quite full with moderate carbonation. Good, not great stuff.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caged and corked 750ml - Solid toned color of lightly burnt orange and semi opaque in its glow. Gorgeous crown of fluffy smooth off-yellow sits tall and thick and man does that sucker keep its hold. It maintains its presence at about a 1/4 inch thee entire time it had liquid. Impressive. Lace is light and intricate with thin ink splotchy patterns.
Aroma is peppery and alive with fruity zazz and highly effervescent with spices. Cracked pepper, both white and black, make a noticeable spice over some custard zingyness, yeasty esters tend to be earthy and floral. Mild undertone play of pear, orange rind, and apple make up the fruit side thats hepling create a close balance. But the spices win out by alot.
Taste is smoothly inclined with broad fruity flavors of pear, apricot, apple, and orange. Gently musty and earthy overscore. A wonderfully delicate nature to its character overall as it rounds off very nicely into the spices while maintaining its fruity base. Balance is better in the taste dept. then what I perceived in the aroma. Finish is a complex glide of alcoholic spices, floral dryness, and lightly fluffy kick backs of the fruity stuff. Kinda lemony with pear and apple. One tasty treat. Mildly complexing with a well balanced forum of flavors.
Feel is quite nice as well. Again the balance is key to its overall welcoming component. Firm, steady, steardy, nearly full body with a great fluffy maltish texture and unfiltered film that coats the mouth with a light grab of spice and floral nuances. The fruity side keeps the overall kinship but always steps aside to let in the other ingredients do the thing.
It’s a well balanced, spicy, fruity, firm quad that really sinks its teeth into ya. It goes down just right for its higher ABV and will hit ya late as it dwells in the head. Recommended.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out copperish with solid white head. Aroma is fruity, with some brown sugar, pepper, kinda sweet. Flavor adds an alcohol kick to this brew, which I really enjoyed.
rauchbier (3668) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, ZBF 2005. Copper, good off white head and gentle condition. Sweet malt, roast barley and burnt toast in the nose, good solid roastiness in the mouth with pleasant melanoidin sweetness that reminded me of a dopplebock. Long sweet finish with some roast barley dryness around the edges.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Draft at the Falling Rock: poured bright clear orange with a medium sized dissipating white head. Not a lot of aroma but the flavor is massively scotch-like. Huge alcohol presence. Medium sweetness and fairly well-hopped. A definite warmer upper.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of the best Belgians I’ve tried in a while! It’s is a clear amber/copper color, very nice to look at, with an overflowing, creamy head. The smell reminds me of everything I like about this style: fruit, yeast, and some winey notes. The taste is spicy, peppery, with heavy plum and raisin flavors, followed by a port wine finish. I really have nothing bad to say about this brew, and I also enjoyed the warming effect of the 11.5 percent alcohol! I sure I hope I can find another bottle!
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from magnum bottle. Pours relatively clear copper with large, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is complex with pepper, citrus fruit, dark, pitted fruit and banana. Flavor is slightly sweet with sweet malts, candi sugar, plum, raisin and white pepper. Medium-to full body, well-carbonated and way too eay to drink for a quad! An enjoyable beer experience.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not complex or interesting enough for me. Alcohol is a little evident, nice bitter/sweet blend aftertaste with a citrus/yeast flavor for the most part. But it just doesn’t do it. And is the brewer selling this as a quad? Seems that way, says ’quadrium ale’ on the label, and the guy in store even thought it was one (alas they didn’t have any real quads.) Anyway, good, just not special. Take it or leave it.