Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A "Quadrium Ale", according to the label, whatever that is, and also, we are told, this was brewed by Hildegard. Thanks, Hildy! Let’s uncork this sucker and see what your talents have wrought...
Looks lovely in my Tripel Karmeliet glass, a gorgeous peachy orange tone, foam filling half the vessel, delicate and lacey, softly collapsing, very elegant.
Aroma tickles the nose, funky, citric, spicy, ripe orange and grapefruit peels, lemons, cherries, quite a fruity combo, certainly a delight.
And a joy on the tongue, as well, a spicy, spritzy dance on the palate, that mellows much from it’s initial entrance, but never leaves, just keeps rolling along. Gets a bit bubblegummy later in, not that there’s anything wrong with that. This is very tasty, very nice, and I can’t taste the 11.5% the label speaks of...can that be right?
I thought this would be like a Quadrupel style, like La Trappe’s classic version, and maybe it is, if the only consistent characteristic were alcoholic content. But as for taste, it’s surprising and unique. I expected a darker, winey-ier brew, and got something very different, but very delicious.
This 750 ml bottle will be drained with astonishing quickness, and I can be counted for picking up more bottles, to guarantee future happiness.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle (corked & caged): clear, orange gold with a highly retentive, dense, white foam. Caramelized yeasty aroma with figs, raisins, flower petals and a bit of alcohol laced perfume. Sweet, alcoholic cloves balance nicely on velvety carbonation while caramelized brown sugar mix with herbal, peppery notes and thick malt. A lingering stickiness literally glues the malt and dark caramel to the back of the throat while gooey grains slide down…a tasty combination of flavours, but the alcohol is a little too pronounced and I would have loved to see a bit more hop bitterness.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber pour with white head and some lacing. It has a very typical Belgian flavor and aftertaste. It is smooth and makes a very nice finish down the throat.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a glowing dark amber with a nicely building and nicely lacing head. This is a lot like a barley wine as brewed by the belgians. It’s got that sugary sweet caramel flavor common to many British style barley wines (think JW Lee’s Harvest Ale) with a slight bit of that Belgian yeast funk. There’s a noticeable bit of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, but it complements the rest quite nicely. I thought this was top notch.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper color and a small white head. Light sweet malty aroma and sweet caramel light alcoholic taste. Full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clean sparkling copper with a thinly lacing white head. Aroma is rich, caramel malty and sweet, with bready Belgian yeast and a touch of light floral fruit. Body starts with lots of sweetness up front but quickly fades into a more balanced, semi-dry finish. Lightly complex, but could use some more and a little more thickness as well. A nice quadrupel, but I see room for improvement.
Metalhead (631) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There was not much to this 6 mo. old bottle in either aroma or taste. Standard pour,amber and slightly bubbly. Served at 50F. Slightly sweet,mild malt,mild fruitiness. 11% and easy drinking,so kudos on that part. Probably another brew with potential that needs to sit a year or two or three or more...
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Re-rate
2nd time around wasn’t a charm here. Strange banana aroma with a sweet/sour balance in the flavor. This time, finish thick and sticky, but boring.Bottled, sampled at beer/chocolate tasting
Nice pour with some hefty carbonation. Aroma is spiced honey. Flavor of a Heath Bar. Finish is sizzling and alive, with big bubbles bursting on the tongue. Alcohol hits you only at the bottom of the glass.
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, at Monk’s, in Philly. Deep amber color, with a small, white head. Fruit and spice in both the aroma and taste. Medium body, and relatively sweet.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark golden with a good head and lacing. Spicy and fruity notes of passion fruit, dough, malt, and yeast. Spice, malt, and bread dough flavor with a nice hop bitterness and some acidity that gives it a bite.