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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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A barrel aged version of our Decadence 12 Abbey style Quadrupple. We acquired a 56 year old Brandy Barrel from our most excellent friend Brian at Gallo. This oaken beast is the primo da primo of barrels. Cuvee has been aged for 1 year in the barrel. Winner of the First Place Gold Medal 2008 California State Fair commercial craft brew competition and Bronze medal at the 2007 Bistro Barrel Festival.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours a nice bronze hue that soon emits an aroma of toffee and biscuits. Flavour picks up Belgian dark rock candied sugar. Potent notes of a nicely done old-vine zinfandel. Nice complexity with a surge of vanilla, oak and a bit of fusel. The finish especially brings out a brandy finish and a little roughness around the edges. Could stand to age for a good year. I’m sure that those who do will be greatly rewarded.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is malty, fruity, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor is malty, fruit, caramel, and a sweet warming alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5145) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2008
A lightly hazed orange/brown pour with light white head. Light brown sugar fruitness of peaches or pears. Raisins, dates, and more fruitness on the flavor. Solid carbonation and mouthfeel. Full flavored and full bodied. Very nice thanks to the genorous soul who brought this to noog4.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Thanks to Pantanap for this one. Dirty red/brown with creamy beige head. Oxidized dough with a little alc, barrel, nice. Dough with big alc and boozy raisin, some nuts. Medium to thin body with syrupy tendency. A little boozy but I dig the noise.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of KrausenJockey. The aroma is defined mostly by the intense alcohol kick, but beneath this is what amounts to a brandy soaked macaroon with coconut, vanilla, sweet toasty malt and gobs of caramel. It’s just a joy to sniff. The appearance is that of a Barely Wine rather than a Quad as it never gets much of a lasting head though you can tease up a thin tan head with a vigorous swirl. The flavor is coconut, vanilla, toasted malt, brandy a coterie of rich dark fruits and boozy alcohol that manages to both burn and be delightful on the finish. Caramel and that "macaroon" flavor are the standouts, but the fruit notes are still quite pronounced. Just an amazingly tasty big beer that I would love to try with even more age.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing this. The beer pours to a reddish orange body with a thin ring of white head. The aroma is caramel and cereal. Light aroma but good. The flavor is extremely caramelized. Think Kraft caramel singles you might get during Halloween. Liquid caramel. Subtle apple pie and clean cereals. The palate is extremely caramelized. Rich creamy and full palate. The palate makes this beer. Subtle yeasts in this one. I simply don’t think it’s a quad.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Many thanks to Steve for the bomber! Poured brilliant, clear copper with just a ring of beige.. loved the color, though. The aroma picked up deep, rich brandy paired with aged caramel, plums, and toffee.. deep and seductive with a warming sensation.. great use of the barrel here. The flavor was brandy-fueled (and a very fine one at that!) with vinous notes and vanilla playing well in there.. drawn caramel, aged toffee, and more vinous notes on the back.. very memorable finish. Heavier-bodied with just enough carbonation on the palate (definitely more that another bottle or two that I heard of).. alcohol was never rough, but this warmed the belly nicely. Great brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
22 oz bottle consumed on 5/25/08 thanks to pantanap for this one. Pours a hazed brown orange with no head. Aged malts in the nose with raisin bran, the smell of a vitamin bottle, and oxidized malts. Sweet raisins, grainy malts, and brandy notes. Overly sweet and overly boozy. Not bad, but not especially my cup ’a beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy maroon color with a small off white head that fades quickly. The nose shows hints of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and butterscotch. The flavor follows the same lines with caramel soaked apples, vanilla, and butterscotch all playing dominant roles here. The brandy barrel did wonders for this one. The brandy, candied sugar, and vanilla gave this a nice sweet taste and masked the alcohol beautifully. The body was medium-full with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that led to a sweet and warm caramel apple finish. This is one well crafted beer and I hope I get to try it again sometime.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. Pours mostly clear, darkly brazen color with minimal, swirly, off-white foam at the surface. Virtually no lacing noted. Aromatics are strong and inviting, with gobs of caramel and toffee showing obvious signs of their long and luxurious bath in the brandy barrel. Notes of rich butterscotch meet warm candied apples and vanilla. Flavors again display buttery, caramelized richness honed in by the apple brandy and oaky vanilla. Were it a touch hoppier, I’d call in a barley wine. Medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated, and slightly syrupy on the finish. Overall, a very, very good beer.


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