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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
#500 coutsey of the ballinest gangsta in O-town SoLan: thanks for sharing pours a great caramel colour with no head just a great carmel coulour though. aroma is big dried fruit dates, raisins, super deep caramel malt, great wood aroma like the barrel is in the glass, the alcohol is good also almost get the brandy aroma. flavour is awesome almost dead onto the aroma. flavour gets the wood, caramel, vanilla, vinous alcohol. great dry finish adn just palin awesome brew. smooth as can be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2521) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 Throwdown. Awesome! Very woody with a strong fruity caramelized essence. Hints of alcohol and brandy. Strong brandy flavors with fruity raisiny slight vinous malts. A touch hot at the end. Nicely strong. Clear copper color.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Courtesy aspidites. Clear amber/brown. Huge oak in this one- toasted earth, charred oak, rich malt, dried dark fruits, subtle spice from the yeast, and a bit of brandy alcohol on the end. Full body, just smoother than balanced, which works well with the flavors. Awesome brew.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
big thanks to beerguy101 for sharing at Noogfest 08. Wow. Rich, tasty beer with all sorts of complex flavors of dry fruity, brown sugar/molasses, oak etc etc. great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6849) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white/light tan head. Caramel aroma with a bit of sweetness and some dark fruit. Brown sugar flavor with brandy, oak, and light fruitiness. Richer bodied. Lingering caramel and brandy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 22oz bottle thanks to steve!...... pours a lifeless opaque reddish brown with virtually no head and barely any wisps whatsoever. thin bubbles formed around the edges with nothing more that that. devon’s glass was the only one that had any head..... aroma of sweet brandy caramel and toffee..... flavors had an assertive warm, sweet brandy component with very little of the quad shining through. somewhat thin mouthfeel and also could have used a little more carbonation. sweet finish.

rerate based on trying some of jason’t bottle. this one had significantly more carbonation which made the palatte a whole lot better. smooth rich and decadent caramel, brandy, and sweet sticky flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 22oz bottle. big thanks to pantanap for sharing! pours almost flat muddy amber. aroma of brandy, butterscotch, and dark fruit. flavor has lots of caramelized brandy notes, butterscotch, toffee, plums, oak, raisins, hints of chocolate. a tad thin and boozy. very tasty and i enjoyed this a lot more then the numbers indicate. 3.7.

7/12/08, bottle. big thanks to ughs for this. i needed a re-rate and doubted I would have another chance. pours clear amber with off white head. more carbonation in this one. wonderful use of the brandy barrel with it taking over nicely with caramel and oak. wow really enjoyed this and the alcohol is extremely well hidden.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2008
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a hazy brown with a small off-white head. Sweet with malty aromas of caramel and rye. Also aromas of dates, port and cask wood. Some bready notes. Rugbrød. Light alcohol notes. Full bodied. Some residual sugars in the finish. Thanks!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009
Huge thanks to Degarth for sharing this truly rare treat.

Pours hazy brown with thin off white head. It has a simply huge creamy – chewy – delicious – inviting aroma. Wow! I get sweet rich molasses, moderate wood notes, sweet dark fruitiness, some red wine and some understandable alcohol presence consider the massive ABV. I get a thick initial mouth feel ushering notes of dates, figs, prunes and sweet raisins that moves into wood and mild sweet booziness. It then becomes more and more whiskey infused as the taste progresses. It runs toward the finish with unbridled joy carrying tasty rich malt sweetness mixed with sweet dark dark fruitiness. Just plain old YUM!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy Degarth. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small short lived off-white head. Aroma is heavy alcohol that stings the nostrils, spicy yeast, dark fruit, caramel, and a hint of oak. Taste is tart dark fruit, spicy yeast, alcohol, with hints of oak and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and very smooth alcohol. Very good.


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