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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
My goodness, Steve is the man. At the NorCal tasting, he brought out several that just kept getting better, and better, and this was our last Valley of the evening. This was like sipping a fine cognac. Rich, malt and dried fruit nose along with the slightest of a brandy influence. Sweet, complex, unique flavor that is spot on the aroma. What a treat.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2008
Once again provided by Mike. Wow. Brownish colored beer. Strong pleasant aroma of brandy and ripe fruity malts. The flavor basically took the good aspects of brandy and mixed it with and incredibly pleasant fruity caramel malt and oak. This was liquid desert and one of the finest beers I have probably ever enjoyed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Cleveland tasting

Thanks again to Dawn for bringing back another gem from the far coast. I couldn’t find this at first because the bottle was simply labeled "Belgian Quad" but now that I do I see I was not the only one who loved it. While I personally don’t think it is quite Top 50 material it would not surprise me to see it make an appearance just as soon as a few more people get to try it. I’m not sure why this is categorized as a Quad. Perhaps this is the West Coast interpretation of what one could be if an American touch was applied to it.

Aroma / Appearance - The transparent brown body emanated cinnamon, caramel, raspberry syrup and cherries. The brandy aspect was evident without overpowering the other characteristics. The total package was cohesive and nice to enjoy.

Flavor / Palate - Fruitiness stands out (probably from the barrel as well as the base beer). Apples, pear and a trace of chocolate blend into a pleasant throat pleasing trifecta. The brandy aging becomes obvious over time without dominating. My only real complaint is that by the end the alcohol may be a little on the strong side. That one defect won’t keep me from seeking this out if I ever find myself able to try it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Thanks Dawn, Bottle: Pours a clear copper with a tan head. Aroma, caramel, sweet notes, yeasty, brandy, dark fruits, and some vanilla. Flavor, brandy, caramel, some woody notes, fruits, yeast, a bit of honey. On the sweet side, but the barrel really melds well with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting by me, courtesy of the very generous Aspidites. THANKS MIKE!!! WOW!! Pour was a nice copper color. Smell was sweet! Carmel and vanilla. Taste was Vanilla, honey, carmel, sweet malts and Brandy of course. The brandy was an excellent compliment to the other ingredients. Not overpowering as some barrel aged beers can be. This was one of my favorite beers of the night!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Shared at the cleveland gathering. Was not expecting this one, but it was pretty damn good. Poured an amber reddish color with a tan head. Aroma was fantastic on this brew lots of dark fruits, caramel, honey, some oaky wood presence, melded nicely with a good bit of the brandy barrel. Alcohol was definitely present but worked nicely with the brew. The only downfall I found with this beer was it was prolly a touch too sweet...but still a solid brew that I was very happy I had the chance to try. Thanks dawn!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 21, 2008
NorCal Feb ’08 - Man. What another f’n fantastic creation by Steve. The man has a sincere desire to produce top quality beers and he does it consistantly. This beer is just crazy good.

The beer pours out a copper orange/medium amber color with a nice light tan head. Aroma is multilayered with notes of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, brandy, oak/wood and honeycomb (not the cereal). Flavors are caramel, brown sugar, toffee, subtle brandy, and honey. Again, simply an amazing beer. He took something already fantastic and made it better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Sampled at the second annual Bistro’s West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest: Pours a transparent orange copper with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel and biscuity Belgian malt with some light oaky complexity. Body starts rich and caramely sweet with some complex honey and sticky brown sugar notes. Finishes drier and mildly warming with nice honey and caramel sweetness. Very enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Nose of oak, dried dark candied fruits, vanilla, and a wonderful brandy filled center. Distillate laden marzipan, toffe, creme’ caramel and dark honey fill the palate with pleasant wonder. Deep yet delicate forever maintaing this precarious dance it finishes to a wonderful fruit filled note.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 On Draft at the Bistro BA fest 07. Reddish copper color with an ivory head. Sweet malty nose with a bourbon and banana note. Sweet and malty flavor. Lots of alcohol warmth. Lots of raisins, dates and a slight nuttiness. This is a BIG beer.


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