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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.


4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 From a growler at the GT 2009 - big thanks to Steve the Brewer! Nose is light fruit and malt - this and the odd orange color were not what I was expecting from a quad (though I have since had Kappitel Abt and it seems such a color is acceptable). Then some nonsense happened: I tasted it. Big fruit notes and that sharp flour taste of Rochefort 10 gave way to a prickling, fruity (quince, orange zest) alcohol from the brandy barrel. Finish was long and gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve had a subtle quad before, but this was genius in its crafting and a treat to taste. What an 800!

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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - 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!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Hehe. All kinds of goodness here: Rare + highly rated + >10.1% + barrel aged. 22oz handbottle via Steve and AgentSteve in a combo trade with WeeHeavy. Wow, what an aroma. Buttery sweet. Thick. Malty. Darkish amber color. Tastes very barrel aged. Definitely the highlight of the night. Excellent. You never know with a hand bottle, but this one was top notch: 10,4,10,4,19: 4.7-4.8. Rerate at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. 9,3,10,4,18:4.4

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Draft at the Bistro’s West Coast BA Fest, 11/10/07; My favorite of the festival along with the Moylans Wet Hopsickle; Nose of oak, maple, toffee, and light brandy; clear gold with a small off-white head; flavor has slight sweetness, brandy, light nectariney fruit, citrus, and caramel! Extremely excellent!

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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.

4.5
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
handbottled from rodger. Smooooth. Huge aroma of pecans and walnuts. Malty flavor with a smooth, nutty finish. Reminds me of caramel and pralines. Excellent!


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