jookos (2135) - FINLAND - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.75 bottle. Amber orange, clear. Really interesting nose. Reminds me of Orval to some extent- old world hops, belgian peppery yeasty. But some tripel-ness also in the fresh coriander seedy esters. Super soft full body, like a blanket on your tongue. Pale malts, some hay, but all really soft. And enough bitters for balance. Really nice drink, and interesting. Well made, flavourful yummy. But doesn’t quite fit any specific style too well. Like an Orval on stereoids, having gained 500lbs and put into a straitjacket. Soft and restrained, but bold. Liquid luxury (as printed on the bottle).
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml->Trappist. Amber with small offwhite head. A: Belgian spice, caramel malt, yeast, dark fruit, candy. T: bittersweet candy and dark fruit. Pleasant. Solid.
ineedbeer (734) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle bottled on 12/20/2010.
Aroma is fairly fruity with quite a bit of raisins, figs and stone fruit. Medium light caramel and lightly toasted bread. Moderate honey notes. Hints of toffee.
Pours a somewhat cloudy, amber-copper with a slightly orange hue. Small, thin, light tan head that recedes quickly to the edges and disappears. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with quite a bit of fruit character - raisin, fig and stone fruit. Stronger malt character than in the aroma. Malt notes of caramel, lightly toasted bread and toffee. Lesser honey notes than in the aroma. Medium low bitterness and alcohol spice. Lingering fruit notes, toasted bread and honey.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low, but present astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty mediocre beer. It has a ton of sweetness and the fruit character is too strong and malt presence too light. Hop character has disappeared, but I question whether it would help the beer.
Beachmaster (124) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a tulip. Pours a clear medium copper color, with a small khaki head which fades quickly, leaving little lacing. Nose is caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Taste is moderately sweet dark fruit and caramel. Very well balanced, with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style. Just delicious.
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Shared at Halle´s.
Appearance: Amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Sweet, fruit, raisin, yeast, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, raspberry, hops, malt, caramel.
ajnepple (2178) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from the Argonaut shared over the weekend. Aromas of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, clove, banana, yeast and alcohol. Similar flavor, strong and syrupy.
alexsdad06 (5409) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle from notes. Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin beige head that doesn’t last. The aroma has notes of apples, brandy, alcohol, fruity sweetness, plums, raisins, caramel, lightly spiced, light yeast , warming alcohol, but this is pretty smooth for 12%. My bottle had some oxidation notes that didn’t effect much.
ryanscourt (745) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty aroma and flavor. Some belgium spices and malt to balance. Not bad, strong alcohol flavor but not overwhelming. Blended nice together. Not somethign that gets me overly exciting but enjoyable.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head (or ecru for the pretentious). Slight cream. Decent thickness. Above average retention - about 3-4 minutes. The colour is not at all what I'd expect in a good beer of the style; it's a transparent orange-red. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Really not looking like a good quad ought to. Both the head and colour should be better - the head darker, creamier, thicker, and with better retention; and the colour darker, nontransparent, and more delicate. Misses the mark already, but I'm hoping the taste is far better. In fact, given that this comes from Victory, I'm expecting it to surprise me with its quality.
Sm: Light cherry. Biscuit malt. Peach fruit. Lychee. Light raisin. Nuts. Where the hell are the luscious dark fruits - the very reason I drink a good quad? Noticeable floral hop character. Bright malts. Lychee is dominant - lychee? In a quad? Apricot fruit. Flowers. Sweet candi sugar. Heavily fruity - but bright. No subtlety at all here. But there's nice balance and good complexity; it's just completely wrong for the style. I'm content to abandon judging this as a quad at this point and just let it take me where it will; it's definitely in no way shape or form to style, but I can't deny that in a general sense it's quite pleasant and inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Reminds me of a wheatwine, actually. I get some mango. There's no luxurious delicacy here, but it's intriguing.
T/Mf: Interesting fruity notes - orchard mango, apricot, light orange, lychee, and peach. Nice soft mouthfeel with sufficient coarseness to coax more of the lighter notes out. Some sweet cherry in the background. Body is comprised of grainy malts - not much in the way of bready malts. Some biscuit and amber malts, sure. Hop character is way too pronounced for a quad; floral in nature. It's also got (non hop derived) flowery notes, giving it a light and surprisingly refreshing taste and feel. Some bright raisin. As it warms, more and more of that lychee fruit kicks in - joined by some white plum. I wanted dark plum from this quad, but I'll take what I can get. Juicy throughout. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Clean and enjoyable. Lacks the delicacy and fragility of superior quads, but it's nice for what it is. On the sweeter side of the sweet/bitter scale, but it's never too sweet. Alcohol is well concealed here; drinks like it's about 9.0%. Not getting any yeasty character.
Just like I noticed from the aroma, it seems more like a wheatwine than a quad (even though I don't get any actual wheat notes). I hate to rely on comparisons to other beers as a crutch, but the juicy fruit character reminds me of Marin's Star Brew.
Overall, it's a balanced beer with decent complexity but no real subtlety. I do like it, but I don't consider it a quad. Good carbonation, body, and thickness. It almost makes me want to smack my lips drinking it; fairly luscious.
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edgallow (2074) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours hazy amber with white head. Aroma of malts, spice, toffee and grain. Taste is malts, dried fruit, and toffee.
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