superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2014. Pours slightly cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2012. Pours hazy golden, small white head. Barleywine like aroma, lots of malts, dark fruits, some bourbon notes as well. Flavor is medium sweet, very muted spices, a bit of Belgian yeast esters, but still more of a barleywine than a Belgian beer to my palate. Tastes barrel aged interestingly enough. Medium body,
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Complex aroma with way more going on than I can pick out. Taste is similar but a little more restrained.
John25 (696) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. (Rated from memory from las night). Amber/orange. Sticky, sweet sugary fruit, boozy. Pretty good, but too sweet and unbalanced.
Slubgob (196) - West Hartford, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into snifter. Hazy orange-brass, quickly dissipating white head. Wonderful nose of sweet dried apricot, biscuit, touch of cinnamon or clove? In the mouth, high alcohol sweetness but not as much as one might expect from 12%. Malty, long finish that evolves from sweet to fruit. Heavy on it’s own, but balances nicely with a chicken adobo of all things -- I think because the vinegar in the dish adds a needed contrast to the thick sweetness of the brew.
steelhead3686 (252) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a off white brownish head. Lots of malt aromas of bread, toffee, and and some chocolate. There are also some citrus and and spruce. It has a medium to heavy sweetness and almost no bitter. This beer is almost a desert. The body with medium to full and has a creamy and fluffy aroma that fills the mouth with even the smallest sip. It’s a little too sweet for my taste and has almost no bitterness to balance it out.
smaynard6000 (662) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a hazy light amber color with a small off white head. Mostly spicy aroma. Somewhat tart with some fruitiness and spices. Smooth finish. Pretty good.
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden with a good pale head. Aroma is citrus, raisins, Belgian yeast, heather honey. Full bodied, slightly boozy on the palate. Taste is raisins, honey, booze, citrus, honey.
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share. Cloudy orange. Aroma of fruity malt, bitter citrus hops, wet biscuit. Taste is sweet, with a punch of bitter. Mouthfeel is tingly, sticky, and dry.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample from bottle at 2014 houston big brew fest. Golden with one finger head. Light body with good Belgian spicing. Slightly boozy.
ClubGonzo (4238) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep orange body with a small white head. Nose is citric peel, oranges, Belgian estery yeast tones, alcohol, candi sugars, hints of raisins, grains, resin and herbs. Taste is citrus, white sugar, mild banana, alcohol, raisins, hints of resin and caramel. Full body, medium carbonation. Very pleasant freestyle Belgian ale from Victory.