raymow (846) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color is a deep dark brown and the aroma is of alcohol - like a glass of brandy. No head at all - smells and tastes more like a brandy than a beer. Not quite my cup of tea, but give me a few more months!
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight chemical aroma but also alcohol, banana esthers, and some other fruitiness. Appearance is a golden brown. Flavor is sweet up front, tart in the mdidle with an alcoholic piney gin-like finish. Good mouthfeel.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing amber color with a small head, dying quickly. Chemical, woody aroma with some sweet cherries. Fizzy, then alcoholic, then sweet. Big brown sugar, caramel, and scotch flavors. Quite dry.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin head, barleywine color (copper/brown). The aroma was clearly alcohol-laced, propelled out of the glass with woody notes and a sharp vanilla strain, sort of like a Fullers vintage. The aroma attacks the nasal passages. Syrupy, heavy palate with a carbonated lilt. Sticky sweetness. A bitter finish hits mid-palate.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Tried hard to break this one apart but didn't get to far the flavors and smells blend well. Aroma of fruit, dough, small alcohol (when warm). Palate is a little on the syrupy side but not any more then I would expect from a 12%. Flavors of ... lots of them and I had trouble seperating but lets say dried fruit, brown sugar, slight soy sauce, nice alcoholic warms. Nice and relaxing.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quickly dissapating off-white head. Murky orange leaning towards red. Big blackberry aroma. Complex. Minaly yeasty aromas with some malt. Hops not noticeable on the nose. Sweetness up front and bitterness at the end. Bitter blackberry flavors. Alcohol is quite evident. Full sticky body. Very true to the style. Much more Belgian in character than most American Quads.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby copper with a thin white head. Acid malt, butterscotch and lightly alcoholic aroma. Body is thick, syrupy sweet and moderately complex. Some dark fruit, tartness and massive maltiness combine to mask the high alcohol greatly. This is a wonderful Belgian style treat from a good brewery.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, is this smooth and complex. Like a mellowed out 10 year old bourban. Vanilla, oak, sweet w/o any over sweetness (I wish I could express myself better on the sweet notes - I generally hate sweet in a beer) Dark brown great persistant finely bubble head. Could sip on this forever.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 22, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish-purple, prune colored body that appears hazy and is not transparent. When held up to the light some cherry hues shine through. Very nice! Head is shortlived, thin and cream colored; quickly retreating to a ring around the inside edge of the glass. Smells of grapes, chocolate, alcohol, yeast, prunes, honey and sugar. Mouthfeel is large, velvety and intense. This is an amazing beer with oodles of flavors. Starts grapy sweet with honey, figs and prunes, then mellows with orange spice and yeast notes, transitioning to bitter/roasted flavors, ending in coffee. Alcohol taste is present throughout, though it fits unobtrusively. Perfect balance of extremely complex malt/hop flavors makes this one of the better beers available. Definately worth a try. I bought my sample in a 12oz bottle from Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great dark copper colour with a nice thick dense tan head. When held up to a light, the beer is nice and ruby tinted. Aroma of honey, malt, raisins, pit fruit and even a bit of hops. The taste is very strong and malty. Full-bodied; Flavours of honey, raisins are very noticeable and quite pleasant. The aftertaste is quite bittering from the malt, but at the same time...very sweet from the pit fruit and raisin flavours. One of the better Quads I've had...and I'm happy to now see that there is a category for them instead of just a 'Belgian Strong Ale' category for them all! I reccomend that anyone who might be able to find this, to definately try it as it was great! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia.