Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is orange that took a bit of quick thinking to tip that bottle up to release any co2 that was within, the head finally appeared but did not last long. distinct orange scent with a large sugary syrup aroma, smells like a barrel of gummi bears. dusty fruit flavor with a very dry finish. reminds me of a st bernardus 8 if you added strwaberry taffy to it. coating mouthfeel, and a bit cloying to boot, although the alcohol tries to dry it out.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-burgundy-slightly brown in color with a nice-looking, soapy, off-white head. It smells sour and woody, yest musty and full of spoiled fruits. Very sweet in the flavor/body, but not syrupy. It tastes like it was artificaially flavored with plums and brown sugar. It ismuch more like a barley-wine than a quad for me. The woodiness is pleasant, but there is something in te finish that tastes to me like aspartame, which is a big turn-off.
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12.6 ounce corked bottle from Julios - I must admit that I bought this because of the bottle (damn left hand and its marketing department!) - amber pour with minimal head - aroma of oak, whiskey, cane sugar and, I swear, play doh, along with some tartness and hints of oxidation - fairly thin-bodied for something of such strength - mildly fruity, with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak - not much else going on besides that - tastes kind of plastic-like and artificial - nothing really belgian about it - more like a mediocre barleywine.
FlagstoneHill (213) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Lefthand. .. Malty, sweet, raisins, plums in the aroma. .. . Hazy chestnut brown, small tan head. .. Fruity, malty, sweet flavor. .. . Med body, light carbonation. . . Fruity Belgian body. Not bad. ..
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Pours a redish dark brown. Medium sized off-white head. Aroma sweet and mildly malty with just a bit of vinilla. Taste is sweet and yeasty with hint of darl fruit. This could be good if wasn’t so this thin and watery.
GarrettB (846) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Breweries and craft beer, and their efforts to transpose delicious European variants into the American consumer market enjoy a good rate of success. Left Hand, has apparently decided to try its own hand (the left one presumably) at the “Belgian Transplant”, promising a rare variety of yeast and Old World French Oak chips to impress on the American psyche a sense of European luxury. The effort deserves applause, but it’s still a meek variant on the “real deal”. The head is frothy and bubbly, capping the beer with a cork tan shade. WoodVille #21 is a nice hue of red and purple, and permits just enough light through to do an excellent impression of a red grape, especially when served in my roundish New Belgium glass. The smell is slow and creeping, hinting at cinnamon, some light hops, a pinch of all spice, a little wood, a little cheesiness, but all of it faint. I’m under the impression that the aroma may just faint at any moment and collapse back into the glass. The combination is pleasant, and reminiscent of many of my favorite Abt and Quadrupel beers. The doppelganger effect wears off once the WoodVille #21 splashes on the tongue. Actually, it doesn’t splash so much as it hits like a glop of wet cement and trickles like tar. It is absolutely flat. No gas can possibly exist within this beer. I think that Left Hand may actually have been able to induce a vacuum within it, creating tiny pores of airless pockets. The science could be staggering, but so is the palate. The flavors that creep along with this thick morass include brie, cement in flavor as much as in texture, and soap. Imagine ingesting expensive fabric softener. A dense, syrupy palate with soft, soapy flavors is a stunning recreation of digestible, non-toxic fabric softener, and it ain’t bad. Presented with the experience, I’m glad I had it, but I would caution those who have a hard time with similarly industrial tastes. It’s a bit strange to be sure, but my tongue has never been softer, and I continue to applaud the effort to really get into the thick of Belgian brewing at its finest. I imagine it’s no easy task, and certainly a lot harder than doing the laundry.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber. vinous aroma with raisins. Flavor: Malty, yeasty, raisins, moderately bitter, but with dry finish.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Sunset Grill, Allston, Massachusetts, 9-29-06. Pours a ruddy ruby/brown combo with an off white head that has an ugly grey tinge to it. Excellent retention, fantastic lacing, negating the off-putting color scheme. Aroma is lovely, but far too subtle, really lacking character - wood and smoke, honeyed oats, sweet candy sugars and bittersweet hops. Taste is heavily oaky, fuzzy on the rest. Nothing seems well pronounced, just a mumbled, jumbled mess, more or less. Tastes like it would improve nicely after a while. Will probably not revisit this beer.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very drunk when sampled, so notes are messy, but overall seems like way too much wood and chocolate, which just aren’t a good combo.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby body with no head. Sweet aroma, tea and spice. Taste is delicate, cinamon, spice with wheat and honey. Cool and clean ending, a very nice beer.