CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy mahogany brown with a large, frothy, nicely-lacing head. Slightly dry, woody, semi-sweet caramel malty aroma. Begins with some sweet caramel malty, light fruitiness with nice oaky character thinning some toward a slightly tart, warming finish. Lots of sweet malt and pleasant oaky complexity, but is kinda thin. Donít really see this being a quad, but itís ok otherwise.
Beaver (1163) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 375ml bottle corked and caged. Pours a murky ruby light brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.
The aroma is vinous alcohol, wood, tart fruits and some floral notes.
The flavor is sweet breadiness, oak and some tart fruits. The finish is sweet with some dark fruits (figs). The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with some slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this. Itís a nice Belgian Ale (a little on the sweet side) with a good use of wood aging.
CamdenD (1028) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one is pretty average, which is bad compared to what is possible with this style. Just nothing memorable at all. Somewhat appealing nose of fruit/nuts but thatís about it. Taste is sugarmalt and tongue is somewhat sticky.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, dried fruits, vanilla, light yeast, caramel, oak, and light smoke. Taste of toffee, light caramel, tart citrus, buttery, toasted malts, nuts, light smoke, dried fruits, and faint alcohol in the end. Surprisingly pretty decent.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!). Dave scared me when he saw the bottle and said he had this before and it was awful (fingers crossed that he had a bad bottle). Poured a deep ruby red/brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, vanilla, nuts, very light oak, and dark fruits. Tastes of lighter smoke, brown sugar, vanilla, nuts, and caramel. I enjoyed this (even after drinking a few trappist Quads before hand). I guess Dave either had a bad bottle or the extra 6 months did it some good.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appears a dark amber toned brown with a small white film as a cap that floats atop the brew. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raisins.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet toasted nut with caramel and brown sugar sprinkled atop.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth with a semi-dry, bready finish.
This one was supposed to be aged with French oak chips...didnít get any of that in there. Perhaps the tannins got eaten up amongst the other complexities? The great enigma with this beer, huh?
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Hazy, red-orange ale with a tiny, fizzy, off-white head. Lots of floaties. Corny nose with very subtle wood. Malty, vineous flavor. Toffee, medium sherry, alcohol. Medium-bodied with a satiny mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Finishes woodsy and dry. Thanks to growler for sharing his bottle.
ABUSEDGOAT (2169) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dammit! I didnít want to drink another Left Hand beer any time soon, but the bottle fooled me and I already opened it. Whatever, itís one of my favorite styles. Poured a cloudy orangish brown body with a moderate head. Aroma is sugary with plums and berries. So far so good, but still nothing compared to Rochefort or even Achel. Unfortunately the mouthfeel was very watery and empty, but still somewhat enjoyable. Alcohol hidden amazingly well again though. The flavors were all there, but just like the ídoubleí sawtooth last night, this beer needs more oomph. I canít see how they are gonna keep charging top dollar for mediocre beers.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 2006 bottle consumed on 5/20/06. Fluffy enough off-white head, with very light lacing, moderate retention, but quite clear and I donít see any sediment on the bottom. Deep, burnished copper with a strong honey-golden hue. Aroma has plenty of yeast, thick, highly phenolic and quite dominant. Syrupy, thick honey-like malt seems to be underattenuated, even from the nose. A fair essence of vanilla on the finish dries things out, with alcohol dryness as well. Sharp, extremely unrefined. First notes are awash in alcohol and syrupy-sweet honey-malt. Sugary graham crackers, drenched in honey, balance the dry vanilla oakiness and heavy phenols. Some light citrus notes and very sharp alcohol, with an overly filtered texture that does not leave much of a deep texture. Though the heavily sweet, underattenuated malts do keep it from being loose. Just dosent speak to quality brewing. Way too over-the-top and unbalanced.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared by clarkvv 5/20/06. Pours a deep dark red color with an off white frothy head. Head receedes to leave a small film and ring. Nose is woody, peanutbrittle, some alcohol notes. palate is medium thickness and full bodied with an alcohol tingliness and a bitter finish with an alcohol warming. Taste is light alcohol, bits of nuts, some more peanut brittle and oak notes.