jerd16 (226) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Pours copper with minimal rusty head. Aroma boasts lots of dark fruits: plum, fig, raisins. Rum and raisin chocolate. Cloves, molasses and some cream. Bready belgian yeast is an afterthought. Christmas pudding theme. Smells delicious.
Despite ample carbonation, the palate is a little fragile and fails to carry the depth of flavor. More dried fruit in the flavor with some offsetting toffee malt and yeast. Not quite the melange or depth that the invite suggested. Rising sherry warmth on the back-end.
It shows much promise but is fundamentally flawed. MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, thnx to bytemesis. Really looking forward to this one. Pours a clear brownish beer with a very small tanned head on top. Aroma is quite boozy, very malty, light chocolate, malty and touches of caramel and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet, boozy, defintely some age detected, Very complex full bodied beer. Very nice stuff!! TheJvd (1321) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2014
Small sample from bottle at Camping Ratebeer ’14. Pours hazy brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has caramel, dark fruits, raisin and some spices. Taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits and some alcohol. Over medium body, medium carbo. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by someone at the Baymont Jackie-O’s release weekend bottle share. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color, mostly clear, with a small off-whtie head. Notes of caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, mellow spices, clove, molasses, boozy bread, vanilla, and chocolate. Medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, rich, full mouthfeel. Nice American take on a Belgian tradition. mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
[5648-20130816] Bottle. Roasted soya wood aroma. Clear, dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted soya grainy wood flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)
"They nailed the description, and the beer. Decadence has always been just shy of elite, especially being from on of my very favorite brewers, but this latest one is my favorite of the 4 years I’ve had. Everything you want in a quad. A melange of toffee, molasses, dark and even a little lighter fruit, belgian spice. Covers up 12% pretty dang well. I love this beer and hope I can find it again." thornecb (6055) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Molasses, brown bread and dark alcohol-soaked pit fruit aromas. Sweet caramel and clove upfront turning hot raisin brown bread and chocolate in the lasting finish. Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Been holding onto this for a couple years. It popped open with force, almost bubbled out of the bottle. A deep, dark reddish brown, aroma reminiscent of other outstanding quads, clove, molasses, Belgian yeast. A little alcohol, brandy. Full-bodied, sweet, a little burn. Roasty notes present. Creamy, rich. Outstanding. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet and light sugar aromas. Light spice, fruit and sugar flavors. Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Purchased awhile ago.
A: Pure black with a creme head. Lacing.
N: Greeted by a big whiff of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Cola and sasparilla. Molasses and a hint of vanilla.
T: Mostly sweet with a lashing of bitterness. A little sourness.
M: Medium body that’s a touch watery. Alcohol is muted.
O: I honestly can’t tell if I like it. It has really high points and then aspects which completely undermine the goodness. Enough goodness to push this over average; not enough to sing its praise like it was St. Bernardus.