Braudog (6900) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Caged and corked. Poured with a towering fortress of foam that shelters a deep brown bottom. The aroma is sweet and robust ... apples and fresh fall orchards. This beer stings at its initial contact ... full of vim and vigor. Rich with full malt, almost an apple vinegar thing. Not for the feint of heart. (#4062, 1/23/2011) craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2008 bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier. pours a deep hazy red / light brown with a 1 finger off white head. some yeast sediment at the bottom, but not much. really nice aromas - lots of dark fruits including raisins and dark cherries along with some brown sugar. full round body - very smooth throughout. lots of sweet dark fruit over the mouth with very light spices. big sweet finish with some candi sugar, light bubblegum, honey and mild tart cherries. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Sampled at the Knoxville Smokestack tasting, or whatever it was called. Reddish copper, thin ring of foam. Smells like molasses, honey, and maybe some boozy notes. Flavor is hints of bourbon, honey, some nice yeasty notes. A bit on the heavy side. FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2011
12oz bottle into my NB etched globe. A medium amber color with 2 " of head. Smells roasty, caramel, & raisin. A good amount of carbonation, probably should have usd a regular glass. Thin to medium body . A mild sweetness. Tasty and unique with good drinkability. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours a deep garnet red and slightly cloudy. Light off white head. Taste is raisins, dark caramel malts, banana esters, belgain phenolics, earthy , spicy hop aroma, and some sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts with enough bitterness to make enjoyable. Wonderful taste and overall
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Amber with fluffy head. Aroma is tart candy, fermented apple juice and alcohol. Flavor mimics aroma with alcohol, spices and tart apples. Fantastic. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
DArk fruit, raisins, carmelized sugars, Belgian yeast - some light spice, touch of banana, touch dusty. Caramel, brewing sugars. Pours brownish amber, big head settles to a creamy lasting head with nice lace. The flavor is nice and fruity with a good dose of residual sugar, carmelized sugars, raisins, dates, belgian yeast spice, bread pudding perhaps, alcohol. Starts sweet but does not finish cloying. Nice for a cold night, takes a while to drink, but its pretty damn good stuff. bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a thick tan head. Notes of bananas, grass, and sweet malt on the nose. Nice complex flavor with honey and a little spice, dried fruit, and ending with warm malts. The mouthfeel is superb. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Lighter amber brown hue with a large-ish creamy, smooth looking, frothy, off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, thin layer of lace.
S - Full of Belgian aroma. Yeast, candi sugar with some bubblegum, banana, ripe fruit, and some spice.
T - A good amount of alcohol and rum soaked cherries along with the typical Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavors. Some banana and bubblegum, hints of plum and apple. A touch of phenols.
M - Medium body with average carbonation. Felt a little thin for the style. Warming and lively feeling.
D - I had no problem finishing the bottle, and it was enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too prevalent to be really drinkable.
Notes: A bit above average Quad. Not bad, but alcohol was a little strong. I enjoyed drinking it, but I wasn’t blown away by it. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle from unclemike. Dark chestnut color and a good thick frothy head develops on top. Excellent head retention. Plums, dates, cherries, candi sugar, belgian yeast, figs, all mingle in the aroma and create a very nice and inviting scent. Rich flavors, but smooth going down. Lots of dark fruit, candi sugar, belgian yeast, and sweet caramel but a hint of spice prevents this from being cloying. There’s also a rum cake flavor that provides some soothing liquory notes that I enjoyed. The dark fruit isn’t one dimensional either but rather shows notes of raisins, plums, and dates and seems spot on with the sugars and yeast. Wow, this is a really good Quad from an American brewer. Ok, so not quite as rich as some of the best Belgians but awfully close and one of the better representations I’ve tasted from the US.