boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle at a recent tasting... Poured dark, hazy brown, with a thin tan head. This was really nice. Lots of cocoa, milk chocolate, caramel maltiness and sweetness with balancing esters and fruitiness. Hints of charred roast, and a slight floralness. Really I think the body and mouthfeel is what made this great. hayduke (5209) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
This beauty was courtesy of Strykzone. From the 22 oz bottle this poured coal black with a medium sized tan head. Nose of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, and vanilla . Rick in body with s smooth creamy mouthfeel and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is foremost chocolate, but the vanilla and ripe fruit balance it out. Finishes like chocolate bar. Excellent. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 4, 2012 Bottle with Steve and the Foco BA crew. Reddish brown appearance with a small, tan head. Belgian chocolate, light candy sugar, light caramel, chocolate aroma. A touch tangy, Belgian yeasty, dark milk chocolate, candy sugar, dark fruity, plum, raisin flavor. Sweet dessert beer that’s pretty nice. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear black with a medium/small fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is huge chocolate, light toast and nutty malt, dates, figs, and prunes, and light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, dark fruits, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation. CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2013
This was an interesting brew. Aroma of chocolate with sweet dark fruits, like a cordial cherry almost. The flavor was a strange combo of chocolate with a sweet dessert wine, or possibly prunes or raisins. Somehow, that combination of sweet dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate works. Again on the finish, I was getting both chocolate and wine. All in all, really delicious and unique.
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Had this at a share; pours a nice dark black like oil with tan head. Dark fruits, chocolate, and some yeast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2015
Reddish brown appearance with a small, tan head. Belgian chocolate, light candy sugar, light caramel, chocolate aroma. A touch tangy, Belgian yeasty, dark milk chocolate, candy sugar, dark fruity, plum, raisin flavor. Sweet dessert beer that’s pretty nice. kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Black pour from draft at pour house in st Louis. Off white head. Fruity chocolate flavor. Strawberry and cocoa notes. Super good and hides the alcohol well phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Draft served in a snifter at International Tap House in Soulard. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small beige ring for a head. Very surprised this is a quad based on what it smelled and tasted like. Aroma is heavy on dark and baker’s chocolate notes, along with vanilla, dark fruits, woody and earthy notes, caramel, and booze. Almost smells like a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Flavor carries a little more of the quad characteristics, with more fruity, earthy notes and some yeast to go with the heavy dose of chocolate. Some warming alcohol late. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. It seems like I keep finding these surprisingly great Charleville beers at iTap and I hope that trend continues. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for sharing a bottle of this at the Rosso release. Thanks goes out to coryking for getting me a bottle as well; that’ll get shared at a tasting soon. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a medium brown with short off-white head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. Not too much lacing. The nose is fairly light with some nice notes of chocolate and a bit of dark fruits in the background. Very nice. The taste really explodes off of the base the nose had going. It’s just as described: a very nice quad with layers of chocolate over the top. The chocolate character is really dominant, and the quad underneath is spot on as well. Nice mix of dark fruits, raisins, and semi-sweet malt. A bit of brown sugar as well. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth and doesn’t reveal the 10.5% at all. Overall, a very solid beer and its acclaim is well-deserved.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-17-2011