RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A vibrant reddish-black hue, substantial body and pleasant headiness give this dark Belgain-style ale an alluring first impression. The intense flavors of dark candi sugar conspire to deceive with flavors that remind us of preserved fruits and holiday spicing, but the true agent is the Trappist yeast -- and a suspicious drinkability.

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czar (9610) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
sample @ EBF 2015. hazy/cloudy dark red with a small light beige cap, minimal retention/lacing. sweet red maltiness, very yeasty - touch of leathery - suspecting brett presence; golden candi and brown sugar, strong toffee, some stone fruits and raisins, gummi bear ’’fruitiness’’, lightly tart raspberries, light carbonation, medium body - oily and kind of creamy; warming, sweet (if not cloying) and spicy finish. o-k.

trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2015
From a bottle. Tiny disappearing head on a deep ruby amber pour. Spiced figs and caramel on the nose. Residual sugar in the flavor with yeasty booze. It’s thick and sweet enough to cover most of its 11%, though. Not bad. Not great.

Fatehunter (2640) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy brown body. The aroma is brown sugar, raisins and figs. The taste has lots of dark dry fruits, mildly sweet and a latent alcohol heat. The texture is soft. It’s great and super drinkable.

vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Draft at EBF. Dark fruit, alcohol and light sweetness in the aromas. Fruit and yeast flavors take over flavors.

jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle (375ml $6): Clear darkish Red with off white head that disappears. Aroma is Belgian yeast and some sweetness. Taste is sweet cherries and plumbs. Medium body. medium carbonation.

hopscotch (11433) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and brilliantly copper with a small, dense, lightly tanned head. The nose is a mishmash of astringent acetone, maple woodiness and Belgian yeast spiciness. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. The flavor presents loads of dates, a mild amount of dried plum and light acidity. Tangy, dark-fruity, mildly bitter finish.

slowrunner77 (13205) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
this is for the non-barreled/non-Banished version (500 ml - $6). The one in the pic is the $13 375, but is a barrel aged 12% beer that doesn’t match the description here. i would expect the scores on this to climb. a very nice BSA/quad hybrid. layers of malt, yeast, candi sugar. toasty and warming without being hot. Good enough to buy a bottle of this and the barreled version.

IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2014
On Tap at the Bend BP Finally a beer here with a few more SRM points. Rich deep mahogany with a thin line around the edge. Soft toasted malt with dark fruit notes. Big sweet dark maltiness. Ripe dark fruit and thick sweet malts from teh candi sugars. A touch of coffee. A rish wett sipper and the 11% will get you.

Oakes (19409) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Clear amber-brown, appley, winey character, soft, apple, pear, subtle alcohol late. Has a good barrelly character. Nothing special but a nice experiment.

beastiefan2k (4180) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2014
375mL capped bottle poured into Duvel tasting glass. Small but thick head atop a ruby body. I think this is the best American Belgian Strong I have had in a while (not sure this is a quad). Esters are held almost fully at bay. Sweet, slightly hot raisin and cherry present but appropriately balanced by a sugar and date sweetness. No nasty astringent character, which can happen in a big beer like this. I think the sweetness works well for the beer. Walks the fine line of alcohol and sweetness but not too much on either side. Not overly sugar and well managed yeastiness. This will be a rebuy.

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