tmoreau (4374) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served displaying a hazed, orangey amber color, with a finger’s width of off white head foam that expeditiously diminished to a persistent ring, and a light layer of film. The nose was subtle across the board at first, so a period of warming reaped rewards. Noticed a bit of initial oaky/woodiness, with a hint of smoke? or I merely picked up on Wag’s last cigarette break. Alcohol lurked, with esters as cherry, grape, dried fruit, and pomegranate that showed some expression, along with a blend of citrus & malt sweetness, orange peel, spicy phenols, subtle, barrel induced vanilla, and a light vinous nature. Medium+ bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma’s, with some tart astringency, modest earthy bitterness, and booziness that built up a pleasantly lingering warmth. Definite Belgian yeast influences, with the barrel aging positioning this closer to a Barleywine than a Quad for me. JStax (6510) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2016
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer was a ha y copper color with a white head of foam. The aroma is over the top with boozy character. Strong whiskey notes. Moderate fruit, and lots of wet woody notes. Big body and moderate carbonation. egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2016
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spices, wood, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste of dried fruits, caramel malts, sherry, spices, tobacco, wood, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. nealblind (1867) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2016
reddish gold pour. Aroma rye whiskey, cherries. Tastes banana, cloves, tobacco, dates sugar, oak, spicy rye. heat some syrup by also sorta dry creamy. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2016
Light brown with a pale head. Aroma is pear, caramel, golden raisins. Medium-full bodied, fruity on the palate with a light booziness to finish. Taste is golden raisins, dried pears, honey.
fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2016
Draught at Darby’s Pub, Vancouversebastokrator (122) - - MAR 20, 2016
Cloudy orange color with small compact head. The aroma is a bit fruity and sour, that’s the barrel. Good body, quite sweet; it doesn’t have much malt depth, it has loads of fruity esters given by that American yeast, a bit of character given by the barrels, the wine barrel being the better contributor, with mild sourness, vinous touch, a bit woody and astringent in the final. The alcohol us well managed.
Nice beer, I wouldn’t buy a bottle of it though.
Pours into a copper, cloudy liquid. It smells heavily of a variety of fruit. Taste is more of the same. The fruit flavor is kind of muddled together but maybe banana is most pronounced. There is also a hint of wine acidity, but otherwise the barrels don’t really come through. Slight carbonation and guess down smoothly. All in all it’s a decent beer but not necessarily worth the price tag. UXO (1896) - CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
Appearance: clear slightly orange-tinged pale amber with a short thin light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: complex, pomegranate, raspberry, caramel, oak, vinous, light whiskey, dark fruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, modoerate-low bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate carbonation, malty sweet and warming finish. (3/5)
Pretty well-behaved for a double digit boozy beast, but the flavours are complex, perhaps to the point of being a little overwhelming - the blend of different barrel ageings is a bit challenging, and I’m not completely convinced that vinous oak and whiskey work all that well together. Decent Belg-ish style, but not a home run. (15/20) libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2016
pours orange amber a moderate khaki head. Aroma of pomegranate, cherries, spice and wood. Flavor is a little sweet. Cherries, pomegrate, wood, spice, dry red wine and toffee. Alcohol warming in the finish. Medium/full bodied with a sticky texture. Moderate carbonation. A nice quad and the barrel ageing gives it a unique complexity. The wine barrels win out of the rye barrel here. You don’t get much of the barrel ageing in the aroma but the wine is present in the taste. Little pricey for the value here but definitely a very good quad. reebtogi (6277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
650ml bottle pours a golden color with a finger of white head that retains well and leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly woody with some grape notes and sugars. Taste is a big malty and fruity sweetness with a mild spicy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Alcohol is well hidden. A very simple quad that is quite sweet and not as complex as it should be. A little disappointing.