Leighton (21235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2013
Tap at Beer Temple - Amsterdam. Vintage 2009, drank shortly after Borefts 2012. Pours cloudy brown with a fine, off-white cream head. Well-aged dark malt nose, some oxidation certainly present, prunes and other leathery dark fruits, light earth. Big sweet flavor with smoothed-out dark fruits, dates, figs, raisins, fruit cake. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with sticky sugars, tons of raisins, sugary bread. Very low bitterness in here. Not bad. ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2015 kastanje bruin/rood met beperkte kraag. aroma van caramel, donker fruit, rozijn, alcohol. smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matig bitter, matig granige zoete quad, en moet zeggen dat hij toch beter is dan ik eerst had opgeschreven, meestal worden de bieren minder na herproeven, maar deze is toch echt wel beter dan de 3.2 , goede afdronk, wel alcoholisch. verder ok
Oude rating: moet deze binnenkort maar zeker opnieuw gaan raten.
heerlijk aroma, zoet, fruitig, iets van wijn, stevige smaken, chocolade, rozijnen, iets van kauwgom. medium body, en lekkere zoete afdronk. Tyke (18) - Den Helder, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2013
brown, cloudy, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, full body, bitter, long finish, sticky, rok1024 (1272) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - APR 19, 2013
Deep red color, spicy aroma, sweet with very well hidden alcohol. Best beer from Hertog Jan. OllieBBommel (1531) - NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2013
worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
(1998), 750ml. Head: some beige foam. Colour: clear, ruby brown. Aroma: sweet, caramel. Taste: some sour. Palate: medium bitter-sweet finish. Overall: nice.
Not sure what all the fuss is about with this one. its closer to a mild than a Quadruppel, IMO. Dark brown with a red tint and a small beige, disappearing, lightly lacy head. Smells of dark malt with raisins lots of liquorish, faint roast, caramel, vanilla and figs. Alcohol is present. Medium to light thin body. Sweet liquorish taste dominates with alcohol and raisins. It’s sweet fruity taste seems sort of like a juice but heavier like a port or brandy. I didn’t find it that complex and clearly too boozy. Peppery. It left a gut rot in my tummy. Disappointed overall. Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Better than I expected.Pours a nice brown beer, clear liquid with a white head. Didnt last very long. It smelled lroasty and herbs.
Light bitter to light bitter and sweet.
MEdium body, thin oliy texture and an astingent finish gringoroll (62) - viña del mar, CHILE - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 Good beer! Nice smell, not too overpowering, no scent of alcohol, sort of a sweet malty smell that matches the flavor quite well. Pours a deep red, could not see my fingers on the other side of the glass when looking through from one side to the other. Not much head at all, almost non existent. Sweet rather thick sticky beer that hides it’s ten degrees of alcohol masterfully and leaves a wonderful aftertaste. A beer to enjoy! All in all a great one, much better than others I have tasted from the same brewery. sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2013
Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head. Aroma of spice with dark berry fruit/ Medium body, flaour as per the aroma with the berry fruits dominant amidst some apple, and a dry, sweet aftertaste. Impressive. Xstream (242) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Had this one after a Hertog Jan Karakter.
The similarities are quite clear. It has that same sweet caramel / brown sugar base with spices like clove, but all more subtle and more balanced. It’s like a more aged Karakter somehow.
It has a higher ABV, although you don’t get much of that. It’s still easy to drink, although not as easy as Karakter. Also i’m unsure i like this more or not. People probably will call this one more balanced. It’s not as sweet and less malts and yeast. This one comes with a mellow bitter hop kick to balance out the flavors better, but also making it somewhat more neutral.
Also a bit thicker. It’s just the "sipping version" of Karakter. I like it, but it depends on the mood which one i prefer.