BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottled. Uhm, underwhelming honestly. It seemed really timid and a touch thin. Even the base quad seemed very mellow. Okay but I had higher hopes. JorisPPattyn (9982) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2011
Small dirty-cream head over clear copper-amber beer. Superb nose as from old, sweet wine, very vinous, vanilla. Sweet, brandy, vanilla, vanillabeans, coffeemilk, alcohol-preserved fruit, winecasks. Very complex, yet balanced flavourprofile. Better carbonated than most such ales, slick, alcoholwarming. Spectacular nose. Beer, however, is more sweet than suspected. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of bubblegum and raisins. Taste is of raisins. Not very complex, but still tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and tingly with alcohol noticeable. neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
37.5 cL bottle courtesy of Chris, served side-by-side with the base beer at a tasting at my place. Pours hazy caramel with a small tan head. The head fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of oak and smoke along with sweet malts. The up-front floral aroma of the base beer is gone and replaced by toasty oak. The flavour is medium malty sweet with a touch of flowers. Hops become more prominent towards the end. The finish is long, hoppy, roasty, oaky and a little harsh. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice barrel aged quad that is completely different from the base. It loses the subtle floral nose but gains a strong oakiness. I think I prefer the base by a slight margin. 2011-09-24 beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Batch 6, 375mL cork&cage bottle, split 4 ways. This poured a clear, slick amber color. No sediment poured out of this bottle. Minimal to no head. The beer was thin, alcoholic, and woody. Not extensively thin or boozy but not much of anything else. Not sweet, which was good but as usual the disappointing La Trappe Quad that sat in a barrel, which did not make the beer any better. Very forgettable if it wasn’t for the $16 price tag.
kappldav123 (6100) - GERMANY - SEP 10, 2011
Tastes side by side with batch 2 and 3. Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass brown-orange. Small head. Sweet-malty aroma. Starts mild, sweet, but not as intense as batch 2. Fine fruity hints of apricot. Finish with woody notes, modest sweet, hints of vanilla. Well balanced and drinkable. Liked it better than batch 2 and 3. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Pours a deep, rosy red chestnut brown with a thin, wispy, frothy beige head. Lacing is spotty and arched, trailing down the glass. Aroma of honey, vanilla, oak, subtle sweet bourbon notes, caramel, dark grapes and figs, cinnamon, apple, and some insanely creamy, milky notes in the back. Full bodied with a bit of booze in it, but the palate, with its firm, yet supple, spicy, and crispy backbone holds it up well. Flavors of rum raisin, plums, candied sugars, vanilla, raisins, and some musty notes. Finishes with some bready, sugary booze burn. Holy fuck, this is an outstanding Quad. The oak and the beer have made a glorious love child. DRINK IT NOW. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2011
(375ml bottle from Papago). Pours a hazy, cloudy dark amber/garnet color with tan head. Aroma has caramel, vinous notes and wood. Taste is sweet with more ripe grapes and syrup. Full bodied with a slick texture and wine-line finish with a touch of alcohol. Really nice. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle - corked and caged 375mL. K18C11 11:11 Batch 6. Murky ruby/copper pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Leaves delicate lacing over the glass. Sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, soft wood and custard/dessert notes in the aroma. Taste is big wood notes, caramel, dark fruits, soft yeast notes, creamy malt, light custard, soft sponge cake and faint vanilla. Body is medium with a soft, dense, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more dark fruit notes, big wood flavors, light vanilla, custard, caramel and sweet malt. Delicious! bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2011
Corked bottle. dark amber color. White wine aroma (Sauternes?) Just hints of oak, nothing more. Malty sweet, vinous and alcoholic flavor. More alcoholic as less oak as #5, but has the same vinous intensity.