nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2013
650 ml. Clear darkish copper with a small covering of bubbles. Nose is cherry liqueur, toffee, raisin, cocoa and toasted grain. Taste is orange toffee, cherry liqueur, toast, and dates. Finishes with dried flowers, wood, alcohol, and a hint of cocoa. Medium body is sweet, but finishes almost astringently dry and boozy. Nearly too fizzy with a medium-high carbonation level. There seems to be a lot going on here, but it’s mostly covered up by the sweetness and booze. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Pours a medium red amber with a fine two finger off white head with great retention and lacing. Fruit forward aroma of stone fruit and cherry, caramel malt. Flavor begins with rich estery fruit; cherry, apple and light stone fruit and then dries out abruptly and finishes very light and dry with a slightly astringent bitterness. Medium bodied with spicy carbonation in the finish. An interesting and odd take on the quadrupel style. The coffee cherries really do add a pleasant cherry flavor. I would have liked a bit more presence from the dates, which would have given a bit more body to support the sweet fruit flavors. Not a traditional quadrupel, but delivers the coffee cherry experience nicely. Warming and a bit alcohol forward. Kinda boozy and thin. Cherry stands out. Kind of like grandpa’s Dr Pepper. Vanilla soda. The alcohol saves it. Why why why! jahshuwuh (567) - USA - MAY 25, 2013
Murky brown color with a generous white head. Smells of cherry dominates, Belgian yeastiness. Tastes very much as it smells. A little bit of caramel, coffee at the end but they are subtle. Carbonated mouthfeel, medium bodied. Overall the cherry character is too dominating.
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Bottle. Pours a hazy golden red color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is fruity, candied cherries, a bit grainy and figs, dates. Flavor has much the same, dates, cherries, very candyish, syrupy flavor. Finishing with a kind of artificial character that lingers with the fruity and malty note. Medium body and a crisp carbonation. Meh magsinva (1250) - Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans sterling - pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma is boozy with a stone fruit, dates, that sort of thing. Taste is sweet with some spice. Overall, meh.
DiarmaidBHK (4909) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
bottle from Wegman’s Sterlling. pours brown with a khaki head. has a bit of lacing. has kind of a fruitiniess on the nose. has some date and dark fruit vibe on the tongue which I’m not feeling. finishes clean. eh! Beaver (1802) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.oc4111 (119) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
The aroma is sweet toffee malts, with dark fruits and some roasted alcohol.
The flavor is sweet toffee malts and dark fruits with a lot of harsh alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a sweet boozy mess. It tastes a bit like their dubbel with a ton of alcohol.
Pours a dark copper with a cream colored head after an aggressive pour. Belgian yeast, cherries, dates and a hint of coffee both on tthe taste and aroma. I expected this to be a bit sweeter on the finish but was pleasantly surprised by the dry finish. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Orange with a white head. Aroma has some alcohol, dark fruit and raisin notes. Flavor is similar. I get some raisins and cherries, as well as some brown sugar and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. jgb9348 (6280) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Rich, dense and hazy amber coloured body with some brown tints and a thick two centimetre dense tan head with some hints of orange. Aroma of alcohol, raisins, malt, toffee, caramel and a bit of metal. Medium to Full-bodied; Super strong alcohol warmth and bite coupled with some metallic and earthy bitterness show too much up front with not enough sugar and coffee flavour. Aftertaste has a hint of cascara tea, but mostly bitterness from earth and malt and a profound alcohol bite that isn’t pleasant. Overall, a pretty poor offering and perhaps one of the worst from this series. I’d pass this up if I saw it again, but would most likely buy a bunch of others. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia for US$6.99 on 12-March-2013 sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2013.