sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of Daknole.
pours hazy orange, off white head.
aroma of ripe cherry, wood, yeast.
flavor, cherry goodness, barrel, wood, yeasty, sugar, warming abv and hints of caramel malts, Palate is covered with cherries followed by a decent amount of sweetness and a mild fruit tartness. Interesting approach to the typical Belgian Quad style.
daknole (10893) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brownish tint with light red hints. Aroma is wonderful. Cherries, honey, apples, light wood, raisins and dark agave nectar. Flavor is really nice some caramel, light booze, raisins,toffee, tart cherries and apples. Damn damn great brew.
bret27 (1) - USA - DEC 5, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas and tastes: oakey, vanilla, spicy, cherry, vinous, small etoh presence, and cherry tartness in the finish.
Thickish but not too thick, Fairly drinkable but a little too sweet for my tastes.
Worth looking into.
cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red, amberish color. Nose is of cherries, sugar, some vanilla notes. Taste is sour cherries, vanilla, sugars, and a slight oak finish. Fantastic mouth feel. One of my favorites of the year. Thanks to fidel for bringing this!
Pailhead (6493) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: The aroma consists of consists of cherries, caramel, chocolate, wine, and oak. It pours a dark reddish-brown with a quarter inch off-white head with good retention. The flavor starts with sweet cherry, chocolate, caramel, and raisin. The finish consists of tart cherries, wine, oak, and a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft almost creamy mouthfeel.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured beautiful dark reddish brown, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, wood, little cherry, little malty, little dry peach finish.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2009 Pours a beautiful deep garnet with a finger thick light tan head. Nose and flavor are light cherries coated in brown sugar and some other dried fruits. As it warm it goes a bit more stone fruits with a smooth and slight burn in the finish. Creamy on the palate.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle thanks to illidurit, and a well earned thanks for bringing this gem to the tasting. Hazy red with a medium beige head. Awesomely complex aroma of tart cherries, oak, lots of red wine, caramel-sweet malt and candied fruits. The flavor is a nearly sublime mix of red wine and strong dark belgian ale laced with tart cherries. Sweet dried fruit blends with cherry, oak, and wine, starting with a rich malty sweetness and ending with a light tartness and oaky tanic bite. Creamy carbonation with a medium-full body and light astringency. I’m a little sad that I was not tipped of to this great beer when it was available at the local beer store, but I am definitely looking forward to Odonata’s full line of barrel-aged beers.
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great ruby pour with a pinkish ecru head that leaves a smattering of wet lace. Aroma is very winey, lots of jamminess and berries along with the expected black cherry notes. Some oak and light alcohol as well. Flavor is fruity red wine atop a bed of caramel and maple syrup maltiness from the quad. The cherry notes are a bit hidden behind the forward wine character. Light tartness, lots of complexity. Finish is a bit astringent from the wine. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying, carbonation is rather perfect.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle, purchased from The Shack in Sacramento. Pours a clear, dark, orange-tinged cherry-cola color; thin light-tan head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing that sticks; attractive pour. Some solid and lightly tannic red wine notes, brown sugar, barrel toastiness and cherry juice in the nose; nicely dry, fully developed presence; nothing messy here, hidden alcohol, and a smooth approach. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this beer (especially after Ommegang’s big and sticky Adoration earlier today) really is a well-developed, vinuous, complex quad; there’s a complex, caramel and chewy brown sugar core matched to a well-met white pepper note; excellent presence and acidity in the mouth; lightly tart red fruits, hints of citrus, all backed up by a toasted wine barrel presence that really is nothing if not soft, well-integrated, and beautifully brought into the vision of this beer (I was kind of hoping to pan this, in spite of the fact that I loved Sac Brew’s Brett Blonde); honey, light vanilla, toasty barrel and hints of maple syrup, and all without showing any overt sweetness; this is anything but a happen-chance big beer succeeding; this is carefully dried, carefully blended, and masterfully done by a brewer that evidently knows his shit by now; very satisfying, and one which I’ll happily drink a whole bottle of. Lasting finish of toasty maltiness, light cereal, some red fruits; all nicely dry.