IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Nose of caramel, candisugar, a vanilla note, and some alcohol. Clear cherry brown with a medium, glass lacing beige head. Flavor is light hop bitterness and sweet vanilla caramels. Finish slightly sweet.. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2009
On tap at the belgian beer fest 09. dark brown pour. Sweet malt, raisins, candy sugar, caramel, plums, berry, and a touch of earthiness. Nice sweet malty beer. Well made, but pretty standard for the style. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
Date: March 20, 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, frothy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet yet earthy caramel malt aroma, touch of fruityness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, deep dark caramel sweetness, nice fruityness, touch of brown sugar sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
On tap at Belgian Beer fest 2009. Dark amber color. Is there Brett in the aroma? Light sweetness. Light alcohol presence. Good. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party. Pours dark brown with a very short off white head. Aroma is subtle but nice with alot of dark fruits and candi sugar, a slight hop twinge. Flavor is much better than expected. Raisins, candi sugar, caramel, slightly vinous. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of alcohol. A mild hop bitterness rides throughout to provide nice balance. Palate is not as thick as expected and well carbonated, making for a very easy drinking experience. Fantastic for a style that I’m not usually a big fan of.
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draught at the brewery. Dark amber-brown with an off-white head. Rich caramel and nutty aromas. Malty flavor with caramel, nuts, an some spices that remind me of nutmeg. Starts with sweet maltiness, but actually ends dry and pretty bitter, though the hop aren’t as apparent as many of their lighter ales. Medium-full body is nice and trim considering that this is eleven percent. Malty, yet with good balance and interesting flavors. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Tasted on tap at the Celebrator Best of the West Beerfest on 2/15/2009. This Quad pours a medium amber color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit and sweet. A medium to full bodied quad. The malts are dark fruits, raisins, and brown sugar. The hops are earthy. Good carbonation. A big sweet fruity tasting quad. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Big thanks to a very generous trader for this growler, shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.
Pours a deep, clear brownish amber with a big creamy beige head that sticks to the glass on the way down and remains a cap for the duration. The lacing is good and overall I was surprised at how light this one looked.
The aroma is fairly subdued but opens up a little more as it warms. Either way, it’s on the sweeter side of things with lots of dark fruits and some caramel malts and candi sugar to compliment things.
The taste is a bigger version of the aroma with a huge fruity sweetness from figs, raisins and candi sugar. There is a sturdy caramel malt backbone that gives way to a slightly dry and wine-like finish that has a hint of alcohol burn as it goes down.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with lots of carbonation, especially from a growler.
This is one of the more drinkable quads I’ve tasted as it’s on the lighter side of things and with a noticeably vinous quality to things. Another terrific brew from Russian River. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Erased my damn rating.
Let’s try this again.
Aroma has some Temptation-like qualities; hints of funk, lots of fruit, dates, plums, blah, blah, blah.
Taste is slightly sour, sweet caramel, some hops.
Laces very well for having been in a growler for nearly two weeks.
No signs of oxidation.
Sweet, hoppy, some tart graininess, toast, more caramel....
Wow. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a note of banana, as well as, other fruity notes and a light toffee note. Full bodied, smooth and warming.