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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark rich ale is incredibly complex. Notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, raisins, and black pepper play against a sweet vanilla flavor from the oak and a round satiny finish from the hint of brandy left in the wood.

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4.2
IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Nose is light brandy, golden raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is toffee, vanilla, dark fruit and brandy.

4.2
bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. For some reason SN rep told them it was bourbon barrel. Lively and introspective discussion and tasting ensued. All agree it was very brandy. So: Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of vinous dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, oak, vanilla and a definite brandy aspect. Very tasty ale.

4.2
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Very smooth quad in the true Belgian style. Nice fruity aroma. Carbonated like those from the Old Country. Fruit is abundant in the taste, along with an undercurrent of molasses and bourbon. Peppery finish. Splendid! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2013
A - Dark red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal. S - Sweet dark caramel malts with raisins, dates, other dark fruits, Brandy, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, spices, and some booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, oak, Brandy, vanilla, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Nicely balanced Quad with great mouthfeel. The barrel adds some nice complexity.

4.2
ansalon (4219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2013
Pours black with a brownish tint and a small white head. Aroma is muscovado sugar, raisins, caramel, dried dates & figs. Taste is figs, dates, muscovado sugar, raisins, caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Sampled at the Bistro 7th Annual Barrel Aged Festival on 11/10/2012. This abby quadruple pours a medium dark brown color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar, wood and vanilla. A medium to full bodied quad. The malts are fruity, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice balance. Decent carbonation. Nice sipping beer. Very smooth. Hints of brandy with some alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.2
Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Awesome quad! Notes of raisin, date and currant in there. Pours dark with little head. Finishes clean - perfect ale for a steak!

4.1
CHUDNW (29) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2012
The barrel-beating serves this kind of beer well. Big old raisiny belgian with all that funk and spice from the brandy oak. Worth a drink

4.1
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Clear orange pour with small, long lasting head. Nose is maple, bourbon, brown sugar, oak. Flavor is sweet, maple, oak, bubblegum, vanilla. Silky mouthfeel, warm finish.

4.1
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap. Dark brown color. Good thin tan head. Leaves some nice lace. Very complex, interesting nose... Fruity, some raisins, candied fruits, some oak wood, with some vanilla. Medium / bigger body, light soft smooth carbonation, dry finish. Awesome flavor of dark fruit, vanilla, pepper, smooth toffee, with some subtle oak wood and brandy. Lightly sweet, some bitter. Only a suggestion of alcohol, but the tasty interesting complex flavors are way more noticeable. Awesome stuff.


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