HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours mahogany/walnut with creamy tan head. caramel butterscotch fruit aroma, taste is sweet and thick and sour with some fruit. smooth finish. Curious to see how it ages. anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. Courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a dark brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with weak hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish. MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Delicious beer. Probably not loved by some for it’s balance and subtlety. This is not heavy handed. The pour is dark brown not black. There are fruit aromas and flavors not just malt, roast, coffee, and licorice. I would like to see this in a year or two to see how it stands up to aging. I think it has the potential to do very very well in the short term. Not a long term aging beer though. Probably does not have the weight. But who knows. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Pours cola brown with a smallish beige head. Dark boozy fruits on the nose, with some toffee as well. Very sweet - not a lot of dryness to counter. Slightly boozy, lots of fruit with some brown sugar and toffee. Not a lot of hops to counter in here, and it’s more of a flatter sweetness -- it doesn’t really have the complexity of a real Belgian quad. Definitely tasty, but for the price, I’d take a St. B’s any day of the week. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tap. Delicious brew. Deep mahogany pour with a minimal white head. Aroma is dark fruit. Rich palate. Taste is dark fruit and some sweet caramel. ABV is almost completely masked. Terrific.
Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2012
There is a distinct alcohol and wood flavor that overtakes the belgian style beer. Medium head, cloudy brown appearance. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
25 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown body under a small frothy beige head that had excellent retention. The nose is very malty and sweet with lots of rich dark fruits and caramel. Just a little alcohol noted. The flavor is just as robust and rich, lots of depth to this, tastes right on par with some of the classics from Belgium. The heavy caramel and rich dark fruits coat the tongue linger on in the finish leaving behind a slight alcohol heat. Full bodied and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it from being overly heavy. Really well hidden alcohol. This is one of tbe best American efforts at duplicating the classics. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Sierra Nevada. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 11, 2012
(750 ml from Bootleggers) Very dark brown with half a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Velvety smooth palate. Light weepy broken lacing. Flavor of chocolate, dark fruit and caramel, lightly toasty. Light alcohol burn but pretty well-integrated into flavor. Tasty, big and elegant. jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2012
750ml bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, lots of caramel and chocolate malts with a little roasted malts, and some dark fruits. Flavor the same, with a lot of malts. Smooth texture. A good beer. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2012
750ml Bottle. Very dark reddish brown pour, almost black, with a foamy tan head that lasts a little while. Aroma has lots of earthy, chocolatey malt plus notes of cherries, vanilla, banana, toffee and berries. Taste has a definite sweetness but is still quite dry with flavours of chocolate, spice, port, berries and caramel with a hint of funkiness. Fairly thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation, well integrated alcohol and a lingering sweet and spicy finish. Good example of this style, a little drier and spicier than the classic Belgian quads but a fine brew in its own right. Very nice.