ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2004 Draught @ Sunset Grill. Good drab brownish-tan color, very hazy with some light yellow tinges. Small creamy off-white head. Looks very thick and creamy. Aroma of bananas, bubble gum, sticky caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor opens up with a lovely sweet malt flavor growing lightly bittersweet and a touch estery (medium dark fruit). Lightly chewy feel to the body, which seems to start out full. Everything going well, but then, I dont know if this stuff had sat on tap too long or what, but it just fell apart. Body breaks down and starts to get loose and watery, a sharp, astringent alcohol flavor destroys all balance and is very unpleasant, like the esters went bad, creating a spoiled fruit flavor. Sharp/sour mouthfeel exacerbated by a thin finish. Dead, watery mouthfeel. I tend to think this stuff was just sitting around too long, especially as there was no carbonation left in it. I'll have to try this in bottles and rerate. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Steady carbonation. Dark fruit, yeast, faint alcohol nose. Deep ruby orange amber. Chewy malts, raison, syrupy, bubblegum, cherry, medicinal, cotton candy, presidential plums, spicy, sherry, tawny port, medium bodied, finishing with background dirty earthy hops. Not bad, but missing something important I feel. This will probably imrove with age considering the gravity and youngness detected. JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2004
Slim yellow head, fed by a viscous-looking carbonation; dark amber beer with hazy deep-red shine. Fruity nose, syrupy, raisins, alcohol (not overpowering), very vinous. Vinous taste, grapey,some choclate, acidity just overwhelming the malt. Fruity character becomes apparent again, dark fruit as prunes, plums. Alcohol, and (bitter) chocolate returning warming up. Fiery alcoholburn; syrupy, like malt-syrup. Sour-sweet fruitiness throughout with a bitter edge. Great balance - and as other raters said, one for the ageing. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2004
On tap: Not particularly syrupy, however the flavor was that of brandy and Robitussin mixed ... which is not particularly enjoying... poured reddish brown, obnoxious cherry and medicine aroma, little complexity. Not great. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Draught. Amber body with a thin head. Light fruity aroma of cherry, raisin, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, mango and varied other fruity esters. Moderate body that left something to be desired, maybe more effervescence. Average flavors imitate the aroma, however, its not the most pleasant aroma of flavor ever. The finish is fairly sweet and not as dry as I might like. I don't know if it's possible, but this was really an average Quad.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Vinous aroma,malty,fruity(banana)caramel,slightly tart,octane.Pours out thick w/ a thin head/decent lace.The taste is intense.Fruity,tart,caramel.Does taste very English in style.Palate is a bit syrupy.12% pretty well hidden.Dry finish from the octane but the long lingering aftertaste is a little displeasing.Light carbonation(could use a tad more)Great huge ale that could warm any malt lovers heart. MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Sweet alcohol oscillates from brown rum to sedate peach and cherries Schnapps...Caramel and candi sugar titillate in a calm, sleep-inducing feel...Closer to an English barley wine in its flavor profile than the proposed Quadrupel, but nonetheless yeasty enough to be an interesting Belgian sipper... Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 This massive rendition is initially copper, clear with no trace of yeast and not much head, barely a ring. Aroma is extremely vinous full of brown sugar, candi sugar, brown rhum, sweet and alcoholic without having the complexities I expect in a beer of this magnitude. Can you say M-A-L-T-Y? Once again in mouth, the alcohol taste is quite strong with sweet raisins and white grapes. It really makes me think of a red wine without the dryness. Body is big and thick, but a little flat, I’d prefer a bit more carbonation personally. Good effort and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing more american brewers trying their hand at ABTs (way to go Allagash). But for sure, if I ever drink a weyerbacher quad again, I’ll make sure it’s a 3+ year old sample. Cheers to my good friend Hopsrus. Upon retasting this in a blind-setting, it was clearly one of the less polished of the lot with raw sugars and alcohol and flabby fruits all over the place. From 3.0 to 2.0 Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Poured a light brown with a reddish hue and a nice off-white head. Aroma was off dark fruits, candied sugar, and caramel. Decent mouthfeel. Lots a flavor. Plums, dates, and other dark fruits on the tongue, along with brown sugar, pepper, and alcohol. Slight peppery hop finish. The alcohol wasn't overpowering but it was there. I enjoyed this one! TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Brew pours hazy, rusty orange brown with an off white head that is mostly dissipating. Aroma is inviting with notes of plum and raisins and a healty shot of alcohol. Flavor is BIG. Lots of flavor swirling around the mouth. Nice dried fruit flavors, vinous. The alcohol is definetely there, but it is not obtrusive in the least. High quality brew.