fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Say you want more/new beers and it begs for experimentation. This of course means that now and again Igor is going to whizz in a barrel or misplace his toad collection. Not to say that either happened here, but as I originally thought (or reasons only known to the dark recesses of flab which are the brain of fly) that this was a barleywine and then saw some note of Belgian Quad I can only mumble "wha?" It wasn’t a drain pour but it was certainly not something I would have laid out cash for knowing what I do now. thornecb (6149) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Pours burgundy/brown into a trappist glass. Head quickly dissipates to spot the surface and hug rim. No noticeable aroma. Thin with prunes, dates and figs. Dry caramel finish. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle, purchased from Julio’s in Westboro, MA. Cork opens with minute pop. Sweet, yeasty, bready, slightly woody, vinous, earthy aroma with some raisins. Pleasant aroma, that is not too different from St. Bernardus 12. Complex. Moderately hazy lightish mahogany colored body with a very quickly dissipating small yellowish head. Sticky, sweet, sugary, underattenuated start, which turns a bit more vinous with some raisins and some oaky woodsiness later on. Kind of roasty. Not a bad attempt for an American style abbey quad, but this is overly sweet and cloying. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Not worth the high price. Buy St. Bernardus 12 instead--it’s cheaper and better. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy mahogany brown with a large, frothy, nicely-lacing head. Slightly dry, woody, semi-sweet caramel malty aroma. Begins with some sweet caramel malty, light fruitiness with nice oaky character thinning some toward a slightly tart, warming finish. Lots of sweet malt and pleasant oaky complexity, but is kinda thin. Don’t really see this being a quad, but it’s ok otherwise. Beaver (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 375ml bottle corked and caged. Pours a murky ruby light brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates.
CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
The aroma is vinous alcohol, wood, tart fruits and some floral notes.
The flavor is sweet breadiness, oak and some tart fruits. The finish is sweet with some dark fruits (figs). The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with some slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this. It’s a nice Belgian Ale (a little on the sweet side) with a good use of wood aging.
This one is pretty average, which is bad compared to what is possible with this style. Just nothing memorable at all. Somewhat appealing nose of fruit/nuts but that’s about it. Taste is sugarmalt and tongue is somewhat sticky. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, dried fruits, vanilla, light yeast, caramel, oak, and light smoke. Taste of toffee, light caramel, tart citrus, buttery, toasted malts, nuts, light smoke, dried fruits, and faint alcohol in the end. Surprisingly pretty decent. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Corked bottle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!). Dave scared me when he saw the bottle and said he had this before and it was awful (fingers crossed that he had a bad bottle). Poured a deep ruby red/brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, vanilla, nuts, very light oak, and dark fruits. Tastes of lighter smoke, brown sugar, vanilla, nuts, and caramel. I enjoyed this (even after drinking a few trappist Quads before hand). I guess Dave either had a bad bottle or the extra 6 months did it some good. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Appears a dark amber toned brown with a small white film as a cap that floats atop the brew. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and raisins.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sweet toasted nut with caramel and brown sugar sprinkled atop.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth with a semi-dry, bready finish.
This one was supposed to be aged with French oak chips...didn’t get any of that in there. Perhaps the tannins got eaten up amongst the other complexities? The great enigma with this beer, huh? hopscotch (11410) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, red-orange ale with a tiny, fizzy, off-white head. Lots of floaties. Corny nose with very subtle wood. Malty, vineous flavor. Toffee, medium sherry, alcohol. Medium-bodied with a satiny mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Finishes woodsy and dry. Thanks to growler for sharing his bottle.