Quinte55ence - Five Seasons North
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4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
On-tap at the brewpub, I was told this had three years on it.
Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of sticky caramel malts embedded in toffee. Also present are mild amounts of toasted malts and larger amounts of milk chocolate. Topping it all off are medium fruit aromas - pears and raisins with hints of dates.
Tastes similar to how it smells, though better complemented. A combination of light and dark malt flavors that have no real presence other than serving as a backbone are joined by large amounts of sweet toffee flavors to kick things off. Midway through the sip the flavors dry up just a bit and segue into good amounts of medium fruit flavors - darker than in the aroma with sugar-coated raisins and plums. The fruit flavors carry through to a slightly boozy and crisp finish.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a very well done beer but for some reason it just didn't knock my socks off as expected. Worth a shot to see for yourself.
05-28-2010 19:22:09 | More by glid02
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
A two year old keg this evening at 5 Seasons North, and while I have had this in the past, and thoroughly enjoyed it, this is my first review. 2 years has definitely made a difference! It is even darker, almost completely opaque now, with the pour yielding a thin, but dense tan head. The aroma is an enticing blend of dark chocolate and coffee, with the dark fruit hints bit more subdued. Really, the look and smell almost make on believe this is a stout at this point. The taste has really come together, with all of the aroma components, in addition to a more pronounced prune/raison flavor. There is also a taste of what could best be described as dark candy/sugar, not brown sugar, not licorice, but somewhere between. It is this complexity that reminds you that it is indeed a Quad. The most refreshing aspect of the aged version is that contrary to previous tastings the "heat"/alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel is gone, and allows all the great flavors to come through. The mouthfeel does have a bit of an aged stout feel to it. While this is certainly a big beer, the drop in the "heat" and smoothness of the rough edges that the age brought to it make it a much more drinkable beer. This was an excellent treat, I just wish we could eliminate the antiquated GA beer laws, let Crawford bottle this, and then I could cellar it. This 2 year old keg was delicious.
08-28-2009 02:38:04 | More by bhalter8
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: Basic black body with a small, creamy-looking, light tan head.
Smell: Earthy, roasty, dark chocolate nose with notes of prune juice and a beefy cabernet lending some fruitiness.
Taste: Rich, sweet, dense flavors of dark chocolate, toffee, roast, dark candi sugar, a pinch of licorice, cocoa powder, and a red wine (which morphs into a more general grape fruitiness). Fresh-ground black pepper. Slight woody hints. Final taste of melted chocolate ice cream on the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Diabolically delicious! This is more like it. This is what I'm talking about, guys.
12-04-2008 23:24:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
From the website:
" A Belgian Quintuple--if there was such a thing. A celebration of the opening of 5 Seasons-North. There are 5 malts, 5 hops, 5 of this, 5 of that 25 of these things and 25 of those things over there. It is a BIG beer. Very rich, very complex. But dont be scared of itor maybe you should."
This pretty much describes the beer. It pours nice and almost chocolately dark with a caramel colored head. The smell was more barlywine with not much of a hops component. Tastewise this is a thick and creamy beer with the usual hints of citrus and pine that I get in most barlywines. But, there is also something else in the background, maybe a hint of chocolate? In the mouth this beer has a thick texture that goes down surprisingly smooth.
A very unique beer that is worth trying if it is available. Three cheers to Five Seasons for this one!
05-05-2007 22:18:26 | More by ruleof72
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
Comes out of the tap an opaque coffee brown with a minimal tan head, but this may be a an artifact of the pour. Aroma is fruity and slightly woody, about average strength. Flavor is fruity, mainly apple, with a strong alcohol bite and a hint of sweet chocolate. Texture is silky smooth, a bit thick, and subtly fizzy.
01-25-2011 01:09:00 | More by Cyberkedi
Quinte55ence from Five Seasons North
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