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Lozen Boer - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
83
good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.72%


Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2005)
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Brick Store Pub with Brickstoredave. Pours chestnut brown with a tight head that fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma is sharply fruity with cherry and plum and with lingering sherry notes. Tastes rich and fruity with flavors of vanilla, fig, plum, cherry, apple, lemon, and even some grape notes. Delicious, and the slighttly woddy finish helps cut the richness as well. Smooth mouthfeel, but slightly light for the style. Still, an easy drinking Quad with very well hidden alcohol and a quite a pleasure. I'd even drink this one in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 16:56:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas that are quite similar to a fruity rum waft to my nose as I pour this beer. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that slowly recedes with a textured, lace inducing, varied, rocky surface. The beer is an opaque, dark, concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry hue when held up to the light. Quite alcoholic smelling, definite seems rum infused with its mix of rich fruit and malt notes. A mix of peppery-higher alcohols, prunes, figs, sweet molasses soaked brown sugar, ginger and clove. A substantial concentrated malt character towards the middle and finish seems to walk hand-in-hand with a slightly stale, almost old malt extract like mustiness. An interesting aroma, in the end the aroma smells significantly of a mix of concentrated fruit and spicy higher alcohol notes, but seems to be lacking a richness and finesse that I would like.

Significantly drier than I was expecting, but it still has a significant fruit sweetness to it. The higher alcohols are also quite noticeable in the flavor; they provide a spicy, slightly hot, peppery finish to this brew. The higher alcohols are slightly balanced by a deep fruitiness that reminds me of Dr. Pepper or the mythical prune juice soda. Flavors of raisins, prunes, cloves, a touch of molasses, a touch of plum like tartness and some interesting cola like cardamom notes. Malt notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of cocoa and substantial toasted grain.

This just seems to fall flat some how; it is a touch thin and even a bit washed out for something labeled as an Abt. Really though I think this is too spicy, too full of higher alcohols for the residual malt character to deal with effectively. If there was more malt here, more body, I think the extra spiciness would work quite well.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 04:09:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 cork and caged bottle the beer presents a slightly hazy brown, the head monstrous in size, tan in color, creamy in texture, upon its evaporation the lacing forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose has a earthy aroma, caramel and sweet malt, a touch of oak like sourness noted, delightful sniff. From has a pleasing malt profile, a somewhat bitter twang at the back, top has a light to moderate feel to the palate. Finish has a stern acidity, hops perfectly spicy, dry and tart aftertaste seals itself to the palate, touch of warming noticed, and a fine drinking brew that is worth the sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:50:06 | More by Gusler
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnished bronze that becomes burnished cherry wood with orange edges when fading afternoon light is permitted to enter the glass. The upper half of my drinking vessel is filled with a lovely chunk of golden beige foam that counts stickiness as its finest feature. Thick sheets of fractured lace look good as well.

My first thought as beer splashed into glass was 'whiskey'. The booziness of the aroma is now more like a combination of dark rum, tawny port and cherry schnapps. It's brown sugar sweet, red wine vinous and fruity, all at once. This should be pretty good beer.

Although I like Lozen Boer, it isn't as rock solid as some quads that I could name. The initial rush of flavors is the best, but they don't hang together as well as they might and don't see the mouthful through to a quality finish. A certain (mild) grain alcohol roughness appears at the midway point and keeps the flavor profile from being as cohesive as it might have been. Warming could help, although I doubt it.

I might have said English barleywine if blinded. The beer is malt-dominant, with hop flavor and bitterness (never big contributors in a quadrupel) smothered by the attention seeking alcohol. As for specifics: cherries macerated in brandy and cherry cough syrup, caramel and pureed dates. There really isn't much depth or complexity here.

Good call on the appearance score. The pint glass is almost completely coated with a 10.0% ABV-defying amount of lace. The mouthfeel is on the thinnish side for the style. In fact, it isn't coming together as well as I'd hoped and displays a serious lack of commitment on the finish. Maybe that's one reason why the flavor fails to wow.

Lozen Boer Abt. falls well short of Zoetzuur Flemish Ale when it comes to the Brewmaster's Collection/ Special Reserve beers that I've had to date. It's a passable quadrupel, but passable doesn't get it done when there are so many stellar versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 22:52:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish chestnut with 3 fingers of tan colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Oaky notes & leafy hops along with jammy & apricot notes

T: Dry with oaky notes & leafy hops up front. Some boozeyness as this warms, along with cherries, vanilla, & tanins. Finishes with baker's chocolate, licorice raisins, & more dryness

MF: Low carbonation with medium body & some slickness. A tad thin for the style IMO

Kind of so-so as Quads go. Has no serious malt depth as the style demands & way too much dryness to just enjoy IMO

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:46:53 | More by russpowell
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scottoale

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. brown bottle with caged cork dated 10 05 09, had very little pop when opened. Poured into my Duvel tulip a ruddy brown with burgundy tint and an eggnog colored, tight fluffy cap of 3/4". The head was kept aloft with plenty of carbonation and the ruddy murk cleared as it warmed. Nice fine lace, down to the last drop.

Smell was sweet and spicy with lots of malt and dark ripe fruits and as it warms, alcohol comes through with authority. The flavor was as expected....very sweet with raisen, fig, prunes and spice, followed by malt and molasses. As it warmed, an onslaught of alcohol comes marching through, ending with a prickly hot finish...needs some serious aging to mellow out. Nice flavor overall with decent body and ample carbonation for the style.

High octane quad that I would recommend aging till the date on the cork to tame the heat and add complexity, yet drinkable as is.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:02:17 | More by scottoale
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dnichols

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml caged and corded bottle into a challis. Label identifies it as a "brewmasters collection" "special reserve."

A: It poured a chocolate brown liquid that when held to backlighting was revealed to be a bright cherry red. The head was modest at about one finger but produced large caramel colored bubbles that receded to an even cover and lingered well into the experience. The head leaves an uniform lacing that is attractive and marks the glass at each interval during the drinking experience.

S: There was a strong aroma of roasted (almost burnt) malts and alcohol. The malt flavors, once the beer settled, exhibited strong characteristics of dark chocolate, caramel and bing cherries.

T: Initially the malty chocolate flavors dominate, and then the cherry and alcohol come on strong leaving a dry finish with a bit of hoppy bitterness. I love quadruples and this beer lacks the balance and subtlety of the front line quads from Belgium. The dominance of the alcohol and bitterness on the backside result in a sourness that make each sip less and less enjoyable.

M: This beer is medium bodied leaving a sense of unfulfilled expectation with each sip. It has the mouthfeel of a quality barley wine, however, it grows creamer the longer it sits.

D: This is an enjoyable beer that has a nice warm character. You know you are drinking a beer with a high ABV but it is not so abrasive that it drives you from finishing the bottle.

Comment: This beer benefits from a modest rest after the pour. It lacks the complexity and balance of other Belgium quads. I enjoyed the beer but with other beers in this class available I doubt this beer will have a place in my private stash.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 03:34:32 | More by dnichols
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark copper body with a full, cream off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of light caramel, dark fruits (figs, mostly), a little chocolate, and a half jigger of sherry.

Taste: Flavor begins sweet with caramel and dried dark fruit flavors and finishes warming and metallic with some yeasty spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I found it to be woefully average for a Quad, but kudos are in order for hiding the alcohol so well.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 18:08:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Westsidethreat

California

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Ruddy dark auburn color with some haze to it. Head is a good two inches of fluffy, light tan color.

S: Maple, prunes, vanilla and gooseberry.

T: A very gentle but tasty buttery toffee starts this beer off. Next wave of flavor is strong brown sugar, burnt caramel and raisin puree. Spicyness helps round out it out, almost prickly across the lips and tip of the tongue. Finishes alcoholic with moments of rum, vanilla, dark berries and toasted marshmallow

M: Medium body, slightly oily texture with fuzzy carbonation.

D: Jeebus, this beer is 10%...no wonder the alcohol is apparent. Good beer with solid taste but lacks a lot of complexity for the content. This beer should be in the 6-7% range and would be much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:53:46 | More by Westsidethreat
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DogFood11

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Poured into a chalice it has an easily managed tan head. Body is a murky brown color.

Alcohol is strong and in the forefront. Suggestions of dark fruits and a bitter end to this make it stand out. Mild spices do more for the mouthfeel than the flavor profile but welcomed none the less. Not as thick as some and for the style I'd call this fairly light. Bakers chocolate lingers beneath the main flavors and there is also a mild suggestion of black liquorice. Nice spritzy carbonation fits well as it cuts through the large body.

Notes: I thought it was pretty good overall. A damn tough style to be considered elite and this doesn't sniff that area. Rather its a middle of the road type quad that was worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 02:50:20 | More by DogFood11
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ChillMike

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost completely opaque dark amber color with a massive tan head that sticks and leaves a nice coating of lacing around the glass. A nice smell of malts that remind me of fresh Vermont maple syrup, lots of pleasant smelling spices, and a nice mild hop smell. Bitter hop taste sticks around in the mouth while also a bit of malts, not really enjoying the taste all that much, the smell doesn't match the taste at all. However the beer does have the feel down, the carbonation is pretty good and it's just "thick" enough. Overall I'm not sure I care too much for this one maybe it's the strong presence of alcohol that is noticeable at any rate, it's not a bad beer, just not my type.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 07:03:11 | More by ChillMike
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 50f. pours brownish-orange, large tan head follows in orval chalice. cork dated 10/05/09, cork made a very small pop upon removal.

nose is very malty, attractively so. hints of peppery butter come up, my first thought is that this smells somewhat like a belgian amber.

taste is malty as well, a bit bitter, with mild notes resembling buttery malt. after the first swallows it becomes a bit maltier and bitterer, and overall a decent but not spectacular drink. Aftertaste becomes somewhat sweeter, maybe fruity.

One for the 'try once' category, but I would not revisit this beyond that. As far as beers from this brewery that I have tried go, the flemish wild series (or the 3 I tried) were the most interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 03:22:38 | More by dogfooddog
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather murky brown, rust, amber color with a rather quick head. some scattered lacing. The aroma is a little phenolic ut still a good brown sugary sweetness. The taste retains that brown sugar sweetnes in the nose. Plus some other oddbals sweets that I can't seem to define right now. But the flavors don't seem as complex as a quadrupels should be. Seems like its lacking some effort in recipe construction. The alcohol was well incorporated in the palate for the nice warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 06:13:47 | More by scruffwhor
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber with a fleeting tannish low head which retreated in an flash to leave but wisps at the surface of the beer.

The aroma was strongly deep dark fruits and dark caramel. The dark fruits were raisins and prunes and dried cherries. The aroma contained a light bit of biscuit character and a strong toasty presence. Some alcohol presence led to a phenolic spice character of cinnamon and light pepper.

The flavor was dark caramel and dark fruits as in the aroma, but with a strong presence of alcohol. The flavor was toasty and biscuity coupled to the dark fruits of raisins and prunes. The spice flavors were peppery and more of the cinnamon noted in the aroma. The alcohol was too strong in the flavor and caused what would have been a nice complexity of flavors to be overshadowed.

The finish was dry with lasting dark fruits, cinnamon and alcohol into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a fairly low carbonation level. The alcohol presence killed the head and also was overly strong in the flavor. The warming after consumption was very high and lowered the drinkability of the beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 23:42:06 | More by GCBrewingCo
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WetCoaster

California

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hmmm. A cherry amber not unlike Bigfoot Ale. Clear, with a massive manila head. Great retention, eventually breaks down to berg floating atop a sea of skim. Good lacing.

Smell: Dense, sweet wall of sticky caramel malts, buttered toffee, cherry, pine and wine grapes. Again, sort of like Bigfoot.

Taste: Wow, not what you might expect. As was mentioned earlier, it's definitely got a saturated malty, piney, butterscotch barleywine base. Add to that wine; not vinous notes, but an actual cabernet. Finishes with an almost tannin sourness -- this is quite odd. The problem here is they don't really blend, you start out with a west coast barleywine and finish with a Bordeaux. Mouthfeel is OK, a bit thin and with more bite than I might like.

Drinkability: Well it's pricey,10 percent and it's a bit of an oddball to boot -- gonna take a special person to enjoy this one. I'm one and done with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 03:01:46 | More by WetCoaster
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Wildman

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very deep ruby red color and formed a bubbly light tan head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. A light aroma of malt, black cherries and chocolate. The flavor was of malt and chocolat. The body was fairly light for the style and not much really present in the finish expect the alcohol. Not a bad beer, but not impressive for a quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 03:46:16 | More by Wildman
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maxpower

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity raisin and grape aromas, caramel, plum and brown sugar flavors, alcohol shows as it warms. Full bodied with a soft and full mouthfeel, finishes sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 19:12:12 | More by maxpower
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ypsifly

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 that is corked and caged with 10/05/09 jetted on the side of the cork. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Not much of a pop when the cork was pulled, but it did produce a nice head of light tan that rose to the top of the glass and slowly fell to a layer of foam bounded by a fat ring that left lots of wispy lace as it went down. The beer is deep dark brown to almost black with reddish edges.

Dark fruits and sugars with some chalk and a bit of musty cellar aroma. Faint hint of alcohol hides in the back. Not very strong smelling or complex overall, but not bad.

Malt with some dark cherry upfront that turns acidic and grows hot with alcohol. Its actually rough and leaves a sharp alcohol and acid aftertaste. This needs to sit at least a couple years.

The mouth starts off full and smooth but the obvious abv and acidic flavors cut right through all that. I am not impressed but would consider buying another bottle just to see if time can indeed heal all wounds.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 00:07:00 | More by ypsifly
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GClarkage

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/09/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Muddy brown colored pour. Large foamy head forms to the top of the tulip (1.5 inches?) Very large bubbled. Lacing is above average.

Smell- Scent kind reminds me of an English Barleywine. Has the milk chocolate scent with some sweet caramel malt and maybe even some butterscotch.

Taste- Flavor also reminds me of a barleywine. It's rather harsh though. Needs to rest I think. The alcohol comes through in a kind of a cough sryup harshenss, though not thick and sryupy, just has that flavor. Maybe a bit of cherry to remind a bit like Three Philosophers.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than would like in any style this high in abv.

Drinkability- Not one again that I would pick up...no matter what style it is. Plus at $9.99 it was not a bargain. Not bad, but just below average.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 17:48:31 | More by GClarkage
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color with an excellent beige head; splashy lacing

Smell: Toasted malt aromas; slightly vinious

Taste: There is a bit of fruit and a bit of band aid up front; the fruit flavors are of prune and raisin and the band aid is of, well, band aid; after the swallow, the fruity flavors take on a rum-soaked aspect as there is a real boozy aspect the comes on strong at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with relatively low carbonation and plenty of warming

Drinkability: As others have suggested, a quad should deliver so much more that this beer does

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 12:10:00 | More by brentk56
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Ego

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to Yelterdow for breaking this out with the chimay grande reserve cheese... this is billed as a quad but I never felt it was a quad.... (this was selection was gleaned from the michael jackson beer club)

eyes...
light brown with a good head that is self sustaining. moderate stickiness and nice lacing adds to the look of this. It doesnt look like a typical quad but it does look good.

nose...
it reminded me of a good english bitter meshed with an american (west) pale ale... seriously. There was some good hop kick (very un belgian outside of Fantome) and a nice malt (kent? fuggle? hop in there also?). For a quad this had a VERY subdued (not bad) nose.

taste etc...
for a quad the mouthfeel was dead on... the taste was not of a quad, it was pretty straight forward malt and hops, not the complex belgian web I have been used to. I kept telling my friend dan "no way this is a quad"... it tasted like a wierd blend of an ESB (english) and a west coast american beer.. except with a little more alcohol.

verdict?
tasty beer, no doubt. as a quad? no way. But very tasty and it held up to some nasty cheese we had (Chimay grande reserve washed rind cheese)... it held up to that! so it may be too smooth for its own good ! Would I drink this beer again ? absolutely. As a quad ? absolutely not, the complexity is just not there imo . Try thier flanders red, much better !

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 05:08:31 | More by Ego
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml tall thin necked brown bottle sealed with a silver cage, black steel cap and a simple thumbed cork which is plain looking except for a date of 10/05/09. Main label has a gray colored background with the words “Lozen Boer Abt Abbey Style Ale”. Listed as “De ‘Proef’-Brouwerij Brewmaster’s Collection Special Reserve” on the top part of the label. The main picture is one of a chap walking a lone Cow down a quiet country lane, to the right of this the words “Legend of the Cow Smuggler” appear, not sure why. Listed at 10% ABV. No Freshness Date except for what I assume is the Best Before Date on the Cork.

Appearance: Pours with a quick rising thick creamy tan colored head. Moonscape texture on the surface with some nice spongy lacing and a mottled Belgian lace ring that holds its own with each drink. Finely dissolved carbonation sits well against the deep red polished mahogany body. Head retention is excellent throughout.

Nose: Chewy malts with some bonfire toffee and a crisp but baked warming alcohol feel. As it warms it reveals a sharp but low key vinous twinge.

Taste: Sweetish malt in the front hallway rises with maltose laden dark fruits, dark rum, raisins and a soft alcohol feel. Rum sugars seem higher that expected and the sweet malts have a young but darkened feel to them. Bitterness rises in the middle and back end and mingles with a yeast laden Belgian-esque latter third. Spicy tingle in the Abbey style ending.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol lingers in the background, amidst the chewy dark fruits and Devon toffee malts it builds a decent enough feel to this one. The conditioning is a little spiky and can lend a troubled youth feel to this one the tongue.

Drinkability: Now despite the strange feel to this one, and maybe some rough edges, it does drink rather easily. This is one of those beers that intrigues but looses nothing in the translation.

Overall: Not bad value for $4.99, but a tad middle of the road. Described as a Quadrupel, not sure I got with that description too much, but it doesn’t bother me, it may feel depressed for those that expect the higher octane Quad characteristics though. More of a spicy Belgian Strong Dark Ale for me. Maybe a bit of time in the bottle will accentuate this one and help it develop. It reminded me of a low end Belgian Abt meets English Old Ale and young English Barleywine when sampled fresh though.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 06:39:21 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one poured a dingy orangish-brown with a good, off-white head that kind of surprised me because the cork came out without the least bit of “pop”.

Smell – This Quad still has a stiff darkish malt base. There’s some Belgian yeast in there along with some dark fruits, especially raisins and dates, but not the big fruity explosion that you get with some examples of the style. The nose is still kind of tight, even after the ale warms.

Taste – The taste opens up a bit more. There’s a strong bitterness to the malts that I enjoy but may surprise those seeking the typical style standard. The sweets actually step back from the nose. The yeast is solid but the booze is somewhat harsh. Not burning, but definitely in your face.

Mouthfeel – This really isn’t much over medium-bodied and the bitter dryness almost felt kind of hoppy. I enjoyed the mild but efficient carbonation though.

Drinkability – This ale was a good drinker. But, I gotta say, when I think of Quads I think of greatness, and in that sense it missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 04:04:46 | More by RoyalT
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Lozen Boer from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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