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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Venus—goddess of love and beauty—exudes grace and voluptuousness. Indulgent with lush dark malts and sensuous star anise, VENUS is decadent and divine in body and spirit. Leisure lounging in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks results in a lovely liquid feast of fabulously luxurious flavors.

30 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 11-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
47
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
5
For Trade:
1
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Photo of warmstorage
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, was approximately $14 at Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK.

Appearance: using a beer-clean wide-bowl red wine glass, pours a deep brown, with a solid, dense, medium brown head. Huge lacing -- nearly complete. Head sticks around, very impressive for a 14.3% beer.

Aroma: candied cherries, brown sugar, hints of licorice. Kind of muted for such a big beer.

Taste: strong brown sugar, licorice / star anise, stonefruit, candy sugar. Huge malt backbone, minimal hop presence. None of the oak barrel flavors some through, even when I'm looking for them.

Mouth: Bright and slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Immensely similar to The Viking. (Ms. Warmstorage thought that was what I'd opened.) While I'm enjoying it and will happily drink it, dollar for dollar, I'm probably as disappointed in this beer as any beer I've ever purchased. I mean, c'mon, $14? Bah. Humbug.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quad with brett. Looked and smelled like an imperial stout with added yeast. Very lacey on dark brown body with two inch head. Drinkable but strong, sour, and cloying sweet all concommitment qualities. The sauvignon barreling had worked its way in, and likely where the tannin sourness originates from.Red grapes, but little yeasty taste remains. Above medium mouthfeel.Bottle 3 years past due, received about 1.5 years ago from Mr. Squires.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into tulip on 10/30/09. Thanks to KRAMER17081 for sharing!

A - Poured a dark cola brown body with an almost purple tint and a frothy light tan/beige-colored head that reduced to a patchy retention and sparse lacing.

S - Initial aroma is strong and boozy with a prevalent dark fruit suggesting raisins, prunes and currants. Hints of star anise/licorice and chocolate also emerge.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor boasts a ton of dark fruit character, especially heavy on prunes and raisins, but also black cherry. A hint of sourness develops in the middle, accompanied by some drier woody notes and tannins. Finishes with a mild earthy hop bite.

M - Venus is uber-full-bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and chewy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry with rich, sugary sweetness on the palate.

D - This is a freakin' huge Quad to say the least, and half a bomber was certainly more than enough for me. Still, not too shabby for a 14.3% heavyweight.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy in color with an enormous tan head that lasts and lasts. A bit overcarbonated. Bold chocolate aroma with an undercurrent of red wine; odd but it works rather well. The high ABV is fairly noticeable in the nose, it's a bit solventy. Fruity on the palate, tannic, spicy. Very chocolatey, a bit out of character for a quad but it's not unpleasant. The cabernet barrel shows up most in the tannic, fruity, dry finish. An interesting beer, but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

John was only too generous this past weekend. Thanks, friend!

A: Dark brown with reddish highlights. A thin, tan head recedes to a ring rather quick

S: This is an anise and vanilla bomb. These two aromas dominated the nose. Behind the strong anise aroma, there is plenty of big sweetness with brown sugar, molasses and burnt caramel. Not very yeasty. The wine character is reserved, but opens up as it warms up. Pretty good

T: Opens up big and sweet with a big anise character. There's also a lot of molasses, brown sugar and toffee up front that melds into a vinous sweetness from the wine barrels. I am left wishing for something to cut through the sweetness - a little tannic character or some bitterness - but it's not there. The strong anise character persists through the finish, along with vinous and sweet flavors and a touch of alcohol

M: A bit sweeter than a like my quads but creamy with an good, spicy finish

D: A bit of a chore because of the sweetness but otherwise enjoyable. But I have to ask - would it have hurt to make this closer to 10-11%?

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Photo of kwjd
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy had shared this bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a finger or so of head. Lacing around much of the glass. Smells quite oaky for a quad (probably barrel aged?), chocolate, candied sugar, with Belgian yeasty aroma. Flavour is fairly sweet, not cloying though. Medium bodied mouthfeel for a quad. I guess I'll likely never try this again if it was only brewed once, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber fresh from the new brewery, poured into their tall pils glass. Venus is a murky, very dark brown with a big, frothy light tan head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very strong, a huge punch of anise and alcohol, a bit phenolic.

Taste is robust, but luckily not as strong on the anise, which frankly, on the nose, scared me. But actually it's pretty smooth, big caramel and figs, certainly some anise, no coriander though that I can tell. Also, I was really hoping to get more from the cab barrels, but it's really just a generic vanilla oakiness.

Mouthfeel is typical MSBC creamy, only medium bodied. For a stupid strong beer, it's super digestible.

Drinkability is surprisingly high. I had Mercury first, and this actually went down easier. And it was just because I was already buzzed, Venus was just that much tastier! I can't believe its so damn strong, you'd never guess it from the taste. But the fact is, it's a strong ass, intensely flavored, not cheap bomber.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Dyan the other evening.

The beer pours a rich dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. There are also hints of red hilights in this beer. However, one whiff of this beer and I was immediately transported to barrel aging heaven. Wow this smells great. I get a huge sweet aroma of milk chocolate, milk duds, vanilla, anise and cherry, with just a hint of bitterness. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and I get just waves of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, prunes and plum. This beer is so decadently rich and sweet, it's literally too much of a good thing. Ultimately, although the flavors are excellent, the sweetness is just too much for me. That will likely change with additional aging, but at least right now, the high alcohol and intense sweetness are just a bit much. Mouthfeel is still very smooth and remarkably light, with a long smooth finish. Drinkability is not too bad for the abv., but a little bit goes a long way with this one. Regardless, this is still an altogether excellent beer, and one that will likely only improve over time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a small, though creamy-looking, beige-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity malts with rich, expressive notes of spicy hops, anise oil, a distant red wine barrel, and dried fruits from a trail mix served up with a shot of clean liquor.

Taste: Pale malts along with a maltiness delivering a taste of toasted biscuit tops sweetened with a sprinkling of brown sugar and, why not, some simple table sugar. Touch of dried fruit. Spicy hops display a light, brief bitterness. Add in a full tablespoon of Ouzo. Drying, leathery tannins leech in, as does a lesser hint of red wine. Pinch of chocolate shavings. The strong alcohol presence is definitely evident, but the heavy, dense layers of flavor and complexities help to turn your attention away from it. Return of the anise liqueur for the sweetish, very warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Moderate carbonation, which thoughtfully helps to prevent any cloying syrupiness.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV percentage. Though Venus is an inhospitable, downright hellish place, it's namesake beer is one to soak in and savor.

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Photo of randawakes
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

These 22 bombers are killing me... this is a must pour into a glass, don't waste this guy from inside the bottle.

Appearance: pours mostly dark and chocolatey, stoutish, with slightly red lights through thinner parts of the glass.

Smells of carmelized fruit, brown sugar.

Tastes like a spicy, butterscotch fruit glazed with brown sugar or some sort of carmelization with strong tones of a sweet sweet wine.

Most remarkable thing about this quad is it's ability to hold taste. The taste stays with you & stays strong for up to a minute after the sip. There are also signs of nuts or sugary/spicy malt that is good with a taste that holds.

Mouthfeel is mild carbonation and the wine surely come out here as the buds feel this for a good long minute after the drink hits your stomach.

Drinkability I rate a bit low just because the guy is strong at 14+ percent and its a brown sugary sweet feeling as well. I don't know about you, but I can drink cases of mild beer all day, but I can't drink 50 oz+ of lemon vodka or jungle juice from the sorority girls, just too much sugar for my liking.

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Photo of portia99
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle shared by Matt at last night's whale tasting. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a deep brownish amber...small dark tan head and good clarity. Short foamy head and foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Boozy, a bit of chocolate, some sweet malts, slight astringency and hints of fruity esters. A touch of solventy alcohol.

T - Didn't quite match the aroma. Aroma indicated more sharp flavoring, but the flavor was super smooth and creamy, layers of malty sweetness and sugars, but well controlled and felt balanced despite not truly having much hop character...a touch boozy.

M - Nice carbonation level despite its age...creamy and mid level. Spicy, warm, noticeable booziness, medium body.

O - Nice and smooth...a bit boozy, but not as high as a 14+% beer typically produces. Tingly and warming. Pretty nice quad.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my Birthday whale tasting. Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Has a light creamy head covering, nice lacing, dark but clearish mahogany ruby color.

Nose dark malts, nutty caramel molasses like, faint hint of cocoa and aged malts, touch of figs and raisins, light alcohol.

Taste dark syrupy malts, molasses, thick fluffy carbonation, rich tasting, fig date and raisin fruits, a bit of solventy alcohol and burn, syrupy but sweet aged soft malt flavors, chewy malts, candy sugar, etc.

Mouth is smooth thick and rich, some booze, but not that bad, plenty of fluffy carb.

Overall very nice, tasty beer, great malts, some booze, nice aged feel too.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for sending this one down for the Planets tasting! The best beer of the set.

Pours amber in color with a big off-white head. There’s a little bit of wine and booze on the aroma. A really nice dak fruit and sweet caramel malt aroma. Might even be some chocolate. The flavor is quite nice. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit notes. A really nice Cabernet flavor. Solid stuff. Medium and medium.

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Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at HOTD Dock Sale 11/14. Thanks, Jeff for bringing this down from the Great White North.

Dark Brown nearly opaque body. Creamy brownish tan head, decent lacing. Cornucopia of dried fruits (prunes, figs, raisins) in the nose with a bit of chocolate. Taste bomb, big dried fruit flavors a bit of dark brown sugar. Very smooth mouth feel with a lingering dry finish. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not the most drinkable of beers, but certainly worth sharing with the Front of the Line Club. Highlight of the Day. Another world class offering from Midnight Sun.

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Photo of miketd
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma is sweet fruit, wood, wine, booze, raisin and roast malt. Flavor is raisin and dark fruit. Big body and smooth beer. Alcohol isn't really apparent. This has all the things a good beer should have and will age nicely.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 pulled out of the basement over the weekend for a cellar clearing tasting. I got this a while back from the one and only AkBelgianBeast. Reviewed from good notes.

Big/huge head ... 3 finger lite tan foam over a clear deep brown brew... the head lasts forever and leaves great lace behind.

Nose is fantastic, but not exactly what I think of as a proper "Quad" ... waves of chocolate... with rich dark fruits and hints of the barrel... decadent.

Wow! not sure my palate is ready.. again very chocolaty... brownie batter ... with Belgian phenols and esters... spicy dark cherries and even some prune... the Cab barrels show as tannins with hints of dry leather.. a bit boozy, but overall it adds to the amazing complexities.. really big body and big carbonation.

No real complaints... but I will say, I never would have picked this as a Quad blindly.. but I respect and see the brewers' intentions and absolutely loved this beer, especially on later pours.

Franks is the true "Trader's Trader"... a great guy and somebody that I someday hope can share a beer with in person. Thanks.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of carbonation apparent with the big white pillow like head. Good retention left behind lots of side glass lace.

highly spiced with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of yeast. Some pears or apples sneaking in there as well.Lots of apple and pear flavors mixed in with a good amount of spice. A slightly dry finish and something bitter that wanted to come through but never actually made it.

Very smooth, medium bodied and well carbonated. Never slick and had a very nice finish.Not bad, a little bit more then a sippe

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Venus. Belgian Style Quadrupel brewed with star anise and aged in french cabernet sauvignon barrels. 14.3%. Here goes...

Pours a very dark brown with deep deep ruby color and brown tints. Head hangs around good at first, but all in all dissipates fairly quickly leaving behind fairly minimal lacing.

The nose is not as strong as i would have expected. The anise is apparent, dark malts, some alcohol. A bit of dark fruit and some slight cherry.

Taste is quite interesting. Starts off with a nice rich malt character, some caramelized dark fruit, the star anise then rears its head, not as strong as it is in The Viking, I like that the anise is a bit less in your face in this one. The normal caramel, butteriness of a Quad is slightly lacking here, but it is defenitely there. The alcohol makes its presence known at this point, especially on the finish as it really coats the stomach and warms. Anise and dark fruit linger in the aftertaste. The cab sauv comes through just a bit at this point, right before the finish. This reminds me alot of a Gouden Carolus Noel. Sort of that licoricey anise flavor. A very complex beer. I will certainly be altering this review again, probably during my next lesson with a bottle of this one (likely tomorrow)

Mouthfeel is right where it should be for a belgian quad, nice and viscous, carbonation is where it should be. A tiny bit dry on the finish (cab sauv?) but really very nice.

For the style and the abv, the drinkability in this brew gets high marks, although this one is certainly not a summertime slammer. But as i have said in the past, if you bought a 14.3% bottle of beer thinking you were gonna shotgun some at the company picnic, well then your just a goddamn idiot.

Overall a very complex and interesting beer. This one pushes the limits of a quad, both in abv and in innovation. Very unique barrel aging and the addition of anise give this one some added character, and added complexity. I was expecting a solid quad base, ala St Bernie's, Westy, Urthel, Koeningshoeven, etc. but this one is more of something you would see from any of those breweries, but with "Noel" slapped on the label. This really reminds me of many big belgian christmas offerings (probably the anise). A very complex and contemplateable beer. I suspect this one will do extaordinarily well with some age. A very fun, complex, and tasty beer that you will learn from. This beer is not for sessioning, but it is a class session in its own right. Great brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to akbeerfiend for this one. Served in my Westvleteren goblet.

A - This one was a slight gusher. Pours with a finger of slow-dissipating ecru foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves solid glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that is consistent throughout the glass - no light peaking through.

S - Plenty of oak, dark bread, yeast, anise, maple, roasted malts and grain, slight lactic notes. Not much in the way of alcohol at all.

T - Taste is sweet dark fruits, with notes of brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Finish is light roasty bitterness and anise and maybe a touch of spicy phenols.

M - There's a tiny bit of warmth in the finish, but this is probably the smoothest 14.3% beer I've ever had. Smooth, creamy, lower carbonation, medium-full body. Light stickiness in the residual feel.

D - If this is 14.3% then this is the most masterful Houdini job I've ever seen. I can tell from my buzz that this is pretty potent, and that if I didn't share this with ktrillionaire I'd probably be under a table somewhere. Highly recommended!

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Photo of KevSal
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my personal white whale for quite some! what better time to open it than a casual monday night. For every door that closes a window opens
huge thanks to ben for this amazing chance.

this bad boy (girl?) has 3 years on it

22oz bomber split into tulips

a- much darker than i expected, looks beautiful. super dark brown, almost completely blacked out. one nice thick off white head. this one looks fantastic.

s- noticed this immediately upon opening. this nose is huge. dark fruits right up front. big sweetness, barrel comes out in the back, zero alc in the smell. as it warms the cab barrels really come through.

t- this one is huge! dark fruit and barrel right up front, slight oxidation, vanilla, and more dark fruit, raisen and grape, hint of prune, a bit of anise. no taste of alc on the palate but a huge warming in the chest. at nearly 15% this one restrains the alc very well. lingering sweetness remains on the tongue.

m- big body, one of the biggest iv had. thick and chewy and coats the mouth, brings out all of the flavors. surprisingly has good carbonation.

o- great beer, i think i opened it at the right time. this one is big, rich and very complex, every sip brings out more and more flavors and nuances.

perfect beer for the occasion, i feel good about lies ahead. (well accept for the hangover that will visit me tomorrow lol cab barrel aged beers due me in)

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of a very generous Alaska trader poured into a snifter.

This one pours a deep mahogany out of the bottle and settles in almost black in the glass with a rocky tan head that lingers as a small cap for the duration.

The aroma is huge on this one with tons of sweet dark malts, oak tannins, and candied dark fruit, like raisins soaked in booze and covered in brown sugar. There is a dry red wine character that balances the huge sweetness and leaves a bit of alcohol burn in the nose.

The taste is very sweet as well up front with lots of candi sugar and caramel malts. The dark fruits are present as well, but the alcohol really makes its presence felt in the finish with a massive burn in the throat going down. The red wine dryness is barely detectable in the finish with a bit of the barrel presence trying to peak out behind the alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is crazy smooth and velvety with lots of carbonation which, for me, helps ease the boozy presence a little bit.

This is one helluva big beer from MSBC and despite being fantastic, it's a little on the hot side. I have a feeling that after a year or two, this one will be world class. That said, it's already a seriously great beer and another original brew from the boys in Anchorage.

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Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros at his Birthday whale tasting last month. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish mahogany hue with a nice quarter inch tan head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Nose pops quite nicely. Good licorice, chocolate, fennel, sambuca, faint faint barrels and raisins. Hardly any ABV on the nose.

T - Wow, okay. For a very an old quad the taste does not quite match the nose but its still pretty tasty. Good darker malts, light caramel, light barrel notes, sugars, dark fruits like raisins, very faint vinous notes and light sambuca.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively surprising. Very nice carbonation here yet still creamy on the finish with some warm booze feel to it.

O - Overall I was very impressed by this beer. Been waiting quite some time to crack this and thought it quite nice to start the whale tasting off with this.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours ¼ finger of beige head. Color is a caramel with copper brown hue to it.

Aroma: Rye, oak, gardettos, plums, caramel, toffee, grapes, wine flavors, dark fruits, and raisins. Good.

Taste: Dry oak, caramel, malts, toasted malts, raisins, molasses, dried fruits, plums, very barleywine like and also wine-like. The barrels were a great choice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very clean.

Overall, a great quad and top notch for the style. Great barrels. Very drinkable. I am a big fan.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to imperialking for cracking this one at the Chicago Burbs Random Mega Tasting. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a mirky caramel brown-color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Dark fruit, burnt sugars, oak, light cabernet, and light oxidization. The sweetness & booze work wonders together and the oxidization is there but compliments the beer. All very mellow, yet very complex.

T - Lots of sweetness in the form of caramel, burnt sugars, plums, figs, raisins, molasses mixed with a very smooth booze and perfect barrel notes. The cabernet doesn't come through quite as much as the nose, and it's more oak then anything. Booze is ultra-smooth for 14.3%...aging really nice. Finish is caramel & booze.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - An excellent BA Quad from MS. Once again, they make yet another amazing beer that appears to be aging gracefully. I'd say there's still another year left in this beer, which is crazy. Overall, give me more!

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Photo of unclekeith
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great quad from the Midnight Sun heydays. Great rich malt, dark fruits, not much barrel left in this one - maybe past its prime, but still worth seeking out. Hope to see it again.

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Venus - Belgian-Style Quadrupel from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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