Dark Sovereign | Czig Meister Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Czig Meister Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
czigmeisterbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by djrn2 on 04-22-2017

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4
Ratings:
7
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark brownish red color. Medium prickly carbonation with a nice medium body.
Aroma is cherry vinegar, malt, yeast, mild funk and dark fruit
Taste outshines the aroma with cherry vinegar and barely sweet cherry juice showing up first. Prune,date,dark fruit, malt is also very present. The flavor seems subtle at first but intensifies and coats the tongue in a very pleasant way .
It comes off as far from sweet and even a little dry which really allows all the flavors to stand out really well

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ML bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a dark cola with purple hues. The huge toffee-colored head dissipated quickly leaving a thin, creamy sheen of like-colored lacing. The nose features black cherry, plum, oak, Belgian yeast, clove, bourbon, red wine, and cola notes. There's lots of ripe cherry, plum, and fig in the initial taste, along with more than a hint of cocoa and clove, and earthy peat. The bourbon is subtle but evident, and the wine barrel appears at the finish. It's like drinking a rich chocolate-cherry dessert and the taste really improves as the glass warms. It's highly carbonated but nonetheless creamy in its feel, with a potent 9.4% ABV. Overall, I'm impressed with the flavor profile; the flavors are all distinct but they blend very well. Dark Sovereign is a first rate Quad. It's now retired and I'm glad I was able to try it. I may pick up another bottle and let it age a few months.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Czig Meister Brewing Company "Dark Sovereign"
750 ml brown glass bottle, seemingly without production codes or freshness dating but labeled "2017"
$17.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: "DOUBLE BARREL BELGIAN STYLE QUADRUPEL ALE AGED ON CHERRIES" - who could pass that up? It's poured a cloudy dark mahogany brown body (my fault because I transported it rather than drinking it straight from the cellar) beneath a finger thick head of tan foam. The aroma displays cherry, dark caramelish malt, dark fruits (black raisin, dried fig), some clove and other Belgian yeast phenols, a hint of mineral, some Bourbon (it's aged in Bourbon and red wine barrels), some vinous character, and just a touch of oak. The flavor delivers more Bourbon than the aroma has suggested, a touch of vanilla, some red grape, and a bit of brown sugar but otherwise it follows what the aroma has suggested would be there. It's medium in body and gently crisp-then-smooth with a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation. It's not full or syrupy and that helps with its overall drinkability. Nor is it particularly rich, although it remains complex and engaging. It's a "sipper" to be sure, but you could equally move through it more quickly if you so desired. Looking back the head has completely died and there's not even a ring left where the surface meets the glass, nor is there any lace remaining, although some of that can be chalked up to strength. But how strong is this? 9.4%? That's not bad as I don't notice the alcohol at all, not even as a presence that suggests it's a beer of strength - that could be dangerous! I think you'd feel it's effects though before you got too out of hand as just tasting it tells you that it's a beer you need to savor. So I think I've covered everything here, and I'm really impressed. This is absolutely world class, and I'm not sure that anyone has brewed a beer exactly like this before. It's very original, and what really makes it work in my opinion is the balance between the Bourbon barrel and the red wine barrel because if you had just a little more of either one it's perfect balance would be thrown off. Stunning stuff! I almost wish I'd saved this for some special occasion but then I'm reminded of the scene in the movie "Sideways" where Paul Giamatti's character Miles drinks his special bottle of wine out of a styrofoam cup in a fast food restaurant and it doesn't matter because it's just as good anywhere. You can't always enjoy the beautiful things in life with other people, BUT... if you've read this and have a bottle on hand you can because I've given you a heads up! On the other hand, this is also exactly the kind of beer that I like to nip at by myself in a quiet house on a cold night in front of the fire with a good book - so there's that! If you can find this I recommend you buy several bottles, and I know exactly where I can score a few more for myself so I'll be headed there later today. Absolutely fantastic! Magical even.
Review# 6,129

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Photo of Tcl1075
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/31...pours purplish dark brown, light tan foam. Rich cherry roasted nose, plums too. Figs/raisins, the making of a hearty Belgian. Chewy jammy taste, chocolates sneak in. Slightly boozy. Finishes with a woody oak. Really complex flavors intermingling. Very well done,

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Sovereign from Czig Meister Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7 ratings