Thursday, April 5, 2018

Weyerbacher Quad

Fill date: 11/30/17

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

AROMA: Moderate fruity esters with a noticeable banana character. Slightly spicy and clove-like phenolics as well. Malt base is present, but sweetness likely due to Belgian syrup. Alcohol creates for slight vanilla. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark, but mostly clear ruby/garnet hue (17-22 SRM). Moderate off-white sudsy foam dissipates quickly. No lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Yeast esters and phenolics account for most of the flavors here. Palette is quite sweet with banana and red fruits in front and a spicy clove/spiced-rum flavor in the background. Vanilla or caramel also seems to be present, though most likely from Belgian syrup. Actual malt is nondescript; not especially bready or rich. Moderately-low bitterness and no distinctive hop flavor (none needed). 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth texture. Remarkably drinkable for such a strong potency of 11.8%. Alcohol is warm, but gentle.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable, drinkable, and mostly to spec, but it does seem to be a bit faux. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

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