The Craft BeerAdvent 2014 Calendar Day #24 – Entendez Noel Belgian Quad (USA)

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #24 – Last day

Entendez Noel Belgian Style Pale Quadrupel – Sound Brewery, 11.5% ABV – 355ml., (Poulsbo, Washington, USA)

description at Ratebeer.com:

“Like most big Belgian holiday beers, Noel is bursting with subtly complex flavors and fits no particular beer style. Its explosion of sensations comes from just Belgian Pilsner malt, cane sugar, Motueka hops, Trappist yeast, water, and fermentation. Drink warm or cold in various glassware shapes and sizes to discover all its nuances. Entendez should age extremely well for years to come”

  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale / Quadrupel
  • Taste: Excessively alcoholic unbalanced sweet candi barley malt roughness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours copper orange-brown with no head, thin ringed retention, small clusters of slow streams.

Nose: candi toffee barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thick viscosity, immediate (lvl-9)-sweetness w/ alcohol

Mid-palate: zingy alcohol, tangy gag-reflex inducing, (MAIN) apple, plum, Belgian candi barley malt, mild honey, ethanol

Finish: alcohol hit, lingering sweet malt, rough finish.

Summary: This one did not go down well at all, it was one of the rare beers that actually caused a gag reflex. The balance of alcohol, flavour and texture is not there. La Trappe is a quad I had recently that is certainly better than this.