10°, 2016 edition- Dageraad Brewing (Burnaby, BC, Canada)

10° – 2016 edition – Dageraad Brewing Inc., 10.5% ABV, 650ml., (Burnaby, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the front-left label:

“Dageraad 10° is our secular homage to the strong, dark ale brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. The strength of the wort and the addition of exotic unrefined sugars has tormented the yeast into producing magnificently complex fruit and spice notes to complement the beer’s malty profundity. Its flavour will develop for up to three years in the bottle if properly stored.”

  • Style: Quadruple
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10.70 CAD – 650ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, too harsh

Visual: 2016 edition. Pours opaque cinnamon brown with a smallish long lasting ultra foamy fine 1mm head, a touch of lacing

Nose: candi sugar’d heavy barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: heavy alcoholic malt impression

Mid-palate: persisent alcohol heaviness, background sour-tangy, (lvl-7-sweetness), brown sugar, light creamy/soft tingly, prune-raisin-fig, woody spice, heavy sweet barley malt

Finish: big alcohol harshness, malty woodiness, residual sweet candi sugar

Summary: Somewhat drinkable for a such a high ABV, but not a whole lot of finesse in execution of flavours. I can’t say I particularly enjoyed this brew – too harshly alcoholic and too sweet without an enticing delectability.

Cardena Quad Barrel Aged – Townsite Brewing Inc. (Powell River, BC, Canada)

Cardena Quad Barrel Aged (6 months in Jack Daniels Barrels) – Townsite Brewing Inc., 10.5% ABV – 30 IBU, 500 ml., (Powell River, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)

  • Style: Abt/Quadrupel
  • Taste: Thick heavy whiskey-laced molasses barley malt
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $12.45 (after 15% off) – 500 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dirty muddy brown with with a dissipating very small head, ringed retention w/o island, a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: boozy molasses barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick-soft slick, light tingly, tangy-soft sour

Mid-palate: molasses-brown sugar, plum-woody, alcoholic heavy thick barley malts, (lvl-7-sweetness)

Finish: light whiskey, manageable alcoholic heat, residual big sweet malts.

Summary: Decent flavour, but pretty heavy and cloying halfway through. It doesn’t quite have the mouthfeel or roundness to keep it cool – too straight and brusque.

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


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.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #12 – Biere De Noel


The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #12

Biere de Noël – Big Sky Brewing, 10.1% ABV – 355ml., (Missoula, Montana, USA)

  • Style: Quadruple
  • Taste: Alcoholic start-to-finish brown sugar toasted malt light grape/red wine
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth 1x try

Visual: Pours translucent brownish red with a small lasting foamy head, micro 1mm retention, lots of fast singular streams.

Nose: heavy Belgian candi malts. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: sweet, thick malts

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-9)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar malt, toast

Finish: boozy hit, grape-barley malts, mild alcoholic heat, lingering malt sweetness

Summary: Although quite sweet it’s nicely sippable; good mouthfeel, engaging complexity and incognito ABV. Alcohol detection throughout.

La Trappe Quadrupel – Brouwerij de Koningshoeven (Netherlands)


La Trappe Quadrupel – Brouwerij de Koningshoeven, 10% ABV, 750ml, (Netherlands)

  • Style: Quadruple
  • Taste: Sweet brown sugar cake brandy boozy malt alcoholic
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor Store (W.Van)
  • How much: $10 (after 10% off) – 750ml, September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Reinforced twisty top, synthetic cork, hefty bottle. Pours light blood red with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, suspended large sediment, slow and fast steady streams.

Nose: carrot cake, caramelized brown sugar, sweet dark malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: thick-full, incoming dark fruity christmas cake

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, sour-alcohol hit, fizzy-bubbly, (MAIN) carrot cake, brandy, caramelized brown sugar malts

Finish: cola, alcoholic, mild alcoholic heat, sweet brandy finish.

Summary: Lots of caramelized sugar, brown cake flavour mixed with a pretty stealth alcohlic hit.