NOTES: Bomber @ Alys Beach, FL with Barley McHops
STYLE: Quadrupel/ Belgian Strong Ale
ABV: Ummm.. 12%. Get it?
APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy with a nice auburn hue.
HEAD: Good-sized, off-white head that fades fairly quickly.
LACING: Awesome and complex, with sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass like cobwebs.
NOSE: Sweet apple, apricot, yeasty spice, and a whiff of the lurking booze.
TASTE: Malt bill was lots of candied sugar and caramel- like the liquified shell of a candy apple*. The sweetness was cut through tremendously by the fruit flavors: bananas, orange peel, raisins, peaches. The huge ABV is dangerously well-incorporated; we could barely taste it in the finish, even as the beer warmed.
*Barley planted this flavor in my mind like they plant dreams in Inception, and a big red candy apple was all I could see in my mind’s eye with every sip. All the more reason for weak-minded souls to avoid the bigger beer review sites before writing a tasting yourself.
MOUTHFEEL: Full, but carbonated enough that it didn’t drink like syrup (like so many other Quads) leading to…
DRINKABILITY: Unfortunately, tragically high. It definitely got us started on the wrong foot for an evening that ended in an epic alespin.
RATING: 4 Hops. We vacillated a bit considering the competition within the style, but ultimately couldn’t find anything about the Victory V-12 to detract from our highest score. Highly recommended.