Additional notes 04/20/23 (pictured):
A light amber body, much lighter than one would expect for a quad. Still drinks in a very mellow manner. Alcohol is there, but it has a ton of fruit and mild, balanced flavor. Lots of marzipan base solvent, and a ton of esters.
Not a quintessential Quad for me (or indeed anyone that knows what they are talking about I suspect), never has been, and that’s OK.
Original notes 04/10/05:
Very strong, but controlled flavors make this a Quad one that is not too overpowering. Don’t get me wrong, it still needs to be handled with care, but it won’t knock you over as long as you are concentrating on what you’re consuming.
Not as sweet and warming as the ABV might suggest, this starts off with some mild banana and spice that warms up slightly on warming. A lovely mid-brown pour in the Koningshoeven chalice, the head is “noisy” and thick.
Mouthfeel is excellent with a real rounded fruit and alcohol mix making it very satisfying. Smells are predominantly deep alcoholic bananas and some other soft, tropical fruits like pineapple.