“The holiday season is sorted with this boozy 9.3% Sticky Date Belgian Quad! It’s sweet, caramelly and oozes of Holiday Cheer. It certainly is The Most Wonderful Time of the Beer!”
Glassware: Trappist tulip.
Appearance: Light mahogany with deep ruby red edges. It builds a short head which gradually peels off and settles at the rim. Reasonable lace left on the glass.
Aroma: Total decadence. That sticky date base really shines in all of its sweet and caramelised glory. Rum soaked raisins, Xmas cake, banana bread, clove/cinnamon/nutmeg, toffee apple, caramelised pear and honeycomb. They’ve smashed this aroma out of the park! And it keeps evolving too. Brilliant.
Flavour: Oh baby it’s like a mirror image of the nose – crammed full of super sweet and caramelised sticky dates, toffee apple, banana split, Xmas cake, rum soaked raisins and all spice…basically a phenol and ester party in the mouth (gotta love Belgian yeast). Getting subtle hints of Sherry late in the piece but the caramelised sweetness, yeast characters and dark fruits bring it home.
Mouthfeel: Sweet and sticky as the name suggests. Would have liked to see a bit more body though…a tad lean for the style. Perfect Co2. 9.3% ABV slightly evident.
Overall: A very good interpretation of the style. There is only a small handful of Aussie brewers that can brew Trappist ales like the Belgians. Moon Dog were never on that radar…now they are. Top shelf.