My second beer this year is a Belgian Quad brewed in collaboration between Six Degrees North based in Stonehaven, Scotland and Brouwerij Alvinne based in Zwevegem, Belgium. It was very kindly gifted to me by my friend Sean as part of a little Secret Santa I organised a few weeks ago.
The beer pours a very deep brown with a small off-white head. On the nose I get masses of dried fruit along with a Belgian yeast spiciness. It smells rich and boozy, almost giving away its 11% but after taking a sip you'd definitely be forgiven for thinking it's perhaps 7 or 8%. Dried fruits and caramel/toffee are the dominant flavours I'm tasting, with a bit of spicy yeast character underpinning it. The finish is a bit too sweet for my own personal tastes and I think some more carbonation could lift the whole beer up a notch.
All-in-all, a very enjoyable beer ever so slightly let down by two small points.