Sunday, April 3, 2016
Seventh Son Abbadon Belgian Quad (8/10)
According to the marketing literature "Abbadon is the angel of the abyss. He controls a plague of locusts that resemble horses with crowned human faces, women's hair, lion's teeth, wings, and scorpions' tails that torment anyone who does not have the seal of God on their foreheads. A rich, malt-forward, monastically-inspired beer featuring flavors of dried fruit, bitter orange, white pepper, and an elegant port wine sweetness."
As you can see in the photo, Abbadon pours a dark brown color with reddish hues.
The aroma is malty with a strong dark fruit element.
The flavor starts with a solid balance of malt and hops, without too much of either. After this, sweetness and dark fruit, sweet malt, a touch of cloves, and a peppery warming element make their appearance.
As a fan of Belgian style beers, I was impressed with Seventh Son's work here. It's nicely balanced, has typical Belgian flavors to it, and is neither cloying or too dry. It's a really nice beer.
Beer Advocate has only a single review at present, which gives the beer a 4.25 out of 5. Rate Beer has three reviews, which average out to around 78 out of 100. I'm giving it an 8 out of 10, because it's a well-executed quadrupel.