Archive for the ‘Quadrupel (Quad)’ Category

I haven’t had a beer from this brewery in years, so when I saw this sitting on the shelf, I gave it a shot.

ABV: 11%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, launched in 2010, is an intense beer, dark in colour and full in taste. The aroma is elegant, spicy and slightly roasted. The sophisticated blend of special kinds of malt give the beer a complex character, combining a delicate dryness with hints of coriander, dark fruits, anise and roasted chestnuts. The palate finishes in a syrupy taste. The refermentation in the bottle creates a living beer that will evolve over the years. Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel finds an excellent partner in chocolate when it comes to foodpairing.”

Random: The brewery website says that this has a 3 year shelf life.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, tan head. It was fluffy and dissipated slowly, while leaving some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with tobacco, old books, anise and roasted nuts. There wasn’t a lot of fruit on the nose. The taste had more of a fruit presence, but it felt significantly faded. I picked up currants and figs along with booze and old books. It had some vanilla as well and reminded me slightly of a brandy. The beer needed a bit more sweetness. The body was thick with minimal carbonation. The finish was long with booze and paper. A bomber of this set me back $10.49, which came to $.41 per ounce. I think the bottle may have been too old, so I would give this one a shot again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Tonight’s selection is another beer that I picked up from the brewery at their Kennett Square location. It’s one of the few Victory beers that I haven’t reviewed. It also has a brand new label, courtesy of the label redesigns. This is also a beer that I’ve walked past in the store many times since I figured that I would get to it at some point. Well, now is that time, so let’s pop the cork open.


ABV: 12%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Taste true liquid luxury in this decadent and nuanced Belgian-style quad. Pear and apricot aromas blend with caramel, fruit and spice flavors in this full-bodied amber ale.”

Random: This is a year round offering in 750 mL bottles.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and warm orange in color with lots of soda-like carbonation visible. The nose had some hot booze with apricots, Belgian yeast, clove and orange rind. There was some clover honey sweetness as well. The taste was boozy but sweet with clove, Belgian yeast and honey. It had some white grape notes as well. Even though there was booze, it wasn’t 12% ABV worth. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with golden fruit, honey and bread. A bottle of this was $9.99, which broke down to $.45 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. I thought it was a solid interpretation of a Belgian classic.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is the first Belgian-style beer I’ve had from Almanac. I love their sours, so I’m hoping this beer is just as good.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “San Francisco, a.k.a ‘The Paris of the West,’ has long been home to a diverse culture of bohemians and a bastion of art, creativity, and progressive thinking. This decadent dark quadrupel-style ale was created in that same spirit–brewed with dark candi sugar, dried flame grapes, and orange peel, then fermented with a French ale yeast. Pair with funky Roquefort cheese and visions of a grand tomorrow! Our Fresh Beer Limited Series builds on our tradition of brewing with California-grown ingredients to deliver the very best in farm-fresh beer. Each imperial Fresh Beer Limited Release features even bigger flavors, bolder yeast characters and more intense hop aromas, reflecting our rich Californian agricultural bounty. Every beer is brewed, packaged and shipped with an eye towards maximum awesomeness.”

Random: I’ve never been to Paris, but Val has.

This beer poured with a finger of light brown head. It took awhile to dissipate and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a murky dark brown with no visible carbonation, due to the color. The nose was filled with raisins, dates and a sweetness as well. It was like a dark, sweet honey. There was also a maple quality to it with yeast. The taste had cola, raisins, dates and a red grape quality. It also had yeast and red wine note. There was some spice as well a sweetness at the end. The body was medium thick for the style with insanely hidden booze. Moderate carbonation was present. The finish was quick with raisins and cola. The bomber was $11.99 ($.55 per ounce) and purchased in New York. As usual, another great beer from Almanac.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I really enjoy Belgian and Belgian-style beers, so when we visited the beer store in Portland, I picked this one up because I was very impressed by their Tripel that I had in a sampler. The last quad that I reviewed was in June, so it was definitely time to pick up another one.


ABV: 10%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to, “Classic Belgian Quad brewed in honor of the Belgian Monks who invented the style. Big malt driven flavors of candied fruits and deep, dark brown sugar.”

Random: I’m hoping that since the Phillies got rid of Amaro that they are at least marginally competitive next year.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark chestnut color with high carbonation visible. The nose had bread, raisins and dates. After a few sniffs, I also picked up some oak and booze. The taste had an interesting spice that was reminiscent of rye, which gave the beer some pleasant depth. It also had notes of raisins and prunes, cherry and then oak and booze at the end. The bready character was there too, but it wasn’t as pronounced because of the other flavors. It also had a significant sweetness to it with the flavor of brown sugar that was really nice. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was long and sticky with dark fruit. This bottle was $7.99 for 12.7 ounces ($.63 per ounce), which was a bit on the pricey side, but this was a well-done American interpretation of the quad style that provided depth of flavor and an enjoyable drinking experience. I would search this out if you find yourself by Portland.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The next place we found ourselves at was Urban Farm Fermentory. Before I start, please know that I respect that everyone has different tastes and I hate to completely pan a place. So, if you like them, good for you and keep drinking their stuff. But, I couldn’t stand it. We walked in and it was a huge space that was being used for a book reading. It also had no AC. Val insisted on getting two samplers (they were 2 ounce samples) so we could have all of the ciders and meads they had. All eight of them. I started with the first one which was eh. The second one was eh as well. When I got to the sumac cider, I was shocked at how much I disliked it. At some point, I got to the seaweed cider. That was awful. It was like drinking dirty ocean water. At this point, I tried to finish the samplers as quickly as possible (and I was dripping sweat). We had heard great things about the place and I almost bought one of their ciders to bring home (I’m glad I didn’t). They are very popular, so I’m guessing it’s just a personal preference thing.


ABV: 10%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We brew this beer with four malts, four sugars, four hop varieties and we ferment it four times, using four different yeast strains. The complexity of the brewing process is matched by the complexity of this unique beer. Flavors of raisin, candied fruit and plum express themselves throughout.”

Random: The sweetfern cider was also pretty odd.

The beer had less than one finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy orange-colored with high carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant with notes of raisins, dates and plums. Yeast came through too. The taste managed to be even bigger than the nose. There was a lot of fruit, specifically dates and plums. Yeast and Belgian spice were there with some booze warming, but not 10 percent worth. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and yeasty finish with dark fruit. This beer was really nice and one that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I’ve been trying to drink more beers that aren’t American. It’s hard, especially since so many beers from the US are so tasty. This beer caught my eye on the shelf (mostly due to the profanity). I’m shocked that it got label approval. When I cracked it open, I didn’t even know what style of beer it was, so here goes nothing.


ABV: 11.3%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “F^&* Art – This is Advertising which is a 11.3% quuuuuuuuaaaaadrubel packed with hops to balance the usually sweeter beer. The yeast gives notes of acidic apples, which blends well together with the hops.”

Random: I thought the squirrel on the label was cute.

This beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that was slightly cloudy. Despite this and the dark color, there was still some carbonation visible. The nose had dark fruit (specifically raisins) with Belgian yeast. Booze was there too with some apples and a touch of hops. The taste was smooth with raisins, plums and yeast. There was still an apple note, although the hops got a bit lost in the dark fruit (whcih wasn’t a bad thing). The body was very thick and chewy with high carbonation. This beer didn’t drink nearly as high as the ABV. The finish was lengthy and filled with currants and raisins. This was an expensive beer at $19.99 for the bomber ($.91 per ounce). Even though it was pricy, I thoroughly enjoyed the beer and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

I just heard at work that they’re taking elephants out of the circus because some consider it abuse. I’m not one for the circus, especially since I’m not fond of clowns, but I do remember liking the elephants. I also remember loving the Dumbo ride at Disney World as a very small child, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. But, the whole idea of controlling my own car and going up and down was very cool. Anyways, brew time.


ABV: 12%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aged and sequestered in select oak casks. The result – a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.”

Random: This whole conversation in the introduction started based on a driver being by the Bronx Zoo.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation. The nose was really sweet with lots of molasses and raisins and a significant booze presence. The taste had a lot of raisins, booze, molasses and Belgian yeast. It was really sweet, but didn’t hit the mark of being cloying. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with booze warming at the back of my throat. I really enjoyed this one. As is typical with my Pennsylvania beer pickups, I lost the receipt on it. But, another beer that I can’t get in Jersey that I really enjoyed.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0