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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad - Founders Brewing Company

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 55
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour showed me some love with a nice looking cap of creamy tan topping off a rich amber body. The colour deceives me. It is hard for me to designate, but I would choose a caramel and orange blend to describe it. The head that erected fell quickly back into the alcoholic abyss that spawned it. Erotic wordplay. Sorry. Lacing is scant.

The nose just proclains bubblegum right off the top. Candy and spice. Quite nice. Sweet for sure. Characteristic yeasty ambiance floats in the wings. Ever so pleasant. Grand Rapids meets Belgium. You could call it fruity, but some generic bubblegum suits it best.

The taste carries the bubblegum factor as shown by the nose. This tastes really good. It has a sort of chalky yeast component that lingers and tastes like an antacid, but it seems to work for my tastes. It does remind me a bit of tums. I like it though.

Mouthfeel holds a medium heft upon my palate. I can definitely detect a good sugary presence here in the weight. A bit dense, but overall it remains just about dandy. Not overly thick or cloying in taste, just about smack dab in the just right area.

Drinkability is a no problem type. Yeah, this could be a bad habit. It was pointed out by one of my coworkers that two of these would put me in or over the 0.08 breath test level if the pigs had decided to swoop down upon me. Whatever. This is best enjoyed at home or with a designated driver. What's new? This brewery has failed to disappoint me time and time again. Another proper nod to Founders. Thanks guys!

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip with a quickly settled tan head to coating atop a dark tawny hue offering little bubbles rising to the surface.

Deep plum and sugar syrup scent. Tons of sweetness roll off this surface. Pancake and syrup. Dark fruit scent of fig, cherry and red apple dominate the nose.

First swigs: Touch of root beer meets fig. Sassy quad. complexity derived from a liquorice anise flavor. Warm boozy coating as it goes down. Fruit cake flavors flow from this sipper like the cat's meow. Yeasty belgian strand is in there to give this an authentic style bonus. Perhaps a touch too much candi wasadded to almost push this into a Big Tripel direction.

Feel is full bodied quad with a thick tongue coating. Zippy and buttery. A touch of heat on the palate, no doubt from the 9.8% ABV as touted on the label. Something about the feel was a little beat up and rough.

Last swigs: Bonus points for complexity in the drinkability category. Bad habit hangs in there to really get the quad job done.

Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nick for pushing me to get this one. $2.99 a bottle at Bauer, though it was the last one unfortunately...

A: Pours a purpleish rust color with a frothy one and a half finger cream colored head. Nice retention on this quad that holds the whole way down.
S: Complex. Pear, coconut, spiced rum, and bananas. Slight burn of the nostrils if you breath in too deep. Slight woody notes also.
T/M: Taste is also complex with many different flavors. Nice ride from dark fruit and pear notes to bananas and back to pears. A tad sweet with an infusion of sugars--tastes of bubblegum. Slight bitterness that finishes smoothly. Very creamy in the mouth and soft on the palate. Medium to full bodied beer. Spicy notes mingle in and out staying illusive.
D: A pretty darn good offering from Founders. High abv warms the chest but isn't too noticeable while sipping. Speaking of sipping--that is what this guy is.

Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Bad Habit Quad
12 oz brown bottle
9.8% ABV
Served in a La Binchoise tulip glass

Pours a hazy peach with chunky yeast sediment floating on the bottom of the glass. Mini white thin lace around the top of the beer.

Powerful nose with whiffs a spicy Belgian yeast flare, dark fruit and sweet malts.

Syrup flavors burst with a juicy fruit sweetness. Rich and flavorful malt presence. Hints of banana nut bread, peach nectar and ripe prunes with a funky yeast kick. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops, but much more emphasis on the complexity of flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden and surprising at 9.8% ABV.

Wow, Founders strikes again with a style not many American craft brewers attempt, nevermind succeed. I would have like to give this beer another year or two to age. Nevertheless, it was deliciously complex and enjoyable.

I paired this up with some havarti cheese and crackers. The result was magnificent and recommended.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very smoothly into my snifter...
Great color and head. The head disapated nicely.
Good aroma. Very sweet. Tastes of bubble gum.
A bit too much yeast for my liking. One of the bottles in my 4 pack had clumps of yeast:(

Overall a very unique Quad and well worth tring if you see it.

Photo of tubbnik
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of MrBen
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian brews can sometimes be real sugar bombs, but I noted that Founders kept the sugar from leaping over the top of the brew. Bad Habit poured a lovely, rust-like color with a fair head. Scent opened up quickly into sweet and mildly spicy and with a bit of alcohol.

Flavor was candy-like and fruity, but the touch of spice I smelled at the pour carried into the flavor profile, somewhat balancing everything out. I also noted a zing from the hops in the background and in the very long finish.

This limited-edition beer is certainly worth a try.

Photo of ndekke39
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy tawny orange, with a thin white head. Small, continuous stream of fizz keeps the head on it. Smells sweet: caramel, yeast, banana, bread. Tastes much of the same... warm, bready, yeasty, bananas, alcohol. Overall the beer features bread and soft fruits like banana and pears. Very small fizzy bubbles that continue to form. Very drinkable beer, although the higher alcohol content (9.8% ABV) requires some caution.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is delicious! In fact, I like this better than some Belgian Quads I've had. It poured a beautiful cloudy orange-bronze colour with a tightly knit sand colour head which faded away in about 40 seconds or so, leaving a white ring around the edges. Nice, thick lacing is produced when the glass is tilted. The smell is very, very sweet. In fact, it reminds me of candy floss alittle bit. There is also quite a large amount of stewed fruit, apricots in particular, present here, and of course, sweet malt. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, but if fades away quickly and is replaced by a bit of a bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is solid and sturdy. Definitely full bodied. This is quite nice. Thanks to Ding for dropping this off for me. Smashing!!

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9.8% ABV, $2.60 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's, although I bought a 4 pack for $9.99. Cool label looks like Tartakovsky drew Qui Gon Jin. Pours out to a cloudy reddish-amber, forming a small light yellow head despite a very vigorous pour. Small, very fine yeast layer in the bottle. Average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is quite mild. The aroma is intense with a ton of brown bananas, candi sugar, sweet caramel...this is bananas foster in a bottle. Wonderful, fresh nose akin to Final Absolution. Medium-dense lightly syrupy body. The taste begins with a slamdunk of phenols, a ton of bananas with a nice roasty grain bitterness (sorta like that Schwarz-Weizen I had a few days ago, but much better), orange juice, and some candi-sugar sweetness. Bitterness is well-balanced for the style and adds a nice hoppy astringency to the finish which balances with the malty sweetness. Cleanly fermented.

Another amazing brew from Founder's...IMO, the premiere brewery in Michigan. Check it out. This one should age very nicely. Recommended!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky orange brown with a large three finger high head of thick gooey and sticky lace that really clung around for a good long while before finlly settling down

The aroma was very bourbonesque with a weird almost off color woodiness to it that was difficult to place. As it warmed some other almost fuity like aromas started to come out with hints of figs, and plums really dominating the profile as it came up to room temperature. Lots of dark fruity flavors were the favorites here and really served to push the envelope a little bit in try to bring out some of the other flavors. There was a nice and very deep underlying earthy flavor that really seemed to ry to bring balance to the whole thing, however this was comletely thrown out one the alcohol flavors decided to get involved and really flex their muscles, and flex they did completly overpwoering the rest of it until it warmed enough to allow the subtle hints of fruity yeast to trounce back to the surface.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland had this on tap this week. I never heard of it before I tried it, and now I hope they start distributing it in bottles so I can have more.

Dark orange color with wispy sticky head, candy sweet aroma and awesome Belgian-yeasty flavor. They told me it was 12% alcohol, but it was hard to taste it. Went down really easy.

Get it if you can find it.

Photo of digdug1810
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Generik420
4.92/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is just one fantastic beer. Especially when you consider it pours from a 12oz bottle but tastes like it should come from a corked 750mL. I drank this from a 22oz snifter. Corlor was a bourbon like reddish brown in terms of color and overall appearance.

Smell is strongly of alchohol as you would expect from an almost 10% quad. There is a sweetness in the background with an earthy fruity aroma.

Taste is exceptional. Hints of caramel and raisins. Not overly alchoholic tasting compared to the aroma.

When you take a sip of this, you should expect a slight 'burn' on the way down, similar to wine almost. Medium body and somewhat clinging to the tongue. The flavor stays with you for a while.

I could sit and sip this stuff all night long. The idea of this in a nice snifter in front of fire with some friends is a dream that really needs to happen. If you enjoy a good Belgian style ale, don't pass up the opportunity to give this a try.

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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad from Founders Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.