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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 57
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 02-22-2004)
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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed with the looks of this brew. It pours a murky oak-wood colored brown with an anlost non-existant head.
The smell is pretty nice, though. Sweet caramel, toffee, a little spicy, and a hint of alcohol are in the nose.
It does indees taste Belgiany, but a little raw. Could this use some aging? A little sweet up front, then gives way to a sharp, almost harsh taste for a second. After that passes, you're left with a nice, sweet aftertaste. I think this could use a little more time.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body, with a creamy mouthfeel. It's a sipper.

DaveFL1976, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark brown that leaves a thick tan head. The aroma is fruit, prunes, figs, brown sugar, plums very inviting with a suttle hop earthiness. The taste is initally good, toffee a bit of alcohal is just faint enough to be noticed. There is a bitterness for balance, followed by a banana fruit salad feel to this brew. As this beer warms up I get more of an unpleasantness from this offering. It starts to taste like cherry nyquil with the alcohal and fruit feel on the palate. This offering from Founder's gives you a Jekyll and Hyde performance in the beginning it is great but as it warms up the alcohal and off fruit flavors dominate and make this a below average quad.

Franchise, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notched 12oz purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Hazy amber with a light tan head that foams up and then falls to a fat veiled ring. Not much for lace.

The nose is a nice blend of banana, Christmas spices, cherries, and alcohol. Sweet with some chalk. I like it.

The banana and spices are present upfront with a hint of the fruits and a more pronounced hop presence that tastes somewhat centennial. Lots of heat in the back. Starts out as peppery and the heat builds before tapering off. Not a turnoff as it is integrated into the overall taste.

The mouth is a little thin per style. I would like it to have more body. As of now it needs to mellow a bit for drinkability. I have faith that it will.

ypsifly, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of OldSock
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, the label is notched on the bottom left indicating that it was bottled in the last month or so. Pours dark red/brown into my oversized wine glass. The thin off-white head quickly falls without leaving any lacing.

Smell – Bananas, sugar and lots of alcohol. This one is missing some of the complexity that the style is known for.

Taste – Where the aroma was mainly estery, the flavor has a good deal of spice to complement the bananas. There is also a good deal of alcohol and a thick background sweetness that overwhelms any trace of hop bitterness. This one is missing the dark-plum/raisin/rum flavors that the top-shelf quads are know for.

Mouthfeel – Medium full bodied with medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Not what I look for in a quad, and a somewhat rough beer at this point. This one is still very young and should continue to mellow and improve with age, I look forward to an cellared bottle of this in the future. I just wish a brewers had the ability to let a beer like this age for an appropriate time at the brewery.

OldSock, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This was a perfect brilliant brown in color with a cloudy, off-white head.

Smell - The big alcohol caught my olfactory bulb before I even brought the glass up to my nose. There's a super-strong banana aroma here that reminds me of those banana-strawberry smoothie drinks only without all of the artificial flavoring.

Taste - Yet more alcohol is found at the taste. It is cutting but does little to hide the massive fruit flavors. Again this is mostly banana but I'm also getting a light nutty character like a nut-based liqueur. The malts are all but worn away.

Mouthfeel - This is just shy of medium-bodied and hot hot hot with booze.

Drinkability - It's very drinkable right now but skyhand said it should probably go in the cellar for six months or so to wear away some of the booze and she's probably right. It's not as structured as most other Quads that I've had but the big fruits are juicy and very tasty.

RoyalT, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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!

Mitchster, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear caramely red color with a white head that doesn't sit very high or hang around very long. It fizzled down to a ring around my glass. Not much lacing.

The aroma is of candi sugar sweetness, dark fruit (dates, raisins, figs), alcohol, sweet malt.

The flavor is of sweet malt with and underlying belgian yeast stranglehold on it. There is a presence of dark fruits again and belgian candi sugar or dextrose. There is quite a bit of alcohol warming which I like in a beer. Overall a nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a decent beer as far as drinkability goes...at least for a seasoned palate. I would definately pick some up. Probably a good aging beer.

Brian700, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Hibernator, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Brownish-amber, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Prune, bread, slight spice/phenolic aroma, pleasant fruityness (pineapple & melon).

T: Prune; bread; spicey, but not too phenolic or fusil; a little pineapple & melon; fig; alcohol becomes more assertive as it warms.

M: Light to moderate carbonation, moderate to full body, slight hint of acidity.

D: Good.

Derek, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, at the source. Presented a deep brownish bronze color with a small head of foam. Low carbonation. Aromas of candied sugar and sweet malts lead a nice assault on the nose. The taste was a bit of a letdown, as the flavors were rather bland. Definite sweet syrup notes, some maple and malt, a touch of hops. Maybe a touch of grain. Mouthfeel was slightly syrupy and thicker than I'm used to for the style. At 12% ABV, I can't complain about the drinkability. Worth a sample.

Frozensoul327, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of sopor
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It strikes me that Founders needs to be bottling this stuff, I would love to add another bad habit to my list.
The chalkboard at the brewery only listed 10.5% abv, but I left there in a less than sober state of mind, and could be wrong.

Bad Habit is dark amber brown with creamy head that leaves a lovely splat & ring in the Pils glass it was served in. Minimal nose of candy/caramel sweetness.

Candy sweetness with some hints of marshmallow and chocolate and a slight abcking of grainy malt. Alcohol is definitely present with slight hop bittering. Not very complex, though it was getting more complex as it warmed. One BA told me that they like to order this and one other beer at the same time, to allow this beer time to warm up. Not a bad idea!

Moderate but "fluffy" body due to decent carbonation coming alive on the tongue. Very tast brew but not to be taken lightly due to the ABV. I hope Founders decides to bottle this brew, perhaps they have been experimenting with it on tap first?

sopor, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a golden edge and has a generous frothy white head which fades away somewhat quickly. There doesn't appear to be any lacing...I have to mark it down a bit here because I really prefer Belgians to be very frothy. (This might be somewhat unfair because the sample I had at the brewery was very carbonated..perhaps the growler has robbed it here...?) The smell is trademark quad style with a very strong fruity aspect of grapes and sweetness from the excessive malting.

The taste also starts out sweetly with an almost white wine-like grape hits. This combines with a sugary like sweetness and a bit of tartness, but that is also off-set by both the alcohol (which is present but isn't too heavy given the actual percentage) and a very mild hop bite along with some slight spicy notes. Quality.

Mouth...pretty full...bubbly. There wasn't a tonne of head to be had, but the carbonation did stick around in the beer itself and lends something. I would also call the drinkability on this good...Belgians are notorious for hiding the alcohol content and this is no exception.

The bottom line: a tasty, tap room only (to date) offering from Founders that is worth checking out if you're in the GR area.

CortexBomb, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a little disappointing to see this beer comes from the tap and have no head on it considering it's a Belgian but that didn't really seem to detract from the flavors of the beer. It was quite a darker color than I thought it would be as well. It was good to see it put in a proper glass for the style. The beer was really on the sweet side. Lots and lots of Belgian candy sugar seemed to go into this one. It verges on cloying but isn't. There's also some caramel flavors and a husky grainy taste to it. Hops come forth in the finish along with some spicy yeast flavors. Alcohol isn't really that noticeable considering this beer's strength. Went down quite easily. I liked it. My only problem was the price, $5 for 8 oz. Oh well.

granger10, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep maroon with brown highlights with little to no head. Carbonation very evident with small bubbles jumping off the bottom of the tulip and racing for freedom.
Aroma was heavy Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, spicy yeast and some coriander and orange peel.
Flavor was sweet candy sugar, caramel, citrus orange hints some spicy yeast and hint of bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel was very pleasant and wonderfully smooth throughout with a dry alocohol finish. Ever so slight cloying sweetness on the end which really didn't add or detract from the feel.
Drinkability was very high for 10.5% ABV, so watch out.

CRJMellor, Feb 22, 2004
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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad from Founders Brewing Company
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