Stochasticity Project - Quadrotriticale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 830
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 23
Gots: 185 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 06-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian-style quadrupel brewed with a special grain called triticale.
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Stone's Quadrotruticale from their Stochasticity Project a few weeks ago at The lager Mill. I've never had a beer brewed with Triticale as far as I know and I'm interested to see how it works with this beer, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A- The label looks similar to the other beers in this series, but it's still a little eye catching. It poured a nice ruby amber color that took on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light along with a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma to it with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice dark fruit like aroma with no single dark fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight alcohol aroma that's followed by the malts that impart a sweet malt, toasted, caramel malt and some light toffee like aroma with some an added spicy aroma along with just a slight licorice like aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it seemed to be fairly true to style and the dark fruit aromas really stuck out.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that still has that candid sugar aspect to it along with a slight brown sugar flavor with the malts being the first to show up this time and it they impart the same malty aspects that I got in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most and they all blend together nicely. Up next comes the alcohol which is on the lighter side and it isn't really warming and it's followed by the dark fruits that still show up the most and they impart the same nice aspects that they did in the aroma with no single dark fruit showing up the most. On the finish there's just a slight bit of bitterness with a little more sweetness backing it up and it had a candied sugar and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I thought the flavors worked together pretty nicely and it had some good balance.

M- Smooth, almost slightly cloying, rich, a little silky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought it was a good and slightly unique example of the style, it had most of the aspect that I would expect from a Quad, but in typical Stone Style it seems like the flavors are bolder than they are traditionally, but they still retain nice balance. This beer had good drinkability it was smooth, the alcohol was hidden nicely, it was almost slightly cloying, rich, a little silky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, half the bottle might be the perfect amount for me, but I think I could take out a whole bottle if I really wanted to. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just a good overall beer and it didn't really have any weak points. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, but I do wish that the Tritcale was a little more noticeable, I think I picked it up in the aroma, but that same aspect didn't stick out to me in the taste. I would buy this beer again, if I see another one I would for sure grab it and it throw it in the cellar to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style or people who just like malty beers in general. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I haven't had the greatest luck when it comes to Stone and Belgian style beers, but this one turned out to be a pretty good beer and I have to say that I enjoyed a lot more than the past few other Stone Releases. It isn't my favorite Stone beer, but it is one of the better American made Quads I've had and I would say it's my favorite beer I've had in this series since I didn't care too much for the Grapefruit beer. Good job guys, this was one enjoyable beer, keep up the hard work. (4,173 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap

A – Big dark rye colored brew here, lacing is somewhat minimal but nice enough.

S – Triticale overload here, this is okay if you are a fan of triticale, it is unique I'll grant them that, but this is really lacking balance and comes across quite sweet.

T – Triticale again, but it is more thoroughly balanced with rye spice and is much less sweet than the nose would lead you to expect. Some light dried fruit notes on the finish.

M – Nicely done here, not sticky sweet nor astringent and dry. Great balance.

O – Very dominant with the triticale. It is a good beer if you like triticale, I think they could have done much better, and this would be absolutely ridiculous if it were barrel aged. (723 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

eyes...
audible head sizzles and calms down in a few seconds, the head settles in to more of a coating and hangs out at that level, the lacing is really nice and clingy, medium brown color with a good amount of very tiny bubbles, decent looking glass o' brew

nose...
grainy sugar (brown sugar?), faint molasses, fresh bread yeast, chlorine dough (in a good way), pretty unique nose... not sure what to make of it

taste etc...
the first thing I noticed was the smoothness of the carbonation (even before any flavor - the feel is near silky), light molasses with an almost booze kick (it holds back just enough), dark fruit notes emerge later on in the glass balancing out the brown sugar
notes, some quads have an almost wine like quality, the grain balances that out here

verdict?
tasty. not too sweet for this non sweet tooth. A caged beast, this has a lot going on but seems in control. Delivers a nice punch and hits a lot of good notes.

not a Belgian beer
wears a cloak so familiar
cozy winter treat (1,010 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MikeSJbeers
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a goblet this beer was a pretty cherry amber color, with a minimal tan head.

Sweet caramel aroma. Fruit. Dough. The aroma was on the subtle side.

Taste less subtle. Caramel/molasses. Dark fruit, figs and dates. Wheat. The rye showed up late, and gave a bit of a peppery taste.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. I thought it was a little too sweet for me. (355 characters)

Photo of freshflesh
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a bottled on date and it lists the abv at 9.3% abv.

Appearance: The look is a dark tarnished copper color with a light haze. A small light tan head briefly tops the beer. Lacing is minimal and it only managed a thin foam ring as I drank.

Smell: The aroma is light overall but very pleasant. I get nice dark fruit and sweet doughy and bready maltiness.

Taste / Palate: Up front there is a pleasant sweetness with notes of dried apricots and a touch of prune with a backing of rye bread and mild hop bitterness. The palate feels right and nicely balanced. (653 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz Bomber.Very sweet with a taste of pairs maybe apples.Not really for me.Good ABV at 9.3. (93 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Funky-Brewster
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Bottled on 06/02/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and sweet Belgian Quad style aroma with big hints of dark fruit and sugar. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, and funk. Big hints of Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malts with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Big fruit esters with hints of bananas, apple, and pear along with dark fruit hints of cherry, grape, raisin, prune, fig, and dates. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a fruity, yeasty, and fairly sweet Belgian Quad style taste with big notes of dark fruit and dark sugar. Belgian yeast with some notes of funk, clove, and pepper spicing. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar and burnt brown sugar. Bready toasted malts with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, caramel, toffee, and cracker. Big taste of dried fruit esters with notes of bananas, pear, and apple. Dark fruit notes of grape, cherry, prune, raisin, dates, and fig. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and fairly chewy and slick. Sweet but far from cloying. A little alcohol heat is noticeable but its not harsh.

Overall: A pretty good spin on a Belgian Quad. Good fruit esters with an interesting twist from the tritcale grain. (1,523 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured at the wonderful Park Road Duckworth's, Charlotte, NC...

We all agree, Stone does a damn good job of it... most of the time...

Pours a dark copper color with a thick fringe of mocha trimmings. Not much of a nose on this cloyingly sweet 9.3% bubble-gum beast. Beneath all the sugar hides a bit of caramel... but it's hiding far too well. All in all - sacharine sweet and then some - I'm one and done with this brew... sadly, couldn't even finish it. (457 characters)

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BGSteveU
4.64/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany ruby hue with a big head fine bubbles looks to be a khaki tan head at that. Fine speckled lacing left behind as it dwindles, smoking a big cigar from Nicaragua towards the end of this beer that I will give pairing notes to as the beer review goes. Aroma deep vine ripened dark colored grapes, raisin sweetness, very much the type of beer I like with my cigars...sweet complex and earthy. With a dark wheat base it looks like from the triticale nomenclature. The flavor is perfect vine ripened fruit, dark plums, raisins, exponential malt on the spectrum of fruit profiles, limited acidity enough to balance it out big Belgian yeast notes bready slightly spiced a perfect combination this is really good and will only get better with age. Mouthfeel is full bodied even full fermented carbonation levels, with full on fruit notes bringing out each burst of flavor with alcoholic presence available with each sip. Overall, I'm in love with the whole bottle this beer is going to age explicitly right now it's drinking just fine can't wait to try more of this one!!! (1,084 characters)

Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Stochasticity Project - Quadrotriticale from Stone Brewing Co.
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