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Stochasticity Project - Quadrotriticale - Stone Brewing Co.

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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style quadrupel brewed with a special grain called triticale.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 06-03-2014)
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Reviews by dmgeng:
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dmgeng

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7%

Saw this beside the Enjoy By IPA and it looked so interesting that I had to try it.

A - Nice ruby/brown color. Fine white head with coarse bubbles. Slightly cloudy probably chill haze due to the triticale (grain proteins) in the beer.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones that are typical of a Belgian dark strong ale. No hops but this beer isn't really made for that.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. The grain also makes a play for the flavor with the middle tasting of a rye/grainy character that makes perfect sense. It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more into the depths of this Quad.

M - Full mouth-feel that isn't too cloying. Has some bitterness and finishes like a Quad giving it a complex aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick to your entire mouth. Light carbonation making the flavors sit longer on the tongue letting you take in all of the complexity.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Definitely not a drinking beer and pretty much a palate wrecker. I did enjoy this beer but it is more novel than just a great beer. There is plenty to discover in this bottle and I may even get it again if I'm tired of Stone's delicious IPA selection. Give this beer a try and I'm sure that you will taste an adventure that you won't easily forget

Glass- Stout glass (bulb snifter)

07-02-2014 11:29:14 | More by dmgeng
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sabitu

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-14-2014 22:00:45 | More by sabitu
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-05-2014 10:26:39 | More by lordofthewiens
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7%

07-01-2014 03:56:49 | More by DaftPatrick
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

06-20-2014 16:39:01 | More by DWolf
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2014 13:18:11 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Funky-Brewster

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-06-2014 00:49:27 | More by Funky-Brewster
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

07-04-2014 06:34:00 | More by MattyG85
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Mantooth

North Carolina

2.81/5  rDev -24.9%

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.

08-01-2014 00:35:22 | More by Mantooth
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sourdog

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-24-2014 05:57:06 | More by sourdog
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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!!!

06-20-2014 02:37:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-05-2014 18:56:59 | More by kwkdmk
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

07-30-2014 01:09:17 | More by chinchill
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Auraan

Arizona

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured a semi-clear reddish brown with abundant ruby red highlights when held to light. No head to speak of and no lacing. An interesting look for a Belgian Strong Dark, not the best through. Scents of syrupy dark fruit, including prune, raisin and dried cherries, cherry and apricot juice notes are also present alongside smokey malt, rich, dark bread, a bit of an earthy rye spice, and a noticeable alcohol presence in the background. A very rich, boozy and malty aroma with a high amount of dark fruit. Spiciness and smokiness are the elements that arw not true to style, though the intensity of the aromas, particularly those reminiscent of cherries are greater than in the Trappists Rochefort 10 and Chimay Blue and in the abbey-style St. Bernardus Abt. 12. This creates a bigger, bolder aroma than is typical for the style, befitting Stone. Flavor begins semi-sweet with flavors of liquor-soaked dark fruit, including prune, raisin and fig alongside rich, burnt caramel-like malt, a bit of a smokiness, slight hints of burnt toast and boozy undertones. This moves into a semi-sweet flavor reminiscent of dried apricots and cherries with ample alcohol flavors and some sweet, dark bread, smoky and caramel malt flavors. Finish is semi-dry with notes of spicy rye, burnt toast, alcohol, smoked malt and dark fruit. Aftertaste is semi-dry with notes of burnt toast, alcohol, toasted malt and spicy rye. A very rich, complex flavor profile. In many respects it is rather true to style, though the burnt toast and rye spice are both unique twists. It is also rather boozy, even for a Belgian Strong Dark. Still quite good and very unique. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and sticky with moderate-high carbonation that is present, but not prickly and a present, though not overwhelming alcohol warmth. A very good sipping beer mouthfeel that is quite easy to drink. Overall this is a good attempt at doing something different with a quadrupel style Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The aroma and flavor are fairly true to tradition in many respects, but they add small things that change the overall character and make the beer quite unique without ruining the overall balance. The mouthfeel supports this and lends the beer quite nicely to sipping. A good twist on a classic style, well worth trying.

07-14-2014 19:58:42 | More by Auraan
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%

A reddish-orange hue when held up to the light, brown undertones. Reminds me a little of a sunburst/two-tone finish on an electric guitar. Pours a beige 1/2 inch head that quickly recedes. Leaves sporadic lace in blotches. Smells very bready with a little bit of booze. Taste is a marriage of spices, raisiny sweetness, good malt, and a bit of bread. Mouthfeel is medium -thick, ably coating in addition to a bit of bubble. Finishes with a bit of ryeness and sweet booze. Raisin more apparent when the beer heats up.

Overall, a nice deviation from the traditional quad. It's all over the place... and I like that. Three Philosophers this is not... and I like that one, too.

06-30-2014 01:24:21 | More by JMS1512
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Brenden

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Quadrotriticale is a red-hued dark brown, translucent but leaning opaque in its darkness. It forms a 3/4 finger tall tan head, bubbly but tight once it's completely settled, leaving behind strong spotting with some patching to go along.
The nose is pretty sweet, a whole lot of dark fruits overtop some earth and toast. Molasses notes take on a heavier sort of sweetness beneath. It's obviously malt-heavy, and the Belgian yeast makes a show of balance and support without taking over. It offers light, musty earth, sweetness of a lighter variety, and very gentle spiciness. The unusual grain used seems complementary to all of the above in this beer's case.
The triticale tastes to me like a cross between rye and sorghum. It gives some rawness, pepper and earth, along with that not-quite-cardboard, not-quite-spent grains taste. After it's been sitting awhile, it actually gets sweet and very mildly tangy with a little toast/smoke, so it tastes a bit like grilled pineapple.
It's a little bubbly and spritzy, not light-bodied but a little shallow for a Quad. Crispness needs time to calm down a bit, which it eventually does, and the feel is moderately, but not completely, clean.

08-04-2014 15:42:36 | More by Brenden
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Ors55


4/5  rDev +7%

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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

08-10-2014 22:13:56 | More by Ryanm1
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-10-2014 12:23:35 | More by JamesStreet
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7%

07-26-2014 15:37:53 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

08-08-2014 02:25:31 | More by Griffith
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +7%

06-07-2014 09:04:41 | More by dertyd
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hreb

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Botlted on 04/17/14. 22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a wonderful garnet, very syrupy in viscosity, and forming nearly no head. Aroma is rather rich, suggesting plums and currants. The unique grain used here is immediately recognizable as contributing an unfamiliar flavor to this beer. There's not a lot of hops masking the peculiar grain bill in this Quad. There's not a lot of the yeasty flavor distinctive in Belgian 3s and 4s. What there is is the distinctive sweet note of Belgian Candi sugar. But I'm actually finding the flavor a little bit thin, considering there's clearly so much going on here, gravity wise, it leaves me wanting more in the middle of the palate. More that specialty barley malts, or conventional rye malts, would have provided. But this beer is actually intensely drinkable, and smooth despite it's 9.3 per cent ABVs. The carbonation is also thankfully low, which helps.

07-27-2014 02:22:25 | More by hreb
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

As others have observed, it's a relatively light color for a quad: dark reddish brown, not unlike a barleywine or Flemish sour. Pours a thin beige head which fairly quickly fades to an oily sheen.

Aroma is fairly weak, but I get notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sugar, and banana.

Flavor is firmly in the sweet quad territory, with waves of smooth, sweet malt, and a mix of dark, almost overripe fruit. Caramel and toffee; a tiny hint of chocolate; prunes and banana. There's quite a lot of thick, sweet malts swirling around, and it isn't always easy to pick them out.

Remarkably smooth mouthfeel, with some warming alcohol on the very back-end giving you a tiny hint of its potency. Very lively, but pretty easy on the mouth. Medium feel, with a long, sticky, syrupy finish.

This is a pretty tasty and well-made American quad, surpassing my expectations. It's not far off from traditional, although I don't have enough experience with the triticale malt they used to be able to pick it out of the deep selection of flavors.

Like every Stone special release so far, I like this enough to recommend giving it a try.

07-05-2014 21:01:07 | More by Roguer
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socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-05-2014 00:37:46 | More by socon67
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Stochasticity Project - Quadrotriticale from Stone Brewing Co.
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