Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
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2.4/5 rDev -40.1%
This quad was just way too sweet. It was like drinking alcohol sugar water that had some superior Belgian quad mix in with it. Barrel aging? Why bother when the beer is this sweet? I'm not going to taste anything but the sugar. A failed experiment, and the 90 percent rating on this site is a deep mystery to me. This beer is in the same style as Westervleteren 12? Incomprehensible. That beer is miraculous, this is a bad joke. I can only thank them for coating the bottle in real wax, and not some polymer nightmare. Pass.
09-22-2013 04:39:26 | More by Teucer
2.98/5 rDev -25.7%
Pours a bright, clear mahogany/ruby with a finger of off white head that doesn't last, fading into a thin collar that laces nicely.
Curiously reminiscent of their Rye Wyne. I'm guessing these were the barrels that had already been used to age that beer? A bit more heat on this one. Some dates or raisins.
Again, the flavors are hardly indicative of a Belgian quad. Loads of tart/spicy rye and sweet syrups. A ton of caramel/vanilla, even some toffee. Pretty weird I think. I love the idea of filling the old Rye Wyne barrels with a good quad but either that idea sounds better on paper or this quad was kind of a miss to begin with. I'm intrigued enough though to give this another shot sometime down the road.
Give it a shot if you're curious.
09-15-2012 00:07:46 | More by yamar68
3.13/5 rDev -21.9%
Poured from 750 mL wax-sealed bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky medium-brown with 1/4 inch tan head that quickly recedes. Looks a bit on the light side.
S: Dark dried fruit, sweel caramel malt, whiskey, vanilla, and a hint of cola. Good, but lacking that belgian quality.
T: This is where the wheels come off...whiskey and alcohol notes are too powerful. Complete lack of belgian (yeast) qualities. Muddled caramel malt and dark dried fruit.
M: Thin and watery for style. Overly sweet. Moderate alcohol burn.
D: Not one I'd recommend. To be fair, I like the direction Brau Brothers is heading in...more inventive and more styles...and much better than where they were a couple years ago.
01-07-2013 04:03:12 | More by mwilbur
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
A-a clear brew with a amber/copper color with a weak light tan head that laces
S-smell of whiskey is huge. Overpowers any of that delightful quad that might be in there. The rest of this beer smells barley wine-ish
T-whiskey is dominant. Malts are sweet
M-fairly high carbonated light bodied for a quad. Alcohol is well hidden
O-I wouldn't consider this a quad. The whiskey is intense but it is obviously high quality. Smooth and clean. An interesting beer
12-25-2012 04:29:21 | More by deebo
3.53/5 rDev -12%
Pours clear dark mahogany, with a creamy one finger beige head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, dark fruit, candy sugar, phenols, whiskey, and a little Belgian yeast.
The taste is sweet and the alcohol is noticeable. There is caramel malt, dark fruit, candy sugar, whiskey, oak, vanilla, anda little Belgian yeast. The alcohol is warming, and not burning. I wish that the alcohol was hidden a little bit better, and I wish this beer wasn't so sweet. It also has too many of the Belgian qualities hidden by the whiskey. Still has a nice taste to it though.
Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sticky sweet feeling in the mouth. A nice effort from Brau Brothers. with a little tweaking, this could be a really nice beer.
05-21-2013 03:10:38 | More by hardy008
3.69/5 rDev -8%
No bottle date - received this in 2012 from laymansbeerfan (thanks!). Orange-ish waxed 750ml, split with a mate into tulips.
A: Murky brown pour yields a semi-turbid body; tanish head has decent retention.
S: Malty upfront with plenty of whiskey and bready sweetness. Toffee, holiday bread, spices, clove, Belgian yeast & candi sugar. A bit boozy and sweet.
T: In line with nose, this is still a decently hot bottle...whiskey thins the body. Toffee is prevalent; not sure if that is the whiskey or the malt though. Some dark fruit character and spices, clove again...plenty of bready notes.
MF: Fuller mouthfeel with creamy tones, a bit hot, and a bit chalky at times.
O: Flavors could use some 'rounding out' and the alcohol could still calm down a bit. Not a bad barrel aged quad but leaves something to be desired.
06-24-2013 14:33:06 | More by Scotchboy
3.73/5 rDev -7%
Dark, caramel color with barely one finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.
Very interesting aroma. A little too dominated by the rye whiskey but there is a vinous quality I like in my Belgian inspired beers. More subtle notes of bananas and vanilla.
Just like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the whiskey. Not much Belgian gets through. Hints of caramel, raisins, dates, and vanilla. Surprising this is not overly hot with alcohol. There is warming and slight booze flavor, but not as much as I was expecting.
A body that feels like an 11 % ABV beer. Big and solid. Nice, smooth carbonation.
Too barrel dominated. Compared to Boulevard BBQ, this one is definately rougher around the edges and one noted. Not overly priced for a barrel-aged beer. Worth a try. May get another and see what some age does for it.
09-16-2012 18:19:30 | More by morimech
3.99/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle shared by thetomG. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.
A - Off-white foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Transparent amber-brown body.
S - Lots of whiskey presence, with some wet oak, and sharp, phenolic, Belgian yeast underneath. Fairly low sweetness, with mild anise, and clove spiciness. Only faint notes of candi sugar and dark fruits in the periphery.
T - The taste reveals more of the latter flavors, with brown sugar, dark fruits, and mild caramel. Less overt whiskey and barrel character, with perhaps a touch of oaky vanilla. Yeast is more subdued here, and if I had nose plugs on I might have guessed this was a (Belgian?) barleywine from taste alone.
M - Very dry finish, but with some stickiness that lingers through. Medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth to it. Still, fairly tame for the listed 11.5%.
D - A solid brew that seems a bit schizophrenic between the smell and the taste. The latter is a tad off-style, but this was more enjoyable that most American-made quads. I've got another bottle of this around, so perhaps I can tease out the subtleties in a more controlled tasting environment.
04-16-2013 18:22:45 | More by MasterSki
Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.