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Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad AleBarrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 09-13-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

bmquin, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

will1256, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Joshtoman
4.73/5  rDev +18%

Lots of things going on in this beer! Very good! It has a hit of sour not overpowering at all. This is my 1st belgian quad, so not really a beer to compare 2. I would definatly recommend this if your able to find it. Got mine at chicago liquor in minneapolis mn. Big thanks to the brewer!

Joshtoman, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DarthGuitarHero, Nov 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Duff27, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopstout, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of cofeeguru
4.25/5  rDev +6%

cofeeguru, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice hazy muddy caramel colored light brown with some golden hues on the edges. There is a nice dense half inch head that forms that is slightly off-white. The head is dense and creamy and slightly sticky.

Aroma is delicious. Slightly yeasty and spicy nose kicks things off. Very Belgian with some slight medicinal phenols. Then a nice sweet bourbon kick comes through with some nice molasses and slight vanilla and oaky hints. There is also a nice clove and banana note from the yeast that comes in with the bourbon notes.

Flavor starts off with the Belgian yeasty medicinal notes more common to Quads with some nice slight spice. Then the Bourbon comes in with some nice surprising heat and then the nice molasses and vanilla notes. The heat from the Bourbon is pretty intense but it is not too bothersome to me 'cuz I love bourbon but I can see how others might be turned off. There is a nice oaky note in the end that finishes the beer off along with the heat and a faint sweetness trying to cling on. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with some good carbonation but a bit light for me.

Overall, this was a nice surprise. Good Belgian notes of yeast and some spice with good malt sweetness an some dark fruit notes that then get jacked up by some good whiskey sweetness, vanilla and heat.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with some hints of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: The barrel really comes through with big hints of whiskey along with oak, wood, and vanilla. Sweet toasted malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt candied sugars. Rye and clove spices. Fruity esters of banana and apple. Dark raisin, fig, prune, plum, and dates. Even a tiny hint of roast chocolate. Pretty whiskey forward aroma.

Taste: In the taste the barrel elements are still strong but considerably more balanced and smooth. Taste of rye whiskey with wood, oak, and vanilla. Some candied sugar and clove spice. Sweet and bready malts with big notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some fruits including banana, apple, and a little pear. Dark fruits including raisin, dates, plum, and prune. Light earthy hop presence. Very complex and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Smoother than expected and the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian Quad. The barrel adds a nice kick and isn't overwhelming in the taste.

MattyG85, Oct 14, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +16%

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a dark hazy brown color with a thick half finger of head that holds steady retention and lacing on the side of the glass. Solid lacing also comes through.

S= It smells like bananas at at distance for sure. Sticking my nose in there there is a heavy barrel character that comes through without being overly boozy barrel character. Loads of vanilla and oak coming through as well as some nice quad notes. Belgian candy sugar and some dark fruit notes.

T= The taste is very smooth. It doesn't taste anywhere near 11.5% abv. There is a nice barrel flavor as the nose leads on. Lots of vanilla and caramel in the nose with some great oak. The quad takes a sort of following role with a nice supporting dark fruit and toffee notes. Really tasty.

M= Well carbonated. Most quads are a little high for me but this one keeps it on track.

O= This beer should be talked about more. This is quite amazing. A very very drinkable quad aged in some awesome barrels that come through nicely. Check this beer out if you can. I'm glad I bought several bottles.

jjanega08, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Bubukar
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Bubukar, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

BWHD, Oct 08, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +8%

Poured from 750ml waxed dipped bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 fingers of head. Decent lacing. A quick desolve of most of the head leaves about a centimeter of collar. Color is dark amber brown.

S. Yeast, whiskey, caramel, some dark fruits. As it warms has some nice bourbon barrel aroma, vanilla, oak. Pretty sweet malt smell lying beneath the pretty powerful rye smell.

T. Taste is good. Quite a bit of traditional quad flavors, sweet malt, dark fruit, candied sugar. Get some nice barrel aged characteristics as well. Has an oaky, woody finish on the tongue. The bourbon flavors are not overpowering at all, but definitely enhances the beer. Honestly I get a pretty amazing combination of dark fruit mixed with an oaky vanilla.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

O. I had my doubts coming into this, but overall I am happy . I would have like to try the base quad beer before having this, but overall I am pretty impressed with the flavor of this. I am pretty surprised at the lower reviews this has got.

siradmiralnelson, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

eawolff99, Oct 06, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown and mildly hazy with a few carbonation bubbles cllinging to the sides. Pours a 1 1/2 finger dirty white head that disappears after about a minute. It does leave behind some lacing along the sides.

Smell - Plums, Figs, Caramel, Oak, Rye, Malts, and Hefe-Cloves. Since the barrels which the brewers used used to age this Quad was used to also age their Rye Wyne, you can sense the rye aspect quite clearly along with the strong oak scent.

Taste - Caramel, Plums, Chocolate, Oak, Yeasts, and Malts. Very rich flavors, but at the very end there is a noticeable booziness that makes up the finish, throwing the flavor off balance somewhat.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick bodied with some moderate carbonation. Thanks to the thickness of the body itself, the carbonation does not interfere with the flavor itself.

Overall - This is a Solid Quad considering the size of the brewery. The flavor could've been a little more balanced, but aside from that I enjoyed this quite a bit!

NuclearDolphin, Oct 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

millelacsmark, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

joh04587, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

elec, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

stpaulsipper07, Sep 20, 2012
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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.

morimech, Sep 16, 2012
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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.

yamar68, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

HoistinBrews, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

From Brau Bros. website:

Just as simple as the name implies! This beer spent months on some of our favorite barrels - used Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels. That trademark caramel and vanilla come through strong, while mild belgian ale fruit waft in the background.

The same barrels that housed Rye Wyne previously. Coppery amber colored body with a short, yet dense head of creamy khaki foam christening the top.

The nose is absolutely mouthwatering. A rich malty sweetness is followed by an earthy and slightly tart smelling whiskey. Fruity with lots of banana coming through.

Absolutely delicious. Very complex and evolving flavor. Caramel sweetness followed by a mild tartness with vanilla and toffee coming to the forefront. Some fruit and bourbon notes with a bananas foster finish. Wonderful.

Lighter than a full body feel, lower carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish.

This is a really well done beer. The barrel aging is terrific and immediately drinkable. No need to age here as there is no boozy heat. The barrels compliment the taste right now and they both work harmoniously to create an excellent overall beer. Brau Bros. have done it right yet again. These guys are really dialing in some wonderful brews.

jera1350, Sep 13, 2012
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Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.