Provisions Series: Cuádruple - The Bruery

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 7
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cuádruple combines elements of Belgium with elements of Mexico, hence the name, meaning "quadruple" in Spanish. We bended a classic Belgian quad recipe by removing the standard Belgian candi sugars and replacing them with dark agave syrup. The resulting beer is a luxurious tribute to two very different parts of the world.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 45, SRM: 25, Release: One time only
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Reviews by Penguin3200:
Photo of Penguin3200
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my darkness tulip to enjoy my first bruery beer from the reserve society.

Pours a dark chocolately brown with a nice one finger head that recedes to a centimeter. Minimal lacing but great legs that droop fast.

Dark figs and fruit on the nose. Malt in the background.

Tast is caramel and toasted fruit and the agave comes through.

Mouthfeel is nice and enhanced by the carbonation.

Overall impressed, but not blown away.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is about what you would expect, with a lot of dark fruit - mainly raisins and figs - as well as some toffee and a little bit of alcohol.

I get a lot of dark fruit and toffee in the aroma, as well as some chocolate and some candy sugar. The beer is fairly balanced - not too sweet but not too dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black poured at Beerevolution, was hoping for some oude tart sour cherry, but was pleasantly offered one of these instead. Loved the aroma. Dark sugar/fruit and what I suspect is that special agave or whatnot.

More chocolate than I've had in any quad style, and it is so different, I'm really diggin' on this I was thinking. Not too sweet, not the herbal spice I tend to disagree with in many Belgian quad styles, this feels like it was made for me. Hid the alcohol quite well, but then again, I was already drunk.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of booze-soaked figs and dates. Also present are hints of brown sugar and very light hints of roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-as-sweet dark fruits – dried dates and raisins mostly. Midway through the sip grainy brown sugar flavors make an appearance before being pushed aside by slight earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer wasn’t quite well balanced enough to compete with the big boys but it was a big beer that went down easily. Worth a shot.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red wine color with just a ring of head. No lacing. Color is great though

Aroma isn't as strong as the other provisions series beers. Sort of a tartness. Don't know how to really describe it.

Taste is pretty good. Doesn't taste much like a quad. Sort of sweet. Slight tartness on your tongue. Smooth. It's missing the dark fruits. Little bit of Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Like a quad should be. Sort of dry. Nice carb.

Overall it's pretty good but I wouldn't call it a Quad.

Photo of IKR
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark coca-cola brown color with fairly thickl light brown head.

Smell Slight musk from what I guess is a Belgian yeast. I also get some raisin-like aroma. Too bad I don't know what agave smells like.

Taste - Tart raisin-like taste with a dry finish.

Mouth-feel -Decent body with good carbonation.

Drink-ability - Decent.

This beer doesn't taste in line with quads such as Trappiste Rochefort, or St. Bernadus Abt 12, this beer is considerably less fruity compared to the classics for the style. I do find it an interpretation that fits my tastes, good carbonation, full-bodied, and a unique if not true to style taste.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Bruery tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, wood, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, wood, bread, fruit, and subtle roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was really quite intense, but wasn’t life-changing unfortunately. The flavor really still had quite a bit of alcohol on it to let you know this one was a heavy hitter. It was fairly well balanced, but just lacked some of the balance I enjoy in a good Quad. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity and are a fan of Quads.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of agave syrup sugar with some dry fruits and some fruity ester with some light spicy notes. Taste is an interesting mix between some agave syrup and some solid malt with light spicy notes; I could also detect some candy-like notes reminiscent of Rocherfort ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and quite enjoyable.

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a dark cola-brown with a thick, creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick ring and slight haze, leaving sheets of sticky lacing.
S - Subdued aromas of dark malt, raisins, caramel, and sugar. I doubt you'd be able to guess "agave", but you can certainly tell that there's something different to this one.
T - Follows the nose pretty closely, lots of Quad flavors of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, and yeast. I can detect a bit of the dark agave nectar in the flavor, there's almost a young tequila thing going on, which is nice. Not as complex and epic as the big-boys in the Quad category, though.
M - A touch on the thin-bodied side, probably medium overall, with moderate carbonation.
O - A fun, unique take on the style, but it falls a bit short of greatness.

Photo of largadeer
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear mahogany brown, though quite dark even for the style, and very effervescent. The head is a pale tan, and shows solid retention.

Smells very, very sweet. A lot of molasses/brown sugar sweetness, but nothing that really screams agave. Faint roastiness, dark fruit, but really just overwhelmingly sweet.

Dark fruit and dark sugar are prevalent on the tongue. Has a berry-like character, and just a hint of yeasty tartness buried beneath all the sugar. There's some odd astringency toward the finish, like tannic fruit skin - I can't quite identify it. The combination of sweetness and astringency makes it a little tough to drink, though it doesn't exactly taste terrible. Not my favorite Bruery beer, in any case.

Photo of vacax
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blackened brown with a small tan cap of foam, moderate retention, very good lacing present. Aroma of Belgian yeast esters, hints of roast, subdued maltiness. Tastes of estery yeast notes, banana, malt, little fruitiness or sweetness. Long herbal and earthy finish. Moderately thick body with higher levels of carbonation. Interesting take on a quadrupel. Drier and roastier than typical and lacking the fruity vinous quality of the great Belgian examples. Should improve with age.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brownish black, off white plentiful head. Clean and dark.

S- Nothing crazy here, some sweet malt and spice. Touches of dark fruit and some booziness.

T- Typical dark belgian. Some interesting spice notes, which I would assume is from the agave. Again, a little hot and boozy.

M- A little over carbed, but not bad. The body is pretty spot on for the style.

O- Not a bad beer, but lacks any real depth in character. I'm going to let my other bottle cellar for a year or so and see if it get any better.

-GFunk

Photo of Cinderbike
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a glass at the Provisions store in Orange.

A - Clear, dark brown with minimal head that dissipates fairly quick.

S - Figs, molasses, agave, and malt.

T - Fruity esters. You can taste the blue agave syrup, not cloying but lends a tequila/pulque type flavor typical of agave. Malt sweetness and a warm alcohol flavor dominate. Typical for the style, mostly.

M - Medium carbonation, but a bit thin in the body for the ABV and style. I suspect the generous use of agave thinned the beer out more than I would have liked.

D - At 10% ABV, I could not see myself drinking a whole 750mL, so I gave it a 3.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening up this bottle.

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a small tan head. Sparse spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carried a light amount of brown sugar and caramel plus plenty of dark fruits and dates. Some very mild red-grape presence in the background. The flavor had some semi-sweet malt along with plenty of dark fruits. Mild raisin character. Body was far too thin with excess carbonation. Strong, lasting flavor in the finish. Pretty good, but the feel damaged the flavor.

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brownish-red color with a tan head that dissipated to some small bits of lace and stick on the sides.

S - Wow, what the heck is in this, cigarette butts? Rubbing alcohol? Smells like a quadlike version of death. If this is the aquave, please don't ever do this again, it smells HORRIBLE.

T - Taste is surprisingly good, it's somewhat of a quad-lite, very non-traditional. The aguave adds some interesting flavor kick to it. Bit of ether-like alcohol thins this one out a bit. It is sweet with some dark fruits, pretty good, and pretty interesting.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation.

O - If this didn't smell so completely horrible it would be a pretty good beer. It may not actually taste as good as I thought either, as the taste was such a pleasant surprise after smelling it that I probably overrated it. A solid beer, different, but not outstanding.

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, perhaps chestnut, color with a finger or so of khaki colored head.

S: A surprising amount of roast is present on the nose. Dark sugars and agave are there along with some dark fruits. There's a bit of an acidity to the nose as well as a smell that I can only describe as woody.

T: Dark fruits come through strongly along with the agave and other dark sugar notes. There are some chocolate flavors along with roast. Alcohol is noticeable and there is a mild roasted malt quality--certainly not as strong as on the nose. I get a bit of a red grape flavor on the back end as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not exactly what I think of when it comes to Quads. I would have liked it to be sweeter and heavier on the dark fruit and candi sugar.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is another multi-review between four people for a 750 mL.

For the style, we all thought it was a bit too dry and too bitter, lacking the fruity smoothness of a truly great quad. It's heavily malted, not very sweet, and way dry. Almost too spicy, definitely too carbonated, and too bitter for a quad, at least one that would rate a high rating for me or my buddies. Feel is pretty good but not outstanding, mainly because of too much carbonation and too much lingering bitterness. Again the over carbonation takes a bit away. A quad should be smooth and mellow, but this one is pretty in your face.

Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

252nd review on BA
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App- A reddish brown with a 1 finger head that didnt last very long.

Smell- To me it was brown sugar that I probably am mistaking the Agave for. It was sweet and malty on the nose as well.

Taste- A very light quad if you want to call it one with the flavors being there but just a bit short on FLAVOR. It had the dark fruits and it was a bit sticky.

Mouth- I really enjoyed the after taste on this beer. It left me wanting more but the taste wouldnt allow a 2nd glass. It was a nice medium body with a somewhat medium carb level.

Drink- It was okay for a re-work of a classic style with some new flavors for a twist.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.5.13

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A huge tan foamy head appears and fades slowly.

S - Caramel, nutty, sweet ripe fruit. Definitely some agave.

T - Sweet agave with a caramel-malty finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and fruity with a nice caramel background. Call me crazy, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for a while, today seems like a good day to open it.
Pours a deep ruby brown with a huge beige head that slowly dissipates and laces lots of the glass. Smells of tropical fruit up front with caramel and burnt sugars rounding out a relatively malty nose. There's some dark dried fruit as well as a touch of alcohol in the nose as well. The flavor is odd at first. Up front my tongue gets pricked with a fruity tartness, but that disappears almost instantly as an onslaught of sugary malt takes over. Brown sugar, molasses, treacle, caramel, raisins, prunes, plums, dark cherries all vie for attention. Long lingering melanoid type burnt sugar with a hint of ethanol at the end of every sip. Medium to thick body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. If you told me there was agave in the I still wouldn't have found it unless that is what lends the tropical fruit to the brew. Nice quad, a little different but well made, very tasty.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split with a couple of friends over dinner.

The Bruery does know how to brew some impressive-looking Belgians. Clear, dark reddish brown with a dense, light-brown head with excellent retention and good lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose, OTOH, isn't all that great. Plenty of sweetness is noticeable with a little bit of cream and dark chocolate. The sweetness is moderately agave-like, and if I didn't know this beer had any, I'd say it was sucralose. Plenty of fruit is present as well, with figs and other ripe dark fruit and some brown sugar.

The palate opens sweet (duh) to the point where it's sharp. Again, a blend of brown sugar, agave and sucralose dominate things, with the moderate roast and creaminess playing second fiddle. Moderate fruity esters are present. The mid-palate is a little watery. Sweet on the finish with the agave, the mouthfeel is actually quite nice, creamy, and fluffy with a medium-light body. Decent, though 8oz was a bit much.

Photo of Auracom
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool trade and share from Dan, thanks. 6 oz. poured into a stemless red wine glass on August 3rd, 2012.

A - Very dark murky brown coloring, verging on snake-wood. Light khaki head with tight bubbling. Okay retention amounts to a think layer around the sides. Great lacing.

S - Soft dark fruits - more in the fig side with less raisins. Definite pronounced spices including cinnamon and brown sugar.

T - A hint of dark chocolate with more pitted fruits, spices, graham crackers, and banana bread.

M - Medium body, high carbonation for the style, semi-sweet finish.

D - I think I like this more than I should. It's not too complex and maintains some subtlety throughout nose and drink, but it's appealing as well. Would revisit.

Photo of imagese
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Heavy pour produced a 2 finger head that faded fast and left little retention. Dark cola color with a lot of ruby hue

S- dark fruit, lots of roasted sugary sweetness, agave, and a faint earthy dirt/tobacco smell

T- Heavy sweetness from the mixture of fruits and agave nectar. The Belgian yeast provides a nice balance

M- A little on the thin side, but carbonation is spot on

D- Overall a very pleasant beer as long as you like the style. I've been in a sweet beer mood, so it's good for my current palate mood

Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with ffejherb, Deuane, and SierraGS poured into a snifter.

A - Pours murky brown with a nice one finger tall off-white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical quad but with a bit more sweetness. It almost has a medicinal aroma to it. Nothing special really.

T - Starts off with a shot of chewy caramel malt. Your typical Belgian dark fruits; most notably raisins, prunes, and figs; come thru next with a light earthy spice. Booze is ever present but never really gets in the way. The agave imparts a subtle sugary sweetness that lasts all the way thru the finish. Not your typical quad but really nothing to write home about either.

M - Medium-heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slick, feel with some lingering heat in the finish.

D - Not too bad but it just seems to have a bit too much going on at the same time. I really didn't notice much of the agave either. Either way with the muddled flavors and the high A.B.V. it is a sipper at best.

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Shadowy maple that coalesces to inky, opaque purple. One inch of khaki-colored foam quickly becomes a thick, sticky top layer with reaching mountains of lace.

The nose: Brown sugar, cinnamon, baked apples, caramel, figs. A deep, rich and sweet aroma.

The flavor: sweet, intense. Brown sugar, a hint of maple, caramelized raisins, a tiny bit of brandy syrup. Some ethanol as well. Very sweet, which is what agave nectar does. Hint of dryness at the finish.

Medium, pillowy body. Velvety, with very soft fizz. Almost zero carbonation, but I like it. Tongue-numbing booze and fumes are noticeable in the nose — they’re not completely hidden, but they’re hidden well enough.

Cuadrupel is decent, if a bit one-dimensional. Intensely sweet, and not as complex as better quads.

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
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