Provisions Series: Cuádruple - The Bruery

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.44%
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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Photo of chugalug06
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brew with large four-finger tan colored light foam head. Lacing is quite suspect and neglected.

Very nice sweet candy (sweet tart) aroma. Butter, airy, light pine. Aroma is very difficult to describe. Unique, complex, well laid out and even. Caramel smells like it's covered in milk chocolate. Fantastic medium Belgian Quad aroma.

Tons of heavenly fruit; blackberry, banana, tangerine, honey, sweet and level sweetness. Very mild, back-end, blanket (very light) tartness is well blended with the style. Very unique for a Quad and overly complex. Chewy tropical dryness without any nasty bite. Only complaint is it's a bit too tart and just a bit to thin. This one goes down fast is not a sugary, syrupy, mess of a brew.

Wow. This beer is great. This is a fantastic quad. It has aged wonderfully, I would highly recommend anyone with one to drink in ASAP. This has to be the peak for this brew... Bruery killed it. (928 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with just a hint of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroms is a mix of sweet dark fruit with some raisin and prune with some agave, Belgian yeast, molasses, caramel, a bit of brown sugar, spice, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet dark fruit flavors with raisin, prune, date flavors and some molasses and caramelized malts. Through the middle, some agave flavor comes through with some Belgian yeast and some spices. The finish is a mix of rich sweet dark fruits and caramel, some agave, touch of roasted malts and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The agave flavor is a nice touch on the Quadruple base beer. The beer is overall bold but nicely balanced. (879 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. The body was dark brine near black.
S - honey and sugar.
T - Belgian candu sugar, honey, finishes with some spice and booziness.
M - medium and slick.
O - the agave really compliments this beer well. (290 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep murky brown with a nice khaki head that fades to a small layering and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malt, brown sugar, and that belgian yeast aroma. Not getting much agave in the nose unless it's the brown sugar sweetness.

T: The taste is mostly brown sugar and slighty roasted malt with a light banana flavor in the finish. The agave lends a blackstrap molasses flavor to the beer as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and the carbonation makes it bubbly on the pallate.

O: Not the best Quad I've had but it's still pretty tasty. The agave is not so apparent in the nose but it adds some good flavors. (680 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to orangesol for busting this out on 3/3/11 to share with Deuane, SierraGS and myself.

A - Poured a dark reddish brown liquid with purple hues and a creamy beige cap of foam that dispersed into a patchy film and deposited strands of lace around the snifter.

S - A cornucopia of complex aromas abounds, beginning with the requisite dark fruit attributes suggesting plum, raisin and dried apricot. Hints of sweet tobacco leaf, licorice/anise, candi sugar and subtle cocoa notes give the aroma lots of depth and character. Strong alcohol notes persist throughout. Caramel and toffee malt adds sweetness, while a pinch of herbal hop character provides much needed bitterness.

T - Licorice and dark fruit stand out and remain at the forefront, bolstered by the moderate boozy alcohol notes, and provides a tangy initial flavor. Think lots of dried, pitted fruits. Finishes with a mild herbal hop bite. The agave isn't featured prominently, at least from what I can tell.

M - Full bodied and syrupy with a bit of sweetness on the palate. The beefy alcohol presence delivers some heat. Finishes with mild bitterness on the tongue.

D - Strong, tangy and flavorful, Cuadruple is an interesting take on a Quad, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the agave character, unfortunately. Otherwise, this is a solid brew overall. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is dark brown, with a small, off white head and some random lacing left on the glass. The aroma brings malt, bread, fruit, sugar, honey. Interesting...The flavor brings a unique fruitiness (must be agave), that although intriguing, would certainly become cloying given time. That said, I am enjoying my small portion of the bottle just fine. Relatively thin bodied with plenty of carbonation (perhaps a bit too much). I see this beer as described by The Bruery - a unique beer that unites two different cultures on opposite sides of the world, rather than rating it vs. the world class traditional Belgian quads, like Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, Chimay Blue, etc. A fun brew, I would have this again. (752 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 into a La Chouffe tulip. Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release; thanks to whoever brought it to share!

A: Hazy light brown body underneath a finger of frothy ecru foam.

S: Sweet chocolate, raisins, prunes, and vanilla. About what I expected, and entirely pleasant.

T: Sharp dark fruits, chocolate, cherry, alcohol and more dark fruit. Tasty.

M: Prickly medium body with moderate carbonation. Not bad at all.

O: Tasty quad, but nothing to write home about. It really doesn't do much to stand out, and certainly doesn't stand up to the best Belgian examples of the style.

Cheers! (586 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy dark brown with a massive head of tan at the top and strong lacing.

Aroma of belgian candy sugar similarity, definitely some agave presence and sweet specialty malts mixing with a white grape like finish.

Taste is of a sweet white unfermented grape flavor, slightly bitter, but with a lot of sweetness. I think of green grape peels at first when tasting this. Quickly following with some brown sugar, some roasted crystal malts, and some belgian candied sugars. Decent roast time and plenty of agave nectar is present. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to see it again. Shame it is in the retired category, maybe the Bruery gang have a modified recipe in wait.

Medium to thicker in mouthfeel and a light carbonation. Overall a nicely done Quad IMO. It just doesnt have some of the stronger biscuit flavors being dominant like some other quads do. (873 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source

A: poured a dark brown in color with reddish amber brown highlights when held up to the light and had a nice tight finger of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits alongside brown sugar were noticeable on the first whiff with light toasted pecans, slight banana, spices, and belgian yeast character.

T: the booze waas pretty well hidden in the aroma but showed its face on the taste with dark fruits, banana, spice,and toasty nutty accents but had the belgian yeast running all through it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, yeasty, boozy, and slight toasty finish.

D: definitely a sipper but was a decent interpretation of a belgian style quad. (757 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of stoad
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

poured into a Duvel tulip, pours dark brown with a thick mocha colored two finger head. big bubbles, it lasts for a few minutes, almost no lacing. not letting a lot of light through, but good clarity once it gets towards the bottom of the glass. dark/chocolate malt on the nose, black fruit, hint of cloves. nice mouth feel, medium body, good carb level. taste is big dark malts, plum, prune, raisin, nutty. got a little hot in mid palate for a moment but the alcohol faded pretty quickly. not sure what dark agave syrup tastes like, but I'm sure there's plenty of it here. *rolls eyes* not getting any tequila flavors anyway. pretty long finish w/ nice malts and more of the dried fruit flavors. it's got a little something in the background, like the coconut in a TJ's mini chocolate chip cookie, that says, "come on, have another sip..." Upon reflection, I get similar impression/finish as the two turtle doves - maybe their yeast strain? overall a nice beer. drinks much too well for 10%. if 2TD was a quad, this would be its neighbor. (1,054 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of drink1121
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its a Quad brewed with dark agave nectar - hence, Cuadruple

A-Pours a deep mahogoney with a big light tan head. Decent head retention. No real lacing.
S-First thing I notice that a little different than most Quad is a malt raoastiness that I don't usually get. Its not strong, just the first thing I noticed. Its also brewed with dark agave nectar opposed to Belgian candi sugar, so that has a less Belgian effect on the smell. I get dark fruits, roast as mentioned, light Belgian yeast, slight must.
T- This has a very simple taste for a Quad. Its not very deep or complex at all. I get dark fruits, some pipe tobacco, light leather, with an odd sweetness.
M- Nn the thin side for a Quad.
D- Its incredibly easy to drink for 10%. Its not a sipper - I drank my glass in about 20 minutes while trying slow down the whole way down. (832 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, sticky lacing. Pours a dark brown.

Alcohol, belgian notes.

Really sweet - a unique and satisfying sweetness, probably the agave. Grape, raisin, belgian undertones. I like it.

A tad hot.

Very nice beer, the agave works well with the style. Refreshing mouthfeel and finish. I'd love for the Bruery to keep adding agave into different styles, it really adds a dimension.

This is rated a tad lower than it should be. Great beer. (440 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of imagese
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (516 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle split between 3 people.

Pours a translucent brown with a finger of tannish head. Smell is somewhat limited. There is a sweetness and some dark fruits, though not as complex, interesting or powerful as some quads. Taste is solid, if not unspectacular. Sweet, but not cloyingly so and smooth. Doesn't make me think strongly of a quad. Somewhat generic, but not in a bad way. Taste is like the nose.
Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with solid medium carbonation. Ultimately fine, just different. Was very drinkable for the style, though that may have been from the thinner mouthfeel and less aggressive taste. Very much fine, decent, enjoyable, but not great and maybe a bit off style. (707 characters)

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
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