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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 sessycuban
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled at Provisions.

A - The beer pours a cocoa brown, with a finger of head.

S - A very small amount of agave, dark fruits. My fiance smelled coffee, but I didn't.

T - Way too sweet. A tinge of agave, but all I taste is unfermented sugars.

M - Medium bodied. A bit syrupy.

D - A flight pour was more than enough. I don't really think this was a quad. (358 characters)

Photo of thegerm87
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - thick off white head, plenty of lacing. Opaque and brown body - watery appearance.

S - mixed berry juicy juice

T - mixed berry juicy juice, hint of nondescript spices on the end.

F - does it matter at this point?

O - terrible, but your kids wouldn't know the difference if you put this is a juice box. I'm sure it wasn't good fresh but i can't imagine it has gotten any better with time. (397 characters)

Photo of Verecund
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark mahagony with a slightly tanned head of a couple of fingers that settles to cover most of the surface. Okay lacing, but disappointingly transparent when viewed in the light.

Really odd nose. Some dark fruit, though less than is typical for the style (think figs). A weird roast and sweet ashy aroma joins, along with esters, some spice, and light medicinal / herbal notes. Not altogether pleasant or coherent.

Typical bready maltiness, lots of brown sugar sweetness, plus an anonymous sweetness that might be due to the agave (which doesn't seem to have dried out the beer much). The mid-palate is incongruently spicy and sweet, resembling persimmons (or another slightly spicy prunus fruit). Earthy and almost medicinal finish. Lingering heat closes this one out.

Medium thick body with medium carbonation. I think the mouthfeel will improve as it ages and dries out a little bit.

If I tried this blind, I'm not sure what I'd call it. Odd in a number of ways (too sweet, a clash mid-palate between the spicy / yeasty / medicinal attributes, the roast, and an almost bitter and herbal finish). One of my least favorite quads to date and certainly sub-par for the style. (1,186 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
2.49/5  rDev -30.8%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.71/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown pour, small head
Smell: Sweet, brown sugar, caramel and toffee
Taste: A bit too sweet, again brown sugar, raisins, dates, prunes, toffee, caramel, vanilla
Mouthfeel: Medium body, too much carbonation
Overall: A bit too sweet and the flavors don't play nicely together. (296 characters)

Photo of teamizm
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mocha brown with a 2 finger head.

S - brown sugar, agave (yeah, it's in there), roasted coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Initial sip is a lot of agave flavors with a tinge of tequila. Then you get almost a cactus like acidity in the back. Dark fruits, sugar, and a hint of cocoa.

M - Not very complex, good amount of carbonation. Average body on this one.

D - A little too acidic for me, and it leaves a sticky cactus like aftertaste that I couldn't shake for some time. Wish this had some Belgian dark sugars to make it a more true to form quad. (559 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a big 3 finger light tan head initially, but dies down fairly quickly, very light lace.

S: Raisin, fig, brown sugar, classic "American" quad. I do see a note of the agave but it's quite mild. Nice smelling beer.

T: Big brown sugar, dark fruit, some molasses, very similar to the nose, though the agave comes out a lot more than in the smell. There is a fair amount of booze, however, and the sugar gets to be to much at times. Has its good points and bad points.

M: Full-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation, certainly is cloying at times, real sugary.

D: Just a beer that needs some age. It's not bad, it just needs to mellow out. The sugar is going a little crazy, but something to see where it is in a couple years. (754 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown. Surprisingly robust light brown head. What's the abv? Hmm....lot of foam.

I'd like to say I smell agave, but I don't. Then again, I'm not sure I would recognize agave if someone handed me a piece of agave and I chewed on it for an hour. Smells like sugars, some dark fruits, raisins, sugars, sugars, booze, and a bit of weird astringent roastiness.

I was dreading that weird astringent roastiness showing up in the flavor, and it does, in a big way. Is that agave? Again ... not quite sure. This strain of off-putting, almost ... like roasted prune/raisin skins ... really doesn't mesh with the rest of the brew. The base of dark fruits, oh-so-sweet malty booziness, and hints of yeasty spiciness is nice. Just wish I could Brundlefly that off-note out of the beer.

Mouthfeel is pure agave, all the way. So is the drinkability. It really drinkables in an authentic agave fashion. (909 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer three times now, a taster at the Provisions, a taster at the Bruery tasting room, and I had a large glass from a growler of it that I brought home to share with others. With that said, this review will be from tap.

The beer pours a hazy, milk chocolate brown color, with about a inch in a half of head that rises, then fades rapidly into just a film of head resting on top. Some sticky lacing, but not much.

The beer smells of dates, figs, yeasty esters, sugar, and what I guess must be agave. I know what Tequila smells like (which this does not smell like) so that unfamiliar note I'm assuming is Agave.

The beer is fairly sweet, like guava or kiwi sweet (though not so much in actual taste). Flavors of dark fruits, some roasted malts, and Belgian yeast still come through, and it still has a candy like quality, though less so then a typical quad. An odd concoction of flavors, although it is unique to be sure. Mildly detect the 10% alcohol, but it is masked to a fair degree by the sweetness.

The mouth feel was medium, with generous carbonation retention throughout. It is also a bit sticky, a typical trait of quads in my experience.

Overall, it is not my favorite quad, and agave notes are a bit off putting, but only because it is not familiar flavor for me, so it is not something that I crave for. However, some Bruery beers ( Einers folly comes to mind) was much better in the bottle then on draft, so maybe some aging and bottle conditioning will improve the beer. I've got two bottles, so will see how they taste with at least a year of age on them. (1,593 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah A limited release brew from the Bruery. Pretty excited to try this but not with super-high hopes for it.

A- Body is a quite murky dark brown, cola hue. pours with a 2-3 finger foamy light tan head. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass and head has good retention at 1.5 fingers. A very good looking beer overall.

S- Nose is pretty good. Spicy overall and reminds me of a St. Bernardus Abt 12 in a way. Spicy yeast with that cola-like sugary backbone.

T- Taste is average but somewhat of a letdown after the appearance and the nose. Some spicy belgian yeast accents upfront and a little bit of sweet malty flavors but there is an alcohol astringency and bitterness to this one that won't go away and its the highlight of the finish. The warmth and kick are nothing like you would find in say a monster 13%+ brew-they are pretty in line with 10%-but it seems to be the highlight of the flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to medium weight astringent body.

O- Overall this is an ok brew. A little harsh on the alcohol astrigency for my palate but the Quad characteristics are certainly there and I'd say average for a quad overall. I was pretty excited when I smelled something similar to St Bernardus Abt 12-but this doesnt add up. Still a great opportunity to try this brew and I am really happy that I did. (1,333 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/6/2011

On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Ruddy reddish brown. Opaque. Small beige cap. 

S: Earthy and sugary, with notes of prunes, raisins, and dried dates. Malt is rich with caramel and bready notes. Mildly spicy.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt. Prominent prune and raisin, with a light spicy character. Booze is very well hidden in the flavor, almost undetectable. Agave imparts a subtle earthy sugary quality. Finish is rich with substantial warming.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with much alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice Belgian Quad, though lacking The Bruery's usual flair. Agave doesn't provide much, but it's an interesting idea. (691 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, and some sweetness that could be agave. Taste is very much the same with a nice sweet flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and it's pretty interesting with the agave addition in the brewing process. (536 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

252nd review on BA
Tap to goblet

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. (654 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark brown and hazy with a decent head of off white mildly tan bubbles, moderate carbonation, decent retention and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet, nice esters and honey.

Beer is really carbonated on the palate, thins out the beer too much. It is sweet, malty, bready, yeasty, great esters, has a honey like floral notes to it, the finish is a little dry. The mouthfeel of this beer kind of messes it up but overall it was a fine quad. (487 characters)

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. (612 characters)

Photo of ottovon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared with whiterascal on Memorial Day. I appreciate all that our fallen soldiers have done for America.

A: pours out a dark brown, almost like coke. Has a fluffy off-white head that sat around for a little while before falling. left a ring of foam around the edges of the glass.

S: i get a spicy-yeast in the nose, as well as some sweetness. i also get some hints of roasted malt and some chocolate like aromas.

T: the nose comes through on this, i get a lot of belgian yeast. there is also some roasted malt and sweetness. it finishes dry, and bitter. I also get some alcohol, and flavors of raisins and a little chocolate.

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation.

O: this is a decent beer, but nothing spectacular. I would drink it again, but it isnt something I would go out of my way to get. (814 characters)

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
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