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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Penguin3200
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (442 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 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)

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 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 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)

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
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