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4th Year Beer - Revolution Brewing Company

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4th Year Beer
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86
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our 4th Year Beer, or “Quadruple," is inspired by the traditional Trappist strong ales produced in the abbey breweries of Belgium. Brewed with Pilsner, Munich, and Caramunich malts, the resulting beer has a deep chestnut hue. Rich flavors and aromas of fresh bread, dark fruits, honey and brown sugar are up front with the Belgian yeast strain contributing a punch of spice and fruity esters wafting up with every sip.

German Magnum and Cascade hops impart an earthy, spicy hop character. Hops are definitely not the star of the show here - just enough bitterness and flavor to ensure balance in the finished product. Dextrose and dark Belgian candi sugar boost the sugar concentration and impart a dried fruit character to this huge ale. Chamomile flowers to add to the complex aromas we have already imparted.

We are serving this beer in a 10 oz. tulip not only for presentation purposes, but more so for the sensory evaluation potential. Such a complex beer as this needs to be swirled and then have the shape of the glass allow you to take in all the wonderful aromas that are released.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: BrownAleMale on 02-09-2014)
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Flabbyjandro

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-09-2014 05:16:35 | More by Flabbyjandro
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Vonerichs

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Deep amber, almost purplish hue. Little visual carbonation and never any head.

Sweet, sugary, dark fruits. Plums, grapes, dates. I really have to draw in to get a good whiff.

Bready as hell. Plums, even grape soda.

Heavy body, light on the carbonation.

Really sweet, yet drinkable for 11%.

03-27-2014 23:59:17 | More by Vonerichs
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Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Into the Revolution tulip from the 4th year party, it pours a glinting dark reddish copper with a thin layer of tan foam on the surface that was slow to materialize and quick to fade. Minimal spotty lace around the edges, lacks good surface coverage.

Light aromas of brown sugar, clove, dates, Belgian yeast esters.

Rich and slightly syrupy, some residual sugar, deeply malty with nutty and sweet toffee caramel sauce flavors. Light heat from the 11.5% abv, but overall it's pretty smooth. Medium to full bodied and chewy, slightly sticky on the lips. Overall it's worth trying, but still looking for a really great American quad.

02-09-2014 05:04:37 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Appearance: Admittedly, my pour was not very hard, however there was no head. What little amount of carbonation that brought itself to the surface dissipated as quickly as it appeared. This could just be my experience, however. The color is fun to look at as it is ruby-hued and dark.

Smell: Dark fruit (namely plum and fig. The "dark fruit" smell always reminds me of figs and plums). The smell was ester-oriented as opposed to phenolic, while also containing the candi sugar aroma. After smelling this for like 3 minutes straight, I do detect a chocolatey aroma. Very sweet smelling, is what I am getting at.

Taste: Spicy, malty, sweet (candi sugar), and hints of grape/wine. As it warms up, I get the earthy tones that are from the hops, according to the menu description. I also taste some grassiness. I had this when it released and I like that I am now getting the spicy tones and a more pronounced bread-like malt flavor as opposed to just sweetness. That could be attributed to a change in palate or the fact that I have had this bottle for a few months, now.

At the finish, there is a lot of warmth from the alcohol. One thing this beer does especially well is hide the alcohol. I also am hit with another bout of spice at the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is thick. The beer switches from sticky and syrupy to grainy as I move it from my mouth. This is, by far, my favorite part about the beer.

This was a great beer for the price. I paid 10 bucks for each of my bottles, at the brewery, and I am glad to have purchased a few. It seems to be holding up well after a few months. I wonder if this will hold up for another year?

05-03-2014 01:02:38 | More by zappoman
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Appearance-
Medieval brown. Small bubbles raising to add to the burnt white head. Little light shines through, but you are treated with a deep red.

Smell-
Sweet and thick. The sweetness is fruity (plums, grapes), and a pleasant Belgian yeast afterwards.

Taste-
Follows the nose, and comes tumbling in extra sweet. So much so I would almost say it is a cider at first. The hops and yeast seem muted, but it is decadent.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and syrupy, with small bubbles squeezing in.

Overall-
This could be well placed in an old castles next to tomes of forgotten lore, just have a desire for sweet.

03-06-2014 21:42:14 | More by Rope
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4th Year Beer from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.