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4th Year Beer - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

ShanePB, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of oskoreien
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Garnet hued, little carbonation, zero head.

Smell - Sweet port-like.

Taste - Quads are my favorite style so I might be a bit overly critical of the style. There's a lot of sweet red grape, kind of cloying. It's really overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - Flat.

Overall - Quite disappointed. I don't think it's a very good representation of the style at all.

oskoreien, Apr 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

detrockcitey, May 10, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

lupercmda, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of indurTheB
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Bought this beer while on a weekend trip to Chicago. Brought home to Florida and opened during a bottle share. The chamomile is oppressive, for lack of a better word. The rest of the beer is not bad, but the sweetness made it so that several of the people tasting could not even finish the beer.

indurTheB, Aug 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

kustard, Feb 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

smartassboiler, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

scottDC, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

thewimperoo, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

4amepiphany, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Hughdevdev, Aug 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

bcm75, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Florida9, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

rcjennings, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

davemathews68, Aug 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BuckeyeSlim, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Zonian1, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Gonzoillini, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear mahogany brown color. Didn't get much of a head to form, just a thin light brown wisp.

3.5 S: Smells more like a barleywine than a quad. Dense sweet maltiness. Huge raisin overlying brown sugar. The chamomile is faint compared to the raisin. Plum and a touch of peppery spice.

3.5 T: The taste is quite sweet and malty as well. Big on the raisin again with lots of booze. Rum raisin cake comes to mind. Brown sugar, plum, molasses, caramel. Again the chamomile gets lost in the other flavors.

3.5 M: Big, thick heavy body. This is the kind of body I like on stouts, but not so much on quads. Good amount of carbonation, but lacking the spritziness I like from Belgian styles. Creamy and smooth with a boozy afterburn.

3.5 D: It's not bad, but it's far removed from the typical quad. Give it a try.

DavoleBomb, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Buttermilk, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Knoxrb12, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

VerticalLiturgical, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ChicagoNick, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

scruffwhor, Mar 22, 2014
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4th Year Beer from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.