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4th Year Beer - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 106
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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4/5  rDev +5%

Kurmaraja, Nov 12, 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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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Oct 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spointon, Oct 06, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

22Blue, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Brams17, Sep 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

ShanePB, Sep 08, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

millerbuffoon, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Pours deep cherry / mahogany color with no head at all and a super thin lacing ring.

S - Cherry and sweet caramel malt.

T - Lots of cherries, candy toffee malt, light on the floral character, well blended.

M - Thick, full bodied, slippery, velvet smooth, no carbonation.

O - Nicely done.

jzeilinger, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

cwehr13, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

VerticalLiturgical, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Tulip glass - 55deg C.

A - Not much head when poured aggressively, nice reddish brown body.

S - Lots of cherry and sweet malty notes.

T - Very sweet with slight bite at the finish. Alcohol taste not present.

O - Okay quad, certainly doesn't stack up with the heavy hitters, but is still enjoyable. I probably should have given this another 6 months or a year to see if the flavors mellow out and evolve a bit more.

Bowers-Brew, Aug 29, 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Nbdreher, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

lloydboss, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ToadiesForCody, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

st9647v3, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

davemathews68, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

stealth, Aug 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Hughdevdev, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

anticipation23, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 28, 2014
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4th Year Beer from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.