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Fuck Art - This Is Advertising - To Øl

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: peabody on 08-06-2013

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 11
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4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chocolate brown with hints of chestnut, and a sturdy head the color of white sand. Delightful Christmas pudding aromas roll out of the glass – some sherry and walnuts, prunes and raisins, dates and brown sugar, plus a candied citrus zing similar to mixed peel or Cointreau. August is almost certainly not the ideal time of year to enjoy this beer, but here I am.

Fermented prune juice with a shot of port, a shot of Grand Marinier, a spoonful of cloves, and shavings of dark chocolate. Burnt gingerbread, musty cellar, cooked apples, brothy bay and star anise – this is boozy, bittersweet, herbal, and earthy. It tastes like a beer from the ancient past or the near future. Classic Belgian quadrupel flavors with the distortion turned up. How can a beer be so smooth and subtle yet so loud and aggressive at the same time?

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Photo of becktone
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Eye: Murky brownish red in color and cloudy. The beer forms a nice light tan head, creamy in texture at about one finger then it falls to about half a finger and has staying power there. Lacing looks excellent as it falls.

Nose: Off the bat dark fruits are evident, prunes and raisins. Not much belgian yeast character but there is some malt aroma and alcohol is definitely there. Toasty and some bready notes as well. Really smells more like an American style barleywine.

Tongue: Alcohol is easily identifiable and gives balance to the malt sweetness as well as create depth. Some dark fruit notes in there as well as malt flavor and complexity, but to me this one just tastes like an American Barleywine, kind of a disappointment really. It really reminds me of Bigfoot or Old Guardian, it doesn't seem very belgian. Its not as hoppy as either of those, but rather tastes as they would if they had some age on them, only not quite as malty. Body is full and carbonation is appropriate for the style. Hop flavor is in the finish and its a bit too bitter for this style.

Drinkability: If you ask me, this one is a miss for the style. Again, more of an American Barleywine. This will definitely age well, but all the belgian is missing. I'll not be picking it up again. Cool label, and I'm glad I have one to cellar to see what age does to it, but I'd tell you to go for Kasteel Donker any day...others that are miles ahead of this are (after Kasteel Donker) Rochefort 10, and Three Philosophers. It just doesn't do it for me. As an American Barleywine, great, but Belgian Quad...no. I wouldn't seek this one out.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a dark, rusty looking brown, with a 1.5 inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells pretty nice, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, leafy hops, and pine.

This is one of the more hoppy quadrupels I've had- it is labeled "a fat, rich, and hoppy quadrupel." The hop flavor feels very bitter, piney, grassy, and leathery, which contrasts pretty nicely with the rich malty flavors that include dark fruit, leather, caramel. The alcohol is not really noticeable at all, it's a bit spicy and warming, though.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. It's pretty drinkable despite the ABV and strong flavors.

Colorful name aside, this is a really nice done quadrupel- the hoppy aspect sets it apart from other more traditional versions.

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out root beer color with lots of effervescence. The bubbles stick to the side of the glass and lacing is present.
Aroma is nutty with some fruit. Mostly this is a sugary malty aroma with a hint of the alcohol staying in the nose.
Taste is a little boozy but the malts and sugars are the star here. Not a lot of the spice in most good quads but this one hints at being Belgian without being overbearing.
Mouthfeel is sticky with strong aftertastes of charred malt and slight yeast.
Overall this seems to by young and might need some time. If I had a larger storage fridge I would cellar this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with mahogany tones and a one finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, light and dark stone fruit with milder dried dark fruit, sweet and rich; reminiscent of an English barleywine. Flavor is dominated by caramel malt and light stone fruit, complex and intense like a mixed fruit syrup, light dried fruit, sherry, coriander and clove which give a peppery mild bitterness. Thick bodied and creamy. A big, sweet caramel malt bomb with complex fruit flavors. Like the aroma the flavor profile reminded me more of an English barley wine than a quadrupel, except there was distinct Belgian spicing. Not for the sweet averse, but I enjoyed this immensely. Wish I had gotten another for cellaring. On the market in my area for a nanosecond (despite its aggressive price), so glad I got one.

Photo of bcholka1
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bitter , bland and over priced

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Enjoyed on jul´13. Dark amber color. Opaque appearance. Yellowish white froth, fairly good retention crown. Some spots are left on sides. Sweet – but not cloying- aroma profile shows: molasses, Belgian yeast & figs, subtle hues of fudge chocolate, sugar cane, brown sugar & toasted caramel malts. Creamy sweet malt at first sip followed by spicy & spiced touch mixed with piney bitterness. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel rounded by subtle citric astringency & bitter orange marmalade notes in the middle. Increasing warming alcohol lingers into a bitter/sweet finish where caramel malts win the match versus hops. Ripe fruit on the aftertaste. Nice spot of the Quad/ABT Style.

Photo of hopsputin
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A quad whose flavor is a little lighter than some, but uses the alcohol presence well. Would like to see the dark fruits featured a little bit more, but it uses that sugary caramel sweetness nice. Nice quad (not mind blowing), but would recommend

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not real sure what art has done to the guys at ToOl, but they act like it took their girlfriend. But with so much creativity, imagination and general curiosity, the ale certainly bucks the market trends. Shouldn't it b named "Fuck Advertising, This is Art?"

Fitting the bill, the ale starts dark ruby-red with a tinge of bronze and brown. Its mild yeasty haze gives the beer a mysterious and deep glow. A creamy blanket of off-white foam patiently builds on top of the beer and outlasts the majority of the session before falling victim to its own viscosity and booze. Short on lace, the ale prefers brandy-type legging as much as the clinging froth.

Candy-sweet aromas wrap around a boozy port and brandy note for a savory first whiff. Estery notes of grapes, dates, figs and raisins weave in and out of the sweetness and rely on a peppercorn balance to tickle the nose. Its a straight forward yet strong scent that doesn't disclose all its complexities in the aroma profile.

Like the scent, the flavors coat the early palate with dripping sweetness of honey, light caramel and corn syrup. As the palate acclimates to the sweetness, more secrets of apples, pears, pecans, dried dark fruit, cherries, red grapes and orange peels seem to reveal new fruit flavors with each sip. Sprinkled with a hint of coriander and clove, the ale relies more upon the spiciness of fresh-cracked peppercorns to carry its balance. A very late dive into herbal hop notes reveal a bitterness that combines with the spice for a sharp and mildly unsettled bitterness.

Its certain full texture is rich, sweet, and has a long, indefinite linger. In no rush to dryness or closure, the brunt of residual malt seeps into the taste buds for a savory port-like effect. Its light creaminess slowly casts its carbonation aside to prefer a modest viscosity to persist. Mild cloying action makes the ale more of a sipper than a drinker- and at over 11% abv., that's probably a good thing.

Though the beer fares quite well, it never delivers the total depth, roundness, complexity and drinkability that's found in more typical abbey versions. It does, however remind me of Belgian-inspired American micro-brewed versions with its more simplified palate and boozy warmth.

Photo of sevopie
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Dark muddy brown in color with a light brown/tan head that lingers well and laces well.

Huge alcohol, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and spice on the nose.

A lot of bready, malty sweetness cut by the alcohol esters and the spices. Hints of dark fruit come and go, and even a touch of smokiness sneaks in there. The flavor is dominated by the alcohol though.

Solid body, but perhaps too much carbonation detracts from the overall feel of the brew.

Fairly good beer, though the bittersweet nature of the alcohol lingering on the tongue grates after a while. Good, but not remarkable.

Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body appears as a cloudy orangish-red body with a thick, sticky, rocky, light tan head; many, many rings of lacing adhering to the glass. Strong caramel, toffee, and roasted grain aroma. A big conglomeration of malt flavors – caramel and medium roasted grains, some hints of sweet fruits like apple or pear; big booze and hop bitterness tones beginning midway through the sip and then lingering long into and after the finish. Heavy bodied; thick and chewy.

Massive and intense aroma and flavors excel with this beer. Very heavy and sweet but with lots of variety and depth that keep this from being some cloyingly sweet malt bomb. Interesting and alluring with its boldness.

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Fuck Art - This Is Advertising from To Øl
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