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Quandary - River North Brewery

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Quandary
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: katan on 02-15-2013)
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Reviews by katan:
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katan

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - note this is distinct from the other because of no barrel aging.

A - Pours a dark ruby color. Not very carbonated, little head formation or lacing. Fairly opaque, thick.

S - Very strong belgian yeast nose, lots of esters, bubble gum. Spicy and fruity. Pleasant.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly citrusy. Mid-stream brings on the same bubble gum esters, not overbearing in any way. Muted spiciness. Hopping nowhere around. No alcohol warmth. Finishes with a little bit of a dark fruit flavor, but way under the norm for a Quad.

M - Light carbonation, full bodied. Rather sticky, sugary - per the style. Alcohol warmth is fairly well hidden for the style.

O/D - A really easy drinking quad. ABV is up there, probably a sipper. Not overly filling - also great for the style. While overall this thing doesn't really have the in your face malt I would like, it results in a quaffable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 00:39:09 | More by katan
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22 oz. bottle, in a tulip glass. Pretty good! Obviously not in league with the finest Belgians brewed by monks in centuries-old tradition, but I don't think that's what they are going for.

The beer is a dark red-amber with excellently carbonated head that goes away quickly. Not as "tight" as some quads, but it IS a microbrew (by that I mean it gives you the sense that it was recently brewed in small containers, homemade).

It really lacks any aroma except for a little woodiness, not smoky, not unpleasant, but not very noticeable either.

The taste is rather good. Maltier than I expected, with that unique Belgian sugar flavor powering the taste. The sweetness is rounded off at the finish by bitter at the edges of the tongue. Everything blends together. I enjoyed the flavors overall: woody apple, black-tea, and the Belgian maltiness are present.

Quandry has an interesting feel. Fizzy upfront and a bit sticky on the upper palate afterwards.

Good stuff, interesting and unusual. If you are tired of IPA and don't want to spend $12.00 or more on imported Belgians, try this.

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a good Denver quad, but in need of some refinement. its amber brown in color without a ton of head. nose of dried fruit, namely cherries and raisins, and spices such as clove and cinnamon. it almost has a holiday feel to it, although unintentionally so I imagine. rich brown sugar malt flavors stand out above a mulled fruit finish. apples too, a sort of sloppy complexity to this. the Belgian yeast is nice, but has done a rather incomplete job here. not enough carbonation to keep it moving, and still brutally sweet in the finish. this is perhaps the least dialed in beers of river norths impressive lineup. I have yet to try this in bottled format, and suppose some of the issues have worked themselves out in there, but on tap it stays a little less than perfect. too much sugar, not enough fizz are the main critiques, but the base flavors for a complex and unique quad are present, so I will revisit this at some point and see how its evolved.

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The aroma is subdued - some dark fruits, cardboardy grains, and some alcohol.

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Overall, a rather bland and thin quad.

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Got this 22oz bomber from a trade with Jasonrm72.

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A - hazy amber, barely a half finger of head, dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

S: booze, oak, sweetness, sugar, and fruit (plum and raisins)

T: vanilla, sweet caramel, raisins, and tropical fruit. Thought it was very sweet for a Belgian but not complaining.

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Quandary from River North Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.