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Quad Reserve - Night Shift Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dope on 05-17-2012)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by NEhophead:
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 fl oz champagne bottle caged & corked served in a tulip.
Batch #1, bottled on 03/28/2012.

Dull oak in color with a shade of plum. The slightly off-white head is very superficial sparked with a lot of carbonation and as a result diminishes within less than a minute. Little to no lacing.

Young, assertive vinous fruit aromas: grape, cherry. Sharp alcohol whaffs that add an acidic quality. Rather than sweet aromas that I would expect from a Quadrupel, a musty Saison-like quality is most prominent.

A nice initial brown sugar sweetness gives a touch of richness, before being overtaken by a sharp, acidic-sour quality. Slick grape, cherry, and orange predominate. Following the sour shock, the malt richness just falls off leaving a bland wheat and corn base highlighted by only a surge of slick alcohol. Notes of nutmeg in the finish.

Nearly full in body. Very slick on the palate for the style, or for any style for that matter, but there is still enough of a malt backbone to stabilize most of the flavor profile range.

An interesting idea, but the true characteristics of a Quadrupel never really came through; why mess too much with such a great style?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:52:46 | More by NEhophead
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-17-2014 01:48:36 | More by schmidtmattsays
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Connecticut

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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-03-2014 18:58:55 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-02-2014 18:58:25 | More by Janeinma
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is batch #1 - bottled on 11/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep cola color with a slight reddish hue. The head is several fingers and is tan with that same reddish hue.

Smell: Mild cherries/raspberries, oak, mild funk, an interesting musty smell, light figs & dates.

Taste: Interesting combination of flavors, and much different from the aroma. Tobacco, oak, berries, plums, a dash of dark chocolate. That 'must' from the smell does come through a bit in the taste as well. Finishes with some mild dark fruits, malts and figs.

Mouth-feel: Low to moderate carbonation with a smooth, medium body.

Overall: An interesting brew for sure. The oak and tobacco notes take the center in the flavor profile which is interesting albeit not unpleasant. Nice, subtle fruit notes help the experience. I would've guessed the alcohol was lower - it is masked well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:45:31 | More by Resuin
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Levich

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into a goblet. Batch #1 Bottled on 11.29.2013. Reviewed on 12.26.2013.

Pours up a dark mahogany with very little head which dissipates leaving only traces on the surface. The aromas are of sweet dark fruits. The wine smells come through as well. The flavor has a sweet grape tang. There is very little of the caramel and dried dark fruit flavor that I would like from a quad style. There is a distinct booziness and a hint of oak at the end. This beer is light on the tongue and does not feel like a 10% beer.

Overall, I would like more of the deep flavors of prune and fig that I want from a Quad. I have three more bottles. We'll see how they hold up.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:47:27 | More by Levich
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bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 17:17:19 | More by bleeps
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2013 15:06:51 | More by Kmlund
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a classic Quad by any means. If you go into this thinking it's going to taste like Westy, St. B or Rochefort you're going to be disappointed. I would say it has elements of a quad with dark fruit flavors, but it's a little more lively due to the barrel aging. Carbonation was lower than average for a quad and the wine barrels imparted a slight sourness that really worked well. Booziness started to take over as it warmed up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2013 14:33:47 | More by Davepoolesque
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-05-2013 01:00:52 | More by DerekMorgan
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-27-2013 23:09:20 | More by ThrashMaster
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scruffleguy

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

05-31-2013 15:03:31 | More by scruffleguy
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-29-2013 06:30:50 | More by Kelp
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AshlandNacho

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with a thin tan head. A partial skim coat and a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics feature plenty of grape jam, raisins, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Candied apples and bubblegum follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. Slickish and lush.

Candied fruit, grape jelly, sugar-dusted plums, and rum-soaked raisins start the palate. Finishes sweetish with shades of dark rum, grapes, and raisins.

Tasty quad with plenty of ripe, purple grapes and dark fruits under sweet malt. A bit too sweet and undercarbonated for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 19:46:47 | More by brewandbbq
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to eggplant color with a dark tan head. Served in a red wine glass because all my beer glassware is packed. Hearty collar of retention circles a few wispy island bridges of foamy skim. Batch #2, bottled 4.30.12.

Brown sugar, toffee and date aroma. I really like the rich brown sugar.

Brown sugar with a grapey dark fruit finish. Plum and black pepper in back. The dark fruits are brighter than the aroma indicates. Nice to see the 2 special ingredients (brown sugar and Shiraz) in the forefront but still well blended in the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is a little furry, I’m guessing due to the Shiraz tannins?

Another superb beer by Night Shift, one of their best IMO.

Serving type: bottle

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Quad Reserve from Night Shift Brewing
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