El Cuatro - The Ale Apothecary

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BA SCORE
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 51
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  11.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Alieniloquium on 07-04-2013

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch Mar 23 2013 bottle poured into Bier Stein snifter, El Cuatro is hazy burnt gold with slow spritzy bubbles forming a medium bubbled head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is boozy, sweet. Green apple. In line with what I expected, good, quiet, in-spite of the strength, no burn.

Taste is fruity, the wine and brandy are pretty evident, calvados. There's an acridness to it that I don't love, earthy, like wood / stem - not the same as vanilla and coconut notes from barrel, which I don't get, maybe a *touch* of coconut.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied, a little oily.

Drinkability is OK. It's a strong beer, but the alcohol character has lots of depth, and is clean. The biggest problem is that acrid, woody taste, almost like eating peanut shells or something. Overall, disappointed enough that I will think carefully before dropping another $25 on one of their beers. Digging the smell, but taste is king.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MitchB2
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to Bend to mtb and drink liquid perfection during the central oregon beer fest.

AA had a tasting night at Crows Feet Commons.

We had the free samples of La Tache and Sahali.

They also had El Cuatro for sale.

$6 for a sample.

What the hell, we're on vacation.

I sipped the El Cuatro. The first thing that popped into my brain was:
"This is the best beer I have ever had"

I said nothing.

I slid it over to my GF.

She sipped it.

She said, with no hesitation whatsover, "This is the best beer I have ever had".

Enough said.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 23, 2013.

Appearance - Slight haze to the orange body. Nice white head, with discrete bubbles. Settles to a collar and a few wisps.

Smell - Fascinating aroma. Pale malt. Sweetness. A bit of oak. Some acids. Fruity apples and grape.

Taste - Apply acids. Like a granny Smith. Sweet pale malts. Oak and light bitterness. Some yeasty esters. A hint of that brandy in the back. Booze lingers.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and a bottle sweet. Well carbonated.

Overall - Always a fascinating beer from Ale Apothecary. No exception here. The Brandy barrel keeps this interesting,.even if it's subtle.

Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big huge thank you to Steasy66 for scoring this one for me while in Oregon.

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of bubbly white head that quickly settles to a skim.

Smell. Sweet red apples, fresh oak and light funky yeast, yellow grapes, and some light citrus and floral notes.

Taste. Sweet white grapes, oaky white wine and brandy, some citrus fruit and red apples. Fairly sweet and quite fruity with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong but soft carbonation.

Overall. A very nice nice beer but probably my least fav of the 4 AA beers I've tried.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1: boozier, spicier, heavy brandy notes.

Batch 2: more restrained, a fruity sweetness, more integrated in terms of barrels blended, but a bit too much nail polish remover.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.29.13
Batch: MAR 23 2013
11.12 ABV

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fizzy and foamy off-white head with great retention.

S - Funky, then sweet fruit, peach, apricot, wine grapes.

T - Like the nose, but much more subtle and soft.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light and soft body.

O - Smells great, tast is subtle and soft. Greet beer. I wish I had more!

Photo of anteater
2.57/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Smelled interesting and the first sip definitely say WOW, but I wasn't quite sure if it was in a good or bad way yet. After letting the taste settle a bit, I just found it very unpleasant. Thick and sticky, sour, a bit of alcohol burn and an aftertaste of popsicle sticks. I hate to give an Ale Apothecary beer so lowly because some of their other offerings are out of this world good, but this one just wasn't for me I suppose.

Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Todd.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and specks of lace. Hazy dark golden body. Could use more foam for the style, but not too bad considering the high ABV.

S - You can definitely smell the brandy. Quite boozy, with spicy oak, and funky brett. Gets a bit rough as it approaches room temperature; barrel seems to have overwhelmed the base beer here.

T - The taste is also quite sweet in a brandy sort of way. Less oak, thought there's a light vinous tartness. Again, brett presents in a funky, musty sort of way, but otherwise the base beer doesn't seem to contribute much depth.

M - Surprisingly high, harsh carbonation, medium body, soft texture, and a bit of alcohol warmth to it.

D - The base beer didn't really stand up to the brandy barrel, and as a result there's a lack of depth here. Unlike the other Ale Apothecary offerings the alcohol also makes an appearance. Definitely my least favorite offering from this brewery, although it's still palatable in small quantities.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750mL from Corvallis. WARNING: This one may blow up on you. My bottle was more than happy to gush over.

A: Darkened orange with a fluffy, lasting white head. Some yeast floating around in this one, which is probably a result of the turbulent opening.

N:Well integrated funk and ample white wine grape, oak, lemon zest. Getting some of the brandy with a nice sweet overture. This smells very inviting.

T: Slightly soured, very oaky, and quite sweet. This has a lot of interplay between those elements with some nice cherry and wine grape to add some fruitiness/citrus. Slightly earthy.

M: Medium bodied/slightly full with a round mouthfeel.

O: Overall a really nice addition to Ale Apothecary’s lineup. While not quite as strong as the regular Sahalie I’ve had, this is still worth seeking out. Though it does have a scary high ABV so be warned.

El Cuatro from The Ale Apothecary
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.