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El Cuatro - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 52
Gots: 18 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.12% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

EL CUATRO is made of barley and caramel malts co-mingling with lactobacillus and brettanomyces. After brewing and conditioning, the beer is transferred into brandy & whiskey barrels to age for over a year during an extended Brettanomyces Lambicus fermentation. Prior to bottling, the beer is blended with a small portion of year-old SAHALIE. The only hops added to this beer arrive from the aged SAHALIE. 
The brandy barrels and wild yeast fermentation give EL CUATRO a plum & cherry fruitiness balanced by the slight toast of the malt body.

ABV varies by batch:

5/2/2015 = 8.79%
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Reviews by ccrida:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of MitchB2
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

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El Cuatro from The Ale Apothecary
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