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FiringsQuad - Alpine Beer Company

FiringsQuad
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86
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%


Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: hamilton23 on 07-22-2012)
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notchucknorris

California

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Pours a dark brown almost cola color with a thin cream colored head. Leaves a few spots of lacing down the glass.

S: Candi sugar, Belgian yeast and some dark fruit. Alcohol is pretty evident as well.

T: Very similar to the smell. Dark fruit and Belgian yeast with some brown sugar and a hint of plum. Mouthfeel is way thinner than I expect from an 11 percenter. Definitely not a bad try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 21:54:11 | More by notchucknorris
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Toronado. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Transparent ruby body.

S - It's Belgian alright - tons of anise, candi sugar, dark bread, spicy yeast, and eye-stinging alcohol.

T - Again, heavy on the anise, candi sugar, dark bread, caraway seeds, and red fruits, with a tad less alcohol than the aroma.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, chewy texture, dry finish, and surprisingly little warming considering how present the alcohol is in the taste. Moderate-to-low carbonation level.

D - This is quite boozy at this stage, but I also find Rochefort 10 pretty hot out of the gate so I imagine there is aging potential for this one. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid quad and a surprisingly good American take on the style. Still, it took a number of us to finish the tulip.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 15:12:02 | More by MasterSki
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms 4th Anniversary party. Taster glass.

A: Pours a clear, amber-tinted brown, greyish head with so-so retention and no lacing.

S: Dark dried fruit, plum, brown sugar, and spicy malt meld nicely. A little red fruit as it warms.

T: Similar as the smell, fruity esters, finishing mostly dry and with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is a bit noticeable as well.

M: Very light carbonation and medium body.

O: Pretty solid effort for a quad. Not to the level of the better off-the-shelf Belgians, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 05:07:15 | More by pmarlowe
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick after each sip. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but fairly strong.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:22:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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hamilton23

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description from Alpine's blog: “FiringsQuad” is a Belgian Quadruple and is going to come in at 11 % abv. Its dark, it has plenty of dark Belgian candy sugar in it. The flavors and aromas of rich, dark fruity-esters backed with sweet malt complexity and the spiciness of the Belgian yeast will surely appeal to those who crave big, dark Belgian beers. We anticipate “FiringsQuad” to be out in about three weeks. We have it on good authority that the recipe is very much like the finest of Belgian Quadruple made at the monasteries of Europe.

A: Chestnut brown with a bit of tan head
S: Belgian yeast, dried fruit and some spices
T: Slightly sweet on the front end with a finish that included notes of nutmeg and coriander.
M: Nicely carbonated with a somewhat dry finish

They will be bottling this beer shortly. I will be interested to see if age will change the characteristics of this beer in the same way Westy 12 and Roche 10 does.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 19:33:58 | More by hamilton23
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rand

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler to chalice

Aged about 6 months

A: Dark amber in color, scant evidence of carbonation as the viscous liquid leaves no lacing anywhere on the glass.

S: Nice strong bouquet. Lots of tropical and candied fruits at the front, playing off notes of holiday spice. Anise, toffee surround the bouquet. Plenty of alcohol volatiles usher the sweet scents, leading to pronounced aromas.

T: The toffee notes leap to the front, followed quickly by the various flavors of ripe fruit. Banana, apple, papaya and guava - quite pronounced. There profile has an edge of holiday spice - nutmeg, clove, cinnamon - that blend well with notes of anise and butterscotch. Hops actually play a role here, more than usual for the style, and work to dry the palate towards the end of the swallow. Ends with a short, sweet finish.

M: Rich and chewy, but not overly so given the ABV. There's enough carbonation to cut down on the sticky complexion.

A nice stab at the style, and I like the hop presence. I wouldn't call it a "hoppy beer", but given that this is Alpine it's fitting you can actually detect the hop notes. Overall, this is a tasty brew I'd look for again.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2012 07:01:07 | More by rand
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srandycarter

California

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Watered down cola color, fairly clear, nice very light brown head leaves slowly, not much cling.

S - Big Belgian yeast character, sweet and full of tropical fruit. That juicy fruit gum is there.

T - Very similar to smell. Possibly sweeter than the smell implied, but knocked pretty well with the hops.

M - Medium to heavy body, good balance, carb lower than I would have liked.

D - A very tasty brew. Nice offering from the dudes up the street.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2012 02:55:03 | More by srandycarter
FiringsQuad from Alpine Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.