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Préaris Quadrupel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Préaris QuadrupelPréaris Quadrupel

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very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.8%

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2011)
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Photo of vickersspitfire


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with fermentation floating around making this hazy and murky, the head is a light tan color, very thick and billowy and last for a very long time. The lacing is very thick and absolutely wonderful to look at.
The aroma is filled with dark fruits, fig, grape, and apple.
Malty and sweet, orange zest and brown sugar are the main flavors here. I do pick up some mild raisin tastes.
Crisp and plenty of carbonation, its medium bodied and the alcohol is well presented in this quad.
Smooth, relaxing and easy to drink, this is a good quad, maybe not as complex as others I’ve had but definitely very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:51:03 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/9/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cherry, orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:41:47 | More by superspak
Photo of clayrock81


3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark, ruby red-brown body with decent head and lace patches. The aroma is one of roasted and sweet malts as well as yeast and typical Belgian yeast/spice but not much more complex. The beer hides the ABV and that is great, real smooth and medium bodied, easy to drink, great balance of sugary sweetness and touches of spice and dark fruits (getting something in the figs or raisins area). This is an easy to drink and quite relaxing quad but I just took off points for lack of complexity within the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 22:29:54 | More by clayrock81
Photo of metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with lots of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable because it hides its alcohol very well. I couldn't pick up any flavors of the underlying Quadrupel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:29:55 | More by metter98
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a small snifter from a large bottle.

Hazy dark brown with a durable, creamy, dark tan head that leaves superb lacing.

Very good and typical (if that's possible) aroma, but the flavor is a bit disappointing, especially In the aftertaste where eventually a mildly bitter and burnt flavor is almost all that is left.

Feel: full, or near full, body, medium and very soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:04:50 | More by chinchill
Photo of Underrower


1.56/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Paid $15 for 750 ml bottle. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - What you would expect of a quad, nice and muddy looking. Nice fine small bubbles in the little bit of foam that you get on a pour and lacing left in the glass.

Smell - was supprised. This does not smell like any quad I have had. Sharp, fruity maybe? Not rich and boozy and dark but light, sour smelling.

Taste - at first, coffee and cigarette smoke but only breifly. Not tasting any fruit like I do in other quads. Very quicky it goes to bitter copper pennys and way later long after it is gone the taste can only be described as if I had licked an ashtray. I concede that many folks like a bitter beer and for those folks I would say that the beers flavors go together well and seem cohesive. No weird gaps on the flavor ride or any watery-ness. Unfortunatley, I am unable to find the complexity that others can taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Decent mouthfeel. Not thick or velvety or super slick but nothing at all to complain about.

Overall - Please note that I like the rich, malty, sweet, boozy, dark beers (Gouden Carolus Van De Kaiser Blau, Leffe Brune, St Bernardus 12, Gulden Draak, Marzens, etc.) and I just dont like bitter beers...at all....ever. That being said, this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. Folks that like a huge, bitter, hop presense have a good chance at finding this to be a good quad and not your usual Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:51:33 | More by Underrower
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Hazy deep red. Thick tan head and messy lacing. Looks like a quad should.
smell: Dark sweet fruit. Not terribly complex but very nice quad.
taste: Much like the nose but with some aromatic spice in the finish and a slight peppery burn.
Very interesting and tasty.
overall: Nice quad. Not the best I've had but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:29:47 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Dope


2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dated 27/11/12

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a very large and fluffy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly with decent lacework. Nice island of foam hangs around perpetually.

S: Sweet, sugary dark fruits. Like sniffing pure candied fruits. A little brown sugar and a hint of booze. Reminds me of Rochefort 10 in a way.

T: Hmph. Doesn't taste like dark fruits for sure. Has a very bitter bread crust-like flavor. Heavy and thick breadiness for sure. Brown sugar and cloves. Odd tasting.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Not sure if I got a bad bottle or if this is just a very unusual quad. Tastes like old bread crusts is the best way I can describe it. It pervades everything, lingering forever. I like my bread but this is like old, moldy bread. Drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 05:02:17 | More by Dope
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Quads typically have an enchanting aesthetic, especially when served in the appropriate chalice. Préaris Quadrupel indeed looks rather majestic; it has a sooty black body enlivened by eggplant purple striping and brief, glitzy flashes of clarity and a dignified crowning of white head.

There is never a shortage of flavours in a properly brewed Quad. From smell alone I can already list both roasted and honeyed malts, purple plum and red grapes, raisins and other dried fruits, a wisp of smoke, and a chai-like assortment of spices. So soothing it almost acts as a sedative.

The yeast, ever the center of attention, puts forward a great deal of purple fruits (plums, currants) in the lead role with black licorice and baking spices riding their coattails. The beer also has an impressively rich maltiness that combines with the yeast to create a pleasantly sweet raisin- or pecan-tart flavour and nice breadiness.

Conventional thinking would have it that the higher the alcohol content the more difficult a beer is to drink. Quads turn this assumption on its head. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink; graceful for its size, rich malts and sweet fruitiness are gently tucked under the palate like a warm blanket. Far from piercing, the alcohol has a calming effect, if any.

Both Préaris Quadrupel and Préaris Blond are excellent examples of their respected styles. It looks like one of Belgium’s newest brewers on the scene is showing up the old ones; not only does this national award-winning homebrewer appreciate the time-honoured Belgian brewing methods and styles, he seems to have perfected them.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 20:12:06 | More by biegaman
Photo of stumac


4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Randomly had this because a distributor was trying to sell this to my job. Pours up brown with small off white head. Aromas of slight ethyl alcohol, raspberries, cocoa. Taste is plums, toasty malts, vanilla, dark cherries. Very smooth beer. Can't even taste the 10% booze. Medium bodied. I dig it

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:10:38 | More by stumac
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dirty chocolate brown color with a tight creamy head that dissipates into a frothy cap. Some nice lace action.

The aroma is of a brown bread malt, perhaps some pumpernickel. Some plum fruity notes and a touch of clove.

The taste is of a dark bready malt. Hints of brown sugar. Light carob and a subtle plum fruitiness. Light clove spice. Flavors seem muted for a quad. No off flavors quite enjoyable but lacking the Big Bang quad flavor.

The feel is light to moderate with airy carbonation. It is delightfully sweet on the palate with just a hint of rustic bitterness.

Very easy drinking quad. Lacks some depth but no ill flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:54:33 | More by Gmann
Photo of JohnGo


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown coloured beer with a nice beige creamy head. Full aroma with hints of chocolate and tobacco. There is some sweetness of caramel first but there's some bitter also in the end. Very well balanced for a beer with such a high abv. I had a relative new brew, so I can't judge on the fact that it has some taste evolution after 10 months...
A special beer from a local brewery not far from my place, that won the 'Brouwland' Beer competition, always nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 17:07:26 | More by JohnGo
Photo of DARIVA


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a dark brown beer with a beautiful head.

S: The smells of lemon and grapefruit, also slightly sour.

T: Long bitter aftertaste and very tasteful.

M: Delicious carbonation and a good balance.

O: Good drinkable, with a nice aftertaste.

Surprising beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 16:21:10 | More by DARIVA
Photo of Mar02x


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Gambrinus pub in Brugge.

A - A very dark ale with a beige head on top, which turns in to a fluffy substance rather slow.

S - Fruity hops up front, than comes a yeasty kind of smell and after that the is a touch of pine noticeable.

T - Candy sugar up front, not to much though, just in balance with the other flavors. The body has a full sweet and bitter taste, mixed with floral hops.

M - A medium carbonation and a warming aftertaste.

O - A nice quadruple. a little different than the other ones out-there.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:45:10 | More by Mar02x
Photo of beerpirates


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost zbbey stemware glass

Very dark, opaque, almost black colored pour. Large, light tan, head that is slow to drop and produces a bit of lacing.
Spicy, peppery, molasses and malt aroma. An almost vegetable aroma as well. Peppery spice in the mouth.
Bitter and watered down hop flavor. Dry, bitter back. A little too dry and some of that vegetable aroma is evident in the mouth as well.

Not bad. But not a real quad

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 19:52:36 | More by beerpirates
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During a trip to Brugge in Dec 2011 I had two 33 cl bottles of this brew, the first in t’Brugs Beertje and the second in De Bierboom: this review is of the second bottle, Daisy’s place being too busy to review in.

The original receipt comes from ‘De Vliegende Paard Brouwers’ (Oedelem) but is now brewed by De Proefbrouwerij (Lochristi). Anyway the beer poured a very dark brown colour (almost black) with some ruby hints when held up to the light. The head was a well constructed foam covering of beige coloured bubbles.

In the nose, dark chocolate, caramel and fruit cake: theses being the big three in an aroma of great magnitude and complexity.

The taste was also very complex, with flavours coming at you from all angles: malty, chocolate, toffee, coffee, mixed dried fruits (raisins, oranges, etc, etc), pepper and wintery spices. It had a mini-bitter hop edge towards the end of each sip too!

Even though it sounds (from the smells and taste description I’ve given) rich, heavy and full bodied it isn’t: it’s fairly thin for such a complicated beer, not watery but certainly not creamy or rich in any way. The alcohol content is well hidden and sits nicely within the whole experience of drinking this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 12:17:15 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I stopped into Cambrinus in Brugge on 28SEP11 for a nightcap (or 2!) and saw this on their extensive menu. Coming in 0.33l bottles, at €3.50, it is the winning recipe of a Belgian Homebrew contest held earlier this year.

Poured into a small goblet, it was a deep, dark ruby color. Even held to the light, barely any light could pass through. Head was tan, tight and thin, with a little lacing here and there. Dark fruit and some choco action were noted in the aroma, which was quite inviting. Body was medium-plus, and the feel was chewy smooth.

Slightly sweet at the start, some bitter dark choco also hit the palate. Soon after a medley of dark fruit came into play, with a bit more semi-sweetness. The finish adds a little more choco-bitterness. A lovely bier! Between Cambrinus and 't Brugs Beertje (where it cost €3.75) I had 4 bottles. Likely the best new bier of the trip! Prosit!!

4.38 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 22:11:26 | More by Bierman9
Préaris Quadrupel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.