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Préaris Quadrupel - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2011

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Underrower
1.63/5  rDev -58.8%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 10/11/14

Appearance - Pours dark auburn brown with a khaki 2-finger head. Fair retention, dying to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is mostly spotty with some streaks here and there. Good stick.

Smell - Not much. Lightly tart with some dark, fruity, sugary sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not much punch in the flavor, instead opting for moderate subtlety. Dark fruit hitting on fig and plum with a touch of raisin sweetness and a sweet, sugary backbone. Hops appear mildly near the finish with a leafy, floral bitterness. Faint tartness appears in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Not overtly syrupy as most quads - for me this is a plus.

Overall - Decent brew, but ultimately lacks the strength of flavor and sophistication shown in the premier examples of the style. It is, in the least, a very drinkable, approachable quad that might make for a great introductory drink into the style.

Photo of Mar02x
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
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.
Smell:
The aroma is filled with dark fruits, fig, grape, and apple.
Taste:
Malty and sweet, orange zest and brown sugar are the main flavors here. I do pick up some mild raisin tastes.
Mouthfeel:
Crisp and plenty of carbonation, its medium bodied and the alcohol is well presented in this quad.
Overall:
Smooth, relaxing and easy to drink, this is a good quad, maybe not as complex as others I’ve had but definitely very smooth.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99. If I'm deciphering correctly, this was bottled 11/27/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque burgandy hued chestnut with a rocky three fingers of head that rises above the rim of the glass. A thin layer of bubbles remains throughout, leaving several small spots of lace. At any point a quick swirl of the glass easily recreates about an eighth inch frothy cap.

Smells of grape juice, caramel, sour cherry, vague fruits, a strangely milky note and a good bit of oxidation.

Again in the taste I get a strong dose of grape followed by raisin, brown sugar, tart cherries, cocoa, caramel, a woodsy earthy note, a slightly vegital mild bitterness, some obvious oxidation and a little booze.

The two plus years of cellaring shows in the texture. Vaguely creamy, medium body with an airy but lively carbonation. Finishes with dark fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast and a faint lingering bitterness.

Préaris Quadrupel may not break any new ground but it is still a solid representation of the style.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark, but clear, reddish-copper hue with 3-4 inch light tan head with excellent retention.
S: Soft bready yeast, sweet caramel malt, honey and melon, raisin, and a hint of brown sugar. Given time to let this settle a bit, herbaceous hops (e.g. mint) emerge.
T: Cola and brown sugar up front, darker caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and a hint of pepper and honey. Doesn't keep up with the promising appearance and aroma. Bummer.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Sweet, then turns bitter with an off-putting lingering bitterness. Too strong of a hop presence here, especially given the style.
D: Started promising, but then took a flop.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of De Proefbrouwerij's Prearis Quadruple a couple months ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a Belgian Quad and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/23/14. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice look to it and I thought it was a little eye catching. It poured a murky brown color that barely let any light through which made for some red hues around the edges with almost two fingers worth of chunky tan head that died done to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Quad, I just wish the color wasn't so murky.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up with some nice aged malt, sweet malt, caramel aromas with caramel seeming to stick out most. Up next comes just a slight bit of fruity Belgian yeast with some light spices showing up in the background. This beer has a good aroma, I like the big caramel aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma being the first to show up with the caramel aspects sticking out the most, but as a whole they are much lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a slight bit of that fruity Belgian yeast and a little bit of bitterness with a caramel and slightly fruity aftertaste. This is a ok tasting beer, the flavors were a lot lighter than I thought they would be.

M- fairly smooth, pretty crisp, not too sweet, alcohol well hidden, on the light side of being full bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish the carbonation was toned down.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of a quad especially for being brewed in Belgian, I expected much more out of the taste than I got and in the end I just wanted more out of this beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, pretty crisp, not too sweet, alcohol was well hidden, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job of holding my attention, halfway through my first glass and I was already bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, hands down that was the best aspect of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste, it was just much lighter than it should be. I wouldn't buy this beer again, i would much rather have a smaller bottle of a much better Belgian Quad. I can't say I would recommend it, it just can't hold it's own against some of the better Quads. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it just didn't have all the things that I look for in the style, but since it's a year old maybe age was a factor, but as far as I can tell beers like this should hold up pretty well. This didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, but I'm still interested in trying more of their beer, especially the sours and it's very average for the style. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use some work, better luck next time guys.

Photo of patre_tim
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with an amber yellow tinge when held to the light, little visible carbonation, cloudy with fine particles of presumably yeast. Large 3 fingers of beige orange cream tinged head containing predominately fine foamy bubbles, and a few larger ones. Good head retention, solid foam left on the glass.


S: Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, dates, snow, molasses, wood.


T: Light sweetness, good alcohol, molasses, snow, little background fruitiness, coffee, slight smokiness.


M: Medium thick body, light syrup, very little carbonation.


O: BBD: 27/03/16, drank on 19/12/14. Presumably since this beer is retired, its been around. Tastes oxidized, and not at its prime, though I never had a chance to have it younger. Got on Wishbeer.com, drank in Chiang Mai.

Photo of beerpirates
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of stumac
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of utfiero
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- cloudy brown ruby. Huge head.

Aroma- coffee, chocolate, dates with hint of hazelnut.

Taste- Starts with a complex mild blend of Christmas cake, raisins, and nuts smoothed by chocolate softness in the mid-body then finishes with a beautiful roasted malt with subtle chocolate coffee tones.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/3/2013.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark, turbid, date-brown coloring with a foamy, filmy, clingy, off-white head that starts out tall, but settles out into a surface coating. Aromas of rich sweet notes, including date, fig, plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and a spice blend of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and clove. There are some chocolate and coffee notes in there, too. Very layered aromas. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with a blast of date and fig up front, providing bits of tart sweet amidst all the heavy richness. There is a backbone of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and molasses that is heavy and consistent throughout, providing a depth to the beer. The spices present on the nose take a definitive back seat on the palate, providing little more than accents here and there. The body is robust and smooth, with a subtle edge towards the end providing by the carbonation, which is working hard on an obvious losing battle to the mass of this brew. The aftertaste is roasty and tangy sweet throughout, with old world fruit blending with the chocolate and caramel. The aftertaste has a decent linger to it, throughout the smooth, slick finish. Decent beer. The increased ABV is hidden very well throughout.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Kuaff
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature. Production date of 09/10/13.

Prearis pours a dark, somewhat brackish burgundy with a creamy three-finger head billowing up high. Carbonation streams are visible and ample.

I smell maple, cherries, prunes, raisins, and vanilla in the aroma. There also might be a bit of a spicy dark fruitcake thing going on.

Cherries, figs, chocolate, and licorice are the initial flavors I pick up. Skip to the finish and there's a mix of somewhat bitter, earthy leatheriness and some fairly boozy breadiness. It's quite roasty, too.

The feel is pretty good. Filled out with medium to high carbonation.

An unusual quadruple that I could mistake for a fruity oak barrel-aged imperial stout if I took a sip blindfolded.

Photo of Dope
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of lmaduells
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer that should greatly improve

Photo of JohnGo
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is clear dark reddish brown with a massive thick creamy head that lingers for a long time before slumping into a foamy island. Sticky lacing marks each sip. Smell is Belgian yeast, stone fruit, caramel and a bit of booze. Flavor is complex, as I would expect from a quad. It has layers of malt and stone fruit, followed by raisins and spice with a mildly bitter finish of hops and a bite of alcohol. Body is medium/full with ample carbonation. It is very creamy and drinkable for a 10% ABV.
Overall, it is a very good quad - not quite great, but a fine offering nonetheless.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 25 Mar 2014. $8.99 for a 750ml.

Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Préaris Quadrupel from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.