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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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Friar's QuadFriar's Quad

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davey101 on 05-11-2012

A Belgian-style ale whose flavor is as bold as my wide's meatloaf - and four times as tasty, *b'dump-tssssh* But I kid, folks. This ale is a real mensch. We're here all week.
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bought the bottle from the brewery (this is the first batch of this beer, which they just released a week or so ago).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a semi-opaque dark ruby. Leaves a few spare streaks of lacing.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and bready malt. Mild plum and brown sugar comes out with time. Good aromas, but too faint.

Taste: Subtle nutty and dark fruity BSDA depth... kind of like figs, lighter flavored nuts, and a touch of leather and clove. Not much aftertaste. Bit of a sickly sweet malty tang in the finish.

The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well, but maybe *too* well. I need something to cut this apple-y sweetness in the end, maybe bitterness or heat. Also, something needs to set these flavors off. You get glimpses of plum and the flavors outlined before, but in general it all gets dominated by sugary sweetness and a kind of unified, bland Belgian yeast and dark candi sugar forward BSDA flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation (very low for the style, but adequate). Neither dry nor sticky/sugary. Good.

Overall: I hate to say it, but this beer is a disappointment from the makers of 668 Neighbor of the Beast. That beer doesn't just stand up to its Belgian counterparts, it compares favorably to many of them (e.g. I'd take 668 over Delirium Tremens or Lucifer any day). Their first shot at a quad really doesn't hold a candle to Belgian BSDAs... it's maybe a notch lower than Unibroue's Maudite.

Decent beer, but less than I would expect from the style, the alcohol content, and the brewer.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, minimal head, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: dark bread, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol

Taste: follows the nose--dark bread, dark fruit--maybe plum, brown sugar, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: One of my favorite beers so far from New England brewing. This is a nice and complex quad that hits all the flavors you would expect in a quad. Makes a nice holiday beer. I will look for this the next time I am in Connecticut.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had when it was first released in 2012. Picked it up from the brewery after I got out of classes at SCSU. Finally going through my notes and putting the NEBCo beers on the system. Overall wasn't very impressed with it, but was nice to drink.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown with a decent one finger head on top, thick foamy bubbles forming with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, a little banana/estery aroma, some brown sugar, chocolate, and a little plum.

T: Slightly sweet and fruity, some plum and a little cherry with some caramel, brown sugar and a little chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly sweet.

O: A nice little quad, tough to go again at that price point, bit glad to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown, almost black, completely opaque. Relatively small (~1 1/2 finger) cream-colored head that quickly fades, leaving spotty lacing.

S - Strong initial whiff of prunes and plums, cherries, and Belgian candi and yeast. You can smell the alcohol, especially as it warms.

T - Tons of sweet fruit: plums, dates, and grapes (not unlike wine). Candi sugar, toffee, and maybe a note of liquorice. Strong hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Extremely malty. Complex, but imperfectly balanced.

M - Full mouthfeel, medium-full alcohol esters - again, like wine. Excellent drink to swish in your mouth, really allowing you to savor all the flavors.

O - This is a very good beer. I wouldn't rank it up there with the best quads, but it's a good example of the style. Maybe a bit more fruit-forward than some, and the grape notes are pleasant.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the oversized bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown/black. No foam. Still. Fruity nose, candi sugar scent. Bubblegum too. Taste is very sweet with virtually no carbonation. Somewhat syrupy. hints of chocolate, raisins, cherries, cola. Builds to a boozy, cough syrup taste. Brown sugar. Packs a wallop & a lot going on.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Been waiting for this for a year or so. This pours a nice translucent brown. Light smell of toffee. I love the taste of this raisins figs a bit of chocolate and vanilla and maybe some smokiness. This along the Three Philosophers vein just a tad sweeter. Well done!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.