Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 20 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: davey101 on 05-11-2012)
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Reviews by pmlondrigan:
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always like picking up a NEBCO special release. This quad pours translucent deep ruby brown. Kind of a garnet color? The head is light tan and dense, but deminishes quickly. The aroma is familiar. Raisin, cacao, fruity ester, light banana, clove and even a little cardamom. The flavor is less complex. Sweet with brown sugar, molasses, and fuggy raisin reduction. Light flavors of cacao and toffee. The finish is a little sweet, but not really cloying. The mouthfeel is dense but hot, a little hot at least, the alcohol shows itself. While this beer is surely tasty it lacks the complexity of superior examples.

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  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.

Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KMcG
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Photo of ChrisChagnon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.