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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

Friar's QuadFriar's Quad

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BA SCORE
85
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%


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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pmlondrigan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:27:55 | More by pmlondrigan
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Illinois

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-18-2013 01:28:19 | More by Wukk
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Lars3

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first review in over a year.

I've been hanging on to this bottle for over a year, I think it is from their first run of bottles. I'm not sure how many batches they've made, but I know this is one of the first if not the first.

No head. Nothing. Nada. A very vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip and nothing but large bubbles that immediately burst. No lacing on the glass either. The color of the beer is wonderful. A sanguineous hue of garnet or burgundy.

I'm not getting a huge nosefull of smell on this one, but what I am picking up is quite nice. Very sweet and wine-like. Almost a barleywine smell, with a ton of dark fruits.

Like other have said, sweet with a hint of flat cola. Very interesting. A light mouthfeel for a quad.

I like this beer. I don't drink a ton of quads, but I'd certainly like to drink more of this one. Hopefully when the new brewery opens up we'll be seeing much more of this beer and other Belgian style beers from NEBco.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:50:15 | More by Lars3
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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New York

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Connecticut

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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

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Massachusetts

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Connecticut

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Connecticut

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Connecticut

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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz. bottle poured into a De Struise cervoise.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown with a 1/2" head that quickly recedes to a faint ring.

Smell: Sweetness of dark fruit, plums and raisin. A hint of alcohol and some Belgian yeast.

Taste: Well executed to style, the dark fruit is present as it is in the aroma. The cola flavor is there also which is present in some quads. There is a little bit of alcoholic heat but that is mostly masked. The only minor complaint is a very faint metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light in body more cola like than creamy; otherwise clean on the palate.

Overall: A solid take on the style, much, much better than most American versions, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:22:54 | More by BobZ
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Roguer

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:53:13 | More by Roguer
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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.