Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +19%
750ml, unlabeled, brewery-aged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for giving me one of these after already opening one to share during my last visit to NEBCO.
A: Clear deep persimmon body glows radiantly when held up to light; above is an inch of frothy off-white head that settles into a sticky ring and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent.
S: Rich, complex aroma comprised of burnt bread, raisins, prunes, hazelnuts, chocolate and faint alcohol. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose: great balance of sweet and toasted malts with rich dark fruits, backed up with some earthy bitterness and warming alcohol. Tastes very authentically Belgian - almost incredibly so for an American Quad.
M: Smooth, creamy, and thick. Very frothy and decadent.
O: I enjoyed this beer just fine when it came out, but I didn't think it measured up to the greats in this venerable style. After a few months in a bottle, though, things have changed entirely. I know a group of knowledgable drinkers did a blind Quad tasting and placed this second, behind St. Bernardus Abt 12 and ahead of Westvleteren 12 and a host of others. I'd have to have it side-by-side with those myself to make a similar claim, but my sense memory takes me back to Rochefort when I drink this - it reminds specifically of a blend of Rochefort 8 and 10 that I did on a day trip to the town. It was a waste of time compared to Brussels and Payottenland, but it's hard to hate drinking lots of great Trappist brews. The fact that my local brewery has put out a beer that involuntarily takes me back to Belgium - well, that's just great.
12-02-2012 05:21:20 | More by woosterbill
4.36/5 rDev +15.3%
Early 2012 bottle, though no date to be found, poured into NEBCO tulip.
A: Pours a deep mahogany - amber that shows when held up to the light. Free floating sediment. Fine, tan, 1.5 finger head.
S: Boozy, dark fruits, cherry and fig especially, sweet bread and molasses with Belgian sugars.
T: Dark fruit: cherry, raisin and fig that start sweet then fade to slightly tart, with warm brown sugar, honey, and sherry flavors towards the finish. Belgian and chocolate malts with little hop bitterness. It hides its alcohol very well, with only a nice warming sensation to hint at its high abv.
M: Heavy yet smooth, chewy, syrupy with low carbonation and warm booziness.
O: One of the better Quads, though not quite on Rochefort 10's level. NEBCO continues to please with this one. This beer is great for holiday meals and for fighting off cold winter weather. Worth seeking out IMO.
02-12-2013 02:55:56 | More by KelsoSaaz
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
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!
06-03-2012 23:45:08 | More by jimmy82063
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a murky chestnut brown with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath a thin light tan head that quickly dissolves to leave only faint lacing around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is sweet with malts part nutty and part cocoa and also featuring dark fruits like plum.
The flavor offers toffee sweetness as well as fainter cocoa than the aroma and again and nutty sweetness as well. The dark fruits are again present, more resembling raisins. There is a yeast presence as well as the beer warms.
Medium to fuller in body with medium combination with a unique finish that is part malty sweetness and part alcohol kick from the 10.2% abv.
These Nebco guys are alright. The quad style seems to be open to some different variations on the malt and dark fruit aspects and they seem to have incorporated a couple. It’s a great sipper.
05-28-2012 01:40:59 | More by CHADMC3
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
A-Pours a murky brown color. Darker brown but somewhat radiant. Head is not very intense but it rings quite well. The color combination of the tan head and humming brown body makes this quite attractive to look at.
S-Complex nose. Powdered cocoa, dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums), and lingering yeast and spice. A sturdy herbal hop aroma is noticeable too. Alcohol is noticeable but it should be if its a good Quad. Nice depth. Also a bit roasty and smoky.
T-Brown sugar and caramel-dipped plums. Has a Cola component to it as well. Yeast and spice mixes well with the herbal hops. Has some Porter-esque flavors of powdered dark chocolate and coffee beans. Alcohol is masked quite well. Every sip lends a new flavor to examine and enjoy.
M-As big as it is, its surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking. There is a slow-rising alcohol burn, but the body and carbonation make this beer surprisingly easy to imbibe. Heavy and rich but still drinkable.
O/D-This is not my favorite style of beer. However, I love what NEBCO did here. Not nearly as cloying as others I have had of the Quad variety. While this will not crack my Top-5 NEBCO brews, it is still an amazing beer. This brewery is allergic to brewing boring beer. Every time they have a new offering, I get a growler, I drink the growler and I am always happy with the outcome.
05-11-2012 02:22:02 | More by VelvetExtract
4.04/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
06-30-2013 23:53:13 | More by Roguer
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-26-2012 16:27:12 | More by tigg924
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.