Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
3.23/5 rDev -14.6%
A curios looking little bottle stared out at me from the shelf at Redstone today and I couldn't help but bring the little fellow home with me. Pours a deep brown with beautiful garnet highlights when held to light and a decent off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Well she's got all the right aromas. Dark fruits, dark sugars, a hint of chocolate and lots of caramel tell me this is a quad. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with a bit of oxidation creeping in. Burnt sugars and caramel mix with a bit of chocolate and ash into the finish. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is a decent enough beer, but frankly nothing special. For the style the carbonation is too low, the body feels a little thin and it leans heavy towards the molasses and burnt sugar end when I would have like to have seen some more raisin, prune, plum flavors. Technically there is nothing wrong with this beer and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but at $9 for 500ml I wouldn't seek it out either.
09-10-2012 00:38:14 | More by johnnnniee
3.25/5 rDev -14%
16.9oz bottle poured into chalice
The body sits a dark brown with no head whatsoever. Some tiny bubbles around the edges, no lacing.
Subtle and clean nose. Figs, raisins, dates. Some mild cocoa notes. Not a whole lot going on.
Some nutty flavors roll over the palate with figs, raisins, and dates through the finish. Mild smoke flavor. This is too clean to compete in this style.
Medium body with low carbonation. Thin for the style.
I look to my quads to be fortifying and strong. This just scratches the surface.
03-03-2013 03:15:18 | More by ColForbinBC
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to a slight ring. No lace.
Some dark fruit and sugar, but not a big nose.
Some rich sweetness up front, but some strong bitterness to follow. This bitter kicks out most of the depth of the beer. Some brown bread crust, some fruit, some seltzer water flavors (but not carbonation). No real booze on the palate.
Full bodied, a little more carbonation than expected.
Not a huge fan. Not hateful, but not a great quad. some big flaw keep this from being great, and reduce it to just ok.
11-10-2012 00:01:00 | More by OtherShoe2
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is reminiscent of earthy banana bread. Boozey with some sweetness. Taste is hot alcohol upfront followed by some breadiness and brown sugar. Some banana and orange peel as well as apple and cherries. Earthy and fruity. Sweet and boozey finish. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, its decent but not something I'd drink often. This may be my last one.
06-26-2012 03:53:19 | More by PicoPapa
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.