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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Moderately translucent dirty brown in color. Forms the just the slightest bit of head. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma it typical for the style: brown sugar, molasses, raisin. Maybe a touch of leather and a little alcohol. However, the aroma is somewhat weak. Unfortunately, the taste is even weaker, almost to the point of tasting watered down. Starts off with a light candi sugar sweetness. Then dark fruits, plums, along with the aforementioned brown sugar and raisin. Finish is slightly spicy. Medium bodied, but feels thin and watery. Very little carbonation.
I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of the style. That said, this one isn't really a premier example of the style either.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pint .09 fluid oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Liquid comes out sort of a plumb colored red/brown/purpleish color. Blush wine colored highlights when you hold it up to the light and a little bit of particles and sentiment floating around in there. Whiteish fizzy head with very small bubbles goes away almost instantly after the pour. Ok looking beer, nothing too special.

First sniff, wow, pretty good. Not really 100% true to style, but I'm digging it. It's very grapey, like a nice red wine almost. A few other vinous fruits, cherries, plumbs and some dehydrated apricots and figs. Maybe some plumb, peach, and apple skins in there. A little bit of Belgian breadiness, but not much.

Taste is pretty equal to the smell. Again nice plump, ripe red/purple grapes and some other vinous fruits and tannins. Black cherries, figs, dehydrated golden delicious apples. Hints of cinnamon. A wee bit of dark roasted Belgian grains glazed in honey. A hint of pepper at the back end too.

Mouthfeel is really good. Very low carbonation, close to non-existent, but suits the flavors quite well. Heavy body with long lingering flavors. Tries to be smooth, but a little gritty, only slight bitterness with a earthy/fruity dry bitter finish. Really drinkable, but drinks like a quality red wine. Alcohol is very well hidden. I wouldn't guess a 10+% beer on this, I'd say high 7 low 8. Really delicious. Probably a much more Americanized version of the Belgian Style Quad, but I really enjoy it. It's hard for me not to rate it higher.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling at cellar temp poured into a snifter. the beer pours a dark mahogany with minimal beige head. Aroma is molasses brown sugar, and a little bit of bready yeast. I dont get any hops and only a little bit of booze.
First sip reveals a light body with mild almost non existent carbonation. Flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of dark fruit. I also get molassess and brown sugar. The flavor is actually mild, which is surprising but not a problem.
Overall the beer exhibits no nhints of booze or hops and is easily drinkable.
A decent beer that I enjoy, but it seems a little "brown" or malty as a quad. Double Brown Ale anyone?

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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.