Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Another New England offering shared by theTomG. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.
A - Lightly tanned foam settles to nothing at all. Mostly transparent dark amber body.
S - Candi sugar, dark fruits, some red fruits, a touch vinous, with only mild spicy Belgian yeast character to it.
T - Taste is fairly similar, with prunes, dark fruits, candi sugar, plums, cola, a bit of tart apple skin, and some nebulous bready malts. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.
M - Chewy, medium body, with lower carbonation and a sticky finish. Again, not much alcohol heat on the palate.
D - One of the more solid American-made quads I've had, although it's still a pale imitation compared to Trappist offerings. I'd drink this one again, although I wouldn't seek it out. Definitely enjoyed it more than the barleywine.
04-16-2013 16:10:20 | More by MasterSki
3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
A little sad after Pat's lost, so a big abv beer to drown that out, and how about New England beer. No date on it, but I think it's about a year old.
Pours a creamy ish off-white bubbly head that fades semi quickly with the high abv as expected, a bit of spotty lacing, quite clear mahogany brown color with plenty of ruby light sneaking through.
Nose brings aged malts, almost old ale like, sweet malts as well, molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar even, all there but on the lighter side. It has some toasty brown malts that have that soft aged old ale like aroma, just a bit of booze, clean booze, and faint hints of dark fruit. Overall fairly light on the nose.
Taste starts with dark fruits, candied raisin and fig like, then right into sweet flavors, lots of molasses, tons of molasses almost as if they poured some in, almost a molasses based rum flavor as the booze kicks in a bit and brings warming very slightly tingly feel. More sweeteners, brown sugar, candi sugar, syrup, corn syrup flavors like almost startchy corn stalk sugar, etc, and a bit of a nutty toffee flavor. Malts are mostly toasty brown malts, little nutty, touch of caramel, syrupy feeling aside from the flavor, and faint hint of cocoa, as well as the soft aged malt flavor. Finish is still fairly sweet, a bit sticky and syrupy, booze kicks in again at the finish and lingers throughout, lots more molasses, a bit of corn syrup, brown sugar, nutty toffee, and a bit more of the soft brown malts, etc, all lingering.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, decent small bubbly carbonation.
Overall OK, but not great. The flavors are mostly there but in the wrong proportions I think, a bit of a corn stalk flavor, husky almost, fruits are barely there, malts are nice at first but seem to get drowned out by the loads of molasses and syrupy flavors. Booze in right on nice, but I wish there was at least a little hop profile in there somewhere. Not sure if the age on it took away from it a bit either.
01-21-2013 03:10:00 | More by jlindros
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-29-2012 18:48:20 | More by mdaschaf
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
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Found at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, CT this brew shows a dark, transluscent cola color and with a fair, somewhat scattered off-white colored head and some good lacing. The aroma offers deep malt biscuit with a subtle lemon edge and a blackberry-molasses sweetness. Pleasant and suggests a refreshing mouthful to come. The first mouthful does bring a wild burst of elderberry, currant and plum with some light licorice malt. It maintains a refreshing effect throughout, though the feel is more velvetty, mid-plus bodied than I expected. This is a flavorful bugger, but is arguably a bit cloying in my estimation. I wasn't anxious to motor through it after the first few mouthfuls. It's lightly carbonated with a mild booze background. I would call this a “medicinal” flavored concoction. Probably not for every occasion but definitely an artful bit of beer crafting.
09-12-2012 15:10:42 | More by Durge
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a brownish-plum hue with ruby red highlights at the base when backlit. Head is fizzy and cream-colored and quickly dissipates from a 1.5 inch head to a thin, tight band around the shoulders in a matter of seconds. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses dark fruit (sugar plums and currants), some cocoa notes and a trace of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit too sweet - there's definitely a sugary character to this beer. There's also a slight acidity, but it's really just an aside to the other qualities. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation that leaves a light, residual prickle on the tongue. Overall, closer to a BSDA than a Quad in my opinion - too sweet and lacking some of the complexity you tend to see in Belgian counterparts. That said, it's still a tasty brew with a well-hidden abv. I wouldn't mind the opportunity to try this on tap.
09-10-2012 00:04:43 | More by Jwale73
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
3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
16.9 oz. bottle. Served at cellar temp.
Garnet-maroon body. Clear. Thick finger of light sandy-beige head. Some lacing. Lots of fruity sweetness on the nose. Concord grape jam is at the center of it. Caramel syrup, figs, rum, and a hint of woody bitterness.
Plum and grape skin tannic bitterness and woodiness up front. Jammy grape sweetness quickly swoops in and gets behind the wheel. Figs and singed caramel flit about. Slight herbal note sits in the background. Rummy alcohol comes on near the finish, providing warmth and some spicy, peppery jabs. More grape jam in the finish with lingering vegetal, tannic bitterishness. Medium-bodied, with a slick feel. Needs a little more complexity, depth, and body to get up to the level of the great quads, but this one is not bad.
03-10-2013 02:07:32 | More by alexgash
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
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
4/5 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.