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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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Friar's QuadFriar's Quad

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-24-2013 01:41:07 | More by nmann08
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-12-2013 03:19:12 | More by Snarf103
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:55:56 | More by KelsoSaaz
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-31-2013 00:34:28 | More by raythealeman
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:10:00 | More by jlindros
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the oversized bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown/black. No foam. Still. Fruity nose, candi sugar scent. Bubblegum too. Taste is very sweet with virtually no carbonation. Somewhat syrupy. hints of chocolate, raisins, cherries, cola. Builds to a boozy, cough syrup taste. Brown sugar. Packs a wallop & a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 12:50:53 | More by KTCamm
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-11-2013 20:53:23 | More by HopsHopenstein
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 18:48:20 | More by mdaschaf
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:27:12 | More by tigg924
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:21:20 | More by woosterbill
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-23-2012 09:55:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:01:00 | More by OtherShoe2
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-03-2012 13:00:39 | More by FalconA
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gamanley

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-13-2012 23:02:14 | More by gamanley
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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-30-2012 14:26:44 | More by halo913
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-30-2012 01:12:35 | More by acurtis
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KMcG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-26-2012 01:29:26 | More by KMcG
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-20-2012 21:27:38 | More by Thomas_Picton
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany / chestnut tone with ruby highlights; aggressive pour yeilds 1 and 1/2" head with middling retention and lacing. nose offers bready malt with fruity esters and some brown sugar. decent, although maybe not as robust as i look for in my quads.

flavor mostly follows the nose with a strong bready maltiness leading the way, joined by the fruit characters, toffee, candi sugar and belgian yeast. not bad. for north of 10% ABV the alcohol is very well-hidden. medium bodied mouthfeel / medium carbonation.

overall, a relatively tasty quad that hold its own. definitely worth a try, as long as one's expectations are in check - rocherfort 10 it is not.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:52:44 | More by BostonHops
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 15:10:42 | More by Durge
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:38:14 | More by johnnnniee
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-10-2012 00:16:45 | More by GeckoPunk
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:04:43 | More by Jwale73
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phorestfreak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-27-2012 11:51:46 | More by phorestfreak
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-22-2012 19:48:06 | More by huskermike12
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.