Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-04-2014 00:46:08 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a big and dense tan head. Fades slowly, leaving a patchwork of lacing behind.
S: Super fruity. Grapes, cherries and raisin primarily. Not much else.
T: Not as fruity as the smell. Up front there are raisins and cherries. Maybe grape too. Earthy and bready flavors follow up along with some brown sugar and cocoa. A bit of nuttiness and toffee. Some spices round out the finish, almost tastes like cinnamon or ginger maybe.
M: Fairly heavy, low carbonation.
O: A unique and nontraditional quad. It kinda tastes like a quad mixed with a brown ale to be honest. It has that nutty, earthy and toffee aspect of a brown but also fruity and spicy like a quad. Tasty and enjoyable, regardless.
06-21-2012 04:45:22 | More by Dope
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
Pour into a snifter from a 64 oz growler that I just picked up from the brewery. This will be seeing distribution in 500ml bottles.
A - Light brown body that lets some light shine through. A two finger dark khaki head forms but quickly fizzles away leaving behind some faint edging. Nice lacing with some alcoholic legs. I also had this in a plastic cup from the tap and the head stuck around for a lot longer.
S - Burnt dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts, light alcohol notes. Simple but really robust.
T - Loads of dark candied figs and plums. Brown sugar and sweet caramel malts with a chewy toffee finish. Some faint spice and leather notes. Alcohol is really well hidden. Mouth feel is medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation.
O - Not as complex or layered as the Belgians, but just as tasty and enjoyable. This is a really solid beer and I can't wait to grab some bottles.
05-11-2012 01:12:18 | More by davey101
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
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
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
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?
07-28-2014 03:22:04 | More by sulldaddy
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
3.79/5 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
3.78/5 rDev 0%
My first review in over a year.
I've been hanging on to this bottle for over a year, I think it is from their first run of bottles. I'm not sure how many batches they've made, but I know this is one of the first if not the first.
No head. Nothing. Nada. A very vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip and nothing but large bubbles that immediately burst. No lacing on the glass either. The color of the beer is wonderful. A sanguineous hue of garnet or burgundy.
I'm not getting a huge nosefull of smell on this one, but what I am picking up is quite nice. Very sweet and wine-like. Almost a barleywine smell, with a ton of dark fruits.
Like other have said, sweet with a hint of flat cola. Very interesting. A light mouthfeel for a quad.
I like this beer. I don't drink a ton of quads, but I'd certainly like to drink more of this one. Hopefully when the new brewery opens up we'll be seeing much more of this beer and other Belgian style beers from NEBco.
12-02-2013 00:50:15 | More by Lars3
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
16.9oz. bottle poured into a De Struise cervoise.
Appearance: Very dark reddish brown with a 1/2" head that quickly recedes to a faint ring.
Smell: Sweetness of dark fruit, plums and raisin. A hint of alcohol and some Belgian yeast.
Taste: Well executed to style, the dark fruit is present as it is in the aroma. The cola flavor is there also which is present in some quads. There is a little bit of alcoholic heat but that is mostly masked. The only minor complaint is a very faint metallic taste in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very light in body more cola like than creamy; otherwise clean on the palate.
Overall: A solid take on the style, much, much better than most American versions, worth a try.
07-17-2013 00:22:54 | More by BobZ
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.