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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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Friar's QuadFriar's Quad

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very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: davey101 on 05-11-2012

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.
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Photo of Pahn
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bought the bottle from the brewery (this is the first batch of this beer, which they just released a week or so ago).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a semi-opaque dark ruby. Leaves a few spare streaks of lacing.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and bready malt. Mild plum and brown sugar comes out with time. Good aromas, but too faint.

Taste: Subtle nutty and dark fruity BSDA depth... kind of like figs, lighter flavored nuts, and a touch of leather and clove. Not much aftertaste. Bit of a sickly sweet malty tang in the finish.

The alcohol is hidden exceptionally well, but maybe *too* well. I need something to cut this apple-y sweetness in the end, maybe bitterness or heat. Also, something needs to set these flavors off. You get glimpses of plum and the flavors outlined before, but in general it all gets dominated by sugary sweetness and a kind of unified, bland Belgian yeast and dark candi sugar forward BSDA flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation (very low for the style, but adequate). Neither dry nor sticky/sugary. Good.

Overall: I hate to say it, but this beer is a disappointment from the makers of 668 Neighbor of the Beast. That beer doesn't just stand up to its Belgian counterparts, it compares favorably to many of them (e.g. I'd take 668 over Delirium Tremens or Lucifer any day). Their first shot at a quad really doesn't hold a candle to Belgian BSDAs... it's maybe a notch lower than Unibroue's Maudite.

Decent beer, but less than I would expect from the style, the alcohol content, and the brewer.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.