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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

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-27-2013 06:31:19 | More by oriolesfan4
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-06-2014 16:05:04 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-26-2012 01:00:07 | More by jfcaa193
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diverite

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-04-2013 13:18:26 | More by diverite
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Pahn

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:26:46 | More by Pahn
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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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pmlondrigan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always like picking up a NEBCO special release. This quad pours translucent deep ruby brown. Kind of a garnet color? The head is light tan and dense, but deminishes quickly. The aroma is familiar. Raisin, cacao, fruity ester, light banana, clove and even a little cardamom. The flavor is less complex. Sweet with brown sugar, molasses, and fuggy raisin reduction. Light flavors of cacao and toffee. The finish is a little sweet, but not really cloying. The mouthfeel is dense but hot, a little hot at least, the alcohol shows itself. While this beer is surely tasty it lacks the complexity of superior examples.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:27:55 | More by pmlondrigan
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-30-2012 01:12:35 | More by acurtis
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-22-2012 19:48:06 | More by huskermike12
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KMcG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-15-2013 14:06:35 | More by ChrisChagnon
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-16-2013 18:52:24 | More by hoppymcgee
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-24-2013 20:40:26 | More by RMoeNay
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-03-2014 01:07:44 | More by pknyc
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Hirshi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-01-2013 19:49:06 | More by Hirshi
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TheHurtMerchant

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-24-2013 00:31:18 | More by TheHurtMerchant
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-14-2013 15:48:07 | More by Hanzo
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-21-2013 17:00:45 | More by jaxon53
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-24-2013 01:41:07 | More by nmann08
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lic217

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-19-2013 00:42:09 | More by lic217
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-21-2012 21:57:51 | More by kaelingirl
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-19-2013 15:01:53 | More by Hugonaut13
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-02-2013 00:00:29 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.