Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.
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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
4.04/5 rDev +6.9%
A - Extremely dark brown, almost black, completely opaque. Relatively small (~1 1/2 finger) cream-colored head that quickly fades, leaving spotty lacing.
S - Strong initial whiff of prunes and plums, cherries, and Belgian candi and yeast. You can smell the alcohol, especially as it warms.
T - Tons of sweet fruit: plums, dates, and grapes (not unlike wine). Candi sugar, toffee, and maybe a note of liquorice. Strong hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Extremely malty. Complex, but imperfectly balanced.
M - Full mouthfeel, medium-full alcohol esters - again, like wine. Excellent drink to swish in your mouth, really allowing you to savor all the flavors.
O - This is a very good beer. I wouldn't rank it up there with the best quads, but it's a good example of the style. Maybe a bit more fruit-forward than some, and the grape notes are pleasant.
06-30-2013 23:53:13 | More by Roguer
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%
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
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.