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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

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

lic217, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Wukk, Dec 18, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Lars3, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 02, 2013
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Hirshi, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

TheHurtMerchant, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ChrisChagnon, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Benesi88, Nov 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Stum-pub, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DrinkSlurm, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

The_GrassHOPper, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

burymeinhops, Oct 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Pete27lax, Sep 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

gueuzegossage, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BobZ
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

BobZ, Jul 17, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

Roguer, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

RMoeNay, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Soneast, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

wyatt13, May 30, 2013
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metalgdog, May 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

ShanePB, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaxon53, Apr 21, 2013
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Hugonaut13, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

hoppymcgee, Apr 16, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

MasterSki, Apr 16, 2013
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.