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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dope, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Been waiting for this for a year or so. This pours a nice translucent brown. Light smell of toffee. I love the taste of this raisins figs a bit of chocolate and vanilla and maybe some smokiness. This along the Three Philosophers vein just a tad sweeter. Well done!

jimmy82063, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of albertjr21
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter pours a deep and murky mahogany color under a slight but quickly vanishing head. Overall aroma of toasted bread, jammy sweet dark fruit, perhaps raisin or dates...fig...with an influence of oak wood notes. Complex fruit taste (deep woody cherry stands out) plays nicely to the tune of a gentle carbonation. Nicely balanced sweet, sour and tart flavors work out well with a solid foundation of toasted dark malt. Slightly warming but excellently masked abv.

albertjr21, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chestnut brown with lively bubbles of carbonation beneath a thin light tan head that quickly dissolves to leave only faint lacing around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is sweet with malts part nutty and part cocoa and also featuring dark fruits like plum.

The flavor offers toffee sweetness as well as fainter cocoa than the aroma and again and nutty sweetness as well. The dark fruits are again present, more resembling raisins. There is a yeast presence as well as the beer warms.

Medium to fuller in body with medium combination with a unique finish that is part malty sweetness and part alcohol kick from the 10.2% abv.

These Nebco guys are alright. The quad style seems to be open to some different variations on the malt and dark fruit aspects and they seem to have incorporated a couple. It’s a great sipper.

CHADMC3, May 28, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JAHMUR, May 24, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Pahn, May 19, 2012
Photo of markasparov
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

markasparov, May 18, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky brown color. Darker brown but somewhat radiant. Head is not very intense but it rings quite well. The color combination of the tan head and humming brown body makes this quite attractive to look at.

S-Complex nose. Powdered cocoa, dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums), and lingering yeast and spice. A sturdy herbal hop aroma is noticeable too. Alcohol is noticeable but it should be if its a good Quad. Nice depth. Also a bit roasty and smoky.

T-Brown sugar and caramel-dipped plums. Has a Cola component to it as well. Yeast and spice mixes well with the herbal hops. Has some Porter-esque flavors of powdered dark chocolate and coffee beans. Alcohol is masked quite well. Every sip lends a new flavor to examine and enjoy.

M-As big as it is, its surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking. There is a slow-rising alcohol burn, but the body and carbonation make this beer surprisingly easy to imbibe. Heavy and rich but still drinkable.

O/D-This is not my favorite style of beer. However, I love what NEBCO did here. Not nearly as cloying as others I have had of the Quad variety. While this will not crack my Top-5 NEBCO brews, it is still an amazing beer. This brewery is allergic to brewing boring beer. Every time they have a new offering, I get a growler, I drink the growler and I am always happy with the outcome.

VelvetExtract, May 11, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

davey101, May 11, 2012
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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.