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Friar's Quad - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

diverite, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.25/5  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.

ColForbinBC, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

duceswild, Feb 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

oline73, Feb 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Early 2012 bottle, though no date to be found, poured into NEBCO tulip.

A: Pours a deep mahogany - amber that shows when held up to the light. Free floating sediment. Fine, tan, 1.5 finger head.

S: Boozy, dark fruits, cherry and fig especially, sweet bread and molasses with Belgian sugars.

T: Dark fruit: cherry, raisin and fig that start sweet then fade to slightly tart, with warm brown sugar, honey, and sherry flavors towards the finish. Belgian and chocolate malts with little hop bitterness. It hides its alcohol very well, with only a nice warming sensation to hint at its high abv.

M: Heavy yet smooth, chewy, syrupy with low carbonation and warm booziness.

O: One of the better Quads, though not quite on Rochefort 10's level. NEBCO continues to please with this one. This beer is great for holiday meals and for fighting off cold winter weather. Worth seeking out IMO.

KelsoSaaz, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

raythealeman, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little sad after Pat's lost, so a big abv beer to drown that out, and how about New England beer. No date on it, but I think it's about a year old.

Pours a creamy ish off-white bubbly head that fades semi quickly with the high abv as expected, a bit of spotty lacing, quite clear mahogany brown color with plenty of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose brings aged malts, almost old ale like, sweet malts as well, molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar even, all there but on the lighter side. It has some toasty brown malts that have that soft aged old ale like aroma, just a bit of booze, clean booze, and faint hints of dark fruit. Overall fairly light on the nose.

Taste starts with dark fruits, candied raisin and fig like, then right into sweet flavors, lots of molasses, tons of molasses almost as if they poured some in, almost a molasses based rum flavor as the booze kicks in a bit and brings warming very slightly tingly feel. More sweeteners, brown sugar, candi sugar, syrup, corn syrup flavors like almost startchy corn stalk sugar, etc, and a bit of a nutty toffee flavor. Malts are mostly toasty brown malts, little nutty, touch of caramel, syrupy feeling aside from the flavor, and faint hint of cocoa, as well as the soft aged malt flavor. Finish is still fairly sweet, a bit sticky and syrupy, booze kicks in again at the finish and lingers throughout, lots more molasses, a bit of corn syrup, brown sugar, nutty toffee, and a bit more of the soft brown malts, etc, all lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, decent small bubbly carbonation.

Overall OK, but not great. The flavors are mostly there but in the wrong proportions I think, a bit of a corn stalk flavor, husky almost, fruits are barely there, malts are nice at first but seem to get drowned out by the loads of molasses and syrupy flavors. Booze in right on nice, but I wish there was at least a little hop profile in there somewhere. Not sure if the age on it took away from it a bit either.

jlindros, Jan 21, 2013
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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.

KTCamm, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, minimal head, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: dark bread, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol

Taste: follows the nose--dark bread, dark fruit--maybe plum, brown sugar, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: One of my favorite beers so far from New England brewing. This is a nice and complex quad that hits all the flavors you would expect in a quad. Makes a nice holiday beer. I will look for this the next time I am in Connecticut.

tigg924, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, unlabeled, brewery-aged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for giving me one of these after already opening one to share during my last visit to NEBCO.

A: Clear deep persimmon body glows radiantly when held up to light; above is an inch of frothy off-white head that settles into a sticky ring and leaves plenty of lace. Excellent.

S: Rich, complex aroma comprised of burnt bread, raisins, prunes, hazelnuts, chocolate and faint alcohol. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose: great balance of sweet and toasted malts with rich dark fruits, backed up with some earthy bitterness and warming alcohol. Tastes very authentically Belgian - almost incredibly so for an American Quad.

M: Smooth, creamy, and thick. Very frothy and decadent.

O: I enjoyed this beer just fine when it came out, but I didn't think it measured up to the greats in this venerable style. After a few months in a bottle, though, things have changed entirely. I know a group of knowledgable drinkers did a blind Quad tasting and placed this second, behind St. Bernardus Abt 12 and ahead of Westvleteren 12 and a host of others. I'd have to have it side-by-side with those myself to make a similar claim, but my sense memory takes me back to Rochefort when I drink this - it reminds specifically of a blend of Rochefort 8 and 10 that I did on a day trip to the town. It was a waste of time compared to Brussels and Payottenland, but it's hard to hate drinking lots of great Trappist brews. The fact that my local brewery has put out a beer that involuntarily takes me back to Belgium - well, that's just great.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 23, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

FalconA, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

gamanley, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

halo913, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KMcG, Sep 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Thomas_Picton, Sep 20, 2012
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.