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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

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
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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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:45:22 | More by Dope
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-21-2013 14:49:53 | More by DrinkSlurm
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-23-2012 09:55:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:01:00 | More by OtherShoe2
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-16-2013 18:52:24 | More by hoppymcgee
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-29-2012 21:28:02 | More by HopStoopid120
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mltobin

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-04-2014 00:58:31 | More by mltobin
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-06-2014 01:00:26 | More by ystazi
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-26-2012 22:35:37 | More by Gregwa
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-03-2013 01:10:55 | More by CTJman
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-02-2012 02:43:38 | More by polishkaz
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2013 20:05:07 | More by Soneast
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a thin layer of head. Aroma is reminiscent of earthy banana bread. Boozey with some sweetness. Taste is hot alcohol upfront followed by some breadiness and brown sugar. Some banana and orange peel as well as apple and cherries. Earthy and fruity. Sweet and boozey finish. Lightly carbonated and medium bodied. Overall, its decent but not something I'd drink often. This may be my last one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:53:19 | More by PicoPapa
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-03-2014 01:07:44 | More by pknyc
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-07-2012 02:18:07 | More by steve8robin
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-04-2012 01:31:25 | More by alamode
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Pahn

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-29-2012 02:55:02 | More by johnnyboy76
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:40:59 | More by CHADMC3
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gueuzegossage

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-28-2013 22:28:11 | More by gueuzegossage
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.