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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

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davey101 on 05-11-2012

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.
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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Moderately translucent dirty brown in color. Forms the just the slightest bit of head. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma it typical for the style: brown sugar, molasses, raisin. Maybe a touch of leather and a little alcohol. However, the aroma is somewhat weak. Unfortunately, the taste is even weaker, almost to the point of tasting watered down. Starts off with a light candi sugar sweetness. Then dark fruits, plums, along with the aforementioned brown sugar and raisin. Finish is slightly spicy. Medium bodied, but feels thin and watery. Very little carbonation.
I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of the style. That said, this one isn't really a premier example of the style either.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling at cellar temp poured into a snifter. the beer pours a dark mahogany with minimal beige head. Aroma is molasses brown sugar, and a little bit of bready yeast. I dont get any hops and only a little bit of booze.
First sip reveals a light body with mild almost non existent carbonation. Flavor is malty and sweet with a bit of dark fruit. I also get molassess and brown sugar. The flavor is actually mild, which is surprising but not a problem.
Overall the beer exhibits no nhints of booze or hops and is easily drinkable.
A decent beer that I enjoy, but it seems a little "brown" or malty as a quad. Double Brown Ale anyone?

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of PicoPapa
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.

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.