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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

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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Photo of Pahn
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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 BostonHops
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

BostonHops, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.8%

alamode, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

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 davey101
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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
Photo of Houser
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Houser, May 12, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

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, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

RMoeNay, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

juliusseizure, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BlackBelt5112203, Dec 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Stum-pub, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

wyatt13, May 30, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +5.8%

1 pint .09 fluid oz bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Liquid comes out sort of a plumb colored red/brown/purpleish color. Blush wine colored highlights when you hold it up to the light and a little bit of particles and sentiment floating around in there. Whiteish fizzy head with very small bubbles goes away almost instantly after the pour. Ok looking beer, nothing too special.

First sniff, wow, pretty good. Not really 100% true to style, but I'm digging it. It's very grapey, like a nice red wine almost. A few other vinous fruits, cherries, plumbs and some dehydrated apricots and figs. Maybe some plumb, peach, and apple skins in there. A little bit of Belgian breadiness, but not much.

Taste is pretty equal to the smell. Again nice plump, ripe red/purple grapes and some other vinous fruits and tannins. Black cherries, figs, dehydrated golden delicious apples. Hints of cinnamon. A wee bit of dark roasted Belgian grains glazed in honey. A hint of pepper at the back end too.

Mouthfeel is really good. Very low carbonation, close to non-existent, but suits the flavors quite well. Heavy body with long lingering flavors. Tries to be smooth, but a little gritty, only slight bitterness with a earthy/fruity dry bitter finish. Really drinkable, but drinks like a quality red wine. Alcohol is very well hidden. I wouldn't guess a 10+% beer on this, I'd say high 7 low 8. Really delicious. Probably a much more Americanized version of the Belgian Style Quad, but I really enjoy it. It's hard for me not to rate it higher.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Benesi88, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

halo913, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

swierczt, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

lic217, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Pete27lax, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

metalgdog, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

wesley14, Jul 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hirshi, Dec 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Thomas_Picton, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

raythealeman, Jan 31, 2013
Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.