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Brewers' Cut Black Quadrupel - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: genitempo on 10-12-2012)
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4/5  rDev 0%

Sammy, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

djrn2, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

acurtis, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

kjkinsey, Oct 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

ygtbsm94, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

Well, I guess after the Black IPAs, the Black Tripels, the Black Wits, and Black Saisons, the Black Quad was inevitable. I'm not gonna argue. This stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises clove, black pepper, light cocoa powder, fig, light dark fruits, and a tiny wisp of brandy. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cinnamon, light vanilla bean, more fig, and some extra red grapes (alright, I assume brandy is made from red grapes...I could be wrong...). The darker malts really don't exert themselves too much, but they're definitely palpable in there in a nicely semi-subtle way. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly velvety feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that shows that you can make an off-kilter version of a style without completely destroying the sense of the original style. Good times, indeed.

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and dark fruit. The fruit notes come through very strongly. I get some cherries and raisins. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of caramel and roasted malt, as well as some chocolate and a hint of coffee. I also get some cherry notes, as well as a good amount of alcohol. The beer is very sweet and has some brown sugar character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

duceswild, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bsuedekum, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown/nearly black color. A tiny tan head form, and recedes in a second. Not much lace either.
S: Very aromatic. At first I get a black current kind of aroma, followed by liquorish. Dark fruits of plums and cherries and light chocolate lingering on the nose. Excellent.
S: Follows the nose with the black current and liquorish flavor up front. Reminds me of Unibroue 17th Anniversary. Though not quite as intense as that. Dark fruits of plums and cherries. Some bitter chocolate in the finish. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation as well that is pretty smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will be coming back to this a lot if I can get more bottles.

This is well made. With all the new breweries that are doing so many new things, it is great to see one of the Godfathers of Texas micro brews reminding everyone that they are still one of the best in the Lone Star State.

champ103, Nov 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1648th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass
12oz

Best by 10.08.13
Thanks to lnashsig for this one.

App- This poured out a deep brown color. Maybe tended a little in the center to look a little black. A good density and then trailed off at the edges. The head was a small 1/2" with a slow receding look but didnt leave lace or cling.

Smell- Well I am really not sure how to disect all this. The base quad is there. Some deep dark fruits and a little bit of sweetness. Then a bit of the malts come in and add like a small anise. A little bit of a mish mash but still nice.

Taste- Its tasty but just slightly above average for me. This was a good bit of sweetness and then quad came in. Dark fruits a little bit of sugar and then parlayed over into a malty bite with a bit of a Wookey Jack flavor.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side and then with a medium carbonation. The residual flavors are that of dark fruits and a bit of sweetness.

Drink- Just okay. Was hoping for a bit more out of this one.

FosterJM, Dec 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Gagnonsux, Oct 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

cdwil, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown, almost black, body with a thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: A lot of delicious funk, some candy style sweetness and a little bit of fruit and yeast.

T: Has the typical "QUAD" taste with the funk and sweetness. There is also a nice sweet grain flavor as the beer lingers. The fruit flavor also reminds me a lot of coconut.

M: The beer is super smooth and has a nice thin body. There is a nice crisp feel on the back of the throat as it goes down.

O: This is by far the best beer that Real Ale has produced in my opinion. Everything about this beer just blows me away. Absolutely delicious.

gtermi, Oct 31, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edition No. 002. RABC Brewer's Cut Black Quadrupel. Thank you 'Little Chris' for throwing this at me!

Poured into a snifter.

Looks nearly black, with some lighter brown hues around the edges. Looks like a black strap rum. The head was merely a half-inch in height before falling rapidly. Any evidence left is shown as scattered clusters of large beady bubbles on the surface in the form of a ring and a waning gibbous.

The Belgian black malts don't hurt the dark cellary fruitiness. Black grapes, blackberries, sugary raisin, dark roastiness, candi sugars, and hints of baker's chocolate and dulce de leche enrapture me in the nose. Slight smokiness is an excellent touch in such a decadent and malty Belgian-style ale.

A most chocolately quad with those same dark fruity elements that I found in the nose, complete with mustiness and juiciness, all the same. A very appealing element is that dark, but sweet, roastiness and blackening effect of the specialty malts. As a quad, it's still a little raisin-y, but there loads of wild berries in the flavor. Breadiness is darker than usual, like a marbled rye, and with a subtle spiciness as if there were caraway seeds used (which carries with it a quiet flavor of black licorice). That smoke is evident in the taste, as well, but not as poignant, after all. Great levels of potency, which accentuate the overall feel, as the finish has a sweet imported-like alcohol strength to it.

Lighter than most quads (or maybe than I was expecting), as it tries to boast a body best described as medium. The carbonation is lightly spicy to medium fizzy. The warming feel is still a plus.

Very glad to have tried this one, as it was just a freebie thrown into a deal I made with a local friend and trader. Ticked this one up with great enjoyability.

thecheapies, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10.08.13

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a big fluffy and fizzy light brown head. Head thins and fades away slowly with great head retention. Light, fluffy chunks of lacing left behind.

S: Big sweet dark fruits. Prunes, figs and some raisin. Plums even? Mild char with bits of chocolate. Caramel is notable along with some cloves.

T: More sweet dark fruits. Heavy and rich flavors contributed by the roasted malt. Gives it a charry, anise flavor with some bitter chocolate (just a hint). Sweet throughout with heavy caramel. Light acrid char in the finish, barely breaking free of the syrupy sweetness. Mild cloves and spices between sips.

M: Heavy body, lower carbonation, syrupy sweetness. Feels like lead in the belly.

O: A nice quad with the roasted malt providing a nice layer of complexity. Super sweet and super heavy, like drinking pure caramel at times. Tasty and enjoyable.

Dope, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ncaudle, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

jheezee, Feb 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

duff247, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Morey, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

JamLand, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian body, crowned by a small, tan head, which fades fairly quickly. The lacing is fine-beaded, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Lots of vinous alcohol, wood notes, earth, dark fruit, and roasted malt.

Taste: Opens with sweet alcohol,roasted malt, and a decent caramel backbone. There are also prominent dark fruit notes, perhaps raisins and plums, and bittersweet chocolate. As the taste progresses, rather earthy notes appear as well. Throughout, there is an undercurrent of sweetness, mild but prominent. Finishes with a lingering vinous alcohol note, and some mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, and rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An intriguing and over-the-top beer. Would pair very well with a holiday dinner. It seems elegant and understated, rather like a fine Port wine.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Oct 27, 2012
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Brewers' Cut Black Quadrupel from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.