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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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, BBefore/Date10/08/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Deep reddish brown. Layer of light tan. Forms a ring ram round edges. Alcohol feet.

S: Dark candied sugar. Dark fruits. Molasses. Smells like a quad, with slightly more roast character coming through from the malts used I assume.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Dark fruits. Candied sugar. Typical flavors, but also you get more of that roast character that you smelled. The carbonation is prickly and leads to a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is masked nicely.

M: Big medium bodied. Good carbonation.

inlimbo77, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Danielbt
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Danielbt, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of mcanderson0
4/5  rDev 0%

mcanderson0, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Bobheed
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Bobheed, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Glass is black but shows some murky brown light through at the edges. Holds a cream coffee halo of foam. Very thin cover.

Smell: Flinty, odd mixture of earth and banana peels. Esters are dark fruit with a splash of tonic water.

Taste: Belgian yeast drives most of the profile, comes across as European with a mineral water element. Some cherry skin tannin gives a little bite to the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly carbonation keeps the body somewhat suspended but seems a little overdone. Body is a medium heavy with a slick texture.

Overall: Where the normal road is Singel, Dubbel, Quad, this beer seems to have gone, Belgian Pale Ale, Double BPA, Quad BPA. Some great ester driven fruit notes going on, little peach, little tangerine skin, little plum, all with a heavy malt bill quietly holding it all up. A great little sipper, I'll grab more if I see it. Another interesting twist on a style: keep up the good work Real Ale!

HardTarget, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of 80b
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

80b, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of sprucetip
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little activity, no head, no lacing. Looks black from a distance, but at certain angles and distances there is some translucence.

I feel the boozy heat more than I smell it, but it is the strongest component. It will likely mellow some if aged. But I thankfully get some mild roast, a hint of dark fruit Belgian yeast, and a slightly stronger amount of caramel. Pretty good.

Mild roast, some caramel, and a nip each of sour cherry fruity flavor and Belgian yeast. Much like the nose, but without the dominant boozy heat. There is also some modest bitterness. It's all quite well balanced, and fairly complex.

Low carbonation, full body, and a moderately drying and bitter finish.

Until I had the Mysterium barrel aged stout the other night, I had never had a Real Ale beer that impressed me favorably. This one has been on deck longer, and I am glad to have purchased and consumed it. It's very good. The Belgian character flies under the radar, but it is noticeable. And the black element of the quad is unique.

sprucetip, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev 0%

Morey, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of ThirdEyePA
4/5  rDev 0%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of smonice
3/5  rDev -25%

smonice, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev 0%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

atoulouk, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
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 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
Photo of lndsy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

lndsy, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of Renegrenade
4/5  rDev 0%

Renegrenade, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ret3
5/5  rDev +25%

ret3, Dec 02, 2012
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 FlyingKelly
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ronzorelli
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ronzorelli, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Kips
4/5  rDev 0%

Kips, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

bkrbdan, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

NeverSettle, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

zbooks, Nov 23, 2012
Brewers' Cut Black Quadrupel from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.