Belgian-Style Quad - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some strands of lacing behind
Smell: A whole range of fruity elements, starting with the dark (figs and dates) to the light (apples and pears) to the stone (cherry ) and to the tropical (lychee and papaya)
Taste: As with the aroma, there is a lot of fruit in the flavor profile; all the flavors in the aroma come through, with the fig and cherry elements most prominent; the finish reminds me of cherry licorice
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Really enjoyable but not quite there in the top echelon for the style as it lacks complexity and is rather one-dimensional; one of the best examples of presenting a range of fruity flavors that I have encountered, however
Thanks, chocosushi, for the opportunity
12-09-2011 01:14:02 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
22oz bottle ~ 2years old received in a trade with Coldmeat
A: Dark brown with a slight cherry hue. Short head quickly disperses to edges of glass.
S: Very fruity - heavy cherry and raisin, and melon? Malt is well integrated with the rest of the beer and doesn’t really pop out.
T: Has all the expected quad flavors and the full, bready malts show a bit more than in the aroma. Dried fruit, esp. raisin and fig stand out. Malt comes across with a bit more chocolate than most in the style, and adds a unique touch. Finish is long and slightly sweet with the alcohol very well concealed. Very light bitterness balances things nicely.
M: moderately carbonated with a medium body and a fairly dry finish.
Had modest expectations going into this, but was impressed. Thanks again Chris.
07-02-2011 13:46:50 | More by GeezLynn
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
I love to try other BAs locals! I believe this was sent via BIF. Cellared at least 10 months.
A- Body is a translucent, very cloudy medium to dark brown cola hue. The fogginess appears dynamic. Pours with a 2 finger or so slightly off white foamy head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is moderately boozy and astringent. Behind this is a really nice spicy belgian yeast scent-like that of St. Bernardus Abt 12. Behind this is a hint of molasses and that overall typical quad-like cola flavor.
T- Initial flavor is cola-like in nature with a faint spicy yeast backbone. The spicy yeast is much more foreward for the finish as the cola-like flavor begins to fade. A hint of alcohol astringency accents the whole way through. What is left to linger is a moderate to large alcohol warmth, a hint of cola, and a hint of spicy belgian yeast.
M- Low to medium carbonation and a medium weight body that is a balance between spicy, bready yeast and alcohol consistency.
O- At first sip I felt this beer was above average at best-but the more I went through this brew the more I liked it. You don't see too many local breweries bottling a Quad-and the packaging of this and the explanation of the style on this bottle are well done. Overall this is a well done, likable, drinkable Quad. I either had the biere de garde and did not review it or have it in my cellar.
03-31-2011 02:00:10 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.2/5 rDev -16.9%
A: Pours a nice rich deep dark brown hue. Nice tight cream colored head, good retention and some spotty lace.
S: Very sweet malty aromas. Lots of brown sugar and candied raisins. A touch of yeast and spice.
T: Boozy and sweet. I have tasted raisins that taste less like raisins. Notes of chocolate, sweet brown sugar and toffee. Mild spice with hints of yeast.
M: Rich, sweet, thick.
D: Not so much. Too sweet and a bit boozy.
02-12-2011 22:07:59 | More by tpd975
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):
Quickly dissipating, crackling lace leaves the beer nearly headless, with a murky reddish-brown color. Spicy alcohol, ripe fruit of pears, apple and bananas, and a doughy grain make up an interesting aroma. Lush creaminess as the full body lounges on the palate. Alcohol stays clean other than the obvious warming and dull, ripened fruitiness. Thick bready fla- vors with caramel undertones meld well with the fruitiness, and the twang of the alcohol helps to balance with a quick shot of pepper. Malt flavors continue to unfold with each sip. Aside from the disappearing head, this is an amazing Quad.
01-11-2011 18:21:00 | More by BeerAdvocate
1.75/5 rDev -54.5%
I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but this beer was not good. The appearance is nice with a thick chocolate look and two fingers of tan head. The aroma is strong with cherries and you can tell it is sweet. The taste is bad... Way too much cherry and the alcohol is overwhelming. Mouthfeel is also really hard to deal with and way overcarbonated... The bottle gushed for 3 minutes after opening. Stings the mouth and burns the throat as you drink. Had a hard time finishing this one...
12-22-2010 21:01:31 | More by csiewert
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, short-lived, beige head.
Smell: Notably fruity aromatics and traces of wafting fusel alcohol give an impression of low-grade liqueurs with secondary notes of toasted pumpernickel, cracked cloves, syrup, and cocoa.
Taste: Tastes of dark this and dark that - dark fruitiness of figs, plums, and lightly tart dark cherries, dark unrefined sugars, toasted dark bread, and sweet dark caramel. Particularly sweet throughout. Sprinkling of cocoa, spicy cloves, and powdered anise. Shot of coarse alcohol slips in in time for the heated, sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Decidedly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Some beers are heavenly, others are just heavy. Heavy body, heavy sweetness, and heavy on the alcohol. It makes for slow work. While it's not my first-hand choice for a quad, I suppose it is technically the best Belgian-style Quad brewed in Oklahoma.
10-18-2010 17:34:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +3.9%
22 oz. bottle courtesy of thehand, poured in to a chalice. Many thanks to a great trader!
Appearance: Pours a burnt cherry chestnut amber, dark but vibrant and transparent, particularly around the edges, with light permeating a good few centimeters beneath the surface. A vigorous pour (insofar as one can call a gentle pour right down the center of a chalice a vigorous pour) yielded four half-fingers of fluffy, fizzy, foaming head, erratically-hued (with the off coloration likely due to yeast particulates clinging to the head) but averaging out to a dark tan/light cocoa with typical quad-esque retention. Large bubbles form on the sides of the chalice easily, with successive sips loosening them in the form of fast carbonation.
Aroma: Figs and cherries are dominant on the nose, sticky sweet, with a few hints of estery alcohol suggesting the aforementioned may have, perhaps, possibly, at some time, been soaked in rum. Rum raisin (and rum date?) mingle with brown sugar and dry, toasty molasses to make for an inviting olfactory experience.
Taste: Quads run the gamut from incredibly fruity to incredibly malty, hitting every note in between. This one falls on to the former end of the spectrum, showcasing a nice variety of yeasty esters. Tropical fruits are the most notable element here, with a lot of bright, green fruity notes shining through, from kiwi at the very top down through banana, guava, and cherries, along with a few flashes of citrus. The dark maltier fruit notes are here, too - dates, figs, and raisins all make an appearance. The malts are dryer, at least in terms of roast - that is, there's plenty of sugar here, but a lot of it gets caught up in the fruityness of the whole thing to be more suggestive of fruit juice or fruit sugars, whereas less of it is wrapped up in the subtle and dryer-appearing underlying malts, with the dark caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toast of this one providing a nice subtle foundation that lets the rest shine through. No hint of alcohol burn or fusel alcohol notes make this one very pleasant.
Mouthfeel: A remarkably even and fluffy beer that has an almost aerated creamy feel to it, but doesn't quite rise to the level of the true transcendental Belgian quads. Those beers - Westy 12, Rochefort 10 - undergo a process on your tongue that I can only liken to a sublimation, by which they literally vaporize in to a smooth, velvet cloud upon hitting your tongue. This beer comes close at points, and with a little agitation almost gets there, but doesn't quite have that effortless vapor feel of the best examples of the style. It gets even smoother as the carbonation dies down, though it also (naturally) has a little less lift as a result.
Drinkability: A pretty good quad, and one I'd be happy to drink again. The 11% isn't noticeable, but you can feel it after a while, so be wary. If you like your quads fruity, light, and low in terms of malt impact, then this is a well-made quad that should fit your tastes nicely. If you're more of a malt beast when it comes to quads (Rochefort), or if you yearn for the balance of a Westy 12, then this beer may not be for you, but it's still definitely worth a try. It's great to see small breweries (particularly in states like Oklahoma!) branching out and producing great examples of a difficult-to-brew Belgian style like this. Kudos.
08-22-2010 20:25:02 | More by CrellMoset
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
This Quad is really close to really making it happen. As with most American versions, the beer is sweeter, less dry, and less attenuated than classic Belgian versions.
The beer opens with a medium brown/rust/ruby color, a slightly tanned head that initially shows good retention but eventually sucumbs to the weight and alcohol of the beer.
Complex aromas of sweet fruits and sugars pave the way with sugar coated plumbs, red grapes, and back up notes of dates, raisons, figs, and pruntes. The pilsner malts and hops get lost in the sweetness and esters.
Much the same with flavor. But the sweetness of the beer is nearly overpowering. A lot of confectionate flavors lay the foundation while the dark fruits and stone fruits bounce off in varying fashion. Light nuttiness and chocolate notes add to the mix. Peppery notes replace hop flavor and bitterness and help to balance the beer, yet still falling slightly short.
Again, the sweetness of the beer interferes with the dryness and palatability of the beer. The initial weight never transitions to dryness despite the alcohol and initial carbonaiton. The co2 is quite fleeting, leaving the beer still, heavy, and lacking life towards the end.
The flavors of the beer are fantastic but the sugary sweetness, weight of the beer, and lack of dryness keep it from competing with the Chimay Grand Reserves of the world.
05-23-2010 15:48:09 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
This beer is light brown in color and slightly clowdy. It is moderately carbonated and has a slight off white head. The aroma smells sweet and reminds of malt, plums, and there is an underlying alcohol note. The taste reminds of plums, molasses, chocolate, is slightly sweet and has a gentle warming presence of alcohol that carrys gently through the finish.
This is a drinkable quad... in limited quantities. Cheers
05-22-2010 02:35:58 | More by jnfs
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
22oz bottle courtesy of the great trader russpowell. Thanks Russ!
It pours a reddish brown colour with a small and fast fading head of foam. There's not much lacing.
The smell has a nice mix of caramel maltiness, a slight bitterness, and some interesting fruity notes of green apples, which I love. The sweet tones come from the caramel but chocolate also puts in its 2 cents. Some of the alcohol started off big as well but after a short time, it faded somewhat.
The taste has plenty of sweet from the malt and chocolate(love how this is turning out in the flavour), and that wonderful green apple goodness that intensifies when I swish the beer in my mouth. Yeah man. Light note of anise and a pretty strong bit of alcohol comes through giving me a lot of warming.
Medium bodied with, I'd say, the carbonation on the high end of medium. Good overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability? It's a real tossup between how interesting and well liked, by me, the flavours are and....the alcohol punch. I guess I'll split it down the middle and say very good. I cannot in all conscience say less, not with the complex flavours I'm enjoying. A well made brew indeed.
I have no idea if some cellaring would do some good or not. It *could* temper the alcohol a bit but I wouldn't want to lose any of those tasty flavours...
Edit: I just read Russ' review and yes, it is a noisy pour! I didn't think to mention it on my own. ;^)
05-14-2010 22:22:42 | More by Bitterbill
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
A great introductory Quad for anyone out there who is unfamilar.
Very complex, heavy fruit flavor, but yet still smooth.
Do not drink too cold. Drink above room temprature.
Strong kick of alcohol without tasting like it. Dangerous in the best way.
One of Choc's best beers, next to the Tripple and the Last Laugh.
05-12-2010 14:18:47 | More by ryan58813
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a light brown color with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, chocolate and sour apples. The flavor is sugar, toffee, apples and licorice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of my favorite quadrupels, but not a bad beer.
04-27-2010 00:36:45 | More by Mora2000
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
This beer is dark brownish-red with a small and wispy tan head that settles with a sprinkling of lace left behind. Smells of wonderful dark fruits enveloped in some spiciness with a strong malt presence, some phenols and a hint of alcohol. A little thin and boozy on first sip. Vinous with a big malt backbone, some apple spiciness, and a subtle hint of bitterness at the very back. Medium bodied and somewhat airy. The heat sticks in the back of your throat. Love that the Oklahoma brewers are giving the Belgian brews a shot. While this one is not as grand as the Dubbel, it's still a good beer that all the locals should be proud of.
04-04-2010 21:40:26 | More by stephens101
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a noisy & effervescent caramel/brown with 1+ finger of tan head. Some lacing & head retention
S: Apple peels, raisins, slight metallic scent
T: Figgyness, raisins, slight leafy hops along with some caramel & burnt candi-sugar up front. Apple peels. persimmons, a touch of dryness from candi-sugar as this warms along with a little fusel alcohol, plus a touch of green banana & cherry. Finishes with green banana, fusel booze, figs & a touch of vanilla
MF: Slick with low carbonation, pretty warming as time goes by...
Drinks too easy, if I had to guess, I'd peg this at about 8% ABV. These bigger Belgian & Franco styles released as of late from Krebs are easily the breweries strength & should more get more marketing emphasis! This could be refined a bit, but a good effort from Oklahoma's original craft brewery. Recommended
03-12-2010 05:15:03 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours dark brown/ mahogany color with ruby colored edges. Aroma is big sweetness with plum and other dark fruits but I'm mainly getting plum.
Taste is huge sweetness again with plum and a slight tartness to it as well. Fishishes a bit hot from the alcohol and sweetness.
Mouthfeel - has a pretty nice body upper medium if I had to label it. Sticky lip smacking finish.
Overall this is a good offering from choc. Is it the best quad out there or even close, not a chance, but it is solid nonetheless. Glad to have this one in the state. I think I would enjoy this with a little more age to let the flavors and hotness mellow a bit, but keep going in this direction choc.
03-03-2010 02:06:06 | More by webbcreative
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into my Chimay chalice brown with some ruby hightlights and a bubbly, creamy light tan head.
Aroma has some soft pleasant fruitiness from the yeast and heavily caramelized sugar character.
Same characteristics are found in the taste along with lots of dark fruit like plums and raisins. Alcohol warms the throat some as it goes down.
Overall, a really flavorful quad. Not in the same league as the great Trappist examples and probably not up there with the really nice American versions, but I'd drink this anytime.
02-21-2010 01:33:47 | More by bump8628
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
A - Poured a mahogany color with a lan head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of sweet malt dark fruit and a touch of alcohol
T - Follows the nose in a good way sweet malt candy sugar dark fruit mild alcohol finish
M - This beer has a fuller body with lighter carbonation to it
D - This is the best Choc beer I've had yet and one thats way to easy to drink I don't know what the abv is but I'm sure its up there and hidden well if theres a Choc beer that you must drink this is it
02-20-2010 00:25:16 | More by armock
Belgian-Style Quad from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
86 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.