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Willy - Brouwerij De Prael

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BA SCORE
87
very good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Prael visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brabander on 06-30-2010)
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Reviews by sfprint:
Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2nd time having this beer. and liking it better this time around. exp 3/2012
A: Very cola esque but darker, but thicker, more syrupy. sporatic rising carbonation. No head.
S: Very complex, dark fruit, cherry, coffee, but there is a citrus element to it. Resembles port wine a lot.
T: Alcohol is very masked. Normally I find quadrupels too sweet or too alcoholic, but this is neither. It has a dark, almost coffeeish taste but that's not to say that it's necessarily heavy. Dark fruit as well, plum and cherry. I'm not knocked out by it, but it's very solid.
M: On the thicker end, but not so syrupy. Light sparkle of carbonation.
O: Solid. Very good for a quadrupel, which isn't my favorite style.

sfprint, Sep 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at De Prael Proeflokaal, Amaterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that gradually died down and left a thin film covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the aroma.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of dark fruits and some sweetness. The fruity flavors gain in complexity as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied , smooth and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer becomes smoother as it warms up.
O: This beer has nice flavors of dark fruits ant isn't too sweet. It is also extremely drinkable considering its strength because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

metter98, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice.

A - Pours a very darl Mahogany colour with an off White head that reduces to a film quite quickly.

S - Aromas of malt ans some peppery spice as well as sweet boiled sweets.

T - Up front theere are some sweet notes with bubblegum hints. A brief boozy kick is follwed by some balanced dark fruit and malt. Classic Quad characteristics. The finish is sticky sweet.

M - Quite an oily mouthfeele of medium to full body and medium carbonation.

O - One of the best non belgian quads around and recommended.

eric5bellies, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Arborescence
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Arborescence, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brought back from Amsterdam so I could share with rudzud.

Light creamy head, decent lacing, murky mahogany reddish brown color, yeast chunks at the bottom.

Nose sweet candy, brown and reddish malts almost Belgian like, light candi sugar and sweetness bring light phenols and booze aromas, phenolics get dominant but not too strong and a bit herbal.

Taste is fairly Belgian like, big sweet malts lead to more phenols and warming booze, little syrupy but not a lot. It also brings light metallic flavor but not a lot. Light fruits too, fig and apricot like, and obviously the candy sugar and sweet molasses flavors. There is also some bitterness from slightly herbal earthy hops. Chewy nougat as well, slightly caramel candy too. Finish is drier but sticky, lingering candy flavors and light warming booze, faint phenols, and earthy bitter hops bring a bit more bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice fluffy carb, light warming booze but hides it fairly well for 11.5%.

Overall quite nice, well done version of a Quad, def one of their better beers.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Elbrownbag
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Elbrownbag, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy chestnut with beige finger of foam.
Prunes, brandy butter, and cinnamon nose.
Buttered brown bread, golden raisins, touch of anise, apple butter, and maybe a bit of hop spice.
Ginger and light toffee end and honey cake linger.
Medium, well chewy, creamy.

Super smooth - 7 months has knocked off any sharp edges. Flavors are lighter for the style - more bread and butter pudding than Christmas cake. Not too heavy, not overly sweet - a less deep but very drinkable quad.

StJamesGate, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Bandi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bandi, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Brabander
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer in the brewery during my visit together with two other BA's.

As far as i know this Willy is the first quad they made and they did a good job!

Poured in the Prael glass the Willy has a nice head and a dark fluid. Good smell with some hints of coffee and sugar.

If you ever visit the center of Amsterdam this brewery is a visit more than worth it. This Quad doesn't have the complexity like the Belgian quads but for the first qaud i can only say; respect!!

Brabander, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AlexM, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy deep brown hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light lacing and a nice light blanket.

S - Aromas of light alcohol and slight phenol notes very light caramel notes.

T - Taste is not that bad, interesting in some sense. Lots of caramel, sweet malts, and phenols in this beer. Booze is hidden nicely though and it is not that noticeable as it warms up.

M - Mouthfeel is not nearly as syrupy add I was expecting it to be. Somehow this is on the lighter side for a mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall I was happily impressed by this beer and am glad Jared shared this.

rudzud, May 30, 2013
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +1.8%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

ksimons, Sep 29, 2014
Willy from Brouwerij De Prael
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.