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Favorite Quad?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by LOCAL, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. LOCAL

    LOCAL Savant (315) New Hampshire Oct 29, 2006

    I've had my fair share of quads, but only recently had Rochefort 10. I was blown away by it's flavor and complexity. So I ask you BA, what are your favorite quads? ...both whale and easy to get.
     
  2. That one is actually my favorite. St Bernardus Abt 12 is great as is Westy 12. But Rochefort 10 is my fav.
     
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  3. Rochefort 10 definitely. St.Bernardus 12 doesn't even come close in my opinion. Leviathan's Quad is actually pretty good as well.
     
  4. Besides the big hitters mentioned above Allagash Four is prob mine.
     
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  5. cspinoso

    cspinoso Disciple (50) New York Feb 10, 2012

    St. Bernardus Abt 12, Rochefort 10, Chimay Blue, Ommegang Three Philosophers. What a line up!
     
  6. danwho

    danwho Savant (405) California Feb 18, 2010

    Westy XII FTW
     
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  7. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    The usual Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Westy 12 and Chimay GR. I will add Boulevards The Sixth Glass as well.
     
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  8. Chimay blue or Westy 12
     
  9. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    Hardywood Park Bourbon Quad. Hands down. That stuff is friggin delicious.
     
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  10. danwho

    danwho Savant (405) California Feb 18, 2010

    Hardywood makes some good shit.
     
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  11. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (530) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

  12. St. Bernardus Abt 12 and La Trappe.
     
  13. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    Honestly, I'm in love with Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt. 12. But (thanks to a good fellow) I received a Westy 12 today, so I will report back next week!

    I was surprised by Three Philosophers. It was different when compared to the heavy Trappist or Monk Quads. The flavors were layered differently and it unfolded into something beautiful.

    The Quad is an old friend that I like to visit often. The first Belgian I ever tried was a Rochefort 10. I had to set it down and look at it because I couldn't believe my tastebuds. I usually keep a dozen bottles in the cellar and pull one out every few weeks
     
  14. New England Brewing Friars' Quad has really come into its own lately. It went from being merely a solid American take on the style to a serious contender for the best Quad I've ever tasted. It reminds me a lot of Rochefort 10, actually. Amazing beer.
     
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  15. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    I almost forgot about my purchase today!!! I picked up 2 LaTrappe Oak Aged Quads Batch 9 & 11
     
  16. Kasteel donker....can't get enough
     
  17. deebo

    deebo Savant (425) Minnesota Oct 13, 2006

    St Bernardus Abt. 12 is my favorite. A big fan of Westy 12 too-but that guy is a little tougher to get. Nothing else is in the same class but some of the other Belgians versions are quite delicious and yet another step above any from the US.
     
  18. Rochefort 10.
     
  19. RichD

    RichD Advocate (640) Rhode Island Mar 18, 2012

    Rochefort 10 is definitely my favorite quad. I actually think that it's the only quad I've had. However I probably won't pull the trigger on a 6-7 dollar 11.2 ounce bottle again any time soon.
     
  20. Chimay Blue (but I have bottles of ROchefort 10, Le Trappe and Westy that I have been saving for a blind tasting. There's another Chimay Blue in there too, so we'll see who the true winner is soon enough).
     
  21. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Savant (355) Missouri Dec 22, 2012

    Chimay blue, bernardus 12 was a little too minty for me
     
  22. matedog

    matedog Aficionado (185) California Jan 25, 2010

    The "Grand Three" of Rochefort 10, St. B 12, and Westy 12 are all great, but I have a soft spot for La Trappe's Quad. The dark fruit flavors are especially prominent in that one.
     
  23. Belgian quad: De Struise Pannepot

    American quad that tastes like a Belgian quad: Alesmith Decadence 2012

    American quad that's clearly not a Belgian quad: Deschutes The Stoic
     
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  24. Rochefort 10, without a doubt.
     
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  25. klaybie

    klaybie Savant (275) Illinois Nov 15, 2009

    Whale: Westy 12, it's amazing.

    Easy to get: Rochefort 10, semi easy to get: St. Bernardus Abt 12
     
  26. RDMII

    RDMII Savant (315) Georgia Apr 11, 2010

    Schlafly's isn't bad, Weyerbacher's is great (and better aged, Blasphemy), Allagash Four and Three Philosophers are solid efforts, but the Belgians know the style better than anyone. Rochefort 10, Abt 12, La Trappe, Gulden Draak, Chimay, etc. all are great. I've never had a bad quad besides local guys Wild Heaven's Eschaton. It's a good take on the style but waaaaay too sweet. I'd say the Rochefort is the best though from my tastes.
     
  27. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Tennessee Feb 6, 2012

    Quad = not a style

    BDSA - been so long since I had westy, i've gotta say roche 10, though st b aged is a safe bet, too.

    American - Skipping Pappy was the bomb. thanks JR.

    Never had Pannepot - maybe i should head down stairs and fix that!
     
  28. Rochefort 10 is hands down my favorite, and St. Bernardus Abt 12 is a close second. For an american interpretation, I really enjoyed Brau Brothers Barrel-aged Quad.
     
  29. Westy 12. Best beer I've ever had.
     
  30. Graviz

    Graviz Savant (280) Colorado Feb 26, 2012

    Boulevard BBQ Baby!!!
     
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  31. aasher

    aasher Champion (900) Indiana Jan 27, 2010

    Abt 12 > Westy
     
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  32. benidy

    benidy Aficionado (130) Missouri May 4, 2008

    To the sticklers of style: Yes, Quad is technically not a style. Quads fall into the generic Belgian Specialty Ale category. But, people put Quad on their labels so I think it is fair to talk about them in the context of best "Quad".


    Anyone feel bold enough to explain the difference between a Belgian Dark Strong and a Quad?
     
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  33. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Savant (295) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    I recently did a blind tasting with all the classics and a couple of American ones as well. Rochefort and St. Bernardus blew everything else out old the water. As much as I love the taste of the Rochefort yeast, it was a little sharp and harsh going down. St. Bernardus edition on it's lush, creamy mouthfeel.

    One that wasn't in the tasting, but is worth mentioning is Common's Bourbon Little Brother. This one really surprised me the first time I had it and I've been drinking a ton of it since.
     
  34. darky

    darky Savant (260) South Dakota Apr 16, 2010

    Pannepot>Abt 12>Chimay Blue
     
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  35. davey101

    davey101 Initiate (0) Connecticut Apr 14, 2009

    Wat? Had a fresh growler and a few bottles over the summer and never thought of it as more than a decent American take on the style. Comparison to R10? Must. Buy. More. Now!!!

    Pannepot is my favorite quad, especially the grand reserva. That extra calvados kick is just perfect.
     
  36. Easily St. Bernardus Abt 12
     
  37. Westy XII > Rochefort 10 > St. Bernardus Abt 12 > Sixth Glass
     
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  38. icetrauma

    icetrauma Savant (495) Texas Sep 7, 2004

    The label? :D
     
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