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Foolish | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 02-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jamesdergen:
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4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an orangey, golden caramel color with a relatively small white head that stays around for the whole brew.

Smell: Huge aromas of sweet grains, caramel malts and alcohol

Taste: A massive Belgian assault on the tastebuds. Not as dark and sweet as most quads, but very complex and delicious. Big wheaty flavors with candy sugar, banana bread and a nice yeasty, malty backbone with a spicy finish. The alcohol is very present and adds a nice kick.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and surprisingly light-bodied for a quad. The carbonation is well done. Can't think of anything that could be improved here.

Drinkability: The alcohol makes itself known and attacks the tastebuds, but its not too strong for the style. It's a very easy to drink 10%, but still a sipper.

One of the best and most unique Belgian style ales I've had the opportunity to try. If you live around here, hit it up before it's too late!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently not retired anymore. On tap at THT.
A-poured into a 10 oz tulip this beer has a ringing of beige film atop a clear Amber/copper colored brew.
S-smells quad-ish. Esterish and phenolic for sure. Pretty boozy.
T-Big punch of banana esters and clove phenols with a toffee type big malt body.
M-highly alcoholic. Boozy throughout with a moderate body and low carbonation
O-better than the review would suggest. Even though it's too boozy it's still a quad and I love the style. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dull copper color, bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is small from the start, fading into a thin layer of tan foam.

Smell: Very sweet, with a fruity presence of apricot, also a little spicy.

Taste: This beer is a little deceiving. Begins sweet and smooth in the mouth, then turns around into a spicy, funky, and more balanced flavor, very interesting.

Another good beer from Town Hall, I think I will like it even more when it has warmed. Get yourself a growler before it hits -8 in a couple days...

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Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into an oversized wine glass

A—light brownish amber, slightly cloudy, with a ¼ inch thin fizzly head that is gone in a few minutes, very slight lacing as I drink it

S—very strong fruit and maple, can really smell the alcohol

T—very strong fruit, raison, maple, spicey…lots of flavors here. Alcohol taste is there with every sip.

M—medium bodied, slightly carbonated, alcohol is felt as well

D—a good sipping beer. The high ABV prohibits me from having more than two in one sitting. A great one to warm up to.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour to a clear copper color with a creamy off-white head that disipates to a ring. Steady amount of carbonation throughout. The aroma is very biscuity and spicy. It is malty and slightly fruity as well. A bit a alcohol is present too.

The flavor is malty and peppery...spicy, with a bit of fruit and some booze. This guy is full-bodied and alcoholic, it's strong but doesn't have that alcohol, boozey burn. Good...thanks Pauly.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Dark gold with a bronze tint. Small unlasting cap of loose white foam. Moderately sporatic lacing.

Aroma is fruity and dull with pears and a bit of red apple on top of a load of boozyness.

Flavors are fruity and dullishly malted with a candied honey and pear flavor. Big booze in the middle. Savors off into the finish nicely enough with a warming malt profile of tropical sided fruityness touched with a bit of pepper and yeasty spice. A bit too packed with punch at first. This one needed some time to sit before I really was able to favor it.

Feel is big and boozy warm. Lots of malty girth, yet seemingly subtle and peppy with a touch of zip. Slightly unbalanced at first, but mellowed out as it sat, and thankfully at that. The 10% is very evident, nothing hidden here.

As a Quad, this through me for a loop. Not what I was expecting, and not what I was liking. Something seemed a bit off, the forward present approach of booze/ethonal made for an uncomfortable balance throughout its character and profile for me on this one.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Three week old growler opened with a *shst!*

Pours with a golden amber crystal clear hue containing a few scant rising bubbles to a surface of razor thin beige halo. A few healthy swirls evokes a fluffy cap that instantly vanishes.

Sweet maple syrup sugary aroma and a fruity meld of orange and ripe bananas. A slight detection of boozy notes, but not by much.

First swigs: Carrot cake husky grain. Dry fruity middle of bananas and slight pancake malt backing. Buttery melted butter and maple syrupy.

Amazingly well carbonated and well attenuated. Quite frothy and bubbly with a focused crispness. Medium bodied with a dry dusty finish. Awl-kee-hawl warmth sure pops out towards while slightly closer to room temp.

Last swigs: Almost like a quad meets a weizenbock. Big thanks to FeloniousMonk for the aquisition via trade. Quad seems to have a wide style variance and this one is a bright sweet easy drinker. St. Bernardus is at the other side of the spectrum with a dark thick version. Flavor was a tad narrow but still yummy and enjoyable.

Beer is good. Happy brewpub quad beering.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper color.

Sweet nose of cotton candy, honey, and caramel.

Body feels lighter than expected at first but after sipping and warming a little feels about right....certainly not a huge body to this but big enough..

Sweet flavor profile with just a little bit of pepper spiciness on the finish....a lot of cotton candy, honey, and sweet fruits....also some mild black licorice

Overall this is very nice Quad...never would guess the 10% ABV...highly drinkable and quite tasty.

I wouldn't put this with the top Belgian Quads but I'd stack it up against most American made quads....quite enjoyable...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light mahogany tone. Pretty clear. Thin off white head fizzes away quickly. Lace is sparse.

Aroma: Fresh yeastiness. Big fruitiness. Spiciness. Biscuity malts. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Spicy up front. Cracked black pepper. Some ethanol is noticed rather quickly. It makes its presence known throughout. Rum soaked melons come to mind. A little bit of that raisin quality. Some sweet candy. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: The heat is felt. It's not hidden as nicely as in their recent Imperial Stout. The beer's got a light to medium body. Spicy alcoholic aftertaste. Delicate carbonation gives a slight scouring effect.

Drinkability: I go back and forth on this one. At times it seems pretty smooth and drinkable. But more often (it seems), the alcohol lets you know it's there. But for a 10+ beer, what can you expect?? Good beer all around.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed coppery orange color, not as dark as I was expecting, with a slim ring of foam that quickly vanishes.

Deep, fruity aroma, wide open, starting out a bit exotic and wild, a mite musty, then spices speak up, peppers and oranges in a bewitching blend....

Taste: sweet up front, then a mellow complexity unfolds, a bit plummy, cherries, vinous, tangy...big malt, no real hop presence...Richness with every new sip, very fresh and brimming with flavor, primarily of fruit, with some wicked spices kicking it up here and there...Big body, with a long, lightly sweet finish.

A very likable brew. With time, you start to notice the higher abv, but until then it drinks down like a dream. It is so plump and delicious, though, with ever-revealing delights inside, you will take your time with it. You'd better...

as I get near the end of my first glass, I'm feeling more similarities to some of my favorites, like des Rocs, the Trappists, de Dolle, etcetera...I'm liking this a lot!

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Foolish from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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