Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Bad Habit Belgian QuadFounders Bad Habit Belgian Quad

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CRJMellor on 02-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Generik420
4.92/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is just one fantastic beer. Especially when you consider it pours from a 12oz bottle but tastes like it should come from a corked 750mL. I drank this from a 22oz snifter. Corlor was a bourbon like reddish brown in terms of color and overall appearance.

Smell is strongly of alchohol as you would expect from an almost 10% quad. There is a sweetness in the background with an earthy fruity aroma.

Taste is exceptional. Hints of caramel and raisins. Not overly alchoholic tasting compared to the aroma.

When you take a sip of this, you should expect a slight 'burn' on the way down, similar to wine almost. Medium body and somewhat clinging to the tongue. The flavor stays with you for a while.

I could sit and sip this stuff all night long. The idea of this in a nice snifter in front of fire with some friends is a dream that really needs to happen. If you enjoy a good Belgian style ale, don't pass up the opportunity to give this a try.

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Photo of digdug1810
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland had this on tap this week. I never heard of it before I tried it, and now I hope they start distributing it in bottles so I can have more.

Dark orange color with wispy sticky head, candy sweet aroma and awesome Belgian-yeasty flavor. They told me it was 12% alcohol, but it was hard to taste it. Went down really easy.

Get it if you can find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky orange brown with a large three finger high head of thick gooey and sticky lace that really clung around for a good long while before finlly settling down

The aroma was very bourbonesque with a weird almost off color woodiness to it that was difficult to place. As it warmed some other almost fuity like aromas started to come out with hints of figs, and plums really dominating the profile as it came up to room temperature. Lots of dark fruity flavors were the favorites here and really served to push the envelope a little bit in try to bring out some of the other flavors. There was a nice and very deep underlying earthy flavor that really seemed to ry to bring balance to the whole thing, however this was comletely thrown out one the alcohol flavors decided to get involved and really flex their muscles, and flex they did completly overpwoering the rest of it until it warmed enough to allow the subtle hints of fruity yeast to trounce back to the surface.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9.8% ABV, $2.60 for a 12oz bottle at Jack's, although I bought a 4 pack for $9.99. Cool label looks like Tartakovsky drew Qui Gon Jin. Pours out to a cloudy reddish-amber, forming a small light yellow head despite a very vigorous pour. Small, very fine yeast layer in the bottle. Average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is quite mild. The aroma is intense with a ton of brown bananas, candi sugar, sweet caramel...this is bananas foster in a bottle. Wonderful, fresh nose akin to Final Absolution. Medium-dense lightly syrupy body. The taste begins with a slamdunk of phenols, a ton of bananas with a nice roasty grain bitterness (sorta like that Schwarz-Weizen I had a few days ago, but much better), orange juice, and some candi-sugar sweetness. Bitterness is well-balanced for the style and adds a nice hoppy astringency to the finish which balances with the malty sweetness. Cleanly fermented.

Another amazing brew from Founder's...IMO, the premiere brewery in Michigan. Check it out. This one should age very nicely. Recommended!

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Photo of MrBen
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian brews can sometimes be real sugar bombs, but I noted that Founders kept the sugar from leaping over the top of the brew. Bad Habit poured a lovely, rust-like color with a fair head. Scent opened up quickly into sweet and mildly spicy and with a bit of alcohol.

Flavor was candy-like and fruity, but the touch of spice I smelled at the pour carried into the flavor profile, somewhat balancing everything out. I also noted a zing from the hops in the background and in the very long finish.

This limited-edition beer is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy tawny orange, with a thin white head. Small, continuous stream of fizz keeps the head on it. Smells sweet: caramel, yeast, banana, bread. Tastes much of the same... warm, bready, yeasty, bananas, alcohol. Overall the beer features bread and soft fruits like banana and pears. Very small fizzy bubbles that continue to form. Very drinkable beer, although the higher alcohol content (9.8% ABV) requires some caution.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is delicious! In fact, I like this better than some Belgian Quads I've had. It poured a beautiful cloudy orange-bronze colour with a tightly knit sand colour head which faded away in about 40 seconds or so, leaving a white ring around the edges. Nice, thick lacing is produced when the glass is tilted. The smell is very, very sweet. In fact, it reminds me of candy floss alittle bit. There is also quite a large amount of stewed fruit, apricots in particular, present here, and of course, sweet malt. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, but if fades away quickly and is replaced by a bit of a bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is solid and sturdy. Definitely full bodied. This is quite nice. Thanks to Ding for dropping this off for me. Smashing!!

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured very smoothly into my snifter...
Great color and head. The head disapated nicely.
Good aroma. Very sweet. Tastes of bubble gum.
A bit too much yeast for my liking. One of the bottles in my 4 pack had clumps of yeast:(

Overall a very unique Quad and well worth tring if you see it.

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Photo of tubbnik
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Bad Habit Quad
12 oz brown bottle
9.8% ABV
Served in a La Binchoise tulip glass

Pours a hazy peach with chunky yeast sediment floating on the bottom of the glass. Mini white thin lace around the top of the beer.

Powerful nose with whiffs a spicy Belgian yeast flare, dark fruit and sweet malts.

Syrup flavors burst with a juicy fruit sweetness. Rich and flavorful malt presence. Hints of banana nut bread, peach nectar and ripe prunes with a funky yeast kick. Just a touch of bitterness from the hops, but much more emphasis on the complexity of flavors. The alcohol is very well hidden and surprising at 9.8% ABV.

Wow, Founders strikes again with a style not many American craft brewers attempt, nevermind succeed. I would have like to give this beer another year or two to age. Nevertheless, it was deliciously complex and enjoyable.

I paired this up with some havarti cheese and crackers. The result was magnificent and recommended.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nick for pushing me to get this one. $2.99 a bottle at Bauer, though it was the last one unfortunately...

A: Pours a purpleish rust color with a frothy one and a half finger cream colored head. Nice retention on this quad that holds the whole way down.
S: Complex. Pear, coconut, spiced rum, and bananas. Slight burn of the nostrils if you breath in too deep. Slight woody notes also.
T/M: Taste is also complex with many different flavors. Nice ride from dark fruit and pear notes to bananas and back to pears. A tad sweet with an infusion of sugars--tastes of bubblegum. Slight bitterness that finishes smoothly. Very creamy in the mouth and soft on the palate. Medium to full bodied beer. Spicy notes mingle in and out staying illusive.
D: A pretty darn good offering from Founders. High abv warms the chest but isn't too noticeable while sipping. Speaking of sipping--that is what this guy is.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip with a quickly settled tan head to coating atop a dark tawny hue offering little bubbles rising to the surface.

Deep plum and sugar syrup scent. Tons of sweetness roll off this surface. Pancake and syrup. Dark fruit scent of fig, cherry and red apple dominate the nose.

First swigs: Touch of root beer meets fig. Sassy quad. complexity derived from a liquorice anise flavor. Warm boozy coating as it goes down. Fruit cake flavors flow from this sipper like the cat's meow. Yeasty belgian strand is in there to give this an authentic style bonus. Perhaps a touch too much candi wasadded to almost push this into a Big Tripel direction.

Feel is full bodied quad with a thick tongue coating. Zippy and buttery. A touch of heat on the palate, no doubt from the 9.8% ABV as touted on the label. Something about the feel was a little beat up and rough.

Last swigs: Bonus points for complexity in the drinkability category. Bad habit hangs in there to really get the quad job done.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This was a perfect brilliant brown in color with a cloudy, off-white head.

Smell - The big alcohol caught my olfactory bulb before I even brought the glass up to my nose. There's a super-strong banana aroma here that reminds me of those banana-strawberry smoothie drinks only without all of the artificial flavoring.

Taste - Yet more alcohol is found at the taste. It is cutting but does little to hide the massive fruit flavors. Again this is mostly banana but I'm also getting a light nutty character like a nut-based liqueur. The malts are all but worn away.

Mouthfeel - This is just shy of medium-bodied and hot hot hot with booze.

Drinkability - It's very drinkable right now but skyhand said it should probably go in the cellar for six months or so to wear away some of the booze and she's probably right. It's not as structured as most other Quads that I've had but the big fruits are juicy and very tasty.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour showed me some love with a nice looking cap of creamy tan topping off a rich amber body. The colour deceives me. It is hard for me to designate, but I would choose a caramel and orange blend to describe it. The head that erected fell quickly back into the alcoholic abyss that spawned it. Erotic wordplay. Sorry. Lacing is scant.

The nose just proclains bubblegum right off the top. Candy and spice. Quite nice. Sweet for sure. Characteristic yeasty ambiance floats in the wings. Ever so pleasant. Grand Rapids meets Belgium. You could call it fruity, but some generic bubblegum suits it best.

The taste carries the bubblegum factor as shown by the nose. This tastes really good. It has a sort of chalky yeast component that lingers and tastes like an antacid, but it seems to work for my tastes. It does remind me a bit of tums. I like it though.

Mouthfeel holds a medium heft upon my palate. I can definitely detect a good sugary presence here in the weight. A bit dense, but overall it remains just about dandy. Not overly thick or cloying in taste, just about smack dab in the just right area.

Drinkability is a no problem type. Yeah, this could be a bad habit. It was pointed out by one of my coworkers that two of these would put me in or over the 0.08 breath test level if the pigs had decided to swoop down upon me. Whatever. This is best enjoyed at home or with a designated driver. What's new? This brewery has failed to disappoint me time and time again. Another proper nod to Founders. Thanks guys!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark copper, with a subtle release of carbonation.
A thin, off-white head appears for only several seconds, and fades to memory leaving a still surface and no lacework.
Aromatics are very promising. Huge bubblegum and fruit, with a fairly complex yeastiness.
Grape jam with the beginnning of rum notes and warming spice.
Aromatics have a lingering alcohol warmth with suggestions of cherries and cloves.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, overlapping the mild carbonation.
The pallet is juicy and lightly gummy. Plenty of belgian quad character, with phenols aplenty, but no fusels.
Residuals are still a bit heavy as the brew is a fresh example, but not detracting.
Fruity and warming with rum notes and a fairly complex yeast profile.
Finishes warming and slightly sweet, with bitterness in check.
I can see this one improving for years to come.
A higher level of carbonation would be welcomed to create a more authentic "quad" experience in the nose and pallet.
More karma goes out to Hopasaurusrex for hooking me up. Thanks!

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing clear red-orange body with a thin ring of head around the edge of the glass. While there is next to no head the color of the body is spectacular. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, pear, and mild estery clove and pepper. Flavor is rich sweet caramelized malt and candi sugar upfront, followed a respectable citric hop bitterness that takes it through to the finish. There are subtler berry and pear notes as well, that lend a low-level fruity complexity. Body is mid to full, with a substantial sweetness and smooth creamy mouthfeel. The 9.8% ABV is hardly detectable.

A pleasing ale for the nose tongue, and especially the eye. A tad on the sweet side, but there is enough carbonation (despite the meager head) and bitterness to lend a saving balance. That being said the bitterness actually seemed a just a tad crisp and could probably benefit from some aging (not sure how old this particular bottle is, but probably <6months). I’ll definitely look for this again.

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Photo of Enola
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. The style is a newer one to me but this beer was a good beer to have at 2:00am Christmas morning. The color was a light orange and there was a small head with plenty of carbonation. The smell was of alcohol and it was fairly fruity. The taste was of dried bananna chips and the alcohol was evident. The mouthfeel burnt a little due the the abv. This beer is a sipper for sure.

Santa got some chocolate chip cookies and a Belgium Quad this year.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This one is a deep golden color with a finger of ivory head that sits very sturdy over the beer. There is a huge outgasing of carbonation through the brew; clarity is moderate. The head falls slowly, but is really chunky even after sitting for a bit. The aroma is full of raisin, a light alcohol spiceyness, as well as a healthy Belgian spiceyness and a little fruity ester from the yeast. I think this one smells nice. Taking a sip, I get a bit of almost smokey phenol that moves to a mild raisin and alcohol, finishing strong in spiceyness, almost a little pepperyness. The flavor actually feels a little muted. It is not as bold as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is thick with a solid moderate carbonation. It is almost a little chewy. I find this one very drinkable. It shows the ABV, but it is never a flaw in the brew. I really think the flavor and aroma marry well. The fruity ester seems a little misplaced, otherwise it is nice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an awesome candy coated cognac and brandy with its luscious amber hues. But alas, very little head after the pour and none what so ever about two minutes after. Also lacking in the bubble or lacing department as well. The kick ass color saves this beers appearance. The aroma is heavy on candied bananas, rose petals, burny malts, and some corn syrup. Yes, it does have a smell. Not like most other Quads I've had before, but I like it's unique nature. Very malty sweet, not too many dark flavors, more like light, alcoholic flavors to be precise. Some floral, even hoppy note intgrated with amaretto and medium toasted malt flavors. The tongue hasa mild velvety silk of alcohol. Feels like a lighter scotch might. Very nice and different. Would like to buy again and share with some open minded friends.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer from brandoman63, in the brews-n-tunes summer '07 tour.Served at just about cellar temperature in a snifter, from a stubby twelve ounce brown bottle.Poured a deep brownish orange with some ruby highlights. Beer showed up somewhat murky in the glass. About two good fingers of soapy, off-white head rose from the glass. Head had decent retention and left some sticky lace on the glass. Smelled of raisin, plum, cherries, alcohol, and some sweet sugary sweet notes. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells. Flavors were very fruity. Again, raisin, plum, rum, yeast, candy sugar with a somewhat grainy taste. Also could taste cherries from a can of fruit cocktail. Had a nice full, complex mouthfeel. Left a little bit of an alcohol burn on the back of the tongue. Plenty of carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a deep red/amber bordering on brown with a small ring of light tan bubbles on top. A bit light for a quad, with plenty of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Aromas of raisins, caramel and brown sugar quickly met by phenolic aromas of bubblegum, banana and a nice yeasty spiciness. Light puffs of alcohol as well.

First sip brings a sweet caramel maltiness upfront with notes of raisin, brown sugar and a bit of cherry in there as well. Flows down with a mix of bubblegum and banana notes. Spicy yeast makes up the finish. Sweet throughout but it never gets too cloying. Minimal alcohol flavor, this is a tasty brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth which eases drinkability. Good carbonation. Not the best Quad I have sampled but it's a solid take on the style overall. I'll age one of these and see whats happens after lying it down for a bit.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep maroon with brown highlights with little to no head. Carbonation very evident with small bubbles jumping off the bottom of the tulip and racing for freedom.
Aroma was heavy Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, spicy yeast and some coriander and orange peel.
Flavor was sweet candy sugar, caramel, citrus orange hints some spicy yeast and hint of bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel was very pleasant and wonderfully smooth throughout with a dry alocohol finish. Ever so slight cloying sweetness on the end which really didn't add or detract from the feel.
Drinkability was very high for 10.5% ABV, so watch out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NucularGeorge for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a cloudy light amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, basically no lacing at all. The nose is malty, yeasty, bready, and grapes. The taste is slightly sweet, tangy, malty, yeasty, grapey. The ABV is pretty pronounced though, slighty dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice quadrupel, recommended.

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Photo of Amberluvsbeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 114 ratings
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