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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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 dgfair
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

Pours a very flat hazy cloudy baby poop brown color. Decent amount of floating matter in the glass, and the tiny bubbles around the edge of the glass don't add much appeal.

The smell is very interesting after 6 or so years in the bottle. At first it smells like a cognac with nutty notes and cherry booziness. Then I get whiffs of pure apple cider. There is also a definite cardboard mustiness, but nothing really overtakes the surprising fruity booziness. Lots of apple, cherry, banana, and alcohol ester.

Taste is downright abrasive and not in a good way. Rotten banana, booze, rancid cider, and wet cardboard. Age has not been kind to this one. This is the last bottle from the cellar and that is probably a good thing. I remember this one being boozy when fresh, but I am shocked at how boozy it still is. Booze and off flavors is all that is left here.

The mouth is flat and oily...definitely well past its prime. If Founders decides to make a quad again, I will most certainly try it, but this beer is happily retired.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got via trade(thanks FlandersNed)...pours a deep cloudy/hazy brown. Unfortunately little to no head...just a thin ring on the surface.

Aroma is strong! Heavy dark, over-ripe fruits...definitely raisins. Complex and boozy scent. Heavy roasted malts and a tad oaky.

Flavor is a little weird...if I may say so. At first, not much at all...just Belgian yeast, roasted malts, and small notes of dark candy...but then a very strong raisin flavor rushes over and over the tongue and down the throat, along with the booze burn. The raisin flavor is a little overwhelming and almost ruins the flavor. It adds a little TOO much complexity.

It's no doubt a sweet flavor and full bodied...not easy to drink. Not the best example of a Belgian Quad, and not my favorite Founders brew by far...but worth trying.

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3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an apricot nectar color with burnt orange highlights; the modest amount of foam quickly declines to a ringlet

Smell: Fig, bubblegum and a dollop of toffee

Taste: Figgy, up front, but a souring medicinal element kicks in rather quickly; by mid-palate, however, a caramel sweet tone starts to subsume the other flavors, while adding a fusel alcohol character to the fray; after the swallow, the alcohol and fruit flavors buttress the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Age has not been particularly kind to this beer; though the complexity is intriguing, it is all over the map and the sum is not equal to the parts

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3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Westvleteren chalice. Beer was a clear, copper color with a very small, light brown head. Light carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was very sweet. Notes of apple, brown sugar and toffee.

Taste was also very sweet. Dark fruit, candi sugar and a slightly spicy finish.

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2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Common examples include: procrastination, fidgeting, overspending, nail-biting - Wikipedia. Pours a very clear amber red color with a light brown hue through out. A little light for style but ok. A soft fizzy head that hid to the edge of the glass and not much for lacing.

The nose is sweet, even for a quad. A candy like sugar nose up front with some minor sweet caramel and malty undertones. Not really depth or complexity. Very limited yeast aromas, too clean in a way. Some minor plums and figs notes but subtle. Some minor medicinal and light metallic/coiny notes but light.

The taste is bit more on style but still lacks that distinct Quad taste. The malt is sweet with sugary note and a mild caramel malt taste. Limited overall, I would like to see more depth and body. The esters come out a bit more versus the nose. Some plums and raisins with a light sweet orange flavor. A bit too clean for yeast but only minor off notes. Light plastic/medicinal, no where near the nose. Some minor alcohol, very clean considering the ABV.

The body is moderate to moderate full. Really lacking the depth and complexity that I would like for a quad. Carbonation is light but ok. Some warming from the alcohol, but mostly clean. Overall, easy enough to drink but just needs to take a step further with the malt and yeast temps to add that complexity.

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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a regular snifter, recieved as an extra. Not sure when this was brewed.

A- Bad Habit pours a dirty tan color out of the bottle while settling to a dark brown/ mahogany color once in the glass. Some debris can be seen also. Up to light a nice deep orange bronze color. Not much head and no lacing.

S- Smell consists of a bunch of dried fruit with apples and a off caramel malt sense. A bunch of alcohol as well. Toffee with syrup. A bit of a candi essense. Some raisin with warming and some plum.

T- Starting off I got a nice apple taste with caramel from the malt following and of course some alcohol, that can't be denied. The toffee came with warming along with even more sweetness with raisins which did not mesh well.

M- This quad was a bit lively once first opened but quickly lost it's feel and became quite flat. I prefer this in very small sips as anything more and your in for sweet alcohol. A step above medium bodied.

D- The flavors don't collide well leaving me scratching my head. I'm glad I tried it but won't miss it. Hopefully founders releases a revamped version later in time, as this bottle may be past it's prime(Not sure the year on this).

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3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very opaque and muddy brownish red in color. No head forms at all on the pour. You can immediately pick up some fruity tones upon popping the cap. That's where the positives cease. This tastes like a fruity alco-pop. Very fruity and alcoholic. Like a cheap bottle of Mad Dog 20/20. Medium mouthfeel and a somewhat cloying aspect. I love my boys at Founders, but they severly missed with this one.

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3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nlmartin hooked me up with this one via BC2. Thanks Nate!
Fairly clear and deep reddish orange with a thin skim of foam that formed a solid collar. Some sticky, spotty lace. Significant alcohol in the aroma, but it was fairly mellow with no fusels. Notes of fruity plum, floral hops, toasty and doughy malt filled things out. Very fruity flavour with some sweet malt, plums, strawberry, and a peppery alcohol finish. Some higher alcohols were present. Medium to full bodied with gentle carbonation, warmth and a bit of stickiness. Drinkability was pretty good. I thought the higher alcohols worked for this one, especially since they didn't seem overly hot or solvent-like.

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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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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed: easy to get into, but hard to get out of."


Harvest orange with butter rum colored trim. Unfortunately, the beige crown is small, soft, less than sticky, fizzy and isn't exactly coating the glass with lace. It's difficult to imagine a Belgian-style ale that looks less Belgian. The high ABV may be a foam killer, but I've seen plenty of high-ABV ales that were more attractive than this.

The aroma sketches the faint outlines of the style when bold brushstrokes are called for. Each sniff delivers cherries and berries macerated in Stolichnaya. If the beer is this boozy now, it must have been something else back in the fall of '06. Will it be more competently buried on the palate?

Founders is one of my favorite American craft breweries. I had to get that in because Bad Habit is not a good quadrupel. In fact, it's a car crash of a big ale that, nevertheless, isn't a *total* loss. Where the hell do I start?

A considerable cherry cough syrup sweetness is cut off at the knees by a rubbing alcohol quality that undermines the whole operation. The remainder of the flavor profile includes butter toffee, black cherry, red raspberry and pink bubblegum. Can BHBQ possibly be brewed with nothing other than malt, hops, yeast and water?

It feels stupid to grant an average taste score since Bad Habit is anything but average in the 'run of the mill' sense. With respect to quality, however, the above score is entirely appropriate. I think I'm starting to hallucinate. Are we sure this stuff isn't 14.8%?

The mouthfeel isn't as big or as sticky as anticipated. It starts out that way, then dissolves into lightly viscous and modestly mouthcoating. A few too many fine bubbles don't help the cause.

Founders is not in the habit of brewing less than delicious beer. However, they missed the mark widely with Bad Habit Belgian Quad. They should either go back to the drawing board or should forget this colorful mess entirely and concentrate on brewing the beers that we all know and love. Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Red's Rye, Black Rye, Centennial IPA, Devil Dancer... and on and on and on.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz picked up in trades (sorry I don't remember everyone who has sent me one of these, I promise I am keeping better trading notes now.) Poured into my red wine glass and am still listening to Sasha's Involver mix.

Hazy muddy orange pour... waaaay to big of a head. Lacing is good.. but nothing even remotely great.

Bazooka Joe bubblegum, banana and harsh Belgian yeast spicyness dominate the nose.... sugar syrup with lively fruits.. plums... plums... a little bit nutmeg. Alcohol is hot... If it was warm enough, I could set it on fire.

Flavor is candy sweet... Hefeweizen banana and cloves... too much, way too much fruitiness... I normally need a little sweetness to tie together the Quad flavor nuances, but this is nearly off the charts. Mouthfeel is heavy/thick and cloying... I've been sitting on my last bottle of Bad Habit for close to a year now (thinking that time would do it well) ... My notebook reviews show the same disdain... although, this review is not nearly as bad as when I first had it back in January. I wrote, "Bad Habit needs a recipe reformulation and this bottle needs a LOT longer bottle time". That being said, I would really like to score another 4-6 of these and not touch them for 3-4 years.

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3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: Medium copper in color, slightly hazey. Pour leaves a lovely , frothy white head that lasts and lasts.

s: Alcohol soaked figs or raisins and some brown sugar are the most noticeable, Some sour wheat and cherries appear as it warms.

t: Alcohol and cherries are the dominant flavors here. This is the most flavorful U.S. quad I've had but it's just too much. Some sweet sugary malts are here along with an alcohol burn at the end.

m: The carbonation comes pretty close the genuine Belgian article. It's certainly thick and silky enough for the style.

d: I don't know how old this bottle was but some age might have helped mellow this out. I won't be in a hurry to try this one again.

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