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 ubermunkey
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy medium copper color with a very thin off-white head. the head disappeard quickly leaving a thin lacing for the remainder of the glass. Smelled of bananas, bubblegum, maybe even a little apple. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. The taste again was strongly of bananas, sweet with a light sour citrus kick. They hid the alcohol well, i mean you know it's there, but it's full strength doesn't let itself be known until after finishing off the bottle. Obviously this limits it drinkability to a lightweight like myself. Not bad, but it just doesn't suit my tastes.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quickly dissipating head sits above an attractive murky orange/brown brew. Aroma has some cherry notes, malty, sharp esters, and strong phenols. High alcohol put a zip on the palate and warmth in the gullet. Malts offer a nice range of characters with sherry wine, oak barrel char, bourbon, butterscotch, and brown sugar. There is a strong phenolic plastic flavor that is a little annoying and is also strong in the finish. Smokey, caramel, and ruby port wine notes increase as it warms. Medium body with a sticky medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of xav33
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Founders Bad Habit Quad
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, guilted 11/06
Medium pour in a snifter.

Poured copper with a tiny off white quickly diminishing fizzy head.

Smelt of strongly bubblegum, bananas, sherry, cinnamon and cloves.

Taste was upfront sweet banana, cheap brandy (or more like the European alcohol "marc") , cinnamon and cloves, followed by a harsh yeasty barnyard and mold bitterness on a long finish that dies back to a pleasant banana/bubble gum feel. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, fizzy, creamy, moderately astringent, and excessively alcoholic.

Overall, the pieces are there for a good brew, but the alcoholic feel is just too strong and overshadows the overall feel of the beer.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly chunky, deep auburn copper with a small, disappearing white head.

At first, I thought I just smelled a similar quad that I just had. Heavy on the brandy/sherry alcohol. But after settling, it has a wonderful airy, grassy quality.

The sweet alcohol flavor blended nicely with each part of this drink. It was apparent with the dark, sweet fruits and the sweet malts. It was present with the light caramel body. In the middle where the alcohol bites, it was already apparant, thus subdued at this point. The aftertaste wasn't as sickly sweet as some of the quads I've had.

Mouthful was just a bit fizzy, but in an enjoyable way. Seemed very active on the tongue.

Drinkability was fine considering the ABV and style. A little sweet, but not too bad even for me (I hate sweets)

Very enjoyable. I found this more complex that others, and intriguing. Made me want to try more.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a puckered-lip monk on the label. the image makes me think he drank some of this beer and didn't quite like it. hoping things turn out better for me here.

pours an uninspired auburn with no head save an ultra-thin ring around the surface layer. rainbow parabola of creamed lace. phenolic papaya-infused aroma, very invasive and somewhat acidic. too bold in the nose for a quad imho, but this could be promising for the flavor within.

initially buttery, balanced somewhat by sweet brown sugar and rotten cherry syrup flavors. finish sneaks up on you, avoiding what i thought would be a problematic boozer.. however, the aftertaste is very dry and bitter. kind of a mess for a quad, i was hoping this would showcase more mild burnt sugar/caramel notes and subtle fresh berries and dates. naah, either this is entirely too young to drink or contains entirely wrong yeast. i'm able to finish the bottle but i certainly won't revisit on my own dollar (except the one i have left, which will cellar for a year min.)

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Photo of alexgash
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool label. Gold auburn body is mostly clear, but a little yeast slipped by and in. Small, ringy off-cream head. Bubblegum (Bazooka) nose with fruit cocktail and spicy booze. Huge estery fruit and bubblegum up front. Light toffee backing, but more sweet fruit punch. Yeasty spice cake and scorched sugar bitterness. Warming, slightly bitter fruit finish. An interesting, fruity “quad.” Moderate body with a syrupy feel. A nice sipper, but a little too bubblegum-centered.

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Photo of cameraman
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a amber/auburn color very little evidence of a head. The scent of a sweet sugary fragrance, fruit aromas( raisons, currants, and slight bit of banana), with some scents of spices as well. The taste is a well blended flavors of the fruit and the spices, with a strong malty flavor coming in at the end to balance it all out. It is a tad watery, but gains some weight as it crosses the palate. It does have the warm feel of alchol as it reaches the back of the throat. A good solid quad and very easy to drink.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a 1/8 inch head that fades rapidly to a very thin, spotty cap, leaving behind minimal lacing. I really like the color, but the lack of head retention is a bit disapointing, even for a this high abv beer.

Smell; very belgianesque, with candied sugar and somewhat yeasty. The dark fruits are pleasant, with cherries and plums, but there's also some bubblegum and a little banana.

Taste; the bubblegum and bananas come out a bit more strongly in the flavor. The candied sugar has a significant presence, and the cherries and plums make a nice appearance as well. Not quite as good as the nose, but still nice. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, especially with the lack of carbonation to help out. Drinkability is not bad for such a big beer.

Overall this is a beer I definitely preferred on tap as opposed o the bottle, but I still found it pretty enjoyable. Can't wait to see what Founders decides to bottle next.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I want to like Founders, i really do, but their beers just haven't done it for me...

i dont know how this is classified as a quad. pours a dark orange color with zero head. didn't have the correct body either - waaaay too thin. had the consistency of water (and strangely not carbonated). lots of citrus flavors, strong alcohol presence. quite sharp on the palate - lacked the maltiness associated with quads that balances out the high alcohol content. drinkability was low.

reminded me of an english barleywine, i think (maybe not, i am just doing my best to classify it i think).

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Photo of quasimoto
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep copper color with an off-white head. Some laceing.

S - Strong aromas of fruit, some plum, some orange citrus, spices, and caramel. There is some alcohol present.

T - There is some funky glue like flavor right up front. That flavor stays there all the way through it. Strong malty sweet comes into play, some vinous characters, and the alcohol on the end.

M - Dry, right off the bat. There are some other notables like the carbination sharpness in on the front of the tounge. It also leaves a litttle bit dry down the center, but there is some residue in the end.

D - For the style, its close, maybe it needs some age.

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Photo of Generik420
4.92/5  rDev +35.2%
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 bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Founders tasting @ Dilly Deli. Cloudy, chestnut/copper in color, almost seems a bit light. Thin off-white foamy head disappears quick. Fruity and spicy notes in the aroma. Slightly caramel malt backbone with an abundance of fruit, apple, pineapple, orange. Some spices also thrown in. Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable, alcohol is not noticable. Overall, nicely done. Didn't have the dark bready character that appear in some, but still nice. Would be interesting to see how this develops.

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Photo of Wildman
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark brown color and formed a small off white bubbly head that disappeared quickley. Little carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, caramel and some nutty qualities. The flavor was of malt, caramel, a hinit of chocolate and nuts. It had a medium body and bittersweet finish with the alcohol present in the finish. Not a bad quad, but not the best that this brewer has offered.

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Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a cloudy, copper-amber with a very small, light tan head that quickly faded.

Smell was a mix of yeast, spices, malts, dried fruits and big alcohol esters.

Taste was rich and flavorful. Spices and bready notes were initially detectable before the alcohol took over. Once the beer settled, spices and some traces of caramel come through as well. Quite hoppy on the back end. The finish was hoppy as well, dry and slightly bitter.

While the strong alcohol presence and hoppy finish hampered drinkability, this was still a good beer overall.

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Photo of merlin48
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another interesting find from the wonderful Keg Liquor Store in Clarksville, Indiana. I was prepared to be disappointed by this attempt at a Belgian Quad, but the Founders folks have actually acquitted themselves quite well here. Pours into a goblet a hazy copper color with little to no head and an absence of lacing. Looks like Troeg's Mad Elf.

Aroma is quite profound. Cherries and Bananas, clove and pepper, dark fruits, cinnamon, and some fusel alcohol. Beastly aroma!

Mouthfeel is a bit brash and fusel, but not that unpleasant. Medium bodied.

Taste mirrors the aroma very well. Cherries and bananas, soaked in rum and served with raisins and figs. Drenched with Jamaican dark rum. Flavors are quite bold.There is fusel alcohol here that reminds me of some unpleasant grain alcohol experiments of my younger days. Some anise is also noticed. Middle and finish reveal a solid effort to replicate Belgian yeasts, sugars, and hops complexities.

An excellent American Quadrupel that still doesn't rival the better Belgians.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 BAbaracus
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour with almost non-existent head retention, presumably due to alcohol.

Strong berry, licorice, vanilla, maybe cinnamon and bit of pepper. Yeast smells fresh but potent.

Sharp berries and cinnamon up front but fades quickly into stale flatness. Honestly I think the finish on this one keeps it out of the ~4.5 overall range. Suprisingly vapid, like a Paris Hilton song with a great guitar solo.

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Photo of onsite416
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours (in to a tulip glass) dark brown that leaves a thick light brown head. The aroma is prunes (very prominent), figs, raisons & brown sugar, the taste is initially good with caramel, banana & spices are faint enough to be noticed, and although its not as big as it’s quad counter parts with all of the sugary tastes, I believe that it’s not ready yet. I save one for a year from now just to make sure.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pleasant dark tang bodied brew with nice head, decent retention, and good lacing. Sweeter aroma and flavor then I prefer but with a good trade off, absolute cover of the high abv. Plenty of fruit including the ever pleasing pineapple and some melon. Small amounts of Christmas spice and cherries. Thin body. Some nuttiness. Some warming. Too sweet. Less structured and complex as most quads (Belgian or US) but far more drinkable then most American quads.

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Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out to a coppery-brown in the glass with a good-sized head. The aroma brings forth banana, raisins and malt. The taste is solid, with a fruits such as prune, raisin, cherries giving way to a solid kick on the swallow. The alcohol isn't harsh, but it isn't hidden either. A cold weather warmer for sure.

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Photo of aforbes10
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very red beer with a big white head. a little sediment is floating around in there. Smells right for a quad...malty with ethanol and cloves. Tasty, spicy beer..malty and lots of red fruit and ethanol. the alcohol presence is pretty sharp at first sip but then the spiciness comes through and this is what lingers. chewy and well balanced. another good one from Founders...they never seem to screw up when they try a new style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, $2.49, Riley's...rewatching the 2005 ND-Stanford game

appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip...very lovely dark garnet body, deep and full bodied appearance, light beige head with not much retention

smell: big banana nut bread aroma that kind of struck me by surprise, sweet sugar aroma, original flavoured bubble yum, caramel malt, touch of hops noticeable after a while

taste: this is a big beer...brown banana, a bit nutty, strong boozy nature lingers throughout, sweet boozy fruit - apple, plum, banana...caramel malt backbone, holiday spice attributes that could make this a nice december release...interesting but out of control quadruple that stretches the style

mouthfeel: alcohol a bit hot, medium-full body

drinkability: its big, but i'll manage it

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit disappointed with the looks of this brew. It pours a murky oak-wood colored brown with an anlost non-existant head.
The smell is pretty nice, though. Sweet caramel, toffee, a little spicy, and a hint of alcohol are in the nose.
It does indees taste Belgiany, but a little raw. Could this use some aging? A little sweet up front, then gives way to a sharp, almost harsh taste for a second. After that passes, you're left with a nice, sweet aftertaste. I think this could use a little more time.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body, with a creamy mouthfeel. It's a sipper.

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Founders Bad Habit Belgian Quad from Founders Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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