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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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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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Photo of Franchise
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky dark brown that leaves a thick tan head. The aroma is fruit, prunes, figs, brown sugar, plums very inviting with a suttle hop earthiness. The taste is initally good, toffee a bit of alcohal is just faint enough to be noticed. There is a bitterness for balance, followed by a banana fruit salad feel to this brew. As this beer warms up I get more of an unpleasantness from this offering. It starts to taste like cherry nyquil with the alcohal and fruit feel on the palate. This offering from Founder's gives you a Jekyll and Hyde performance in the beginning it is great but as it warms up the alcohal and off fruit flavors dominate and make this a below average quad.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notched 12oz purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Hazy amber with a light tan head that foams up and then falls to a fat veiled ring. Not much for lace.

The nose is a nice blend of banana, Christmas spices, cherries, and alcohol. Sweet with some chalk. I like it.

The banana and spices are present upfront with a hint of the fruits and a more pronounced hop presence that tastes somewhat centennial. Lots of heat in the back. Starts out as peppery and the heat builds before tapering off. Not a turnoff as it is integrated into the overall taste.

The mouth is a little thin per style. I would like it to have more body. As of now it needs to mellow a bit for drinkability. I have faith that it will.

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Photo of OldSock
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, the label is notched on the bottom left indicating that it was bottled in the last month or so. Pours dark red/brown into my oversized wine glass. The thin off-white head quickly falls without leaving any lacing.

Smell – Bananas, sugar and lots of alcohol. This one is missing some of the complexity that the style is known for.

Taste – Where the aroma was mainly estery, the flavor has a good deal of spice to complement the bananas. There is also a good deal of alcohol and a thick background sweetness that overwhelms any trace of hop bitterness. This one is missing the dark-plum/raisin/rum flavors that the top-shelf quads are know for.

Mouthfeel – Medium full bodied with medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Not what I look for in a quad, and a somewhat rough beer at this point. This one is still very young and should continue to mellow and improve with age, I look forward to an cellared bottle of this in the future. I just wish a brewers had the ability to let a beer like this age for an appropriate time at the brewery.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Brian700
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice clear caramely red color with a white head that doesn't sit very high or hang around very long. It fizzled down to a ring around my glass. Not much lacing.

The aroma is of candi sugar sweetness, dark fruit (dates, raisins, figs), alcohol, sweet malt.

The flavor is of sweet malt with and underlying belgian yeast stranglehold on it. There is a presence of dark fruits again and belgian candi sugar or dextrose. There is quite a bit of alcohol warming which I like in a beer. Overall a nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a decent beer as far as drinkability least for a seasoned palate. I would definately pick some up. Probably a good aging beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Derek
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Brownish-amber, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Prune, bread, slight spice/phenolic aroma, pleasant fruityness (pineapple & melon).

T: Prune; bread; spicey, but not too phenolic or fusil; a little pineapple & melon; fig; alcohol becomes more assertive as it warms.

M: Light to moderate carbonation, moderate to full body, slight hint of acidity.

D: Good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
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 Frozensoul327
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, at the source. Presented a deep brownish bronze color with a small head of foam. Low carbonation. Aromas of candied sugar and sweet malts lead a nice assault on the nose. The taste was a bit of a letdown, as the flavors were rather bland. Definite sweet syrup notes, some maple and malt, a touch of hops. Maybe a touch of grain. Mouthfeel was slightly syrupy and thicker than I'm used to for the style. At 12% ABV, I can't complain about the drinkability. Worth a sample.

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Photo of sopor
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It strikes me that Founders needs to be bottling this stuff, I would love to add another bad habit to my list.
The chalkboard at the brewery only listed 10.5% abv, but I left there in a less than sober state of mind, and could be wrong.

Bad Habit is dark amber brown with creamy head that leaves a lovely splat & ring in the Pils glass it was served in. Minimal nose of candy/caramel sweetness.

Candy sweetness with some hints of marshmallow and chocolate and a slight abcking of grainy malt. Alcohol is definitely present with slight hop bittering. Not very complex, though it was getting more complex as it warmed. One BA told me that they like to order this and one other beer at the same time, to allow this beer time to warm up. Not a bad idea!

Moderate but "fluffy" body due to decent carbonation coming alive on the tongue. Very tast brew but not to be taken lightly due to the ABV. I hope Founders decides to bottle this brew, perhaps they have been experimenting with it on tap first?

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a golden edge and has a generous frothy white head which fades away somewhat quickly. There doesn't appear to be any lacing...I have to mark it down a bit here because I really prefer Belgians to be very frothy. (This might be somewhat unfair because the sample I had at the brewery was very carbonated..perhaps the growler has robbed it here...?) The smell is trademark quad style with a very strong fruity aspect of grapes and sweetness from the excessive malting.

The taste also starts out sweetly with an almost white wine-like grape hits. This combines with a sugary like sweetness and a bit of tartness, but that is also off-set by both the alcohol (which is present but isn't too heavy given the actual percentage) and a very mild hop bite along with some slight spicy notes. Quality.

Mouth...pretty full...bubbly. There wasn't a tonne of head to be had, but the carbonation did stick around in the beer itself and lends something. I would also call the drinkability on this good...Belgians are notorious for hiding the alcohol content and this is no exception.

The bottom line: a tasty, tap room only (to date) offering from Founders that is worth checking out if you're in the GR area.

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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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