The Mother Of All Beers (Quadrupel) | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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The Mother Of All Beers (Quadrupel)The Mother Of All Beers (Quadrupel)

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 04-11-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by erica:
Photo of erica
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this lovely beer up at the Solana Beach Pizza Port while on a visit with TheLongBeachBum in Sunny California. (Thank You for taking me there!!) A very nice trip, and I was glad I could actually get some bottles to bring back home! (thanks to francisweizen for financing the 2 PP bottles!)

So, this Mother was a really nice one, very strong and warm and tasty. It was a dark reddish-brown colour, with a tan, very creamy head on top. It smelled really nice as well- I'd have to say almost like burnt sugar? Also an alcoholic rum raisin aroma drifts up as well. Tasted very fruity and sweet but not too sweet- there was just the perfect amount of tart, dryness to balance that out. Even though it wasn't oak-aged, I was picking up the slightest oak flavour, along with an explosion of sorts of plums, raisins, dried apricots, really like a mix of brandy-soaked mixed dried fruits. I loved it! Mouthfeel was beautiful, oh so creamy, it slowly glided down my throat like liquid silk. Well, as slowly as I could handle, as I just couldn't get enough of it! I got a very dry, grapey finish, which also helped make this beer not grossly sweet. Drinkability was beautiful, it felt warm and alcoholic but didn't taste it really, so I didn't feel like I was drinking a 10% quad. Very very very good beer overall, just too bad I can't get it again!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. This is the 2005 bottle.

Appearance - Murky deep brown. Lightly reddish. Not much of a head. Just a khaki collar

Smell - Lots of oxidation. Dark fruits. Brown sugar. Raisins.

Taste - Lots of cardboard. Brown sugar after that. Some dark fruits. A kind of cardboard bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Still well carbonated. Oxidized, though.

Overall - Too oxidized at this point, but it definitely has its merits even now.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks to LuckySevens82 for allowing me the opportunity to sample this one. Pours from the elegantly labeled, with a big scripted "M", 750ml bottle a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a lovely creamy two finger khaki head sitting nicely on top. Deep garnet hues come out when held up to the light with great head retention. Aromas of dark roasted malt, candi sugar, cocoa, caramel and dark fruits (raisins, plums) along with a spicy, pepper yeast tone. Fresh and vibrant...simply a treat for the nose with a hint of alcohol.

First sip brings a nice dark malty roastiness with hints of cocoa covered cherries, apples, dark fruit and rich creamy caramel. Spicy Belgian yeast flavors with notes of cinammon and clove. Sweet candi sugar molasses with raisins and a hint of toffee. An intricate blending of flavors that rolls over the palate leaving me fiending for another sip of this sweet nectar. A bit of warming alcohol and herbal hops finishes this one up on the way down...simply an awesome Quadrupel brewed right here in the USA. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a healthy carbonation. Smooth as begs to be drank and I have no problem giving in. An incredibly drinkable Quad...simply breathtaking. I sure wish I had another bottle. A testament to craft brewing and a huge accomplishment for Tomme and everyone at Pizza Port. This could easily go up against its Belgian counterparts. Wow...highly recommended.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer is simply amazing. It pours a dark brown with red highlights. The thick head was tan. It faded very slowly leaving more laces than I have ever seen. It smelled spicy with hints of cinnamon. It also smelled fruity with hints of plumbs and raisins. There was also a malty aroma to it. The flavor was very complex. It tasted malty with a good hop balance. It had a caramel taste and also a spicy cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. The alcohol was also quite apparant in the flavor. This beer is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. It goes down smooth leaving a floral, spicy aftertaste. This beer might not be the best session beer due to the high alcohol content after a few pints, you wot be able to operate heavy machinery. But a pint or two is definately a good thing. If you hare in Solana Beach, or if you ever have access to a bottle of this stuff, you need to try it. It is definately worth it.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of PMR. Thanks Patrick.
Pours a dark mahogany and caramel brown and maroon. Big, broad fluffed up tan head that maintains some stickiness throughout.
Aroma of some nuts, chocolate, dark fruity fig and date tones and just a hint of yeasty banana or mango.
Flavors of chocolate malt and dark fruits really shine with a hint of cassis and some deep dark earthy tones, almost peaty in nature.
Spiciness creeps up as the beer warms and adds just another very interesting dimension.
Mouthfeel is very full-bodied yet highly drinkable and easy going. Really has a depth and silkiness to it. Alcohol is just enough to make your senses aware of it. Spiciness just cuts the sweetness to make it an incredible drinking experience.
Drinkability is about as good as it gets. If this is the base for Cuvee de Tomme then I better fly my ass to SoCal and find some of that there stuff. Truly awesome.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml bottle up at the Solana Beach Pizza Port, all for $10. Figured what better glassware to use than my St. Bernardus chalice. Sitting at my computer for this one vice jotting notes.
MOAB has a brown tone shot through with streaks of ruby and maroon. A compact light beige head briefly perches on top before fading down to a scant cap and thin ring. No lace developed.
I park my nose over the rim and am rewarded the aromas of unripened bananas, dates, figs, raisins. Very sweet, candy sugary aroma, too. Bit of vanilla. Lots of caramel. Then comes the resounding slap upside the head from the potent alcohol. As it warms, there is an earthy, almost peaty aroma and the faint smell of roasted wheat.
I take a pull, then a deeper one. Tons of brandied, candied raisins and plums right off the bat. Quite sweet, loaded with caramel. Slight chocolate flavor. Earthy, peat moss, something approaching the peat flavor of a scotch ale or wee heavy. Way back on the tongue the flavors of bready malt and wheat come out. There's the alcohol taste, warming the throat and chest, faintly scotch-like again. The feel was full, round and velvety.
Almost done with the bottle now and starting to feel the effects of the 10% ABV. By all means, let this one warm up. The smells and especially the flavors simply blossom into a wonderfully complex and dangerously drinkable beer. You won't be disappointed in the least. I certainly wasn't. Well worth seeking out and worth parting with a sawbuck.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1 1/2" of dense light brown head over the deep burgundy brew. Head lasts well due to continuous bubbling, with the heaviest foam lacing I have ever seen, as in measurable thickness! Aroma is fruity spiced Belgian malts, with alcohol notes. Taste is similar to the nose, but with dark fruits coming more to the forefront, and much more alcohol character present. Age would probably smooth this out a bit. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent, esp for the style. Wish I had more of this one.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of drewone
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, virtually opaque, with a thin, even dark tan head. Good lace down the glass.

Aroma is dark and malty with significant fruity notes -- slightly tart cherry and raisin stand out. Quite a strong yeast character, as well, though this will likely mellow with age.

The flavor is marked by a nice Belgian dark malt character. Candi sugar is evident at the front and back end, and combines with a bit of alcohol at the finish to leave a pleasant tingle on the tongue.
More dark fruity characters emerge mid-palate – plum and slightly tart fruits that last to the finish. Pretty sweet, overall, with not quite enough roasty character to balance.

The plentiful and even carbonation helps cut the sweetness a bit, though, and prevents the beer from becoming cloying. Altogether, a reasonably drinkable beer, though you can definitely feel and taste the alcohol! Probably one to cellar for a while.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

unimpressively labeled 750ml bottle, which proclaims it as the best thing ever on earth, and the base beer for the fabled cuvee de tomme, which is resting where this one once did in my fridge.

beautiful rich dark brown with red highlights, patchy small islands of belgian foam. lots of nicely formed bubble clusters on the surface of the liquid. aroma is thick of wood, raisins, and complex malt. some scent eminating from the glass ventures into the more roasty realm of coffee, typical for american belgians and their malt profile. taste is that of a very rich quadrupel, almost maddening in its flavor domination. rich overripe plums add an interesting dark chocolate bitterness. wheaty tangy character also shocks and finishes a tad awkwardly with a bacterial sourness... this slowly dissipates as i drink more.

as i look at the beer again, i notice that the foam has developed into small, rice grain sized clusters. like a cell under a microscope! fascinating.

alcohol kick is nice, creamy finish with foam on my lip. nice virgin wood aftertaste reminding me of the finer, more pristine belgian quads. different, and somewhat glad this is not a straight-up copy. worth the hunt. pizza port rox.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color. Minimal head and lacing. Deep and mysterious.

Aroma of spices, yeast, and cherries. Very sweet and enticing. Smells like a bakery at 5 a.m.

Very balanced flavor. Slightly sour, slightyl sweet. And a little tart too. And a slight hop aftertaste as well. A wonderful balancing act of a compendium of rich and diverse flavors.

Caramel and hops proliferate in the aftertaste, with a dose of brown sugar.

Not the mother of all beers for me, but that's because I'm the brother of another mother. One love baby.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this one from one of my old notebooks from back in my San Diego days.

Poured a rich, medium brown color with a thick off white head. Aromas of raisins, cherries, dark brown sugar and plums. On the palate, this one is fairly full-bodied, thick and chewy, with dark malt, plums, candi sugar and booze. Very good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A recent trip from Long Beach south down the West Coast to the San Diego area to show out-of-town BA Ericaweizen a few of the SoCal beery Sites, involved a trip to the Solana Beach Pizza Port with my good mate EyeChartBrew. Surprisingly they had a few bottles of the MOAB for $10 as well as the Black Label Cuvee de Tomme for $20. Along with Erica I decided to pick up one of each and give them a whirl.

The 750ml green glass flask bottle for the MOAB has a dimpled base, a simple crown cap, and if I may be so bold to say, a very cheap appearance. The “label” is a see through stick on affair, poorly adhered and rather tacky looking, ironic really, especially as this is the base beer for the Cuvee de Tomme and the biggest beer that Pizza Port brews.

Appearance: Poured into my Duvel Glass it has a stereotypical Quadruppel appearance. Lit from above it has a lovely dark brown look, but when lit from behind it exhibits a lovely ruby hue, dark red flashes of light reveal a rather lucid body. The head is a tightly packed foamy light brown tan colored affair, but this is its Sunday best, and it soon throws off this restrictive suit, as it does it breaks up to reveal a more relaxed state of affairs, a large thick ringed halo neck, stabilizes whilst the central portion easily breaks to a thin smattered film covering. Conditioning is extremely fine in nature and resilient; listen hard after a quick swirl will induce an audible head collapse.

Nose: When it is allowed to warm, this offering revels in its naked glory. Dark chocolate, plums, rum, raisins and an earthy sour tinge. Candy sugar reigns as it warms to room temperature and melds with the roasted wheat nicely.

Taste: Dry tastes at first; a thick carpet of malts, lightly roasted nuts, earthy soil laden tobacco leaves. The dryness soon moistens with the introduction of luscious plums, sweet candy sugars, peeled Granny Smith apples, sliced almonds and a rich Dundee Cake finish. As I work my way through the bottle I get a roasted black cherry backbone in the creamy finish. Coats the mouth with an incorrigible sheen that has a lovely lingering dimension.

Mouthfeel: The 10% alcohol is there, mildy intrusive on the palate and warming in the swallow. Rich well molded beginnings and a mature complex finish.

Drinkability: Nicely put together and a very tasty Quad. I managed the whole 750ml with no effort whatsoever. I know it is 10% but it sure goes down well despite that fact. Last of the night and I’ll sleep well for sure!

Overall: A nice chance to get to try the “naked” Cuvee de Tomme. A supreme brew indeed, and definitely worth the coin!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is deep and rich with chocolate notes and fruit, like black cherries and plums. There are some wine-like tannic undertones. I also get a very low level alcoholic nose.

Dark black colored, but held up to the light it's more of a deep ruby. HAs a big initial head that fades to a thin persistant layer of foam.

There's lots of malty sweetness that's tempered by some Belgian oude-bruin like sourness. It puts me in the mind of Rodenbach with the lactic effect on the tongue. There's lost of cherry and other fruit flavors in with the malt too. Hop bitterness is perceptible but very subdued. Adding to the complexity is some earthy character and maybe even some woody flavors.

Has a full body but it doesn't seem huge. Carbonation level is about right. It seems creamy and definitely hides it's strength well.

Overall this a fantastic effort. It stands up very well on its own. It's also the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme that undergoes barrel aging with fruit. It was my brithday so I dug out a special bottle. This was 2005 vintage.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SteveO1231
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was served a bottles of TMOAB at O'Brien's tonight.

Very nice champagne bottle. pours a very dark brown with some red highlights. Thin foamy tan head that settles back into the brew. Nice lacing.

Very sour fruity smells of blackberry, cherry, and plum. Malt hints of chocolate and caramel. Yeasty too.

Very smooth roasted chocolate and toffee initially, followed by a very tart fruity finish. I am not sure of the fruits I taste blackberry, and plum.

Very nice beer, a little sweet but still very nice and smooth, Not sure about the ABV but I'm sure that this will bite me in the ass later.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2005 vintage.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, honey, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, earth, honey, caramel toffee, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is cool to try, but this one is super old and oxidized at this point.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by jeff at the stuffed sandwich

Poured a very dark chocolatey brown with maroon highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really sweet smelling and malty with dark fruit yeasty tasty notes. It did however have lactic character and fruit notes like cherries and faint brown sugar. The flavor was really tasty consisting of the bready malts, swetness from the yeast and fruits like prunes maybe some raisins but had slight brown sugar toffee accents with a touch of cherries. It also seemed to have a little tartness and and some underlying hoppiness on the backend. The brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bready, fruity, malty, slight boozy, and silky hoppy finish. It drank pretty good and seemed to have kept up well with age. Definitely tasty and a beer to must try. I hear they occasionally have it on tap at the source.

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Photo of blisscent
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, hazy dark amber color that is topped by a frothy, creamy tan to light brown colored head. The aroma is incredibly rich and malty, it jumps out at me as I am pouring this beer. There are notes of concentrated toffee, sweet chocolate, fruity notes of concentrated fig, slightly burnt raisin, brown sugar, and hints of bourbon and oak. The beer has quite a complex aroma, there is a lot going on and it is hard to pick out everything that is floating past my nose.

The beer is quite rich on the palate, yet still not all that sweet for its richness. The finish has a light roast character to it combined with a solid dark chocolate note, both of which linger for quite some time. This beer is quite malty in the taste as well, notes of toasted malt, rich toffee, lots of caramel malt, and definite notes of brown sugar. This beer is so rich and malty, yet is not sweet at all, really quite a paradox in some ways, yet in the end not at all. The combination of rich malt character and hints of roast notes give this beer a slight acidity, and even a bit of saltiness (perhaps in combination a bit of that elusive umami taste). Savory is perhaps the best way to describe this beer, it is rich, palate clinging and full of flavorful complexity; more akin to a rich stew than to a rich desert.

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Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with a black label and yellow writing shared by cquiroga, thanks for giving me a chance to try one of Tomme's early brews, think this bottle was from 2005, consumed 3/28/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Color is mahogany, some darker tones, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that lasts a while, good retention, and lacing
S-Milk chocolate, wheat, sugar, vanilla, mild citrus, cake batter, soft booze, and figs
T-Starts off with dark malts, dark fruit and candied sugar in the middle, finish is slightly chewy with wheat and other malts, lingering vanilla and chocolate candy in the aftertaste, gets more rich as it warms
M-Sweet, slightly roasty, yeasty, and chewy mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice sweet lingering flavor
D-Could probably drink this bottle regardless of its strength, alcohol is hidden well, only really noticable slightly in the smell, smooth and easy to drink for its style

This was a great quad and seems to have aged very well, it was great getting to try the base beer for Cuvee de Tomme, this is truly a great beer and was the strongest that was brewed at Pizza Port prior to Angel's Share in 2006, would love to have again and heard it is on tap in the brewpub still from time to time, hope to come across it soon, recommended

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Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Considering that three different bartenders recommend I try this brew at Pizza Port Carlsbad, I'm sensing they don't have it very often.

Dark brown with a light tan head. Smells like raisins/figs and sweet ... something.

The taste is shockingly sweet. Raisins/figs/plums, dark brandy drenched fruits, Belgian candi, and an almost sugary sweetness. Very good tasting beer, but be prepared for a dark fruit/sugar bomb.

Mouthfeel was thick and viscuous.

**this review is from a long time ago. I moved it to the correct listing.

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