Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged QuadTrip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 3.67%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
16
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged QuadTrip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad
Notes: his classic Quad in rum barrels is a nod to the great Trappist brewers of Belgium. Deep ruby-brown in color, the beer is rich and full-bodied with the style's familiar dark fruit flavors, while the yeast creates a hint of spice. Rum barrels impart delicate sweetness and complexity to this beer that can be enjoyed today or cellared for years to come.
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on . Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, molasses, roast, nuttiness, oak, rum, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal booziness in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate rum barrels/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread dough/crust, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, molasses, roast, nuttiness, oak, rum, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast, rum/oak tannin spiciness; and herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, peach, pear, apricot, red apple, berries, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, vanilla, licorice, molasses, roast, nuttiness, oak, rum, banana, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate rum barrels/earthy hop flavors; with a fantastic malt/sugar, bitterness, and yeast/rum/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and yeast/rum/oak spiciness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky/tannic, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 11.7%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Belgian quad. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate rum barrels/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel for the ABV. Not a ton of barrel, but solid; which is fine as it usually leads to a super boozy beer. Amazingly balanced Belgian yeast, sugars, and rich malts; with solid noble hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example. Just as impressive as any true Belgian.

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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taking another trip through the woods with the Sierra Nevada team, the tastebuds stumble upon a rum soaked, caramelized, winey array of flavors that only a rum barrel aged Belgian-styled dark ale can provide.

So their Trip in the Woods, Rum Barrel Aged Quad edition pours with a very deep garnet hue, ominously translucent only about its margins. As a dense but stubby froth builds upon the rim, its scent is illuminated by the dark fruit, racy dark spices and a melange of both rum and wine. Deeply caramelized, the rife scent of toffee, brown sugar and molasses lends over to the taste also as its malty sweet upstart is nearly Strong Scottish Ale in nature.

As the ale traverses across the tongue, the tastebuds begin to dissect the complexity of flavors, starting with the rum spices breaking up the malt slightly to allow a fruit filled center of plum, date, fig, blackberry, red grape and off-prune to stew on the middle palate. Its yeast spices follow up with the pop of peppercorn, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to nearly suggest a holiday-type of taste. Oak, nuttiness and the sweet spiciness of rum extends into a long late palate of sweet, savory spiciness with low bitterness and faint vinous tartness.

Full bodied, rich but never cloying, the complex array of flavors have the senses thinking fuller and richer than is actual, but still, the robust flavors and its booze balances the sweetness and creaminess while supporting the malt and giving them identity. Too heavy for authentic quad-styled ale, the beer is quite an amazing American adaptation of the styles finer attributes.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a finger of tan foam. Dark fruit, namely fig and raisin, vanilla, rum, belgian yeast, and a little cola in the nose. Taste is boozy but not hot like the nose is, barrel adapted well, get a little wood, but mostly the rum aspect, fit must better into the quad than expected, thought rum might stick out a little. Feel is boozy but not too hot, full bodied, and smooth.

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4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark with a light cap of dense head. Smells amazing with dark fruits, rum and hints of vanilla. Tastes the same. Sweet, caramel, raisins, figs, rum and vanilla. Just an amazing and delicious beer.

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Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 16 ratings