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Quarta Runa | Birrificio Montegioco

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Quarta RunaQuarta Runa

Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-inspired ale brewed with fresh peaches.

Added by Todd on 10-11-2006

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by Fcolle2:
Photo of Fcolle2
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden in color with a big finger and a half white fizzy head

Smell is malt forward with a bright sweet peach aroma that works nicely with the sweet caramel malt and rich grainy aromas. Little to no hop presence.

First sip is lighter then expected but not in a bad way. Malt has some faint grain and straw flavors that are balanced out by a moderately sticky sweet peach fruit flavor. A little bit of bready yeast is present near the end and in the exhale.

Mouthfeel is light crisp ad refreshing. High carbonation is balanced with a fruit and malt stickiness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a very hazy dense peach-yellow colored body with a thick snow-white cloudy head that last the full beer. The body is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The full smell of yeasty wheat and soft peach fuzz has a hint of club soda followed by a green leaf note. As the beer warms the aroma really develops the dry peach pit note that is very nice.

T- The dry wheat flavor has a slight tartness to it followed by a light dry peach note. The finish is a nice soft bitterness. As the beer warms, the dry but nice flavor of peaches develops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight sponge texture to the finish.

D- With the first glass of this beer, I was really under whelmed thinking this was just another decent wheat beer with a nice bitterness to it. As the beer warmed in the second and third glass the peach flavor really showed itself. The peach flavor had a very good fresh real peach fuzz flavor. I didn’t taste big juicy sugary peaches but soft peach blossoms.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle marked down for ten dollars. Now I will drink the whole thing to my head. Smells peachy. Looks a very light cloudy golden color. This is quite dry and quite fruity. A touch too much fruit but delicious, refreshing, and definetely worth ten dollars but probably not twenty (well maybe not). The belgian notes are there but the whole thing seems a little thin. Hard to believe this is 7 percent. Perhaps something happened to the bottle to make it cost ten dollars. Overall it is quite good I would like to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian strong ale brewed with Volpedo peaches.

A: Poured a bright and very hazy golden-peach color with a huge 2 finger creamy white head that left a nice film lacing.

S: yeasty with sour citrus, oranges, peaches, and a slight bit of farmhouse funkiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with some cinnamon notes, fresh sugary peaches, and citrus. The mouthful was light, creamy and very light on the tongue from the soft wheat palate. The flavor proceeds to a tangy citrus and peach flavor before finishing with a sour fruitiness.

M: Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth.

D: soft citrusy and peach flavors provide for an incredibly smooth drinkability factor. Really nice.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a reasonable white head, and a small-moderate amount of chunky yeasty-like sediment.

Aroma is of fresh peaches, and is absolutely marvelous; the best part of this beer. Well done!

Flavor is a generally tame, wheaty pale ale, with a generous (but not overpowering) fruit flavor- nicely balanced, delicate and clean. However, also plain and unexciting. Good for what it is, but not anything that really excites me.

Not bad.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with hints of gold and a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is almost all fresh peaches, with thints of caramel malt. Peachy. Flavor is dry light peach, light wheat, slight tartness. Medium body with good carbonation. This is kind of a one dimensional ale, with little other flavors than the peach and the light wheat, but it is so differeent and well done that it is still an interesting and unusual treat to drink. Drier than a fruit lambic. The peach in the flavor is not quite as fresh as the aroma, but the nose is fabulous. Glad I ran across this.

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Photo of rallison
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves a ring.

Smells wonderful. Fresh peaches and yeast make for a very pleasant nose.

The taste, however, is a bit of a letdown. Wheat-y with some yeast notes and very, very subtle peach notes. The smell is complex - the taste, not so much. Still very interesting, but not as good as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

Recommended, although not worth the $20 or so this costs.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

New batch? Didn't see a date on the 12oz bottle served at Alla Spina in Philadelphia. Pricey.

Pours a light golden, plenty of bubbly head. Smell is ripe and very peachy, mix of earthy fresh peaches and a sweeter, juicy peach note. Loads of peaches. Peaches. Did I mention peaches?

Flavor carries through the peach notes, sweet and earthy, light tartness with spritzy carbonation, a little too much so, could be a little more depth to this (maybe a bit more malt body, though I think the carbonation is hindering what could be a smoother balance here), light and refreshing, enjoyable.

Worth the price? Probably not, but a really enjoyable, unique beer. Did I mention peaches?!

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Photo of ystazi
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mportnoy
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking pride in their rustic brewing roots that are now more likely embodied in Belgian lowland ales, Italy shows off their barley and wheat-rich tradition with Quarta Runa- a yeast and wheat heavy taste with a delicate array of fruit and spice, but with a certain peach-flavored lead.

Hazy goldenrod and turbid like German wheat ale, the beer's racing carbonation plumps up a large, rocky pillow of froth. With an acidic fruit tinge to the nose, the scent of peach is front and center. With a bready-sweet character looming, its taste is doughy and succulent like cookie dough.

With the rich wheat and bread flavors holding stern, the natural fruit esters of apple, banana, papaya and pawpaw act cidery, vinous with white wine, and share a candied confectioner's whimsy. Balanced with freshly grated white pepper, clove, peppercorn, vanilla and almond, the counter to fruit is spicy. Peach dominance however reign supreme with the mustiness of over-ripe orchard fruit, damp burlap and a whimsy of sea air adding a deep and earthen tone to finish without souring.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's soft bitter finish is lightly grassy as the beer once again links up with the fruit skin pectin character of peach for an astringency that's mostly reserved for fruit wine. Trailing with a big wheat, yeast, vegemite and angel-food creaminess, the ale rounds out on the palate like a bigger, more complex, fruit-infused hefeweizen

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit beer with peaches: This brew is a hazy, cloudy, traffic-light yellow color. The head is brilliantly white and remarkably thick. The smell is interesting...light and fresh, with peach, apple, yeast, and distant pale malt and grain. A little grass and hay are present in the smell as well. It's a summery-smelling brew, to be sure. The taste has a dryness and chalky character that's not quite fitting. I do like that the fruit isn't overly sweet, though. There's a little malt, and hints of sourness that never quite develop. No sense of hops at all, but there is a little spice quality that comes forth in the finish. Light in body. For 7% abv, the beer hides it's alcohol very well. As far as a fruit beer, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marvelous, really enjoy peach anyway and I passed this around to a few people who really liked it as well. The wheat was a surprise, did not expect to pick up on it. Well carbonated, refreshing and very drinkable. A real pleasure, would like to find more.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, with a decent head that lasts awhile.

Smells of malt and fresh peaches.

While peaches are what this beer is all about, the taste is good but not stellar. Malt is prominent and the taste is overall a bit bland. Very unlike a Lindeman's in which the peach flavor is much more prominent. This is not very acidic, which I would prefer, but it is also not too sweet which is one thing I like about it compared to Lindeman's.

The body is medium and carbonation is lightly spritzy, giving it an acceptable mouthfeel.

This is an OK fruit beer, but overall a bit on the bland side. Finished it off, but will not seek another.

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Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is cloudy dark amber with an off white tight head. Very fruity in the nose, orange peel and peach skin, slightly green and a touch dusty. Huge peach, really tastes like the first bite of a fresh fuzzy peach. Very singular with an earthy peach pit note in back. Medium body, soft palate, great carbonation. This is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rado
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst serve in a small snifter.

The color is golden and cloudy with thick white head and rocky top. The smell has mild floral and slightly fruity esters with gentle malt in the aroma. The feel is tangy, fruity and subtle creamy yet lightly mineral in the finish with slight sour aspect with mostly dry finish -like mineral water essence with peach flesh in texture.

The taste is good with a slight fruity malty entry with a subtle sweet quality and slight floral hint in the middle with peach essence that is semi-tangy yet mildly creamy perhaps from the yeast with a gentle and semi-dry finish. Overall this is interesting but of the peach beers I tried recently this was the most mellow

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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, opened Oct 2015

A - Nice deep golden wheat body with a finger f creamy white head. OK retention and lace.

S - Loaded with delicious yellow peaches, fresh cut grass, sweet melon, and bread crust.

T - Sweet and peachy. Grass, lemon, crisp apple, syrupy canned peaches, and dry earthy hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - Fruity and sweet. Almost more fruit lambic-like than Belgian strong ale.

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Quarta Runa from Birrificio Montegioco
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