Stochasticity Project: Quadrotriticale | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style quadrupel brewed with a special grain called triticale.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
882
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
192
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 882
Photo of kitch
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 9th June 2014. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: A clear brown orangey colour (almost rusty) with a thin beige head that settled to a very thin layer over the top with nice curtain like lacing.

Aroma: Plum, prune skin, grape juice, caramel, toasted toffee with hints of clove and banana.

Taste: Sweet, toasted caramel, plum skin, prunes, grape juice and hints of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Aroma was great, and while the taste wasn’t bad, it was perhaps too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is 4 years old? Second 2014 beer I've purchased from the same shop this year. I need to go back there. I imagine this beer has mellowed over time. It is very solid, pleasant, sweet flavor. The grain notes are definitely not like anything I've tasted before, so maybe that's the triticale. The sweetness is very prominent, but well balanced. It is light in body for a quad, but still fairly heavy in general. It is mellow for a quad and lacking an alcohol flavor or overpowering flavor profile. This has got to be the mellowest quad I've ever tasted, probably because the alcohol content is slightly low, more in the typical tripel range than a quad. It's hard to tell what the balancing bitterness is from, because the sweet sugary notes are sufficient to cover it up. This is an A+ mellow, non-cloying dessert beer. A solid choice. Not distinctive, just delicious. Sad to find out it was only brewed once per the description.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

June 5th, 2015 - The name's a handful and the beer is too: Quadrotriticale aged in Red Wine Barrels. It's a bit brighter than I expected, a lighter brown color verging on gold, and a head that collapses shortly after the pour. The aroma has a fresh glue scent, mixed with mashed apples and cider. There's also a lemon acidity which, with the apple notes, expresses as apple cider vinegar. It is strange then that the taste is bland at first, especially when compared to the nose. It has cake or a strawberry short cake aroma, with flour and light strawberry coulis. Overall it is nice, mild, balanced and tasty while the nose is acerbic and whipping.

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Photo of Boto
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle: Had this one sitting for a couple of years. This one pours a clear ruby tinged darker amber color. There was a small off white head that didn’t last long or leave any lacing. Nice nose. Some banana, other fruits, caramel, yeastiness. Some pepper and spices also. The taste is excellent! The taste is excellent! A rich maltiness, some banana and other fruits, yeastiness, some pepper and spices and a faint bitterness in the background.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy light red rust color. Finger width foamy head. Retention and lacing are good. Strong molasses aroma. Smooth molasses taste. Bitter at end. Good but only for sipping.

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Photo of lochef81
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged over two years in my cellar. The aging has done wonders to this beer. Fresh it was okay but with the age it is a malty rich masterpiece. Love experimental Stone ales.

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Photo of jp32
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish dark amber in color. Sticky, clingy lacings throughout the glass. It's smell is sweet, malty, and has subtle tones of plums and apricots. It's a delicious tasting beverage. Sticky sweet malty notes paired with dark fruits like plums, apricots, raisins, but all very mildly done creating an easy drinking yet tasty experience for a high abv beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, it's one of the best quads I've had in some time.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber copper color with a slight white head. Very boozy with lots of fig, perfume and some plum. A lot like the smell but with a great malt backbone and fantastic Belgium yeast. M Doug body with medium light carbonation, perfect for the beer. Fantastic!!!

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Photo of mntlover
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown orange, very small light tan head disappears at once .

Aroma is sweet malts, good venous fruits, candi sugars, some light spice form Belgian yeast and hints of alcohol all mingled together nicely.

Taste is not quite as nice as the nose. But flavors are the same, sweet malts dark fruit notes good candi sugars mingled adding to the sweetness.. Some spice mostly clove mingle with some earthy hop notes.

Mouthfeel is big medium with fairly mellow carbonation for a Belgian.

Overall the nose is wonderful Taste not quite as great but still good. Has aged well.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: deep crimson/amber with a very thin white head, quick dissapation, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: deep doughy bread tones with a light dried fruit hidden in the nose, quick kick of Belgian yeast in the rear of the nose.

Drink: dried apricot flavor up front with a hint of hop spice, followed by a quick kick of Belgian yeast flavor, the finish is clean.

Feel: very light and crisp, not what I expected from a quad.

Overall: an easy drinking, almost too easy, quad. Missing something, just can't put my finger on what. Still a good drink.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 06/2014

Appearance: deep orange with some red poking through. Small pale head that disappeared quickly.

Nose: spicy, Belgian yeast character, Nobel hops, very slight oxidation that adds to the complexity.

Taste: follows the taste but with more spicy character. No alcohol heat, very smooth Mouthfeel if not a bit thin.

Overall: very nice quad. I like the triticale grain used. More complex grainy character than using only Rye.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy red-brown body, sandy head disappears. Aroma is pungent with dried fruits, sweet malt, vinous red grape, and tomato. The flavor is even wilder and more scattered, with even bigger, sweeter dried fruit (apricot, orange, apple), spice like oregano and pepper, drywall chalky yeast, rum raisin. Full body, thick with lots of dissolved sugars and alcohol, somewhat flat.
Kudos for the big character, but too sweet and too many flavors that clash too often and with too little balance. Triticale lives up to its lush reputation, and with a little more restraint and/or care I think it could be utilized to make some awesome brews.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No record of purchase so no price analysis
Date partially removed - O ED ON 06/09/14 – a year or two on a quad shouldn’t make much difference
Bottle at 42 degrees poured into a snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma faint, wet grain. Fortunately it fades to nothing.
Head – none with aggressive pour – partial ring of tiny bubbles
Lacing – none
Body – mahogany, hazy
Flavor – starts and ends sweet, some wet graininess comes through. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice try on this, color, consistency and aroma right on target. Decent flavor (dried fruits) and mouthfeel, but overall not a great quad, just a good one.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Trappist ales as we know them have a proud lineage dating back nearly a century. Rather than follow the footsteps of the monks who forged the quadrupel- the warmest and darkest of monastery offerings - we aimed to test its inherent makeup. In doing so, we added triticale, a hybrid grain combining the pleasant flavor of wheat with the elemental durability and spice of rye, to breathe new life into the malt bill. Because of this, this reimagined brew comes across differently than its classic sweetness, but rich with flavors mirroring dried fruit. it's a modern interpretation of one of the most historically sacred styles on earth." Brewed in the style of a Quadrupel ale, available as a limited release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a cinnamon-white complexion over a very mildly hazy burgundy-copper body with light carbonation and high clarity. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Malt characters of malted wheat, bready grains, modest candied syrups, fruit tones of raisin, plum and fig, moderate grain alcohol. Accessible but aromatic, potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very smooth and well blended throughout, a delicate merging of toasted candied sugars, caramel syrup, crisp wheat grains, fruit sugars, moderately sweet with a touch of grain, spicy and rich rye-like character and alcohol to match the caramelized sweetness. Pretty solid on the flavor front, neither cloying nor imbalanced. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly sticky, smooth, lightly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly evenly sweet to grainy esters. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) My unfamiliarity with Triticale grains makes the grain difficult to isolate from the Quadrupel aside, but altogether this beer is certainly very passable as a Quadrupel with a nicely balanced malt body of toasted spicy rye-like bread and light syrups, arguably not as rich as traditional Quadrupels, but with plenty of malt character and a rich, but inviting dark fruit character to match. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Stochasticity Project: Quadro Triticale
3.85/5.00

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Photo of sweemzander
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a dark auburn amber color. Minimal white froth.
(S)- Some bready dark fruits with a light spiced yeast kick
(T)- Similar to the smell. Plenty of sweet dark fruits with a hefty bready yeast
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Some good dark fruits, just lacking a bit of depth and richness normal for the style.
(O)- Its a good Quad, just on the lighter and crisper side than that norm

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice: color is amber, opaque, somewhat dense; head is tan, fine bubbles with a 1/4 inch top, some light bubbly lacing on the glass.

Smell is a nice blend of toast, caramel, raisin, plum, some off yeast notes and phenols, clove and maybe some banana.

Taste is somewhat neutral compare the aromas that are release, mainly caramel, raisin and some off yeast products and phenols. Bittering hops come through strongly as earthy.

Mouthfeel is fairly good for a quad, the alcohol does not destroy the flavor and presence, and the bittering hops that present in the taste are more balanced by the lingering sweeter flavors.

Overall, an average quad - granted my tasting is based on a bottle that is over a year old, but any distinctions are hard to identify from other high quality ales of this style.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows golden syrup, soft booze, rum, corn. Very sweet-smelling.
Similar flavours, very sweet, more golden syrup, rice cakes and cereal notes.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a bottled on date and it lists the abv at 9.3% abv.

Appearance: The look is a dark tarnished copper color with a light haze. A small light tan head briefly tops the beer. Lacing is minimal and it only managed a thin foam ring as I drank.

Smell: The aroma is light overall but very pleasant. I get nice dark fruit and sweet doughy and bready maltiness.

Taste / Palate: Up front there is a pleasant sweetness with notes of dried apricots and a touch of prune with a backing of rye bread and mild hop bitterness. The palate feels right and nicely balanced.

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Photo of gregb13
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hits all the notes you'd really want and, dare I say, expect from this style. Subtle yet very present dark fruit, candied sugar, yeasty. Lovely carbonation and mouthfeel, close to ideal. Absolute recommend.

Note: This beer is IMO what a Belgian would be, if it were delivered to us US consumers under optimum conditions. Let that sink in, and possibly affect your purchases tonight.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the taste better than the look of it in the glass or the smell, right out of the fridge the mouthfeel was awful. Gets better as it warms. Excellent beer. My average gave it lower, but I'd say it's a 4/5.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a brown murky color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of grainy unrefined notes with some residual sugar notes is a bit off in my opinion. Taste is also a mix of grainy unrefined cereal notes with some not well integrated residual sugar notes. Light spicy notes are also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The unrefined grainy cereal notes really bothered me and I could barely finish the bottle. Not sure I would seek to try this experiment again.

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Photo of stompilator
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into two snifters.

A - Poured a murky auburn, two-finger head was thick and fluffy.

S - Very, very fruity. All kinds of tropical fruits, a little malt, no hop aroma.

T - Very strong banana flavor up front, pretty much dominated the whole taste. Other berries and fruit notes seemed to sizzle up throughout, with a nice tartness near the back. Very faint taste of booze near the back.

M - Very smooth and full-bodied, little carbonation.

O - Almost tasted like a half-melted smoothie with some malts. Very easy-drinking for a quad but still robust and complex.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-darker red color with little to no head
-very fruity smell with not alot of sweetness mostly a tart and not as much yeast scent as normal
- taste is superb plums and other dark fruits but with a tartness very smooth as well
- slight oily but not to much and it has a lingering wetness
- overall one of the most exciting takes on one of my favorite beer styles

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear, bright copper, with a big almond foamy head.

Toasted malt. That is unexpected, and interesting. Molasses too. Some yeast, but only faintly present.

Follows the aroma, but much sweeter, and closer to my expectations of a quad. Rye, with dried fruits, modest finish.

Creamy smooth, and soft texture, with faint carbonation, ABV well below expectations, but still discernable.
This seems to be a hybrid dry stout/quad. Tasty and works well with a early afternoon of people watching and light conversation.

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Stochasticity Project: Quadrotriticale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 882 ratings