Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad AleBarrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale
BA SCORE
4.04/5
84 Ratings
Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad AleBarrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States
braubrothersbrewing.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jera1350 on 09-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
84
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of Teucer
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This quad was just way too sweet. It was like drinking alcohol sugar water that had some superior Belgian quad mix in with it. Barrel aging? Why bother when the beer is this sweet? I'm not going to taste anything but the sugar. A failed experiment, and the 90 percent rating on this site is a deep mystery to me. This beer is in the same style as Westervleteren 12? Incomprehensible. That beer is miraculous, this is a bad joke. I can only thank them for coating the bottle in real wax, and not some polymer nightmare. Pass.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of drop6301
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Balvenie
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of yamar68
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear mahogany/ruby with a finger of off white head that doesn't last, fading into a thin collar that laces nicely.

Curiously reminiscent of their Rye Wyne. I'm guessing these were the barrels that had already been used to age that beer? A bit more heat on this one. Some dates or raisins.

Again, the flavors are hardly indicative of a Belgian quad. Loads of tart/spicy rye and sweet syrups. A ton of caramel/vanilla, even some toffee. Pretty weird I think. I love the idea of filling the old Rye Wyne barrels with a good quad but either that idea sounds better on paper or this quad was kind of a miss to begin with. I'm intrigued enough though to give this another shot sometime down the road.

Give it a shot if you're curious.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL wax-sealed bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a murky medium-brown with 1/4 inch tan head that quickly recedes. Looks a bit on the light side.
S: Dark dried fruit, sweel caramel malt, whiskey, vanilla, and a hint of cola. Good, but lacking that belgian quality.
T: This is where the wheels come off...whiskey and alcohol notes are too powerful. Complete lack of belgian (yeast) qualities. Muddled caramel malt and dark dried fruit.
M: Thin and watery for style. Overly sweet. Moderate alcohol burn.
D: Not one I'd recommend. To be fair, I like the direction Brau Brothers is heading in...more inventive and more styles...and much better than where they were a couple years ago.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of MichPaul
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a clear brew with a amber/copper color with a weak light tan head that laces
S-smell of whiskey is huge. Overpowers any of that delightful quad that might be in there. The rest of this beer smells barley wine-ish
T-whiskey is dominant. Malts are sweet
M-fairly high carbonated light bodied for a quad. Alcohol is well hidden
O-I wouldn't consider this a quad. The whiskey is intense but it is obviously high quality. Smooth and clean. An interesting beer

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Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Ejayz
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark mahogany, with a creamy one finger beige head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel malt, dark fruit, candy sugar, phenols, whiskey, and a little Belgian yeast.

The taste is sweet and the alcohol is noticeable. There is caramel malt, dark fruit, candy sugar, whiskey, oak, vanilla, anda little Belgian yeast. The alcohol is warming, and not burning. I wish that the alcohol was hidden a little bit better, and I wish this beer wasn't so sweet. It also has too many of the Belgian qualities hidden by the whiskey. Still has a nice taste to it though.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sticky sweet feeling in the mouth. A nice effort from Brau Brothers. with a little tweaking, this could be a really nice beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date - received this in 2012 from laymansbeerfan (thanks!). Orange-ish waxed 750ml, split with a mate into tulips.

A: Murky brown pour yields a semi-turbid body; tanish head has decent retention.

S: Malty upfront with plenty of whiskey and bready sweetness. Toffee, holiday bread, spices, clove, Belgian yeast & candi sugar. A bit boozy and sweet.

T: In line with nose, this is still a decently hot bottle...whiskey thins the body. Toffee is prevalent; not sure if that is the whiskey or the malt though. Some dark fruit character and spices, clove again...plenty of bready notes.

MF: Fuller mouthfeel with creamy tones, a bit hot, and a bit chalky at times.

O: Flavors could use some 'rounding out' and the alcohol could still calm down a bit. Not a bad barrel aged quad but leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, caramel color with barely one finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Very interesting aroma. A little too dominated by the rye whiskey but there is a vinous quality I like in my Belgian inspired beers. More subtle notes of bananas and vanilla.

Just like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the whiskey. Not much Belgian gets through. Hints of caramel, raisins, dates, and vanilla. Surprising this is not overly hot with alcohol. There is warming and slight booze flavor, but not as much as I was expecting.

A body that feels like an 11 % ABV beer. Big and solid. Nice, smooth carbonation.

Too barrel dominated. Compared to Boulevard BBQ, this one is definately rougher around the edges and one noted. Not overly priced for a barrel-aged beer. Worth a try. May get another and see what some age does for it.

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Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWHD
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of pettis
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in Dec. 2010.

Upon pouring, a white foamy head that quickly disappears into just a little lacing. Notes of bourbon and fruit in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, but about right for the style. Dark, fruity malt with a hint of sour cherries--the sour note is complemented nicely by the bourbon. Pleasant, lingering finish.

At first the bourbon flavors seemed a tad strong, but after a few sips it felt more balanced. This one had aged at least five years in the bottle, and it was appropriately smoothed and mellowed. This was my first BB-aged quad, and I have to say it's an interesting combination. I'd enjoy tasting the base beer on its own...maybe the Brau Bros will release it some day.

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Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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