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

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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:
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Added by jera1350 on 09-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.25%
 
 
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14
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by thetomG. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Transparent amber-brown body.

S - Lots of whiskey presence, with some wet oak, and sharp, phenolic, Belgian yeast underneath. Fairly low sweetness, with mild anise, and clove spiciness. Only faint notes of candi sugar and dark fruits in the periphery.

T - The taste reveals more of the latter flavors, with brown sugar, dark fruits, and mild caramel. Less overt whiskey and barrel character, with perhaps a touch of oaky vanilla. Yeast is more subdued here, and if I had nose plugs on I might have guessed this was a (Belgian?) barleywine from taste alone.

M - Very dry finish, but with some stickiness that lingers through. Medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth to it. Still, fairly tame for the listed 11.5%.

D - A solid brew that seems a bit schizophrenic between the smell and the taste. The latter is a tad off-style, but this was more enjoyable that most American-made quads. I've got another bottle of this around, so perhaps I can tease out the subtleties in a more controlled tasting environment.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Brau Bros. website:

Just as simple as the name implies! This beer spent months on some of our favorite barrels - used Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels. That trademark caramel and vanilla come through strong, while mild belgian ale fruit waft in the background.

The same barrels that housed Rye Wyne previously. Coppery amber colored body with a short, yet dense head of creamy khaki foam christening the top.

The nose is absolutely mouthwatering. A rich malty sweetness is followed by an earthy and slightly tart smelling whiskey. Fruity with lots of banana coming through.

Absolutely delicious. Very complex and evolving flavor. Caramel sweetness followed by a mild tartness with vanilla and toffee coming to the forefront. Some fruit and bourbon notes with a bananas foster finish. Wonderful.

Lighter than a full body feel, lower carbonation. Smooth with a dry finish.

This is a really well done beer. The barrel aging is terrific and immediately drinkable. No need to age here as there is no boozy heat. The barrels compliment the taste right now and they both work harmoniously to create an excellent overall beer. Brau Bros. have done it right yet again. These guys are really dialing in some wonderful brews.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with some hints of ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head that quickly fades away. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: The barrel really comes through with big hints of whiskey along with oak, wood, and vanilla. Sweet toasted malts with lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt candied sugars. Rye and clove spices. Fruity esters of banana and apple. Dark raisin, fig, prune, plum, and dates. Even a tiny hint of roast chocolate. Pretty whiskey forward aroma.

Taste: In the taste the barrel elements are still strong but considerably more balanced and smooth. Taste of rye whiskey with wood, oak, and vanilla. Some candied sugar and clove spice. Sweet and bready malts with big notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some fruits including banana, apple, and a little pear. Dark fruits including raisin, dates, plum, and prune. Light earthy hop presence. Very complex and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Smoother than expected and the alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really good take on a Belgian Quad. The barrel adds a nice kick and isn't overwhelming in the taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy light brown colored beer.

Smell: Banana, slight clove, dark fruit and tobacco.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit and banana. There is a little raisin, sweet and pungent fruit.

Mouthfeel: light, fairly thin bodied - dry finish, low carbonation.

Overall: a fantastic quad with a sweet, sticky side that is pretty dried out. The beer has a good finish and the tannins from the wood contribute a good flavor.

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Barrel Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
4 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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