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

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84 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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
Gots:
21
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0
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Scotchboy
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
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 brewdog444
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of SHODriver
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a deep brown with some reddish highlights and is topped by a dense off white head that slowly fades to a small pool into a DFH snifter
S: smells of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, spice and some alcohol
T: tastes of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, malty goodness, slight spice and a bit of oak. swallow is a nice bourbon kick with some dark fruits and some more oak and spice. some warming alcohol on the finish as well
M: full bodied with slightly prickly carbonation
O: good complexity, solid amount of barrel flavor and a pleasure to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and it goes down pretty easy.

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of MasterSki
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Herky21
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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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed bottle served in a Southern tier tulip. Thanks to supercolter for the beer.

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a light khaki head. It recedes quickly to a thin fizzy head. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Some tobacco and dark fruit flavors with a little kick of whiskey. Roasted malts with an underlying brown sugar sweetness.

T: Lots of sugary sweetness and dark fruit flavors. Some leather with the fruity Belgian yeast. Whiskey bite with some oak.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is a little boozy, but not hot.

O: This was a solid BA quad. The booze was noticeable, but it wasn't hot and didn't detract from the overall flavor profile.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mwilbur
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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