XXXX Quadruple Ale | De Struise Brouwers

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87
very good
48 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 08-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
8
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
For Trade:
2
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Photo of soulgrowl
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Glowing brown, shady orange. Volatile ivory-coloured head. Smells pretty fierce. Gingerbread, grappa, raisins, canned fruit cocktail. Tastes sweet and hot, fruity and spicy, tangy and frothy. Rum, raisins, marzipan, cinnamon, candied orange peel. Very Christmassy, and tasty, but it doesn't quite have the rich depth of better quads, nor their delicate balance or sneakily hidden alcohol. It's alright, but it's also quite OTT without the complexity to back up such intensity. Possible food pairings: stollen, baked custard/cheesecake, blue cheese, champagne truffles, pork.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, perfume, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it has a better smell over the taste.

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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deebo
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a bottle shop in Brussels for E 3.95. Time to give this 2013 quad a go. Bottle has a lot code of 100506142013 and a BB date of May 30 2019. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass this beer has a towering tan fluffy head with plenty of staying power and laces the glass beautiful. on top of a lively ruddy brown with carbonation bubbles popping from the yeast sediment. Aromas of sweet molasses, grapes. Estery but not phenolic with the slightest hint of soft alcohols. Taste is quite sweet and malty but not cloying. Dry but definitely sweet in the finish. Not massively complex but tasty and smooth. Alcohol very well hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth with high carbonation but doesn't have a carbonic acid bite. Overall a bit sweet without any spiciness but drinks easy.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a chalice.

A - White foam settles to a near-complete cap, leaving behind sheets of lace. Transparent dark orange body. Somewhat light for the style, but otherwise quite pretty.

S - Loads of candi sugar, dark fruits, treacle, some yeast bite, and a light alcohol note. It's a pretty accurate rendition of a quad.

T - Smooth, sugary, dark fruit, sharp and tangy yeast, loads of red fruits. Very well-hidden booze. I like the taste better than the taste a bit better as it loses the alcohol bite.

M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and well-hidden booze. Went down quite easily, and I had no troubles finishing the snifter.

D - Good quad, but hard to recommend at this price with plenty of other quality Trappist offerings available. As usual Urbain is masterful in hiding alcohol, so drinkability is surprisingly high; there are just a number of other beers of this style I'd reach for first.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an amber red with a thin wispy tan collar. Slightly cloudy, but attractive

The scent is very fruity with a boozy hint. Notes of plum, red currant, and spices including cinnamon and orange peel. Nice dusty yeast background.

The taste begins with dark fruit including raisin and prune. Slightly phenolic and herbal finish. Very warm and slight ethanol burn in the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel medium to medium plus with alcohol warmth.

Overall a well thought out and enjoyable.

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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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XXXX Quadruple Ale from De Struise Brouwers
4.04 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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