Provisions Series: Cuádruple | The Bruery

Provisions Series: CuádrupleProvisions Series: Cuádruple
110 Ratings
Provisions Series: CuádrupleProvisions Series: Cuádruple

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cuádruple combines elements of Belgium with elements of Mexico, hence the name, meaning "quadruple" in Spanish. We bended a classic Belgian quad recipe by removing the standard Belgian candi sugars and replacing them with dark agave syrup. The resulting beer is a luxurious tribute to two very different parts of the world.

ABV: 10%, IBU: 45, SRM: 25, Release: One time only

Added by Halcyondays on 02-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of sessycuban
2.09/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled at Provisions.

A - The beer pours a cocoa brown, with a finger of head.

S - A very small amount of agave, dark fruits. My fiance smelled coffee, but I didn't.

T - Way too sweet. A tinge of agave, but all I taste is unfermented sugars.

M - Medium bodied. A bit syrupy.

D - A flight pour was more than enough. I don't really think this was a quad.

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Photo of thegerm87
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - thick off white head, plenty of lacing. Opaque and brown body - watery appearance.

S - mixed berry juicy juice

T - mixed berry juicy juice, hint of nondescript spices on the end.

F - does it matter at this point?

O - terrible, but your kids wouldn't know the difference if you put this is a juice box. I'm sure it wasn't good fresh but i can't imagine it has gotten any better with time.

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Photo of Verecund
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark mahagony with a slightly tanned head of a couple of fingers that settles to cover most of the surface. Okay lacing, but disappointingly transparent when viewed in the light.

Really odd nose. Some dark fruit, though less than is typical for the style (think figs). A weird roast and sweet ashy aroma joins, along with esters, some spice, and light medicinal / herbal notes. Not altogether pleasant or coherent.

Typical bready maltiness, lots of brown sugar sweetness, plus an anonymous sweetness that might be due to the agave (which doesn't seem to have dried out the beer much). The mid-palate is incongruently spicy and sweet, resembling persimmons (or another slightly spicy prunus fruit). Earthy and almost medicinal finish. Lingering heat closes this one out.

Medium thick body with medium carbonation. I think the mouthfeel will improve as it ages and dries out a little bit.

If I tried this blind, I'm not sure what I'd call it. Odd in a number of ways (too sweet, a clash mid-palate between the spicy / yeasty / medicinal attributes, the roast, and an almost bitter and herbal finish). One of my least favorite quads to date and certainly sub-par for the style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split with a couple of friends over dinner.

The Bruery does know how to brew some impressive-looking Belgians. Clear, dark reddish brown with a dense, light-brown head with excellent retention and good lacing, this is a great looking beer. The nose, OTOH, isn't all that great. Plenty of sweetness is noticeable with a little bit of cream and dark chocolate. The sweetness is moderately agave-like, and if I didn't know this beer had any, I'd say it was sucralose. Plenty of fruit is present as well, with figs and other ripe dark fruit and some brown sugar.

The palate opens sweet (duh) to the point where it's sharp. Again, a blend of brown sugar, agave and sucralose dominate things, with the moderate roast and creaminess playing second fiddle. Moderate fruity esters are present. The mid-palate is a little watery. Sweet on the finish with the agave, the mouthfeel is actually quite nice, creamy, and fluffy with a medium-light body. Decent, though 8oz was a bit much.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of largadeer
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear mahogany brown, though quite dark even for the style, and very effervescent. The head is a pale tan, and shows solid retention.

Smells very, very sweet. A lot of molasses/brown sugar sweetness, but nothing that really screams agave. Faint roastiness, dark fruit, but really just overwhelmingly sweet.

Dark fruit and dark sugar are prevalent on the tongue. Has a berry-like character, and just a hint of yeasty tartness buried beneath all the sugar. There's some odd astringency toward the finish, like tannic fruit skin - I can't quite identify it. The combination of sweetness and astringency makes it a little tough to drink, though it doesn't exactly taste terrible. Not my favorite Bruery beer, in any case.

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Photo of bombadil
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of superspak
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of clarkenstein
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of sliverX
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of BAsbill
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of craytonic
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown pour, small head
Smell: Sweet, brown sugar, caramel and toffee
Taste: A bit too sweet, again brown sugar, raisins, dates, prunes, toffee, caramel, vanilla
Mouthfeel: Medium body, too much carbonation
Overall: A bit too sweet and the flavors don't play nicely together.

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Photo of teamizm
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mocha brown with a 2 finger head.

S - brown sugar, agave (yeah, it's in there), roasted coffee, and dark fruits.

T - Initial sip is a lot of agave flavors with a tinge of tequila. Then you get almost a cactus like acidity in the back. Dark fruits, sugar, and a hint of cocoa.

M - Not very complex, good amount of carbonation. Average body on this one.

D - A little too acidic for me, and it leaves a sticky cactus like aftertaste that I couldn't shake for some time. Wish this had some Belgian dark sugars to make it a more true to form quad.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is another multi-review between four people for a 750 mL.

For the style, we all thought it was a bit too dry and too bitter, lacking the fruity smoothness of a truly great quad. It's heavily malted, not very sweet, and way dry. Almost too spicy, definitely too carbonated, and too bitter for a quad, at least one that would rate a high rating for me or my buddies. Feel is pretty good but not outstanding, mainly because of too much carbonation and too much lingering bitterness. Again the over carbonation takes a bit away. A quad should be smooth and mellow, but this one is pretty in your face.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours brown with a big 3 finger light tan head initially, but dies down fairly quickly, very light lace.

S: Raisin, fig, brown sugar, classic "American" quad. I do see a note of the agave but it's quite mild. Nice smelling beer.

T: Big brown sugar, dark fruit, some molasses, very similar to the nose, though the agave comes out a lot more than in the smell. There is a fair amount of booze, however, and the sugar gets to be to much at times. Has its good points and bad points.

M: Full-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation, certainly is cloying at times, real sugary.

D: Just a beer that needs some age. It's not bad, it just needs to mellow out. The sugar is going a little crazy, but something to see where it is in a couple years.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brownish-red color with a tan head that dissipated to some small bits of lace and stick on the sides.

S - Wow, what the heck is in this, cigarette butts? Rubbing alcohol? Smells like a quadlike version of death. If this is the aquave, please don't ever do this again, it smells HORRIBLE.

T - Taste is surprisingly good, it's somewhat of a quad-lite, very non-traditional. The aguave adds some interesting flavor kick to it. Bit of ether-like alcohol thins this one out a bit. It is sweet with some dark fruits, pretty good, and pretty interesting.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation.

O - If this didn't smell so completely horrible it would be a pretty good beer. It may not actually taste as good as I thought either, as the taste was such a pleasant surprise after smelling it that I probably overrated it. A solid beer, different, but not outstanding.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Overlord
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown. Surprisingly robust light brown head. What's the abv? Hmm....lot of foam.

I'd like to say I smell agave, but I don't. Then again, I'm not sure I would recognize agave if someone handed me a piece of agave and I chewed on it for an hour. Smells like sugars, some dark fruits, raisins, sugars, sugars, booze, and a bit of weird astringent roastiness.

I was dreading that weird astringent roastiness showing up in the flavor, and it does, in a big way. Is that agave? Again ... not quite sure. This strain of off-putting, almost ... like roasted prune/raisin skins ... really doesn't mesh with the rest of the brew. The base of dark fruits, oh-so-sweet malty booziness, and hints of yeasty spiciness is nice. Just wish I could Brundlefly that off-note out of the beer.

Mouthfeel is pure agave, all the way. So is the drinkability. It really drinkables in an authentic agave fashion.

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Photo of ronn
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Retsinis
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer three times now, a taster at the Provisions, a taster at the Bruery tasting room, and I had a large glass from a growler of it that I brought home to share with others. With that said, this review will be from tap.

The beer pours a hazy, milk chocolate brown color, with about a inch in a half of head that rises, then fades rapidly into just a film of head resting on top. Some sticky lacing, but not much.

The beer smells of dates, figs, yeasty esters, sugar, and what I guess must be agave. I know what Tequila smells like (which this does not smell like) so that unfamiliar note I'm assuming is Agave.

The beer is fairly sweet, like guava or kiwi sweet (though not so much in actual taste). Flavors of dark fruits, some roasted malts, and Belgian yeast still come through, and it still has a candy like quality, though less so then a typical quad. An odd concoction of flavors, although it is unique to be sure. Mildly detect the 10% alcohol, but it is masked to a fair degree by the sweetness.

The mouth feel was medium, with generous carbonation retention throughout. It is also a bit sticky, a typical trait of quads in my experience.

Overall, it is not my favorite quad, and agave notes are a bit off putting, but only because it is not familiar flavor for me, so it is not something that I crave for. However, some Bruery beers ( Einers folly comes to mind) was much better in the bottle then on draft, so maybe some aging and bottle conditioning will improve the beer. I've got two bottles, so will see how they taste with at least a year of age on them.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brownish black, off white plentiful head. Clean and dark.

S- Nothing crazy here, some sweet malt and spice. Touches of dark fruit and some booziness.

T- Typical dark belgian. Some interesting spice notes, which I would assume is from the agave. Again, a little hot and boozy.

M- A little over carbed, but not bad. The body is pretty spot on for the style.

O- Not a bad beer, but lacks any real depth in character. I'm going to let my other bottle cellar for a year or so and see if it get any better.


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Photo of vacax
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blackened brown with a small tan cap of foam, moderate retention, very good lacing present. Aroma of Belgian yeast esters, hints of roast, subdued maltiness. Tastes of estery yeast notes, banana, malt, little fruitiness or sweetness. Long herbal and earthy finish. Moderately thick body with higher levels of carbonation. Interesting take on a quadrupel. Drier and roastier than typical and lacking the fruity vinous quality of the great Belgian examples. Should improve with age.

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
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