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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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6
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 110
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruit, and some sweetness that could be agave. Taste is very much the same with a nice sweet flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and it's pretty interesting with the agave addition in the brewing process.

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Photo of largadeer
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
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 Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark hazy brown color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of agave syrup sugar with some dry fruits and some fruity ester with some light spicy notes. Taste is an interesting mix between some agave syrup and some solid malt with light spicy notes; I could also detect some candy-like notes reminiscent of Rocherfort ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for opening up this bottle.

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a small tan head. Sparse spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carried a light amount of brown sugar and caramel plus plenty of dark fruits and dates. Some very mild red-grape presence in the background. The flavor had some semi-sweet malt along with plenty of dark fruits. Mild raisin character. Body was far too thin with excess carbonation. Strong, lasting flavor in the finish. Pretty good, but the feel damaged the flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, perhaps chestnut, color with a finger or so of khaki colored head.

S: A surprising amount of roast is present on the nose. Dark sugars and agave are there along with some dark fruits. There's a bit of an acidity to the nose as well as a smell that I can only describe as woody.

T: Dark fruits come through strongly along with the agave and other dark sugar notes. There are some chocolate flavors along with roast. Alcohol is noticeable and there is a mild roasted malt quality--certainly not as strong as on the nose. I get a bit of a red grape flavor on the back end as well.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not exactly what I think of when it comes to Quads. I would have liked it to be sweeter and heavier on the dark fruit and candi sugar.

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Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with ffejherb, Deuane, and SierraGS poured into a snifter.

A - Pours murky brown with a nice one finger tall off-white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like your typical quad but with a bit more sweetness. It almost has a medicinal aroma to it. Nothing special really.

T - Starts off with a shot of chewy caramel malt. Your typical Belgian dark fruits; most notably raisins, prunes, and figs; come thru next with a light earthy spice. Booze is ever present but never really gets in the way. The agave imparts a subtle sugary sweetness that lasts all the way thru the finish. Not your typical quad but really nothing to write home about either.

M - Medium-heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slick, feel with some lingering heat in the finish.

D - Not too bad but it just seems to have a bit too much going on at the same time. I really didn't notice much of the agave either. Either way with the muddled flavors and the high A.B.V. it is a sipper at best.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is dark brown, with a small, off white head and some random lacing left on the glass. The aroma brings malt, bread, fruit, sugar, honey. Interesting...The flavor brings a unique fruitiness (must be agave), that although intriguing, would certainly become cloying given time. That said, I am enjoying my small portion of the bottle just fine. Relatively thin bodied with plenty of carbonation (perhaps a bit too much). I see this beer as described by The Bruery - a unique beer that unites two different cultures on opposite sides of the world, rather than rating it vs. the world class traditional Belgian quads, like Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, Chimay Blue, etc. A fun brew, I would have this again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for a while, today seems like a good day to open it.
Pours a deep ruby brown with a huge beige head that slowly dissipates and laces lots of the glass. Smells of tropical fruit up front with caramel and burnt sugars rounding out a relatively malty nose. There's some dark dried fruit as well as a touch of alcohol in the nose as well. The flavor is odd at first. Up front my tongue gets pricked with a fruity tartness, but that disappears almost instantly as an onslaught of sugary malt takes over. Brown sugar, molasses, treacle, caramel, raisins, prunes, plums, dark cherries all vie for attention. Long lingering melanoid type burnt sugar with a hint of ethanol at the end of every sip. Medium to thick body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. If you told me there was agave in the I still wouldn't have found it unless that is what lends the tropical fruit to the brew. Nice quad, a little different but well made, very tasty.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark brown and hazy with a decent head of off white mildly tan bubbles, moderate carbonation, decent retention and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet, nice esters and honey.

Beer is really carbonated on the palate, thins out the beer too much. It is sweet, malty, bready, yeasty, great esters, has a honey like floral notes to it, the finish is a little dry. The mouthfeel of this beer kind of messes it up but overall it was a fine quad.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source

A: poured a dark brown in color with reddish amber brown highlights when held up to the light and had a nice tight finger of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits alongside brown sugar were noticeable on the first whiff with light toasted pecans, slight banana, spices, and belgian yeast character.

T: the booze waas pretty well hidden in the aroma but showed its face on the taste with dark fruits, banana, spice,and toasty nutty accents but had the belgian yeast running all through it.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, yeasty, boozy, and slight toasty finish.

D: definitely a sipper but was a decent interpretation of a belgian style quad.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is about what you would expect, with a lot of dark fruit - mainly raisins and figs - as well as some toffee and a little bit of alcohol.

I get a lot of dark fruit and toffee in the aroma, as well as some chocolate and some candy sugar. The beer is fairly balanced - not too sweet but not too dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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 HopHead84
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3/6/2011

On tap at Churchill's in a snifter.

A: Ruddy reddish brown. Opaque. Small beige cap. 

S: Earthy and sugary, with notes of prunes, raisins, and dried dates. Malt is rich with caramel and bready notes. Mildly spicy.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt. Prominent prune and raisin, with a light spicy character. Booze is very well hidden in the flavor, almost undetectable. Agave imparts a subtle earthy sugary quality. Finish is rich with substantial warming.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with much alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice Belgian Quad, though lacking The Bruery's usual flair. Agave doesn't provide much, but it's an interesting idea.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.49/5  rDev -31.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.5.13

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A huge tan foamy head appears and fades slowly.

S - Caramel, nutty, sweet ripe fruit. Definitely some agave.

T - Sweet agave with a caramel-malty finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and fruity with a nice caramel background. Call me crazy, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black poured at Beerevolution, was hoping for some oude tart sour cherry, but was pleasantly offered one of these instead. Loved the aroma. Dark sugar/fruit and what I suspect is that special agave or whatnot.

More chocolate than I've had in any quad style, and it is so different, I'm really diggin' on this I was thinking. Not too sweet, not the herbal spice I tend to disagree with in many Belgian quad styles, this feels like it was made for me. Hid the alcohol quite well, but then again, I was already drunk.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour bordering on black, but mostly dark brown with a 1/4" head. Good aroma, hit the dark fruit notes with vibrancy, not bitter, sweetness.

Heavy chocolate and cocoa powder. Hid alcohol well, stayed away from harsh bitter, overripe dark fruit edges that so many of the quads in the world do. I actually dug this, should be interesting to see where the remaining bottles go.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of booze-soaked figs and dates. Also present are hints of brown sugar and very light hints of roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by not-quite-as-sweet dark fruits – dried dates and raisins mostly. Midway through the sip grainy brown sugar flavors make an appearance before being pushed aside by slight earthy hops that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer wasn’t quite well balanced enough to compete with the big boys but it was a big beer that went down easily. Worth a shot.

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Photo of thegerm87
2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
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 thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Bruery tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger tan colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, dark fruit, wood, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, wood, bread, fruit, and subtle roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The aroma on this one was really quite intense, but wasn’t life-changing unfortunately. The flavor really still had quite a bit of alcohol on it to let you know this one was a heavy hitter. It was fairly well balanced, but just lacked some of the balance I enjoy in a good Quad. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity and are a fan of Quads.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 into a La Chouffe tulip. Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release; thanks to whoever brought it to share!

A: Hazy light brown body underneath a finger of frothy ecru foam.

S: Sweet chocolate, raisins, prunes, and vanilla. About what I expected, and entirely pleasant.

T: Sharp dark fruits, chocolate, cherry, alcohol and more dark fruit. Tasty.

M: Prickly medium body with moderate carbonation. Not bad at all.

O: Tasty quad, but nothing to write home about. It really doesn't do much to stand out, and certainly doesn't stand up to the best Belgian examples of the style.

Cheers!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

252nd review on BA
Tap to goblet

App- A reddish brown with a 1 finger head that didnt last very long.

Smell- To me it was brown sugar that I probably am mistaking the Agave for. It was sweet and malty on the nose as well.

Taste- A very light quad if you want to call it one with the flavors being there but just a bit short on FLAVOR. It had the dark fruits and it was a bit sticky.

Mouth- I really enjoyed the after taste on this beer. It left me wanting more but the taste wouldnt allow a 2nd glass. It was a nice medium body with a somewhat medium carb level.

Drink- It was okay for a re-work of a classic style with some new flavors for a twist.

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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to orangesol for busting this out on 3/3/11 to share with Deuane, SierraGS and myself.

A - Poured a dark reddish brown liquid with purple hues and a creamy beige cap of foam that dispersed into a patchy film and deposited strands of lace around the snifter.

S - A cornucopia of complex aromas abounds, beginning with the requisite dark fruit attributes suggesting plum, raisin and dried apricot. Hints of sweet tobacco leaf, licorice/anise, candi sugar and subtle cocoa notes give the aroma lots of depth and character. Strong alcohol notes persist throughout. Caramel and toffee malt adds sweetness, while a pinch of herbal hop character provides much needed bitterness.

T - Licorice and dark fruit stand out and remain at the forefront, bolstered by the moderate boozy alcohol notes, and provides a tangy initial flavor. Think lots of dried, pitted fruits. Finishes with a mild herbal hop bite. The agave isn't featured prominently, at least from what I can tell.

M - Full bodied and syrupy with a bit of sweetness on the palate. The beefy alcohol presence delivers some heat. Finishes with mild bitterness on the tongue.

D - Strong, tangy and flavorful, Cuadruple is an interesting take on a Quad, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the agave character, unfortunately. Otherwise, this is a solid brew overall.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah A limited release brew from the Bruery. Pretty excited to try this but not with super-high hopes for it.

A- Body is a quite murky dark brown, cola hue. pours with a 2-3 finger foamy light tan head. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass and head has good retention at 1.5 fingers. A very good looking beer overall.

S- Nose is pretty good. Spicy overall and reminds me of a St. Bernardus Abt 12 in a way. Spicy yeast with that cola-like sugary backbone.

T- Taste is average but somewhat of a letdown after the appearance and the nose. Some spicy belgian yeast accents upfront and a little bit of sweet malty flavors but there is an alcohol astringency and bitterness to this one that won't go away and its the highlight of the finish. The warmth and kick are nothing like you would find in say a monster 13%+ brew-they are pretty in line with 10%-but it seems to be the highlight of the flavor.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a light to medium weight astringent body.

O- Overall this is an ok brew. A little harsh on the alcohol astrigency for my palate but the Quad characteristics are certainly there and I'd say average for a quad overall. I was pretty excited when I smelled something similar to St Bernardus Abt 12-but this doesnt add up. Still a great opportunity to try this brew and I am really happy that I did.

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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
3.63 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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