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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 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 drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Penguin3200
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my darkness tulip to enjoy my first bruery beer from the reserve society.

Pours a dark chocolately brown with a nice one finger head that recedes to a centimeter. Minimal lacing but great legs that droop fast.

Dark figs and fruit on the nose. Malt in the background.

Tast is caramel and toasted fruit and the agave comes through.

Mouthfeel is nice and enhanced by the carbonation.

Overall impressed, but not blown away.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ottovon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

shared with whiterascal on Memorial Day. I appreciate all that our fallen soldiers have done for America.

A: pours out a dark brown, almost like coke. Has a fluffy off-white head that sat around for a little while before falling. left a ring of foam around the edges of the glass.

S: i get a spicy-yeast in the nose, as well as some sweetness. i also get some hints of roasted malt and some chocolate like aromas.

T: the nose comes through on this, i get a lot of belgian yeast. there is also some roasted malt and sweetness. it finishes dry, and bitter. I also get some alcohol, and flavors of raisins and a little chocolate.

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation.

O: this is a decent beer, but nothing spectacular. I would drink it again, but it isnt something I would go out of my way to get.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep murky brown with a nice khaki head that fades to a small layering and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malt, brown sugar, and that belgian yeast aroma. Not getting much agave in the nose unless it's the brown sugar sweetness.

T: The taste is mostly brown sugar and slighty roasted malt with a light banana flavor in the finish. The agave lends a blackstrap molasses flavor to the beer as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and the carbonation makes it bubbly on the pallate.

O: Not the best Quad I've had but it's still pretty tasty. The agave is not so apparent in the nose but it adds some good flavors.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.


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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 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 ptykozoon
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice head, sticky lacing. Pours a dark brown.

Alcohol, belgian notes.

Really sweet - a unique and satisfying sweetness, probably the agave. Grape, raisin, belgian undertones. I like it.

A tad hot.

Very nice beer, the agave works well with the style. Refreshing mouthfeel and finish. I'd love for the Bruery to keep adding agave into different styles, it really adds a dimension.

I think this is rated a tad lower than it should be. Great beer.

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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 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 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 drink1121
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its a Quad brewed with dark agave nectar - hence, Cuadruple

A-Pours a deep mahogoney with a big light tan head. Decent head retention. No real lacing.
S-First thing I notice that a little different than most Quad is a malt raoastiness that I don't usually get. Its not strong, just the first thing I noticed. Its also brewed with dark agave nectar opposed to Belgian candi sugar, so that has a less Belgian effect on the smell. I get dark fruits, roast as mentioned, light Belgian yeast, slight must.
T- This has a very simple taste for a Quad. Its not very deep or complex at all. I get dark fruits, some pipe tobacco, light leather, with an odd sweetness.
M- Nn the thin side for a Quad.
D- Its incredibly easy to drink for 10%. Its not a sipper - I drank my glass in about 20 minutes while trying slow down the whole way down.

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Photo of seeswo
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle split between 3 people.

Pours a translucent brown with a finger of tannish head. Smell is somewhat limited. There is a sweetness and some dark fruits, though not as complex, interesting or powerful as some quads. Taste is solid, if not unspectacular. Sweet, but not cloyingly so and smooth. Doesn't make me think strongly of a quad. Somewhat generic, but not in a bad way. Taste is like the nose.
Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected with solid medium carbonation. Ultimately fine, just different. Was very drinkable for the style, though that may have been from the thinner mouthfeel and less aggressive taste. Very much fine, decent, enjoyable, but not great and maybe a bit off style.

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Photo of orangesol
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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 HopHead84
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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 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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Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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 PeprSprYoFace
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red wine color with just a ring of head. No lacing. Color is great though

Aroma isn't as strong as the other provisions series beers. Sort of a tartness. Don't know how to really describe it.

Taste is pretty good. Doesn't taste much like a quad. Sort of sweet. Slight tartness on your tongue. Smooth. It's missing the dark fruits. Little bit of Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Like a quad should be. Sort of dry. Nice carb.

Overall it's pretty good but I wouldn't call it a Quad.

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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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Provisions Series: Cuádruple from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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