Brother Aaron's Quadrupel | Abbey Brewing Co.

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Abbey Brewing Co.
Florida, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2004

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At the brewpub.
Dark brown color with a thin thick caramel head.
Aroma with notes of molasses, prunes, a bit of homemade coffee and some red fruits.
Flavor with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, prunes, mint, grapefruit citrusy, herbal hops, grape jam, dark chocolate and candi sugar. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly sticky. Alcohol of 10% is well disguised.
Pretty decent Quad, very fruity with better balance than others house siblings. Bordering the sweetness acceptance line. Their second better offering (first one is the Dubbel).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

apparently a pretty polarizing beer here. i see some enormously negative reviews, and some that loved it. i guess i fall in the middle on this one, i dont like it as much as their other belgian styles they make, but its pretty solid, its just a lot different than the quads we are used to from belgium. not as heady and vibrantly bubbly as the others, and i think thats a bit of a knock against it. its also a little darker, with a not necessarily bigger, but more earthy and almost dark toasted grain flavor, not nearly as layered as the best examples of the style, and lacking some of that dried fruit nuance we usually see in good quads. its pretty straightforward, and it tastes like the same strain of yeast used in the dubbel, but its not as vivid here, and seems almost lacking there just a bit. the booze is also much more exposed here, hot on the swallow, and when it warms up, which it does quickly in the florida heat, it really gets burny. brewed for their 20th anniversary, i think its cool because its different, but its not as good as the other belgians they do. still quality, especially if you prefer the ambiguous belgian dark strong to the classic quad...

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Photo of Griphon
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimoP
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rborre321
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.53/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Abbey. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Very dark inside, but its a deep reddish brown. One finger of khaki head. Retains a collar for quite a while.

Smell - Very fruity and boozy. Sugary component as well.

Taste - Strange. As expected, it's really sweet up front. Fruity sugars. Nothing very malty here, just sweet and fruity. Then alcohol and some other tangy flavor kicks in. Not what I expected.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Medium carbonation and a heavy sluggish drink.

Overall - Didn't finish this. Not an enjoyable quad.

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Photo of chinchill
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Draft of Brother Aaron's Quad served in a snifter at the brewpub where it is listed as "11-12%" ABV.
Slightly hazy dark mahogany with a durable tan head. Excellent lacing.

Aroma is fruity but unappealing due to a clear note of apple cider vinegar. Unfortunately, the taste follows. Wild yeast? (yes, according to staff).

Feel: medium-full body; medium carbonation.

O: Disappointing, but if you like wild yeast, you may feel differently.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head with some lacing on a nice amber with golden hue and moly hazy body.

S: light on the nose with fig and dark fruits, mostly strawberry and plum and some yeasty notes.

T: wow very sweet up front with candy, cherry, raisin notes with a tart and tangy finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish.

Overall: a little too sweet for me but this one follows the genre well.

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Photo of claytri
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich mahogany with a fine tan lace. The aroma was of rich malt with a hint of dark fruits but as a whole subdued. The taste was of dark fruits, toasted malt, and a nice alcohol burn on the end. The feel was light and dry. This was a very nice go at a Quad, it was a very pleasant drink, and if I had not had to get up the next morning I could have enjoyed it until the bar closed at 5am.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a lovely dark brown with a fair amount of creamy head...

s: a faithful belgian, the yeasts and sweet malts are all in place...

t: malty sweetness and floral backdrop typify this one...

m: very full bodied and bubbly, smooth and refreshing to be sure...

d: this is a solid Quad, the alc. content suits it well and doesn't deter the drinkability at all. I'd drink it more often if only I didn't live so far from/and detest the search for parking on South Beach so much!! Bottle it up and i'll drink alot of it!


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Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Abbey on 04/11/2008.

Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted and produced fair lacing. Medium to heavy complex yeasty and fruity aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Good complex bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration.

Good complex brew

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I really like Belgian-style beers I never know what to expect from the quad syle, and am as often as not disappointed. This is not one of those times. I felt this beer to be a fine example of the style.

Aroma was a bit fruity and more roasty than I would've expected. Flavor was complex, as advertised, with some sour cherry up front followed by some raisin and backed with a lot of roastiness. And if furrow my brow and pretend really hard, I can even conjure up toffee. Mouthfeel was good but unremarkable.

Quite nice. I'd drink this often if this bar was in Milwaukee. Recommended.

I had this at The Abbey in Miami Beach on tap.

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Brother Aaron's Quadrupel from Abbey Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 30 ratings