Velvet Fog | Sun King Brewing Company

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Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by aasher on 03-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 16
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5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of cfrend
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pricey quadruple stands alone at Sun King in my opinion. A rich scent of bourbon and spice gets better as it warms up. I don't care about beer heads. The color is dark red. The flavor is a great balance of bourbon and spices typical of Americanized Belgian style craft beer. The creamy mouth feel is hallmark of this beer, its not too thick or too thin. I shared this beer with a coworker and by the end of the week most folks in the office had all bought out the freezer at Sun King and we were all talking about how great it was. If you find this beer get it. Its a sleeper.

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Photo of indytdmiller
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got the opportunity to try this beer at a charity beer tasting event in Indianapolis. to my knowledge, this is only the second time Velvet Fog was released, with the other being the night before at the SK Isis tapping party at Flatwater in Broad Ripple. That being said, I spoke with Sun king's brewer who neither confirmed nor denied Velvet Fog being on the list for a specialty canning run in the near future.

I would call this beer a ruby highlighted light brown with a light tan head that did not linger for long.

Smelled of vanilla and Bourbon with a hint of cherry. The presence of the Belgian candy sugar was noted and just a touch of floral hop aroma rounded it out.

Delicious Quad. appropriate to style. Nothing stuck out too much save for the bourbon presence and then a really nice tart cherry finish.

I dont remember this beer being particularly heavy, which was a different way to experience a bourbon beer as many are imperial stouts. Lightly carbonated.

I cannot wait to get more of this beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very unique take on a Quad.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Velvet Fog was poured from the can into a snifter, appearing a murky brown color with a modest mocha head hugging the rim of the glass. The aroma smells of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and a hint of sweet berries. Before I describe the taste, I must state that the taste is really good. The initial taste is incredibly smooth and warming. Notes included in the taste were dark cherries, sweet malts, dry apple, and an amaretto hints. As the taste melts, it is a but warming smooth brandy like note. My one real disappointment comes in the fact that I do not think this one is as thick as it should be. It runs a little too thin in a manner that is uncharacteristic for the style. This is still a very good beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Little retention or lacing.

Smells like bourbon and candied fig. Caramel, raisins and other similar fruits on the nose too with a little vanilla. Smells decadant.

Sweet caramel hits the palate first then the darker fruits start to come into play. Typical quad notes of raisin and cherry are present, but I get fig most of all as I did in the nose. Vanilla and some warming bourbon creep in at the backend. Wonderfully complex somewhat akin to a chocolate covered bourbon cherry.

Thick mouthfeel, but never got too syrupy as the bourbon did a good job of keeping the sweet flavors in check. Bourbon is well integrated and is a bit component, not the main feature. Finishes very sticky with just a dash of heat.

Wow I was floored by this. I feel several other Indy breweries have passed up SK recently, but if they start knocking more releases out of the park like this one, they'll be right back on top. Beautifully integrated flavors and just the right amount of bourbon to play nicely with the base quad. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DrippingI
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Served: 1 pint can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin head with a dark ruby/brown body.

Aroma: Elegant bourbon notes, dark fruits like raisins and figs, caramel, sweet maltiness.

Flavor: Raisins, figs, cherries, brown sugar, a little vanilla, and quite a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full/full body with moderate-high carbonation.

Overall: Such an appropriate name for a beer. Each sip goes down like a velvet carpet caressing my taste buds through a mysterious empty fog. The bourbon character is subtle enough to not be overbearing, yet powerful enough to be noticed (and basked in). Lovely.

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Photo of MordorMongo
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into FFF Teku, served at cellar temp.

Second time having this, first was via growler at a Kahn's tasting....loved it then and love it now.

Please note I am NOT a Sun King homer and am generally unimpressed by them.

A - Pours a deep ruddy reddish-brown, minimal khaki head fades to an off-white ring that continues throughout. Decent legs on her as well.

S - Winner, winner chicken dinner. LOVE the smell of this one. Brown sugar, cherries, vanilla, molasses, oak, bourbon, just a slice of heaven on the nose.

T - Initial blast of Belgian yeast fading to a mixture of candied cherries and brown sugar, oak and bourbon kick in nicely as it fades into a slightly vanilla alcohol finish. Not too shabby.

M - Medium body, creamy, pretty on point for me here.

O - In the time since I had via growler vs now the bourbon has mellowed considerably. If anything it was too forward then and is spot on now. I honestly love this beer and it's complexities, it has a lot going on but it comes together for a beautiful overall experience. From the front end to the finish this beer is just solid. For as sweet as it sounds it actually finishes much drier than you would expect. My only complaint is when my glass is empty.

I give this bad boy a full 5 red lightsabers and an 8 X 10 glossy of Natalie Portman's fine rear end.

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4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very bubbly caramel colored head formed. It quickly dissipated. Left with a black cherry colored liquid with some visible carbonation. Just enough light cuts through that I can see the bottom of the snifter.

The nose is full of ripe cherries. The alcohol in the nose is reminiscent of spiced rum. There's also a sort of dark fruit or vegetable note.

There's a little alcohol felt at the start along with dark cherries and tobacco. Finishes dry with a delicious lingering vanilla, butterscotch and toffee flavor.

The feel is heavy with little carbonation.

Sun King has created a winning flavor profile that makes this Quad stand out. The nose is attractive and inviting. The taste is deliciously complex and the barrel aging contributed, as opposed to dominated. This brew would be perfect if it had heavier carbonation. Regardless, this is one you should experience.

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Photo of aasher
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a Belgian Quad aged in bourbon barrels. It was a very small batch and available at an event at Flatwater as well as the Battle of Belgium at Kahns.

This beer pours a light to medium bodied cherried wood brown with great amber highlights and an off white lacing around the glass. The nose consists of sweet malts, cherries, plenty of oak, vanilla, and a nice amount of bourbon. The nose is phenomenal. The flavors consist of brown sugar, molasses, candied cherry, oak, a good amount of vanilla and features plenty of bourbon with a slight alcohol finish. It has great flavor. This is a really unique beer. It drinks medium in body and has a nice and complex after taste. Overall this beer was great, a phenomenal quad. The barrel aging did wonders for this beer. This is a must try if it's ever released again.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Velvet Fog from Sun King Brewing Company
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