The Peace That Money Can't Buy
Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
3.79 | pDev: 11.87%
Dec 05, 2019
Aug 22, 2014
Very Good
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this bottle was a gift from a guy i will probably never see again (i think), so super thankful that beer people can be that cool to just drop heady bottles on strangers, thanks man, whoever you are! this is old now, i think 2014, which would make about five years on it. im not sure if it was always sour or not, maybe this is infected now, but there is a bacterial tartness to it that sort of breaks the whole thing down a little bit. its got heaps of cherry and raisin to it, layers of molasses and dried fruit, but its ferment is whack, no doubt, and this tastes like some cranberry juice or something astringent was blended in. i like how the malt layers still exist, and how there are maple and toasted biscuit element here, the barrel character remains as well, honey and vanilla and wood, but this has a little zizzle to it, not quite clean, and the oldness on this is obvious, its tired and well past its prime, even a soy note to it. that said, our crew like this little bit of acidity, the cherry overtones, and the soy thing that it finishes with. this is minimally belgian for something called a quad, like where the heck is the yeast, but the beer tastes weirdly good, and i am again perplexed and challenged by a clown shoes beer. this probably should have been consumed years ago, but thats part of the fun right? average at best at this point, but a joy bringer nevertheless...

Dec 05, 2019
2.97 by thegreatnicoli from Texas on Jun 07, 2019
Photo of ChadDaniel
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by ChadDaniel from Ohio

One of my favorites they need to bring this back.

Feb 04, 2019
3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Jan 09, 2018
4 by krome from Illinois on Jan 05, 2018
4.1 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Dec 05, 2017
3.69 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota on Mar 17, 2017
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by bnes09 from Illinois

Nice copper color. Slight haze. Descent head retention, especially for the strength. Dark fruit and apple cider quality. Slight sour, vinegar quality. Surprisingly light for the style. Sticky with a slightly dry finish. Lots of sediment adds a gritty texture at the end. Descent.

Jan 12, 2017
2.88 by xtonytx from Connecticut on Dec 03, 2016
3.83 by ambruns1979 from California on Oct 02, 2016
Photo of Slack
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Slack from Virginia

Amber brown in color and cloudy. No head or lacing.

Bourbon, malt, oak, booze, and a touch of dark fruit on the nose.

Sour, sweet, Bourbon, oak, and a mix of dark fruit on the tongue.

Mouthful is medium and a mixture of rough and thin. Carbonation is medium to high. Finish is simple.

Far and above not a quad. This reminds me more of a barrel aged wild ale. It's sour but sweet. Bourbon and oak but thin-ish. I can't recommend this.

Aug 21, 2016
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3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by aoampm from Hawaii

Well shit just noticed the bottle date on this thing after seeing it was retired. Turns out it was bottled 12/11/14 so age may have affected this negatively. Anyway...

It pours a rich and thick amber and copper color with a head that vanishes within a couple seconds. I'm not picking up too much on the nose. A hint of plum and apple is the main aroma combined with a hard to describe sour smell along with wine qualities. The taste is...interesting? I dunno what I expected when I bought this but it certainly wasn't this. I'm picking up sour plum, apple, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, and a touch of bourbon on the finish. All these flavors can make a great beer but it seems like they really missed on this one. There's way too much going on flavor-wise and I have no idea why they chose to put it in a bourbon barrel. I will say it drinks quite easily for such a high alcohol beer and it isn't thick or chewy whatsoever. Overall this is an okay beer that was advertised to be something special. Do not buy unless you want to spend 15 bucks on an average quad ale.

Jul 31, 2016
Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown topped by a half finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a small collar with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and candi sugar with some vanilla and caramel
T: The taste on this one is sour cherries and toasted malts. On the swallow there's some dark fruits and candi sugars as well as some oak and spice.
M: this one is about a medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is not what I hoped it would be. BBQ from Boulevard is head and shoulders better. It is interesting though and the sourness although likely unintentional provides an interesting dimension.

Jul 04, 2016
Photo of justme
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by justme from Massachusetts

Not sure. Maybe left too long in the cellar. Faint taste, tart and sour. Not at all what I was expecting. When you want a Quad and get a ends up down the drain. Waited so long too open it, now I feel foolish and wasteful, bummer

Jul 01, 2016
4 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Jun 11, 2016
Photo of Rcaros
2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by Rcaros from Texas

1st review here and I signed up specifically for this beer. Ran through 10 total bottles.. 7 of them were fantastic through 8 months old.. recently opened my last 3 but not recent enough for a review.. but what I will say is that there is a vert tart/sour finish that had ZERO presence in the 1st 7 bottles. Not sure whats going on there.

Jun 10, 2016
3.5 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 07, 2016
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a dark ruby red with a two finger off white head. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving some nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, plums, dark cherries, and oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Bourbon, dark cherries, plums, and heavy oak tannins. Finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A rare miss from Clown Shoes. The mix of dark fruits and heavy booziness just doesn't work for me.

Mar 06, 2016
3.71 by ghatz from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2016
Photo of bigboobstracy69
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by bigboobstracy69 from Indiana

This beer was very tart sour. Clearly infected

Feb 20, 2016
Photo of LloydDobler
2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by LloydDobler from Indiana

Very tart. Couldn't taste anything past that.

Feb 13, 2016
Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/16/14. Served in a DFH signaure glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch creamy light tan head that stuck around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (red grapes, plums), bourbon, oak, vanilla and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some cherry, sweet spiciness and a dried fruit flavor noticeable. The bourbon character in this is moderate, there's enough that you can tell it's there, but it's not close to being overpowering either. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a medium amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem boozy at first, but it does catch up to you after a while. I thought it was an enjoyable brew, glad I got to try this one!

Feb 12, 2016
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"We've been making beer for five years. There have been a few challenges, yet here we are. This bourbon barrel aged Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale commemorates our anniversary, even as we look to the future and know that we cannot rest. Please join us as we work for and search for the kind of peace in life that money can't buy." Brewed in the style of a Quadrupel Ale, aged in Bourbon Barrels. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth caramel cream head over a deep caramel brown body with a moderate haziness and ample, spirited carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Bread and grain malts, toasted caramelized sugars, subtle fruit syrups, with complimentary overtones of bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a big bourbon barrel aging character forward. Dark candied sugars, fruit syrups, grain and bread malts, moderate acidity and tang on the finish. Runs a touch thin, especially for the style, not nearly substantial enough to justify the barrel aging treatment, which largely sits on top of this ale. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly boozy, grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and the presence of tang and acidity was largely unexpected, suggesting possible infection. 3.5

(Overall) A somewhat lackluster Quadrupel base that doesn't nearly warrant the bourbon barrel treatment that it gets. A bit simple, messy and overly boozy. Not quite up to my standards for Quads nor bourbon barrel-aged beers. 3.5

Clown Shoes'
The Peace That Money Can't Buy Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale

Feb 12, 2016
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3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

As someone who really dislikes whiskey, not sure why I keep trying these barrel-aged brews that are all the rage. I do love quads, so I was roped into this strange offering. Pours dark reddish-brow with minimal head. Aroma has some notes of whiskey, but also of red wine - that has been open too long. Flavor is fairly vinous as well with at tart finish. This is not enjoyable.

Jan 24, 2016
3.75 by rojapa from New York on Jan 17, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jp32 from Michigan

Pours mahogany brown in color. Not much head retention. The aroma is boozy with notes of oak and red wine. Actually, it reminds me of a red wine-soaked cork top that just got pulled off a bottle of merlot.

The flavor is big. FIrst, it's boozy and warm, so the alcohol definitely is present. Something simultaneously both sweet and tart, similar to dark cherries. An oak-like character pulls itself through as well. Not much in the way of bourbon, except that beer is boozy. I'm assuming the oak flavor comes from the bourbon barrel aging process, however it's difficult for me to pull any actual bourbon flavors out of this.

A solid, enjoyable, and quality offering from Clown Shoes.

Jan 14, 2016
Photo of Nickcal
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Nickcal from Rhode Island

In the cellar for one year. Brewed 12-16-14. Didn't really care for how this one aged. Booze completely gone, slightly Sour now. Nothing here now that screams quad.

Jan 04, 2016
4.29 by pollocwr from Ohio on Dec 17, 2015
3.56 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Nov 29, 2015
4 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2015
3.67 by Rootscipio from Texas on Nov 22, 2015
3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 19, 2015
3.5 by knicks19947 from New York on Nov 04, 2015
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2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by sweetcell from Maryland

i can only support what others else has already written: very little bourbon or barrel character and a weird tartness. it's the tartness that threw me off. might be an infection.

i aged this bottle on my cellar for just under a year so this was a disappointment. borderline drain-pour. first bad clown shoes that i've had.

Nov 02, 2015
2.82 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Nov 01, 2015
3.75 by impending from California on Oct 31, 2015
4.06 by JackoKershaw from New York on Oct 30, 2015
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Pours a mild fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, mild spotty lacing, long legs, dark but clear mahogany chestnut cranberry-ruby hue color.

Nose brings a lot of toasty brown malts, candi sugar, toffee, toasted caramel, sweet syrupy candy, mild booze, into dark dried fruits, fig paste and candied raisin, some fruity esters, light phenols with the booze, wood tannins, a little sweet boozy bourbon barrel juice, mild nougat and bourbon caramel candies.

Taste brings a poor aged malt flavor, yeasty and barrel tannins, the oaky bitter tannins and weird fruity esters, little chemically alcohol and perfumey phenols, some marinade like fruity candy malt vinegar based sauce. Dark malts, sweet candy sugar, a little toffee nougat, caramel, etc, with plenty of booze warmth and tingles. Touch of bourbon barrel juice, not bourbon itself by the oak tannins and somewhat unpleasant bourbon fleshy oak thing, young bourbon in poor oak or something. Finish sticky sweet, boozy, more of that fruity marinade bitter tannin oak ester young bourbon thing that just dominates.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, syrupy, plenty of hot booze and a little slimy feel, decent carb.

Overall not so great, didn't seem to do well in the barrel, or base beer wasn't very good, probably both, but just not very good.

Oct 26, 2015
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 282 ratings