The Peace That Money Can't Buy | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 280
Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Slack
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of aoampm
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of justme
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of Rcaros
2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of jp32
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Nickcal
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sweetcell
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/8/15

A hazed maroon liquid when held to the light, short lived finger of foam leaves just a few specks of lace, some wide legs try to form on the side, shes got some booze in her

S soft caramel, JD/Jim Beam kinda sweet bourbon vanilla, plum, sour cherries, mild Belgian yeast, just a hint of green apple, faintly sour, sugar coated raisins, and some herbal notes in the background with some booze but well concealed for 11.5%

T what I smell but a little more booze, still plenty of bourbon and the faint sour notes come out a little stronger, nothing bad but perhaps an infection might be setting in but at this point it works

M not as thick as I'd guess, bubbles give it some life, very slick almost oily on the palate, some heat going down and a woody finish, sticky on the lips

O lots of sweet bourbon, boozy but to be expected at this abv, sour notes through me off but everything works fairly well but I'm not completely sold

Good beer but for what I paid I want something great, I'm not going to drop the cash to find out how it ages

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Photo of BSiegs
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in color with a light, tan head. Nose is complex with a nice malty sweetness. Bready with some cherries, fig. Initially the sweetness hits you, followed by the spice of the belgian yeast and a light tartness. Again, cherry and fig. Get very little barrel character on nose and taste. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation. Overall, a good quad.

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Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a teku glass

A- pours a deep ruby color with a small off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- big sweet and malt aroma with notes of caramel, dark fruit, cherry & coconut. underlying bourbon and oak

T- sweet and malty up front with lots of caramel malt, a bit of tang hits the mid-palate, followed by lots of dark fruit. Bourbon alcohol and oak kicks in on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- drinks more like an English barleywine, nice bourbon notes

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sat on this one for six months. Pours a crystal clear deep crimson color with loads of carbonation streaming up from the bottle of my glass, maintaining a consistent off-white, khaki head. Smell was a little disappointing for a barrel aged quad. I get the belgian yeast and alcohol phenols, dark fruit, and some tart funk. Mouthfeel was very thin for such a big beer with a ton of carbonation. Taste was just as disappointing as the smell. I got mostly dark fruits, tart cherry, and a belgian sugar sweetness. Would not have guessed that this was barrel-aged. Not terrible for a quad but I was expecting a little more out of a Clown Shoes beer.

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Photo of beermeplz
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I agree with others that this lacks much barrel character, but I actually like this one. I'm generally not a fan of regular quads, but there is some complexity here that I appreciate. It's pretty mellow all around--sweet but not cloying, perhaps due to the aging. Overall, the price sets high expectation that, admittedly, are not met, but it's still a damn good beer.

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Photo of Morningopiate36
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a Smokey Carmel color with some of the best head retention I've seen yet. Can definitely smell the bourbon, dark fruits, and wheat. Very prominent (but not unpleasant) sour flavor with cherry overtones and a bourbon after taste that coats the mouth. Hides the high ABV VERY well. Probably one of my new favorite beers.

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Photo of BWood
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Was let down by this. Not necessarily because it's a sub par beer but for the fact I expected more. Little to no bourbon in the smell or taste. Without the presence of the bourbon I can only rate this as a normal quad (which I am a fan of quads). That being said there are several quads that destroy this beer. I do not think I would purchase again. Think I will stick to IS clown shoes.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose-plums seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with some bits of candi sugar-like sweetness with some notes of spices and hints of bourbon towards the finish, the latter of which become noticeable as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad quadrupel, but the bourbon in the smell and taste is quite weak. However, it is rather drinkable considering its strength and does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent dark mahogany with reddish hues when held to light. A thin sliver of tan colored head builds then dissipates very quickly down to essentially nothing. Leaves essentially no lacing. 4

S: Caramel/toffee, dark fruits, peppery spice, dough yeast, sweet bread. Barrel notes are fairly subtle with some oaky vanilla. 4.25

T: Interesting first flavors of sweet and tart dart fruits. The tartness is subtle but it certainly wasn’t expected. Next I get toffee/caramel, some bitterness, barrel notes including charred oak. A bit of pleasant booze to balance things out. 4.

M/D: Full bodied but not thick, carbonation on the lower end, no nearly as smooth as most quads, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is good. 4

O: A good beer, but I suspect more from Clown Shoes based off of their stellar IS lineup. Def solid and well worth a try, just nothing special. 4

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Did not taste as I anticipated. Tart/sour but not to the point of being a sour beer. Quite drinkable and abv unnoticeable. I have another bottle of this and I'll try again this Fall. Was expecting heavier profile with the barrel aging.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had high expectations for this since quads are a top favorite style of mine. Dark amber in color with half finger head that lingered. Nose is fairly subtle typical Belgian with a teeny tiny hint of bourbon. Taste is again more subtle like the nose with almost no bourbon flavor. Feel is rich as expected from an 11+ ABV. Overall not a bad beer, but somewhat disappointing only because I was expecting more.

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