Ten | Funkwerks

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Colorado, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Formerly known as Quad) Inspired by the Dark Strong beers of Belgium Malt-forward aromas with dark fruit notes, but a dry and balanced finish. Notes of toffee, chocolate, raisins and plums. Pairs poorly with scissors.

Added by GilGarp on 09-07-2013

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle--bottled date of 11/20/15 so some age...

Appearance--Poured into a tulip with very little head compared to others of the style, but good lacing and "cling." Somewhat lighter than is typical of the style.

Aroma--Dark fruits, especially fig, prominent. Respectable aroma for the style, and particularly good for an American take, but lacking some of the complexity of its Belgian relatives.

Taste--I've accepted that American "takes" on this style are invariably going to be drier and less sweet than their Belgian/original counterparts, and also lacking in some of the classic complexity. This version is consistent with that approach--classic dried fruit sweetness matched with a dry finish, with a strong (but not unpleasant) element from the alcohol, and lacking the bittersweet dark chocolate that I often look for. Still, very comparable in many ways to Boulevard's Sixth Glass "take," (and that is a high compliment) but a bit drier, and with an even more "alcohol forward" note. A bit lacking in complexity in comparison to other American versions, but also less medicinal.

Mouthfeel--Perhaps the best aspect of this take. The extra dryness presents a fine crisp balance, and the carbonation is far better than I expected, given the lack of initial head. Very drinkable notwithstanding the ABV

Overall--A fine American take on the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Feb 2015

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Minimal head retention and lacing

S: Fig, not much else

T: Figs, a little leafy hops & cherry. More of the same as this warms, a little booze warmth on the edges, some woody dryness. Finishes with a little booze, some leafy hop & little cherry & fig, plus a little green apple

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation , warming

Drinkable enough, just was hoping for more complexity

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Photo of akolb
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has dark fruit and a little chocolate. Sweetness. Malts and more fruits in the taste with a nice mix of sweetness and a crisp finish. Some yeast. Almost tastes like a chocolaty saison.

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Front Range BBQ in Colorado Springs

Reddish brown body; very little head. Very little scent presented; dull, almost imperceptible malt note. Strong malt sweetness and boozy quality with the taste; brown sugar; roasted nuts. Heavy body; syrupy; sweet finish with an alcohol heat component.

A fair quad, rich and warm though not very complex in the grand scheme of things.

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet, Toffee, Fruits, Warming

Formerly known as "Quad," Ten is mahogany in color (slight chill haze at first) with a creamy tan head. Fruity esters, toffee and chocolate in the nose. Its silky, viscous mouthfeel gives way to warming alcohol that flushes across the face. Sweet and malty with big dollop of toffee in the center, followed by ripe dark fruits, dry chocolate and raisiny notes. A touch of soft black pepper and breadiness join the 10 percent alcohol in the linger. Quadalicious.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #108 (January 2016).

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong malts/bread, Belgian yeast and mild bubblegum. The flavor is Belgian yeast, malts, bubblegum, light fruit and a mix of alcohol, sour, tart and slight funk in the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

when i first moved to colorado years ago now, i loved everything these guys did, and would have rated them among the tops in the state. their beers were not only creative, but brilliantly executed, i just loved them, bought everything right when it came out, but something has changed. their latest releases have been lackluster at best, and this quad is a great example of that. hazy reddish brown, i suppose it looks the part alright, not much head to it, some yeast. it smells sweet, not as dark on the grain or half as nuanced as they usually are, and the yeast i see, i dont smell. its bland almost, hardly recognizable as a belgian instead of an american or english strong ale in that regard. i guess its there a little more in the taste, with some fruitiness, but that comes from the malt as well, and is lost a bit to the sweetness of the malt, caramels and brown sugar, a dab of maple, its sweet for sure. it doesnt have the dark bready barley flavor backing it up though, and lacks substance and structure as a result. i have has similar critiques of their other basic belgian styles. not enough carbonation, too sweet, and not at all covering its booze up. not bad, but far from their best...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impressions from a bottle courtesy of Blakelive784:

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Pale khaki colour. Average characteristics. ~8 minute retention.

BODY: Amber colour. Translucent. No yeast can be seen within.

Looks decent for a quadrupel.

AROMA: Hints of muted dark fruits - dates & prunes. A hint of raisin. Malty sweetness. Amber malts - maybe Vienna? Could be carapils. Any candi sugar is rather reticent.

Not boozy or off.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Faint plum, marmalade, sticky jammy raisin, amber malts/Vienna malts, and darker malts (plus barley/2 row). Not as sticky or syrupy as would ruin it, but it's far from ideal in terms of mouthfeel. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied. Lacks the fragility and delicacy of the finest beers in the style. It's unbalanced but not imbalanced, with a cohesive build that never quite comes off as more than the sum of its parts.

More vivid (and varied) dark fruits would really help. The depth of flavour just isn't there, and it lacks the subtlety, intricacy, and expressive Belgian yeast characteristics of finer beers in the style. More pronounced candi sugar notes wouldn't hurt.

OVERALL: Mediocre - and frankly, bad as a quad - but outside of style conventions it's above average. I definitely wouldn't buy another bottle, but I've had worse. Funkwerks should stick to their bread and butter - funky beers - and leave quadrupels to the Belgians.


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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 2015.10.15

Poured into a chalice a very nice brownish/grapey color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with some very nice grape, raisins, plums, fig notes. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty well. Overall, this is a very nice brew. My first from this brewery.

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled December 22, 2014) into a chalice.

A-The beer is lighter in color than many quadruple ales -- a medium amber. The carbonation is mellow, but I can see some bubbles in the clear liquid. The head starts at maybe a half-finger tall and retention is OK, not great.

S-The aroma is pretty heavy on spices -- clove, ginger, and nutmeg come to mind. There is a nice caramel-brown sugar-toffee sweetness that complements the Belgian yeast flavor of banana and some fruity alcohol scents. Not a bad aroma, but a bit heavy on the spices.

T-The taste is similar to the smell: heavy on the clove and gingerbread spices (it reminds me of a holiday beer) and pretty sweet with brown sugar and caramel flavors being prominent. I get some dough and banana, as well as some apple fruit and a slightly medicinal alcohol kick.

M-The feel is lighter than average for the style with a medium amount of carbonation.

O-I like sweet "holiday" style beers, so this beer hit me in a good spot. I lacks the earthy complexity that the best beers in this category have, but for an American take, this isn't half bad.

PS-I'm not sure that this is the same beer as others reviewed earlier because this beer is 10.0% ABV and was brewed recently.

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Photo of denver10
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours copper with an orange hue and a white head that disappears before I can even get a sip in. Aroma and flavor are similar; the trademark Funkwerks yeast is there making me think saison before remembering I ordered the Quad, caramel, honey, and hints of dark fruits. Medium body with light activity. Overall, not a fan of this one personally. Would not buy again.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml capped bottle picked up at the brewery. Bottled 8-12-2013. Part of their prototype series.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet, Funkwerks Quad is unexpectedly light in color, more like an amber. It has a very hazy appearance with thin white head.

Aroma is dominated by the yeast, which isn't a bad thing because its pleasant. I believe it's their house yeast strain that's used for the saisons. What it's lacking is the dark fruits, toffee, and raisins that I would expect in a quad.

The same goes for the flavor. It's enjoyable but seems to missing the candi sugar and dark dried fruits. The malts are lighter, the yeast is more forward, and it's funky like a farmhouse ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and strongly carbonated like many Belgians tend to be. The alcohol is stronger than all of their other beers but it doesn't seem hot or overpowering.

Overall an unusual take on the classic quad. It definitely has the saison influence and that's their thing. I would just take it a little darker and sweeter. I'm glad that they give their fans a chance to try their experimental beers!

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Ten from Funkwerks
3.73 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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