Ghoul's Night Out | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by drabmuh on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 46
Photo of SierraFlight
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Taster poured into plastic cup. Hazy amber with a finger of frothy head. Hard to assess lacing or retention. Aromas are honey, warm banana, caramel, raisin, and dates. Taste is brown sugar, yeasty, sweetness then late mild bitterness. Moderate carbonation, more than I like for the style. Dry finish.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Has some great flavors throughout but I feel it misses the style mark. Not much of a quad in my opinion but someone below said it reminded them of a scotch ale/wee heavy and I would agree with that.

Dark rum soaked fruits: raisin, touch of cherry. Alcohol is prominent but not overbearing, still allowing the fruits to come through. Slick mouthfeel with mild/low carbonation.

Would love to try this in one of the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This a good, enjoyable, strong beer but first impression is that this is more of a strong ale than a quad, at least to me. Not your typical Belgian quad, if you call it that, in that the malts are heavier, the booze is more pronouned and the typical Belgian yeast strain isn't there. I only state this in case you are strict on style interpretation and except your average quad. That being said, poured a dark, swampy brown with reddish tints and a one finger head that died quick. The malts and some booze are really prevelant in the nose, and it's like I'm picking up caramel, toffee, possbily some dark fruits like raisins and figs. Medium to heavy bodied, slightly chewey, the beer is a sipper as it's real hearty. I'm getting an abundance of caramel and toffee malts, as well hints of honey although if I wasn't told they were in there I wouldn't really discern them at all. Some raisins/figs as well, touchs of bready malts as well for balance. Not much in terms of hops or yeast but it is still a smooth beer. Heavy, dry finish makes for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy medium brown color with a smallish light tan head and a little lacing

S-dark fruit, yeast, brown sugar, hint of pine

T-dark fruit, brown bread, brown sugar, yeast notes, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, little thin and slight alcohol heat

O-drinkable, but nothing overly compelling and had less body and rich flavor than I expected

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Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent to cloudy amber with head clinging to edges with some lacing
S: malty raisin/date/fig, with a definite yeast nose that tinds you it's a Belgian
T: follows the nose almost to a T. In the middle, the bitter hops does grab hold though turning the taste to a tarter fruit, pomegranate or plum. There's also the slightest pepperiness to the end. As the taste slowly fades, I do actually get some hints of banana back near my throat.
M: coating and resin-y coming from the change in flavors. The lingering taste also had a slight metallic tinge to it
O: an enjoyable beer, malty front and some complexity in the end, with the only detraction perhaps being a little too much bitterness at the end. Reminded me of a few barley wines I've had recently in that respect (appropriately or not).

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the keg into a wine glass at the DC United tailgate. Why? Because I can.

Real murky brown honey color for the body, quite light for a quad. Head is thick whipped and large. Light toffee tan color and big lacing. Aggressive if murky.

Nose is nice quad rich but subtle. Mild fig with light biscuit cookie sense. Some thin toffee, missing some warmth for style points.

Sharp light body on the palate. Very easy drinking and almost round like mouthfeel. Lots of light toffee and light chocolate cookied cereal milk tastes. Some citrus like hop finish but very mild with some caramel in the end. Some sharp clove like sense as it warms.

Overall the alcohol on this is very well hidden, and it drinks real well. This is a very good atempt at this style for DC Brau. New Halloween tradition? It would be a good one.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DC Brau Ghouls night out on tap at Churchkey in DC

The beer pours a nice murky brown to orange color with some decent lacing and a ring of head, lighter than normal for a quad. 3.5

The smell is a mix of candied banana, semi leathery malt, brown sugar, Belgian yeast notes, sweet alcohol but no burn to it. 4

The taste is nice, but this really shouldn't be called a quad, this is a Belgian dark strong ale, ala grand cru of the emperor, but a less complex version of that. The banana and brown sugar hit, with some big sweet notes throughout, almost reminds me of a Christmas Belgian ale with sugar added. Some alcohol tastes but no burn to it, although the feel is sort of thinner than I hoped and a little more carbonated than I feel it should be for the style. The finish is somewhat disappointing as there really are no lingering flavors that stick with you, it's a real dry finish which is not to the style. Some nice hearty barley notes prevail as well. 4/3

Not a bad effort from DC Brau, on future Belgian efforts I see them upping their game. 3.5

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is light orange with ample carbonation / effervescence. Atop the beer sits a quarter inch of white, fizzy head. The aroma brings sweet malt, fruity esters, alcohol. Sweet throughout. This is more of a Belgian strong ale than a quad, in my opinion. Decent flavor, but a bit hot and sweet for my liking. Eh..

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 3100th review on beeradvocate. A meaningless achievement I realize but never-the -less. Served on draft at the brew pub. This is a quad made with local honey from Burnside Farms in Virginia. A great beer for a "Saturday Night."

"Ghoul's Night Out" is brown and hazy, light brown, with a nice head, relatively low retention, moderate to low carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet, bready, figs, mild raisin, decent malt, biscuit. The "last caress" of the nose on this is a slight whiff of alcohol.

Beer is really nice, light, absolutely invisible alcohol. A really nice beer for "Halloween". Nice figgy raisin flavors in the "hybrid moments" between the forward and late palate. A good flow and connectivity start to finish here. No aftertaste, not dry on the back, left with this mild residual sweetness and a shadow of a hop bitterness. I'd "come back" for this and have it again. I picked up a growler and plan on sharing it, unfortunately the instructions were "don't open 'til doomsday" which is only in a few weeks.

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Ghoul's Night Out from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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