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Beelzebub's Jewels 2011 | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
Australia | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The second appearance for what is to be the Woodend brewery’s annual Easter release, this year’s Devil’s Whatsits is a different beast to last year insofar as rather than basing it on an existing Holgate beer, it’s a whole new recipe, one that includes masses of candi sugar as the brewers set about creating a Belgian-style Quadrupel.

Added by UncleJimbo on 06-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by tbeckett:
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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured hazy brown with one finger of eggshell head. Good carbonation, spotty lace and one finger of retention.

S - Dark fruit, sugar, booze, boozy fruitcake, vinous.

T - Very vinous. Raisins, booze, sweetness. Quite vinous.

M - Good carbonation, frothy full body, sweet finish.

O/D - Quite vinous, but not bad. Changed the complexity of a Quad that seemed good on the base. Not worth the price but an interesting beer. Enjoyed it when I had it but the barrel took over too much.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml sturdy sparkling wine-style bottle, capped and foiled. Apparently this is a 'Belgian-style Quadrupel' (huh, isn't that an inherently Belgian style in the first place?), aged in Aussie Pinot Noir barrels, with an extra dose of 'barrel' hops for good measure. I've been saving this rather pricey, um, jewel, for a special day. My first child, a son, arriving earlier today seems an appropriate enough occasion, eh? This one's for my wife, full stop.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark beauty of a brickish amber hue, with two fat fingers of tight, caked eggshell white head, which leaves some pockmarked iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of sugary caramel/toffee malt, prominent tart fruit - plums, Ataulfo mangoes, and a bit of raspberry - a parallel vinous red grape and rum cake warming, some mild yeast notes, a soft woody astringency, and earthy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, weakly acidic, and quite pleasantly muddled black fruit preserves, red wine residue, ethereal dry yeast, a polished, splinter-free oak barrel woodiness, subtle clove/coriander spice, and earthy noble hops. The purported booze is but a yogi-transcendent whimper within a yearning mewl, wrapped up in a careless whisper - wowee zowee!

The carbonation is quite mellow, and perhaps underrepresented, but I don't really see any cause for complaint, the body big, moderately thick, and deeply rich - with an attendant creamy, you're gonna miss me smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the delineation of the lingering aspects now even harder to discern, as they just blend so seamlessly, balanced very much in the way of a prototypical quad ale.

Oh my. The year or so of age on this sure seems to have worked a minor miracle, if my perusal of other opinions in the beer-o-sphere is to be trusted. First, and maybe foremost, the 12% ABV is essentially invisible, so there's that. Moving on, the barrel notes are almost totally sublimated into the already perfectly integrated and leveled yeasty, fruity flavour. Finally, I'm almost ready to forgive the $80+ price tag and enforced rarity of this offering here in Alberta, since the elixir contained therein is so damned fine of a drink. But I already kind of suspected as much, given how headfirst all the way this day has gone thus far.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Beelzebub's Jewels 2011 from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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