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Kentucky Habit | Karbach Brewing Co.

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
66
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
30
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head that almost completely dissipates. Lacing is good. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, mild Belgian yeasts, subtle dark fruits and Vanilla. Very smooth taste. Very mild fizziness at the end. Bourbon up front with some sweetness from brown sugar, vanilla and dark fruits at the end. Very smooth at the end. Full bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage

Appearance - The beer poures a murky brown color with an off white head.

Smell - The banana in the nose wasmuted by light booze. I anticipated more sweetness.

Taste - At the front, banana sweetness was light. Figs, fruit leather, and light booze followed. Even though the booze seemed light, there was a burn in the back.

Mouthfeel - The sweet stickiness was aided by the lack of carbonation and viscosity.

Overall - I expected a little more from this beer as everything about it was mild. Did it decline with age?

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Photo of JerryHelper
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korymiller
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz. bottle purchased at Quickie Pickie, Austin, TX
F.U.N. Series 013
2016
Served in a goblet

Dark mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a fizzy, finger-tall, khaki colored crown that fell rather quickly. Disappointing retention, especially for the style. A thin halo encircled the liquid but it soon dissolved too.

The nose was quite sweet and spicy. Subtle Belgian yeast notes, but definitely more muted in this regard than I anticipated. Loads of brown sugar. There was a rich plum and raisin presence as well. Boozy notes also came through strong. Although the beer was aged in bourbon barrels, it contained more of an aged rum quality. Good dose of vanilla. Slightly woody too.

The flavor profile was exceptionally sweet and also quite boozy. Definitely punchier than the nose. Malty and sugary sweet up front. A bit cloying. Fruity. Apple and pear notes were apparent. Loads of brown sugar in the center. Plum, prune and raisin notes also came through strong. More sweetness and alcohol on the finish. Like the nose, an aged rum came to mind. Bit of vanilla. Good amount of oaky barrel too.

Nice creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Fuller bodied. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. Somewhat sticky. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence. Solid but perhaps a bit lacking in carbonation for a Belgian-style beer.

While this beer displayed few characteristics of a true Belgian Quad, it was still rather interesting and complex. Fans of sweet and boozy, barrel-aged strong ales would likely enjoy this.

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Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle

A: Pours a very dark brown/red with a tall fizzy medium brown head. Head fades out quickly, lacing no lacing at all.

S: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Huge caramel and fruitiness. Grapes, raisins, figs primarily I'd say. Sugary sweet with a nice brown sugar note in there too.

T: More of the same. Ultra-smooth caramel and candied fruits up front. Heavy bready malt with some mild spices (cloves primarily?) after the fact. Nice clean, sweet finish.

M: Crazy smooth from start to finish. Staggering for a barrel-aged brew. Lower carbonation.

O: Great barrel aged quad. Very sweet and very smooth but somehow not cloying. No sign of alcohol either, making for perhaps the easiest-drinking ~12% ABV beer I've ever had. It's not very traditional but it sure is enjoyable.

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Photo of bmf5581
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nuggetz
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddiehop
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is now a couple of months old, and while I didn't try it fresh, it seems to have cooled off a little (based on other reviews). The bourbon notes dominate, but they're excellent, and the quad offers lots of dark fruits and sweet molasses.

Overall, a really enjoyable brew to sip on. Similar to Firestone's Stickee Monkey, but not as thick and probably not as sweet. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of dasotelo50
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aknalley
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Dark brown color.

This one is a straight booze bomb. Lots of dark fruits. Cherries, raisins, figs, and plums. Molasses and caramel. Lots of whiskey and oak.

Medium to full bodied with heat.

This one needs some time.

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Photo of Renegarciaunt
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Solid as a quad could be. Probably better here out of a full glass, but I had a sample cup.

S: Quad like with Karbach's signature barrel character. It's very well blended with with the beer.

T: Dark fruits, raisins, caramel, smooth bourbon that's well balanced.

F: Found it a little thinner than I'd like, but still fine for the style.

O: Great FUN series offering. I don't typically go after quads, but this was very solid.

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Kentucky Habit from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 66 ratings