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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.18 | pDev: 9.33%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Jul 23, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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?

Jun 02, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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.

Mar 30, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Oct 10, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

May 09, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Apr 17, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Mar 26, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very deep red with a finger of off khaki head. Fades into a nice ring around the glass. Nose is bourbon, fig, plum, slight sweetness. Taste follows. A ton of soft bourbon vanilla, almost marshmallowy, slight alcohol burn as the beer warms. Followed by lighter traces of fig, plum. Nice, smooth body. Not too crisp or thick for the style. Delicious beer.
Nose is a nice blend of soft bourbon, oaky vanilla, dark fruits, plum, fig.
Taste is a soft bourbon upfront followed by a nice blend of dark candies fruit, plum, fig, no trace of alcohol.

Mar 26, 2016
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Wayne17 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally a new style for FUN. The smell is outstanding, vanilla, whiskey, candied plums. The follow through is just as impressive. The barrel really packs a punch without coming off over harsh in a boozy way. Tons of vanilla, Belgian candied sugar, plums, raisin. I think I might actually like this more than the last few batches of BBH, as it's more whiskey forward than oak. This is just phenomenal. It's sweet but not overally so, it's boozy but not harsh or in need of aging to round out the flavor. This beer is ready to drink and I plan to have quite a few more. The best fun series since Cherries of Fire and a huge step in the right direction after the Trigave train wreck. Welcome back FUN series. A+

Mar 23, 2016
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marieli from Texas

2.99/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle. Started at 50+ degrees. The only Karbach ale I've liked is BBH. So, I tried this barrel aged quad. Did not care for it at all. Smell was heavy bourbon and sweet. Taste was syrupy and heavy alcohol. Seven of us shared two 22oz bottles. Five of us did not care for it, two thought it was a decent offering.

Mar 20, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into sniffer from tap. Light nonexistent head. Dark brownish black to look at. Smells of bourbon, little else comes thru. Taste of, well bourbon with a semi sweet finish. Not picking up much quad out of this, but I didn't really get it for that, so not dissatisfied. Alcohol hidden well. Nice beer

Mar 11, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown with a burgundy tint. A nice one finger tan head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Bourbon dominates with chocolate, vanilla, molasses, caramel and dark fruits.

T: Follows nose with a sensual bourbon overtone followed by caramel, molasses and dark fruits. Not as much Belgian yeast as I was expecting for a quad, but the bourbon taste makes this one memorable.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, heavy carbonation.

O: My first Karbach and it was awesome. Some folks were turned off by the bourbon but it blew me away. A blissful sipper. Very recommended.

Mar 07, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark with a slight red hue, little carbonation. Wood, bourbon, and vanilla nose. Carmel and Belgian candy sugars complement flavors matching the nose, but not getting typical Belgian yeast esters. Medium high mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Liking the beer overall but a better quad base would have made it more interesting.

Feb 25, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly opaque brown with a little ruby around the edges. A dense two finger beige head forms with good retention. The foam sticks throughout as a small cap, and a bit of patchy lace.
S: Oh my, the barrel character here is great. Molasses, oak, vanilla, chocolate all intermingle. Some dark fruits in the nose as well, like plum and figs.
T: Like the nose, a really well incorporated barrel. The big oak flavors, vanilla sweetness and chocolate are great. Dark fruits adds a little complexity, though I don't get much of a Belgian Quad/BSDA yeast character that I am looking for. Still, it is hard not to enjoy this. It is incredibly balanced for a big barrel aged beer as well.
M/O: A big full body that is ultra smooth. Moderate carbonation with a crisp bite that is smooth but not overly viscous at the same time. Really easy to drink, this bottle is gone in know time. Taking a little off overall cause this is not really to style.

Having just had It's A Trappe-Bourbon Barrel Aged from J. Walker, it is interesting to have this next. They are similar in that it is basically just an American Strong Ale in Bourbon barrels. In that regard, this is fantastic. Though it falls short of a BBQ (think Boulevard or even Saint Arnold for a much better example of the base style). Still, I think this is much better than It's A Trappe, and something I am really enjoying. Style or not.

Feb 17, 2016
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BKHR from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

The first Karbach beer I have ever been disappointed in. This beer is so bourbon heavy that there is almost no quad notes to be found. Poured into a Libbey snifter

Look- Pours a ruby red color and a good head that stays for the whole beer.

Smell- Smells heavily of bourbon and molasses

Taste- This is the most disappointing part for me. Other than some small fig notes in the beer, pretty much all i get is bourbon. Oaky goodness still, but disappointed in the fact that there is almost no quad notes in this beer. Might be better with age, might do another one after I get one aged for around 6 months.

Feel- normal quad with some a bit of thickness due to bourbon I assume.

Overall- the first Karbach beer I have ever been disappointed in. The bourbon overpowers the quad and leaves us with a beer that is not really balanced with the bourbon aging.

Feb 14, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm curious what age will do to this. Fresh, it's very bourbon heavy, which is nice. To me, this drinks much like Stickee Monkee more than a traditional quad, or other BA quads I've had. It's excellent in it's own right, but I would like to see what other flavors develop as the bourbon fades a bit and complaints the beer rather than over-powers it. Great work Karbach,.

Feb 09, 2016
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sbrierty from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Dark reddish brown pour with a light one finger head that slowly faded.

Initially it was too cold and masked some of the smell, however as it warmed the aroma was very similar to the taste. Sweet with fruit and honey but bourbon very prominent.

Taste was very sweet with fig / caramel up front. Heavy alcohol and bourbon on the back, maybe a little overpowering.

Overall I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to opening the other two bottles in 6 and 12 months to see how it smooths out.

Feb 06, 2016
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark drown that you almost can't see through with a very small head that doesn't last. Smell is bourbon, vanilla barrel character and some dark fruits. Taste is lots of barrel notes, vanilla, almost a tiny bit of sweetened coconut, and some heat. Typical quad characteristics are somewhat hidden, but you can still tell behind the barrel aging this is a quad. Mouthfeel is full and sticky. This a delicious barrel aged beer, although a little hot, that makes me enjoy it more than I like the base beer style. While a little sweet, at almost 12% this beer is a sipper and an enjoyable sipping experience.

Feb 02, 2016
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Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great tasting BBA Quad. Poured into a standard sized snifter. Color is deep deep red that doesn't allow much light to pass through. Pours with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Tastes of molasses & fig and has malty palate. I've purchased three bottles and am planning on aging the other two. If I see more of this around, I would definitely consider buying an additional bottle to drink now.

Feb 01, 2016
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