Flyin' Monks
Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
3.92 | pDev: 11.73%
Mar 02, 2020
Oct 18, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Conditioned on oak cubes used by Spirit of Texas Distillery to age their Pecan Street Rum, this ale has complex sweet oak, rum flavors with a warm alcoholic finish. Pair with dark chocolate desserts or bold cheeses.
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

bottled on 10/4/19; today is 2/18/21. says batch 000

pours an amber-tinged mahogany body with a toasted cream foam head that has moderately low retention and leaves no lacing as it settles to an uneven halo around a patchy cap

aroma is rum and coke and oak. warm. pecan, maple, dark stone fruit (fig), and molasses with a spicy yeasty bready backer.

taste really plays with that rum and coke thing. little more citrus picked up in the taste.

mouthfeel is warm but fairly smoothed out compared to younger bottles I've had of this brew. carbonation is moderate and it is medium bodied. there are sparse carbo prickles, enhanced by the heat of the still lingering booze effect. finishes nonchalantly but leaves a root-like-near-black licorice aftertaste that plasters like bubble gum.

this is a really decent quad, especially if left to age a little. it's a little more complicated but still easy to read at this point, and has a bold but not overbearing character. well done!

Mar 02, 2020
4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2019
3.99 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Apr 13, 2019
4.07 by kkarimi from Texas on Mar 22, 2019
4.5 by archero from Texas on Jan 21, 2019
3.83 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2018
4.25 by HoodviewBrew from Texas on Jul 05, 2018
3.75 by mmilyko from Nevada on Oct 09, 2017
3.94 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Sep 24, 2017
4.13 by Kuges from Texas on Sep 13, 2017
3.93 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Aug 21, 2017
3.99 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Aug 12, 2017
4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Mar 03, 2017
3.92 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Mar 03, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Very sweet, but pretty good. Dark fruits, fig and plum, some oak. Bread and some yeast. The run is barely detectable. Not heavy. Pretty good, but you would never go for it over one of the classics.

Mar 02, 2017
3 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 07, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by johlac66 from California

Burgundy brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving wisps of foam.
Lovely notes of rum raisin on the nose and palate. Hints of bready boozy molasses and oak. Some dark chocolate as it warms.
Well carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice dry wine-like finish.
Not as bold and complex as I would like for the style, but quite tasty nonetheless.
Bottled on 11/13/2015. A sturdy beer. That's a good thing.

Dec 30, 2016
3.98 by Jentex from Texas on Dec 27, 2016
4.1 by cgrunin from Texas on Dec 27, 2016
5 by bricescott from Texas on Dec 23, 2016
3.53 by mamaraza from Texas on Dec 10, 2016
4.5 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama on Nov 20, 2016
3.77 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Sep 23, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 12.00 (Including tax)/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.472/oz) at Spec’s Liquor Store 14623
Batch 11 bottled 7/20/15 (purchased 3/7/16) at 42 degrees allowed to warm to 55 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma initially very strong of rum and alcohol, quickly fades to a more demure date/plum wafting
Head large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, thin and frothy, diminishing to a three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – deep brown with some hints of red, clear as seen around the edges but so dark as to be opaque through the diameter of the glass
Flavor – fruity, slightly sweet, mostly date-, plum-, fig-ish types of dark fruit flavors, well blended
Palate – full, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation after some initial fizziness

“I like big beers and I cannot lie” and that’s the extent of my ability to parody songs – time to call Weird Al. Quads are one of my favorite styles of beer and this one is pretty good. After the initial “POP” of the cork, followed by no foaming and a blast of in-my-face rum and alcohol gust, the aroma settled to a pleasing generic “dark fruit” balm. As I poured aggressively, the head threated to overflow the lip unless I paused. I did, and allowed the cascade of froth to slow down before I continued pouring. The head was thin and ephemeral, lacking the mousse-like density of a good Belgian quad - it rapidly returned to CO2 and liquid. The flavor cannot be faulted – it captures the essence of a well-crafted quad – dark fruit phenolics and esters abound, a pleasure for the taste buds. There is no vanillin from the oak cubes – if the label didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t have known they were ever used, except for the initial rum assault. A little syrupy to my palate, but still a pleasing and highly drinkable offering from Adelbert’s.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5.

Jul 31, 2016
4.54 by runeatdrink from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HipCzech from Texas

Serving: 750 mL bottle ("Batch No 011, Bottled On 7/16/2015") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Very clear medium brown with ruddy highlights. Minimal head and lace of tan bubbles.

Smell: Sweet dough, rum and raisin; suggests baked desert.

Taste: Full malty body with dark fruit (raisin, prune) and yeasty notes, earth and slight oaky spirit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth and rich with just enough carbonation.

Overall: Solid quad for sipping; big and satisfying, if not overly complex.

Jul 09, 2016
4.24 by MLDucky from Texas on May 31, 2016
3.87 by dasotelo50 from Texas on May 15, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by tubeyes from Texas

Brown I color, minimal head and lace, nose is quite nice, floral rum up front with some black cherries in there somewhere, taste is very rummy but has some nice carmelly dark cherry notes like in the nose as well, mouthfeel is ok well carbonated but thinner than I'd like, overall per good, had in large snifter in celebration of finding out what my baby is!

Apr 21, 2016
4.15 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Apr 16, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by braker649er from Washington

I was really impressed by this one. I'd had one other by the brewery that wasn't bad but wasn't quite my taste. This one was a standout for its richness of dark fruit flavor, caramel, raisin and maybe a bit of nuttiness. Really nice dark Belgian quad.

Mar 14, 2016
3.73 by frasergrove from California on Feb 20, 2016
4.23 by okono from Colorado on Feb 19, 2016
3.66 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois on Jan 11, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by NanookinTexas from Texas

750ml Corked & Caged Bottle ($14.62) 10.9%ABV Bottled on Nov. 6, 2014
Quadrupel Aged with Oak Rum Cubes Brewed & Bottled in Austin, Texas
Poured into an Ommegang Brew Stem

Look: Dark reddish brown murky colour. Looks really decadent & rich. Lots of little campagne bubbles erupting from the very bottom of the stem. If poured quickly into the stem you'll get a 1" thick creme brulee coloured head, that dissipates some what quick, leaving a nice 1/8' ring of foam around the glass.

Nose: No mistaking the booziness of this one, along with deep dark sour cherry aromas, mixd in with black raisin, hint of cinnamon. If you let it warm enough (recommended) you may even notice some deep dark chocolate notes. All mixed in with slight malty breadiness. You'll know this is a heavy one.

Taste: When served chilled, as recommended, initially, strong sour cherry notes, more than I care for. There is no doubt of the alcohol content in this. For some, it may seem even more than the stated 10.9%. This needs to warm in order to acheive some balance, letting other flavors of raisin and cinnamon come through. As it warms more of the rum imbued oak cubes come through. Some sweetness comes through as well, as it warms. Very comlex brew!

Feel: WOW! This is a HEAVY one (IMO)! Very thick, heavy, almost chewy quality to it! This is why we like quads, right? Almost a cognac or really good oporto quality to it, as far as feel.

Overall: Although it is very strong sour dark cherry, upon initial chilled pour, a bit much for me, I enjoy how it balances out a bit as it warms up in temp. I imagine this will pair very well with, say, a filet mignon seasoned moderately with black pepper, or any other "earthy" entree. It'll also pair with a deep dark chocolate and real earthy cheeses in my estimation. Very good brew!

Jan 03, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Well a truly a great example of a no frills Quad. All the classic boxes are checked for this: color, foam, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and finish. Only mark against I would give is the booze comes through a smidge too much for my liking when I first sipped but did subside as it warmed thankfully. I would definitely get another if I could but am keeping one for a couple years to see what happens.

From the bottle into two New Belgium snifters with etchings.

Dec 20, 2015
4 by gtermi from Texas on Dec 19, 2015
4.28 by Thankin_Hank from Texas on Nov 28, 2015
4.59 by Chris_Huston from Texas on Sep 13, 2015
3.75 by Wolverine48092 from Michigan on Aug 19, 2015
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