Quad On Oak
River North Brewery

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #125
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #18,830
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
14
From:
River North Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  2
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes:
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellared 35 months

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: the color is a nice medium brown with a wonderful dark tan head. There is some haze, which although a minimal flaw, really compromises what the appearance could be.

Aroma: bananas (fresh) and light brown sugar. Enjoyable. This should be a candle scent.

Flavor: there are so many layers. Initially, a mild sweetness that quickly transitions to brief oak then finishes with very pronounced over-ripe bananas - on par with a dunkel weisse. The Belgian yeast comes through without any mistake. The flavor of this beer is much more consistent with that of a dubbel than a quad. This beer is less sweet than many other versions, but is still on-the-money for the style.

Mouthfeel: light-medium>medium. Lighter than you’d expect given the style or the 10.2% abv.

Overall: this is a beer with many layers and nuances. It is definitely Belgian, but much closer in flavor to a Dubbel than a quad. I wouldn’t recommend this beer or buy it again, but quads aren’t my favorite style either. This beer is better than many other competitors’ versions, but there are also many better quads readily available as well.

Jun 30, 2017
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: A murky reddish-brown, with a pretty and very uniform matrix of medium-sized bubbles for the head.

SMELL: The aroma smells like a traditional quad; dark fruit, stem fruit, a little caramel and maybe even some biscuit-like malt. A touch of vanilla and a nice oaky aroma rounds it out.

TASTE: The dark fruit from the nose comes through in a big way. Vanilla and caramel are both intensified on the palate as compared to the aroma, making this a pretty sweet beer, but not as sweet as Quandary. The oak seems to take a little something off that sweetness factor and it’s really just quite a pleasant beer to drink. Some banana and a touch of spice also make an appearance in every sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Big body, but not as huge as it could be; more like a medium-well body. It’s quite sweet as well. The carbonation is not as low as I expected, moderate I’d say. Velvety and exceptionally smooth going down, I typically love the texture of Quads and this is no exception. Big, but very, very drinkable.

OVERALL: The regular Quad is a little on the sweet side and the oak balances it out very nicely. This is a supremely drinkable beer for being 10.2%. It’s dangerous, but delicious.

May 06, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, ruby coloring, with a sparse filmy coating of head that quickly settles out to nothing. Aromas of rich berries and stone fruits, including raspberries, blackberries, cherries, raisins, dates, and fig, with a heavy dose of wood char, a solid bolt of booze, and some subtle spice and Belgian funk. Pretty heavy and rich nose. Flavors are very fruit forward, with a blast of berry and cherry notes, slick and boozy, with some merlot and pinot notes, hints of vanilla, wood spice and char, and some earthy tones towards the tail end. Surprisingly smooth for the ABV, with a slick, oily feel. The aftertaste is more of the fruit richness, but muted, with hints of spice and roast. Slick, boozy linger in the finish. Pretty decent brew, and I would bet this would mellow out very nicely with some age.

Nov 14, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

some time on wood to mellow is exactly what this beer needed, and im so glad ti got what it needed. a great beer now, on tap at hops and pie. darker caramel in color with a short but lasting half inch of white head, soft and lazy. nose is belgian yeast first, malty of course, that sweet wort grain aroma, with an odd banana tint, and then the oak, which may be new oak, seems less vanilla and char forward than the bourbon stuff out there. plenty of sweetness, even more than the style really needs in taste. if this was cleaned up even 20%, this would be lights out, but as it stands, its a little sweeter than i need personally, not that its unflattering at all, because it really does taste great. the combination of the wood relaxing the alcohol intensity, the spice and fruit from the yeast, and the deep layers of malty sweetness that remains distinctly american, is all quite yummy. relaxed carbonation too is fine, as this is already a beer to sip on and let warm up, and bubbles dont play more of a role, or need to. overall i love all these barrel series beers from river north, they seem to be on a real roll, and have developed a very devoted following. this is one of the reasons why.

Mar 29, 2014
Quad On Oak from River North Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 14 ratings