Quandary | River North Brewery

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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by katan on 02-15-2013

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Reviews by katan:
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - note this is distinct from the other because of no barrel aging.

A - Pours a dark ruby color. Not very carbonated, little head formation or lacing. Fairly opaque, thick.

S - Very strong belgian yeast nose, lots of esters, bubble gum. Spicy and fruity. Pleasant.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly citrusy. Mid-stream brings on the same bubble gum esters, not overbearing in any way. Muted spiciness. Hopping nowhere around. No alcohol warmth. Finishes with a little bit of a dark fruit flavor, but way under the norm for a Quad.

M - Light carbonation, full bodied. Rather sticky, sugary - per the style. Alcohol warmth is fairly well hidden for the style.

O/D - A really easy drinking quad. ABV is up there, probably a sipper. Not overly filling - also great for the style. While overall this thing doesn't really have the in your face malt I would like, it results in a quaffable beer.

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Photo of DahWag
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a thin fizzy off-white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some dark fruits, cardboardy grains, and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some dark fruits and medium bitterness and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, a rather bland and thin quad.

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Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, from the GABF specials at the Liquor Mart on south Colorado Blvd in Denver.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random island group lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of pungent earthy yeast, semi-sweet pastry-like pale and caramel malt, candi sugar, muddled light orchard fruit - mostly of the stone pit variety - and piney, leafy, and leafy hops - all under the hegemony of a hovering metallic booziness. The taste is gritty pale and caramel malt, acrid dead yeast, thinned-out black fruit - plums, prunes, and cherries, all, dosed with too much agua - and a now retreating leafy, weedy hoppiness, perhaps because of the stalking booziness.

The bubbles are quite active, in a generally understated frothy manner, the body on the low side of medium weight for the style, and so-so smooth, the yeast kind of being a bitch about it, if y'all really wanna know. It finishes on the drying side of things, though the caramel malt may have a bit to say about that.

Not the most complex version of the style, or really anything in the ballpark of yer average (hah!) monastery offering of the same, but drinkable enough for what it is - a newbie introduction into a world of boozy, malty, yeasty, and fruity Belgian wellness. Good on these downtown Denver denizens for giving this one a serious go.

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Photo of 40ontarget
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrIPA
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of mike_dawson
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerCO
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of deac83
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CraigInDenver
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of xzymurgist
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mew, not alot goin on for a quad. Pretty good medicanal, esters from yeast. But malt/belgian sugar complexity is not there.

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Photo of cw577enfield
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 22oz bomber from a trade with Jasonrm72.

Poured into a snifter.

A - hazy amber, barely a half finger of head, dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

S: booze, oak, sweetness, sugar, and fruit (plum and raisins)

T: vanilla, sweet caramel, raisins, and tropical fruit. Thought it was very sweet for a Belgian but not complaining.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, and sugary.

O: Extremely drinkable and great quad. Would like to try this again in the future. Thanks, Jason!

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Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Quandary from River North Brewery
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