Quad Reserve | Night Shift Brewing

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Quad ReserveQuad Reserve

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Dope on 05-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by JohnCurran:
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3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hand-written on bottle: 4/30/12, Batch 2, 9.8% APV.

Nicely carbonated with a small beige head. Pours the color of a ripe plum. Sweet, fruity aroma of grapes and plums with a hint of raisins and a bit of booze. Smells like a toned-down red wine.

A touch of hops and a some carbonation differentiates this beer from a medium bodied red wine. Slightly fruity and refreshingly dry.

I'd be interested to see what this beer tastes like after a couple of years in the cellar.

Would pair nicely with a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of AshlandNacho
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at the brewery on September 8th, 2012.

Poured a hazy brown and slightly purple with hardly any head. It smelled like a wine with figs, grapes, and a sweet spiciness. The taste was like a mixture of a wine and beer, but in an amazingly balanced way. A subtly fruit taste, with a great balance of sweet and tart, and a finish of dark chocolate.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of just_in
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ThrashMaster
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to eggplant color with a dark tan head. Served in a red wine glass because all my beer glassware is packed. Hearty collar of retention circles a few wispy island bridges of foamy skim. Batch #2, bottled 4.30.12.

Brown sugar, toffee and date aroma. I really like the rich brown sugar.

Brown sugar with a grapey dark fruit finish. Plum and black pepper in back. The dark fruits are brighter than the aroma indicates. Nice to see the 2 special ingredients (brown sugar and Shiraz) in the forefront but still well blended in the overall flavor. Mouthfeel is a little furry, I’m guessing due to the Shiraz tannins?

Another superb beer by Night Shift, one of their best IMO.

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Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a classic Quad by any means. If you go into this thinking it's going to taste like Westy, St. B or Rochefort you're going to be disappointed. I would say it has elements of a quad with dark fruit flavors, but it's a little more lively due to the barrel aging. Carbonation was lower than average for a quad and the wine barrels imparted a slight sourness that really worked well. Booziness started to take over as it warmed up.

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Photo of acehart1
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with very faint garnet when held to light and a smallish tan head that dissipates slowly. The grapes have filled my nostrils since I popped the cork on this guy. There is quite a vinous aroma along with lots of brown sugar and molasses with a hint of alcohol. There are dark fruity malt aromas, but that's kind of blurred from the abundant grape onslaught. The flavor is a bit vinous with some more dark fruits coming through as well as lots of molasses and brown sugars. Sweet and fruity with a hint of alcohol seems about right for a quad. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet vinous mouthfeel. I liked this one, I thought it was quite interesting and odd at the same time. This could use a hint more bubbles for the style. Maybe I'm just looking for a quad to be a certain way, but I think the addition of the grapes muddies the dark fruit like raisins and plums and prunes that I usually expect in a quad. The brown sugar works to amplify the dark and burnt sugar flavors from the malt. Kudos for the experimenting, I could drink this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ComRock12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of NEhophead
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

25.4 fl oz champagne bottle caged & corked served in a tulip.
Batch #1, bottled on 03/28/2012.

Dull oak in color with a shade of plum. The slightly off-white head is very superficial sparked with a lot of carbonation and as a result diminishes within less than a minute. Little to no lacing.

Young, assertive vinous fruit aromas: grape, cherry. Sharp alcohol whaffs that add an acidic quality. Rather than sweet aromas that I would expect from a Quadrupel, a musty Saison-like quality is most prominent.

A nice initial brown sugar sweetness gives a touch of richness, before being overtaken by a sharp, acidic-sour quality. Slick grape, cherry, and orange predominate. Following the sour shock, the malt richness just falls off leaving a bland wheat and corn base highlighted by only a surge of slick alcohol. Notes of nutmeg in the finish.

Nearly full in body. Very slick on the palate for the style, or for any style for that matter, but there is still enough of a malt backbone to stabilize most of the flavor profile range.

An interesting idea, but the true characteristics of a Quadrupel never really came through; why mess too much with such a great style?

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Quad Reserve from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 46 ratings