Quad Reserve | Night Shift Brewing

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Quad ReserveQuad Reserve

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: 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 brewandbbq:
Photo of brewandbbq
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with a thin tan head. A partial skim coat and a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics feature plenty of grape jam, raisins, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Candied apples and bubblegum follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. Slickish and lush.

Candied fruit, grape jelly, sugar-dusted plums, and rum-soaked raisins start the palate. Finishes sweetish with shades of dark rum, grapes, and raisins.

Tasty quad with plenty of ripe, purple grapes and dark fruits under sweet malt. A bit too sweet and undercarbonated for the style though.

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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%

Photo of Kmlund
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%

Photo of DerekMorgan
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%

Photo of JohnCurran
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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Photo of bleeps
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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Photo of DonFisco
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ComRock12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of braican
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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