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Gigantic Brewing Company

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
4.25 | pDev: 5.65%
Gigantic Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany to brown, pretty clean, with minimal light tan head that disappears.

Smells of oak, molasses, burnt brown sugar, fig, red wine, and whiskey. A little alcohol burns the nostrils.

Flavor compliments the aroma well. Tons of fruity and sugary sweetness blends well with oak, booze, chocolate, and a little nuttiness.

Feel is a little lighter than I was expecting. Still rich and a little oily, but manages to pull off a thinness as well. Low carbonation, plenty of alcohol warmth.

Overall, this is a fantastic BA quad. Makes me think of Abt. 12 if it were aged in this wonderful blend of wine and bourbon. A real pleasure to drink, and I think the extra aging may have smoothed this out perfectly, though I never tasted it fresh. Cheers!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what makes this special for me is not the quad itself, but the barrel treatment. it is aged in a mix of bourbon and pinot noir wine barrels, and then blended together. the base quad is very good, a little less dynamic on the yeast side of things than the more traditional examples of the style, but it serves as the perfect foundation for these barrel flavors melding together. i get a little more wine than whiskey in both aroma and flavor which is cool. wood tannins, dried red fruits, mild acidity cutting some of the grain sugar, it really i think would work excellently just in these barrels. then the bourbon comes in, lots of barrel char and heavier wood, vanilla and toffee sweetness on top of an already sweet base, but a neat bakery desserty foundation that the spice notes in the yeast seem to latch on to. the fusion is awesome, kind of the best of both worlds with lots of wood among all the malt layers. a little less belgian and a little less fruity than a lot of good quads, but i think it being not quite so complex is cool given the intricacies of the dual barrel ageing. have long been a fan of these guys and seek out new ones when they come around. this is fantastic and really different for the style. i learned something from this one...

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer at Cigar City's Hunahpu's Day 2016 in Tampa, FL. After drinking a lot of imperial stouts, it was nice to change pace and try a delicious Quad. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola with just a few bubbles. Not expecting too much given it's been barrel aged for two years. Great legs coat the glass.
Rich decadent aroma of chocolate cake, cherries and bourbon booze.
Tart cherry flavor, dark chocolate and some spirit barrel at the end.
Thick and syrupy. Smidge of carbonation, which is apt. Big alcohol burn, not hidden at all.
Overall, what you would expect for a two year old BA beer. Rich, sweet, and decadent with a big burn.

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