Tangerine Quad
Avery Brewing Company

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #101
Ranked #11,293
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Tangerine QuadTangerine Quad
Notes: Patiently aged in the finest of Bourbon barrels, this bold Belgian-style Quadrupel layers notes of rich, dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel with a burst of tangerine peel culminating in the vibrancy of this full-bodied creation.
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a medium brown color and a very cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a quarter inch of creamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of citrus fruit, yeast, apples, a grassy quality, caramel, and booze.

T: Tasted of a bit of red apples, some bourbon notes (and its accompanying barrel), a little caramel (sweet, but not cloying), a fair amount of citrus (the advertised tangerine), a slight grassiness, a hint of vanilla, and nice backbone of yeast (present throughout). A solid, focused, and well-balanced flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a well done beer. Worth a look.

Jul 04, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip

A: pours a clear honeyed-brown body, with a few floaters towards the end of the bottle. an off-white two finger head builds and falls back slowly (med. retention) into a full cap and then finally a thick halo. high amount of thick foamy lacing is left behind as well.
S: bourbon, honeyed malt, with complements of dark citrus, brown sugar/burnt caramel and madagascar vanilla. however, condense all of that in to an oil, and drop it into a glass of water; the smell is light, flower-like.
T: follows the nose but to an intense swan-dive into these flavors. an esters/yeasty bit comes into play as well. complex and rich, with a caramel/tangerine profile that comes across somewhere between an old fashioned and a marmalade.
F: mid-to-high level carbonation, medium body, with a sticky bittersweet finish that coats the cheeks and tongue.

Overall (personal opinion):
sublime. I paired this puppy with a homemade fried chicken-centered meal and it was beautiful. as noted in my "taste" section, this baby lies somewhere between marmalade and an old fashioned sans-cherry. the only real negative kicker is the mouthfeel. I will be snagging another bottle to age for sure. in the meantime, this brew stacks high on my list and will be recommending it profusely

Jun 11, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark honey brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thick sticky lacing around the glass.

S: Brown sugar, booze, bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of citrus.

T.F: Follows the nose. Brown sugar and caramel... toasted grains, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon. The tangerine is a subtle but nice addition, and compliments the quad better than I thought it might. Sweet to start but not cloying. Some yeast character. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue. A bit of tangerine at the finish.

O: A solid Barrel Aged quad and again... the tangerine was far from offensive. Avery usually does good work and this was a solid effort.

Feb 21, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an oversized tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. Bottled November 2016.

Appearance: Slight hazy amber with light sediments in the brew creating an off white head rising barely half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Slight whiskey aroma with honey and citrus zest. Smells good but light as water when it comes to scent.

Taste: Sweet whiskey and grapes with a light orange zest feel. It's a complex beer and seriously becomes addicting and super smooth to drink.

Mouth: medium to heavy carbonation with a sweet sticky body.

Overall: Awesome brew which aged incredibly. Might be the first quad I had from Avery and absolutely delivered. Salud!

Oct 16, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle

Avery Tangerine Quad has a light hazy dark amber/burnt orange hue. The pour produced a 1-finger bubbly off-white head. The head held well and formed clingy lacing. The nose detects aromas of vanilla, dark fruit and sweetness. The taste follows the nose with the flavors of; plums, raisons, and caramel noted. The tangerine flavor is very light and in the background. High-medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Tangerine Quad is rich, sweet and makes a good nightcap with its 10.1 abv.

Oct 01, 2019
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opieo from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best brews ever (unless you’re a hop head). Rich, thick, complex flavors, sweet, superbly balanced. The smell of caramel and dark fruits mixed with the citrus is incredible. So easy drinking but sip slowly and savor the joy of a real craft brew. Art.

Jun 14, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of tangerine, pale Belgian malt, sweet bourbon and vanilla. I'm tasting a nice blend of tangerine, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and pale Belgian malt. The mouth is surprisingly smooth and quaffable for the ABV and style.

Nov 24, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a gift from J&L. Pours a muddy looking reddish brown with a small tan head that's quickly fades and no lacing. Vanilla, booze and some citrus aroma, tangerine maybe? Flavors are similar, a little ash and toffee as it warmed. Medium bodied, little carbonation and just a bit of "burn". Nice beer!

Apr 30, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy red in color. It poured with a thin collar of off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, the tangerine also becomes noticeable in the smell.
T: The taste has flavors of tangerines and bourbon (and associated oaky vanilla) with underlying hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation and is a little sticky.
O: This beer has an interesting taste as you can get both the tangerines and bourbon. It's an unusual combination but isn't as crazy as you might expect it to be.

Serving type: on-tap

Mar 12, 2018
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Viaduck from California

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown body,not much of a head, not very long lasting. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, bourbon & oak. Taste is sweet, caramel & dark fruit & bourbon & barrel flavors. Vanilla is the dominant note with a tangerine finish. There’s enough carbonation & alcohol tingle to occupy the tongue but a but thin. Someone mentioned creamsicle & that pretty much nails it, a creamsicle quad. Overall, slightly less than I expected but still excellent.

Mar 10, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a chalice. Had 3/30/17.

Pours an amber/orange, fairly clear, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of malt, yeast, plums, dates, banana (?), grapes, some oak, light vanilla. The taste is malt forward, grapes, plums, dates, orange peel, raisins, light bourbon, some oak and spices, a little yeast, bitter on finish. Smooth, a good body but a lighter/thinner feel for the style, well carbonated.

Good flavor and aroma overall, but didn’t feel the barrels or orange peel added much. Thinner feel detracted a bit. Decent price point, worth a try.

Jan 27, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-red-amber tap pour with a thin foam ring. The aroma is strongly bourbon-influenced. The flavors include prominent cherry and orange with a caramel sweetness. -this is like almost nothing else I have ever had, a Belgian mixed drink, in oak, from Colorado? -special!

Jan 26, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque dark copper with quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy toffee and plumb, with some milk chocolate and nougat and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet vanilla and tangerine, almost like a cream sickle, with some earthy toffee and prune and oak. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a delicious and unique brew that had a nice blend of flavors that worked really well together. The body was a little weak, but the finish was very smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. No reason to age. Fresh is great. Recommended.

Dec 23, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. bottled 11/26/16, so over a year old.

dark amber body, clear when held up to the light. average carbonation up the side of the tulip. small but persistent dingy off white head.

aroma of boiled sweets, molasses, dark fruit. faintly of bourbon.

sweet tasting, a faint hint of the base quad. some oakiness. The bourbon is not so much a taste as a slow burn in the back of the throat. missing in action are the tangerines. not even a hint of them.

mouth is surprisingly well below medium. finish is sweet with the slow burn.

overall, while not unpleasant, this was a bit of a disappointment. no tangerines at all. I took a long shot and thought that the tangerine bits had settled into the gunk at the bottom of the bottle. I was wrong.

Dec 15, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- where is a clear rustic red with a thin, creamy comma off-White head. Good carbonation.
S- a tangerine and citrus smell. Carmel and vanilla.
T- Good carmel malt up front eith the tangerine providing a clean, crisp dryer finish. Vanilla and bourbon combine well and provide nice warm bite.

Nov 23, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cherry red, dense but transparent with a creamy head. Smells a little fruity. Taste is a little fruity with a little vanilla bourbon. Mouthfeel is much less dense than a typical quad. ABV not that noticeable in the mouth. Pretty different in many ways from a typical belgian-style quad.

Nov 18, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bonerhog for bringing this one over when we were closing summer out, I'm glad I didn't have to buy it to check it out, even if it did surpass my (low) expectations for such a beer.

Pours a brown color, not thick, tan head, light in color, 1/3" deep. Aroma of bourbon and tangerine.

Taste is not your typical quad. The dark fruit notes are fleeting instead of dominating. The bourbon and tangerine are there as promised, the dark fruit bitterness and alcohol warmth of a quad are tempered with sweetness and vanilla, so it hides the alcohol better than most quads. Essentially it feels like they went all in on the tangerine. So for a non quad guy, that yeast is contained nicely. For a quad guy, you're gonna be all like, where's my yeast providing all that dark fruit bitterness, and whats the deal with this sugar covering up the alcohol heat?

Oct 25, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 16 ounce Prowler. It pours a clear deep amber, the head of foam is aboot a fingers worth. The smell is of caramel malt, bourbon and vanilla. Caramel malt and bourbon taste, vanilla, and dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable. Only medium bodied, lightish carbonation. Interesting "Quad ". Not something I would yearn for after sipping on the first 8 ounces but not a dull offering for sure.

Oct 24, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at O'Toole's on September 19, 2017. Bourbon barrel aged Belgian style quadrupel brewed with tangerine. Notes of rich dark fruit, sweet vanilla and caramel with a burst of tangerine. Full in body.

Sep 20, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Tangerine Quadrupel has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown appearance (clearer, red-brown, with sediment, under direct light), and not much glass lacing. The aroma is of rich, full, savory spiced holiday bread, subtle citrus, and chocolate fudge notes. Mouthfeel is high medium, with an odd, chalking coating, on the tongue, and Tangerine Quad finishes medium dry and somewhat boozy. RJT

Sep 17, 2017
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briandschorr from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery makes some good beers and this is no exception. At The Beer Den in Leland, NC. The color is brown-orange with a light brown head. Strong head retention and thick lacing. The nose is great. You get bourbon, vanilla, and tangerine. The taste follows the nose. Medium bodied, not quad worthy, with a light creaminess and a lingering mouth feel. This is one to sip and should pair well with desserts.

Aug 24, 2017
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this one.

Pours a rusty dark brown with a bubbly tan froth that leaves fingers of lacing all around the glass.

Belgian yeast, beer bread, plum, black grape and faint citrus to the nose.

On the tongue a bit of spice is mixed in with more dark fruits, Belgian yeast and faint tangerine.

Straight medium in body and smooth with some belly-heating booze that never gets out of hand.

Nice take on a classic style that I can always get to.

Jul 29, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tulip glass. It pours a hazy, brown-orange color with ruby hues when held to the light, and a full finger of foamy, ecru-colored head and lacing. There is lots of tangerine on the nose, along with malt, caramel, oak, bourbon, and spices. The taste is tangerine and caramel forward. It's rather sweet and cloying. There is noticeable, but subtle bourbon. It's nicely tangy. I just think it's a tad sweet for me. This ale is creamy, moderately carbonated, and you can really taste and feel the 11.1% ABV. Overall, I like the idea of this ale but the tastes don't work for me.

Jul 23, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter.
Pours a dark, hazy orange amber with a two finger light khaki head with great retention and thick lacing, despite appearing a bit fizzy on the pour. Aroma of bourbon, pale malt, tangerine and a little vanilla. Flavor is sweet candi malt, bourbon, tangerine, light vanilla with a sweet tangerine with oak tannin finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. Delivers the promised tangerine and bourbon, but the quad body is rather one dimensional, perhaps subsumed by the robust barrel and fruit flavors. A nice dessert sipper with realistic tangerine flavors, skates on the edge of being a bit too sweet. There is a note of orange cordial to this that is quite nice, but not what I expected from a quad. ABV is noticeable at first, but ultimately is well covered, if still warming. I have to say this really fits the "Botanicals ad Barrels" logo on the bottle, both are at the fore and well done.

Jul 21, 2017
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Good Life... murky brown body, just a flimsy foam cap on top... aromas of ripe dark fruits and toffee, with a hint of sweet bourbon... Flavors were of date and banana-cloves and brown molasses-malts with a little edge of dark citrus and some vanilla and oak... Medium-bodied, smooth, faint carbonation... Mild overall on the bourbon and tangerine, as those impressions were nicely folded into the typical quad presentation...

Jul 08, 2017
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