Company | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States
hennikerbrewing.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style Quadruple Ale aged on house-toasted cherry wood cured with white rum from Flag Hill Distillery in Lee, NH  

Added by WillieThreebiers on 01-24-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,711
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
45
pDev:
7.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose and flavor is sweet caramel and rum. $4.10 for a 12oz can from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
2016


A:
Pours a surprisingly clear ruddy mohagany with a couple fingers of beige head that fizzles down to a scummy film.
Meh retention; no lacing. (3.75)

S:
Rich rummy, fruity sweetness. Cheeries, clean sugar cane stickiness, wood, nuts. (4.25)

T:
The flavor follows the nose with more of a bready kind of savory flavor up front with a pruny, cherry water-tinged finish with some warming alcohol. (4.25)

M:
Full body with a big, sticky character, medium carbonation and a warm, rich finish. (4)

O:
This is a big, bold beer that is enjoyable and has a lot going on without being over-the-top.
It looks fairly nice in the glass. It is one of the clearest quads I've ever had. The aroma and flavor both cover the toasty/earthy and boozy/fruity ends of the spectrum. The rum is present but as more of a suggestion. The wood is similar it is noticeable as a sort of aroma in the finish.
Personally, this is a little sweet for me (even for a quad) but it is a very nice beer. (4)

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Photo of j26
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 4th anniversary. 10.5 % abv. Off the grid series. Belgian style Quadruple ale aged on house-toasted cherrywood cured with white rum from Flag Hill Distillery in Lee, NH. * Revised with the 2018 edition.

Glug, glug, glug as it poyrs into my Chimay goblet. A clear, cherry hued amber coloration. Off-white groups of foamy bubbles apoear like tiny islands floating on the liquid surface. The center tends to be very active and bubbly, classic Belgian-style. The foam is not as thick or long-lasting as the authentic Belgian Quad's, but I find that to be common amoungst most American brewerie's versions of Belgian styles.

The nose gives off very sweet malty aroma's, caramel and tropical fruit, sour wild honey, zesty and tangy yeast with definite cherry and rum notes. The toasted cherrywood effect is very effective. The white rum is unique and the malty aroma here is massive! Dense dark fruits along with the extra goodies really pushes the envelope.

The flavor has a massive malty complexity! Caramel, wild clover honey and the house-toasted cherrywood and white rum cask aging effect brings this style to a new and interesting level. Of course, True Belgian versions are very different in many ways to the American "Belgian-style Quad's". The Belgians usually "pop" with lush, complex yeast flavor's and brilliant lufe-filled bottle conditioning. American versions seen to have a rather tame, and common yeast complexity but with bigger malt and of course, the barrel aging effect. Makes the American Quad a different beast altogether. Oakie, cherry-carramel laden malty explosion that is very interesting. The yeast is very subtle, perhaps a bit sour and earthy toned, couples well with the earthy and grassy hops.

"Made for aging" This is true. I picture this being a true beast in 10 years ftom the cellar. A certain sour tanginess from the yeast is rather excellent but would mellow futher, leaving more of the white rum thing to really pop.

The feel is very, very full indeed. Malty, dense and mellow. Not nearly as jazzy and lively as I like this style to be. Somehow the Belgians find a way to make Quad's full feeling but very jazzy and lively as well, long and lush. I realize the cask aging mellows it out, but a bit more bite would be nice for this. I feel that pitching a bit of live yeast into the bottles would do wonders for the flavor and feel of this brew.
* The 5th anniversary edition seems to have more life. Very jazzy and dry bite. Much more of the effervescent, lively feel to it. The malty fullness is still very much there, but now more bite.

A very unique take on this style. A complex malt bomb with some neat aspects from the spirit cask aging effect. A highly enjoyable but intense brew, not meant for anyone but a BA beer geek.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Happyyb
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bomber, the 2016 bottling, 'for aging,' but who can wait?

Pours a translucent glowing cherry-copper colour with a scant finger of beige suds. Retention is good for maybe a minute, then dies back to a light film with no lacing to speak of.

Smells of cherries and rum, sharp belgian yeastiness and sweet cigar, woodstove and clean earthiness.

Taste is sweet and malty, with Smith Brothers cherry cough drops, rum-soaked raisins, dried flowers, vanilla and tobacco. Sweet but not sticky or syrupy, in fact finishes dry, with toast, tannins and allspice, and little detectable alcohol.

Feel is smooth and chewy, not-much-more-than-medium-bodied, dry and, despite vigorous carbonation at the pour, only slightly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a modestly excellent quad, pure comfort food in a bottle, smooth and warming. A little over-the-top with the cherry but, really, only a little.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bomber - Straight across the board this is a solid representation of a good quad. Pours a slightly murky amber with lasting, clingy lace of tan foam. Aroma is full of overripe fruits, candi sugar and some esters that aren't exactly complementary. Flavor is excellent and delicious - dangerously, I can't get enough - starting with a sweet, alcoholic blast of dark fruits, candi sugar, caramel, and anything else decadent of the cooked-sugar realm. Wow! Very smooth along the way, this could get me in all sorts of trouble!

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a 16oz snifter of this ($7.00) at Hayseed in Hampton yesterday.....

It poured a clear, ruby/garnet color. Head was thin, as was lacing - almost non-existent. Color was quite enticing. Smelled a bit sweetish, with some dark fruit notes plus a hint of rum. It was quite smooth on the tongue, with a solid medium body.

Flavor follows up on the aroma with plenty of dark fruit, most noticeably currants and raisins. There's a bit of vanilla lurking about, and a touch of rum is detectable here as well. A decent offering, though when I paired it up with a side-by-side with Smutty Gravitation, it was definitely the lesser of the two quads.... Prosit!!

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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this bottle!

A - Pours a deep clear copper color with a massively thick white, creamy head.

S - Belgian candy sugar and fruity.

T - Rum, Dark Belgian candy sugar, with some spicy clove on the end. The alcohol is present but not at all over-powering, it blends superbly.

M - Thick and full bodied and velvety body.

O - This is a very good beer, thx SawDog505!!!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled about a year ago in early 2015 as a 2nd anniversary offering; I have been cellaring this for a year, waiting for a cold winter night; my caveat is that I never tried a fresh version and this is not my favorite style to begin with

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz snifter on draft at the UnionDiner in Laconia.. Pours a gorgeous ruby red, with a half inch of white head that settles quickly.

Smell rum soaked raisins, clove, caramel, vaniila, fig, and some warming alcohol.

Taste follows lots of dark fruit up front, with vanilla, caramel, and alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light, moderate carbonation, not dry, and goes down pretty easy.

Overall this is very nice and not my favorite style, but maybe my buds are finally changing. Like it!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a moderate head, quickly dissipating to a small layer on the top of the beer. Strong smell of alcohol - as expected. Taste follows smell, but the alcohol is definitely not overwhelming - a bit rummy as another rater noted. Enjoyable and dangerous!

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Photo of fenshefenshe
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly strange quad with a lot to recommend it. I tend to like the heavier quads and this is both thinnish on the tongue and considerably less than opaque. However, the strange and discernible tang of rum does a lot to ameliorate this. Not that it's overwhelming or poorly folded in to the beer. On the contrary, it's a lovely jolt that, if you hadn't read the label, you might not be able to place as rum. It tastes a bit more like white rum, if that helps you imagine what I'm conveying so poorly. Not too sweet, either, a common enough way for other quads to be merely ordinary. I'm glad I picked up the bottle and might just do it again.

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