4 X 4 Belgian Quad
Stack Brewing

4 X 4 Belgian Quad4 X 4 Belgian Quad
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 16.53%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
11
From:
Stack Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can purchased at the LCBO early this year; dated Jan 31 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, ruddy chestnut brown colour with burgundy highlights, topped with a bubbly, light beige-tinted head less than 1 cm thick. It recedes within two minutes; a frothy collar is the only initial remnant, although a few swaths of lace are soon deposited as I sip my way into the glass. The aroma is largely dominated by dark fruits - plum and fig, in addition to red licorice, grape and sour cherry. Smells approachable, but quite sweet, with caramelized malts and dried fruit character helping to mask the unavoidable booziness.

The flavour is along the same lines - dark fruit flavours are the overwhelmingly dominant element, with straight-up ethanol and syrupy, caramel malt sweetness vying for a runner-up spot. Red grape, sour (underripe) plum and fig newton, followed by a boozy-sweet tail end with some herbal notes lingering into the aftertaste. Not quite full-bodied, but sort of in that neighbourhood - it has a slick, silky texture when in the mouth, yet a watery finish that fades quickly after you gulp it back. The alcohol content is formidable... best use this as a night capper.

Final Grade: 3.44, a B-. I didn't have too much trouble polishing off my can of 4x4, but I'm not in a big hurry to revisit it. I don't like to sit on cans for so long (it's 10+ months old as of this review), but this one has managed to weather my cellaring/laziness with no major ill effects. And really, if a quad can't survive less than a year in the cellar, then it's not much of a quad. This one is not bad, but as is often the case with domestic efforts, it pales in comparison to the authentic Belgian article.

Dec 09, 2017
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Cramshawbar from Canada

2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No one, absolutely no one, does Belgian Quad better than the Belgians. Usually no one else even attempts the style and when they do, they obviously fail. There are secrets in those recipes and without those secrets, your chances of getting it right are a million to one.
Allow me first to say, that the label of this beer is so embarrassingly bad, that it almost made me stop purchasing the beer altogether. What were they thinking? And in a can?
But the failure continues. The head, whatever head there is, instantly disappears. Bad omen. The nose has quad reminders mixed with metal (thanks to the can). And you can smell the watery taste in advance.
And there it is. Mostly indistinguishable fruit swimming in metallic watery waste. That is what you get with this one.
The can (I still can't believe they put a quad in a can) reminds us to drink local. Don't. Not when it tastes like this. You don't owe anyone anything. Drink what tastes good, no matter where it originates from.

Jul 03, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear brown color ale with a nice large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with some caramelized malt and residual sugar is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix of caramelized malt notes with residual sugar with loads of banana bread ester. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really enjoyable beer though I thought the banana bread ester resemble a doppelbock more than a quad.

Mar 31, 2017
4 X 4 Belgian Quad from Stack Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 11 ratings