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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #58
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,089
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
69
From:
Taxman Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  13
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: ABV varies by batch
For those Qualified, our abbey-style quadrupel. This strong, dark ale features Belgian specialty malts with rich, deep notes of raisin and plum, enhanced by dynamic Belgian esters. A sweet, complex ale, it’s the perfect dessert beer to sip and savor. Enjoy immediately or add to your cellar (if you can wait).
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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown in color - only traces of reddish brown are visible near the sides of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and a thin patch of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of dark fruits - raisins stand out in particular - along with a touch of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very dark and complex but isn't as sweet compared to other beers in the style. It does a very good job at hiding nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours ruddy dark brown, no head retention.

Aroma of dark fruits like cherry and fig along with molasses and biscuit.

Flavor is rich. Cherry, plum, molasses, honey, biscuit, pecan, and caramel.

Full body, mild tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Rich, slow-drinking, smooth. Nice heavy sipper of an sle. Not especially similar to a Belgian quad as it's advertised, more of an old ale bordering on English barleywine. But good. Worth a try.

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Photo of BigGold
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has poured from 12-oz. can, stamped “CANNED ON 08/21/2018,” into goblet.

A beautiful and aromatic Quad, unusual in its dark fruits and just warming enough in its alcohol presence, but not quite as full-bodied as I prefer.

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

A nice ruby red color with a small off white head. The head doesn't stay around long, and leaves some nice lacing on top.

Typical smell for the style, malty, caramel, raisin, brown sugar.

Nice and sweet up front, tastes a lot like the smell. Belgian candy sugar and a hint of hop lingers in the aftertaste.

Feel is right on for the style,little thick and full.

I gave this one a slightly higher rating because it amazes me that some of the best US made Belgians come from the Midwest. I would rate this as the best straight quad I have had that didn't come from Belgium. It just tastes like what I expect a true Belgian beer to taste like, something that very few breweries outside of Belgium seem to struggle to achieve.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a semi-opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of dark dried fruits - like plum and raisin, with toffee and caramel. Lots of plum, fig and raisin taste with sweet toffee and a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of TheGent
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is translucent, dark brown cola color, with crimson around the edges when the light shines through. Poured into a chalice vigorously, it forms a compact, beige, one-finger head that settles to an even layer across the top of the beer, while leaving an even ring of lacing around the edge of the glass. No visible carbonation

The aroma of the beer is driven sweet dark malt and Belgian yeast esters (as accurately noted on the side of the can). Caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, plum. No alcohol on the aroma.

The flavor of the beer is sweet up front. On the tip of the tongue, a nice caramel sweetness, with dark dried fruit including raisins and figs. The middle of the beer has a prominent bitter/woody/nutty note that dries it out. The bitterness lingers on the finish. I am trying to figure out if I like this aspect of the beer for the style, and I am not yet sure. Could it be my palate at the moment? Could it be slightly oxidized? A pleasant alcohol flavor expected for the style and ABV.

A great mouthfeel. Moderate level of carbonation and soft on the palate. A pleasant warming sensation from the alcohol, which never distracts from the beer.

Overall, this is a very good example of the style, but I am not sure what to think about the dry/bitter notes that I experienced in the middle of the beer. I do not recall this aspect during my first can. This is my second can. I am adding my comments to the rating, but not changing the actual rating.

All that said, Taxman was my new favorite brewery of 2018. I look forward to trying more of their beers during 2019.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another entry for New @jkblr Sunday, MKII, or CANtinued (Week 717) since I did not have a ChANce to run through all of the beers that were sent to me on my initial foray.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style quadrupel ale"; "For those Qualified, our abbey-style quadrupel. This dark ale features Belgian specialty malts with rich, deep notes of caramel, raisin & plum, enhanced by Belgian yeast esters. A sweet, complex ale, it’s the perfect dessert beer to sip and savor."; "IBU: 20".

I have not had a Quad in a while & to get one in a CAN is notable enough, but the fact that it comes from central Indiana is even more impressive.

I was now curious as to what would happen on the Crack!, but it was relatively sedate. I had a chalice glass standing by to receive the CANtents so I CANmenced a moderate Glug to see what would happen next. I got a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. 8=( Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was spot on in terms of its "notes of raisins and plums". Visions of CANs danced in my head! Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, but it was rather thin for the style. The taste was very much of dried, dark fruits with cherries joining the raisin/plum mix. It also had a cola-like taste, putting me in mind of a Cherry Coke in sum. Hmm. It was also rather warm in terms of its alcohol presence & if I have access to another, I would definitely CANsider cellaring it since it seemed a bit young. Finish was hot & dry, but as I said, this would undoubtedly improve with age. YMMV.

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Photo of jkblr
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 2/28/18 (4 months ago) poured into wine glass at fridge temp 9.5% ABV 20 IBU according to the can. The beer pours bright light brown with ruby highlights and khaki head. The aroma presents cherry, raisin, plum and cola aspects. The taste is more dark fruit along with some cola and cherry flavors mixed into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. The finish is mostly dry with a perceived bitterness that I would say is more than the 20 IBU stated on the can. Overall, good. The parts of this beer are just not cohesive enough to contend with the Belgians.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought that this beer was a imperial stout, instead I found out it is a quad. I get overwhelmed by the complexity of these beers. These beer have lots of notes and flavors to them. The last one I tried was very tasty. I am looking forward to this beer, on with the review. Served in my stone glass at 50 degrees. A semi gentle pour produced a one finger light tan creamy head. The head slowly dissipated slowly leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 30 a rusty dark brown color color that is opaque. The beer looks amazing

The initial aroma is coffee and vanilla followed along with bready notes. Additional aromas in the beer are phenols raisins, stone fruit. caramel, alcohol, and spices.

The beer is strong vanilla, coffee and caramel notes, with burnt sugar, bready, yeast, phenols, raisins, stone fruit, spices, and an earthy note.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a subtle alcohol warm and smooth.

The body of the beer is full, medium plus carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer has several things going for it and a few I do not like. The flavors in the beer are strong and rich. The alcohol warming is nice thing also. I was hoping for balance and harmony in the beer. The beer is slightly sweeter than I would have like to have also. Good beer, but aging this beer for a year could definitely give the beer improvements.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks rich and dangerous in the glass, and it smells of zesty coffee. It tastes like coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and a little bit of red fruit (maybe cherry), and it has a pleasant warmth and thickness to it.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let me start off by saying I respect the hell out of what Taxman is doing. Making only Belgian inspired beers in a little town of Indiana where there isn't a huge market. Now I'll begin. Poured from 12 oz. can into goblet. This beer pours out cola in color with a thin light almond colored crown. The smell is heavy on figs, fruit, some vanilla and caramel. Smells great. The taste has those figs that come in strong again. Berries are in there mixing with vanilla sweetness and a spicy and warm finish. Earthy floral notes as well. Very nice quad.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Short, thick, off white head that fades slowly.

Smells dark fruit, bananas, earthy yeast, light spice and earthy.

Tastes dark fruit, raisin, light candy sugar, spice, yeast funk and light earthiness. Finish is dry with dark fruit linger and yeast. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of beergoot
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown body; thick, creamy, sticky head; rings of lacing along the glass. Sweet, caramel-like smell; a little spicy. Muddied flavors; some sweet malts; boozy; caramel. Heavy body; sharp and nearly burning alcohol heat; still, it feels weak for the style.

The alcohol presence controls this beer. It's boozy and biting overall and lacks depth and balance.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 10.56 (including shipping)/capped bomber ($ 0.488/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Bottle opens with a soft “PFFFT” and no overflowing.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – When held to the light, deep red-amber, clear. Bottle conditioned.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), tan, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular three to six mm ring fed by aggressive effervescence and a thin layer with holes. The second pour created a much smaller but otherwise similar head.
Lacing – Minimal drag marks as the level drops, essentially no lacing.
Pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Slightly sweet and grapey.
Flavor – 3 - First swallow is tart and grapey. Subsequent swallows are less tart but still grapey. Not detecting any “dark fruits” except as a background for the grapey-ness. Allowing to warm in the mouth brings out a metallic taste. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, almost creamy, somewhat fizzy.
Impression and summation – 3 – Well, let’s start at the beginning. The appearance when held to the light is good and compares with the pour. The typical mousse-like head is missing as is any real lacing. The aroma is unusual in that, while grapey-ness is certainly acceptable, the typical dates/raisins/figs/caramel odors are noticeable by their absence. The tartness of the first swallow provided an unexpected and unwelcome jolt to my palate – I was expecting the malty/candi sugar sweetness of a quad. Fortunately, this tartness was less noticeable after the first shock. The flavor, however, remained more vinous than fruity and contained an unpleasant metallic element. This is also somewhat thin and fizzy. Had this tasted better, the price point would have been good.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter straight from the bottle. A good looking dark brown with 1/4 inch off white head. Smell is strong fruit, mainly grapes, figs, and bananas. Taste has all the 'smells' included, and adds yeast and hops. Mouthful is very consistent, average carbonation, and slight aftertaste that is pleasant.

All things considered, price (7.49 for a 25 oz), ABV 10.5%, and all the above traits this comes off as one of the easiest drinking Quads, and an outstanding value. Highly recommended!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium brown with 1 finger of tan head.

Aroma is big on banana

Flavor hits baba, caramel, and fig notes

Body, while significant, seems light for a quad

Overall, nice take on the style, yeast notes right on the mark.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When you see a brand new company brewing a Quad, you have to wonder: is this going to be any good? Will these folks know what they're doing? The beer pours deep, dark, rich-looking brown with a quality 1 inch head. The smell is what you'd might expect from a quad of bananas and plums and chocolate tones. The taste was surprisingly good for generally a new company: deep dark malts and chocolate with a hint of bitterness at the end. The feel was a little disappointing in that while it was rich and rested on the palate just fine, I thought it could use a little more carbonation zing. This comes off too much like an average porter in feel, even as it is an explosion of yummy flavor. Still, at 7.99 for large bottle, this is well worth the experience.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went into this one with no expectations as it was my first quad, I wasn't disappointed, a pop of the the top released a slightly sweet banana-ish aroma that after pouring turned to more of a sweet toffee like roasted malt. The taste was similar with some dark fruit up front the caramelized sugar, toffee, and some chocolaty roasted malt following. The alcohol was present but not overly so. Thankful to have broadened my horizons with this one.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, a brown pretty opaque color with a thin but bubbly head. Smell is belgian yeast, hops, raisins, some candy.

Taste is a clean quad feel, malty soda pop with a surprisingly present hoppiness, raisins, a bit of spice, banana peel, and creamy toffee. Booze (9.5% on the label) and sugar, not too candied in the taste but closer to a dark ale, at least the ones I've had. There's a red wine flavor, and barely the clove or other spices I might expect from a quad.

At first it feels soda-pop-y, but the taste and a creeping booze lets you know this is a big beer. Boozy raisin malts is the takeaway.

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Photo of bwood06
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a very dark red, almost black, color that allows only the carbonation immediately around the edges of the glass to be seen. Carbonation is light with small bubbles rising moderately paced towards the surface. The head is khaki in color and creamy in appearance. Head dissipates from a 1 finger height following a strong pour to a very thin lacing with a raised rim around the edges of the glass. 4/5

S -Somewhat boozy aroma reflective of the high abv. Plums, raisins, and dates intermingles with a sugar note. Dark toffee makes up the sweet maltiness of the aroma with hops that seem somewhat herbal in nature although the hops are not very pronounced. 4/5

T - The taste starts out with a very clean watery note that quickly transitions to a blast of fruitiness (plus, raisins, dates), and then following another transitions comes the toffee, candy sugar, and a dark bready malt that features a hint of yeast. Somewhat of a roasted character to the malt on top of the toffee note. A bit of dark chocolate, albeit not bitter chocolate, finishes off the maltiness which transitions into an herbal hop note along with a bit of leather and earthiness. Finishes boozy with a linger boozy taste and burn. 4.25/5

M - Full bodied beer with carbonation burn up front that dissipates as it moves through the mouth. Chewy and a bit syrupy throughout, especially on the back half. Leaves the tongue very wet with no drying to it at all. Boozy burn on the finish. 4.25/5

O - This is one full bodied dessert beer that packs a lot of punch. Dark fruits mingle with a dark maltiness and an earthy character balances it all out. The booziness of the high abv is not hidden on the back end but this booziness is not unpleasant either. Becomes even better and stronger flavored as it warms. Not one from Taxman to miss.4/5

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear raisin color with a generously thick off white colored head and lacing.

S - Big plumb aroma with Belgian candi sugar aroma.

T - Slightly boozy, dark plumb, dark Belgian candy sugar with sweet toffee, some dry oak.

M - Medium body with silky, creamy mouth full.

O - Didn't know what to expect but this is a good Quad!

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Photo of B33rN3rd
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is no wimpy beer!

Had a fruity aromatic bouquet as soon as I opened it, with those pleasantly heavy tones of banana and sweet toffee. After letting it sit long enough, there was a slight floral aroma hiding in the background. It poured surprisingly dark, even for a quad, with a nutty brown cognac hue and had very little froth or foam. This beer is thick, creamy, and malty, with a healthy dose of fruits and toffee. Unfortunately, the banana all but disappeared as it hit my mouth but was traded for a delightful malty caramel stickiness, and finished off with strong hints of plums and raisins. It's a warm beer - just warm enough to let you know it's there, but not boozy enough that it continuously reminds you. Overall, it is a surprisingly smooth beer and goes down wonderfully.

I got this through a trade, but if I lived anywhere close to this brewery, I'd definitely stock up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With strong emphasis on Belgian brewing prowess, the Taxman brewers hit the abbey's strongest style with bold malt flavors with a tightly woven fruity and spicy balance and a regal, powerful taste that doesn't back down from the most discerning of palate.

Qualified is a mysterious dark garnet and russet brown with a creamy column of foam to float atop. Stern sweetness captures the essence of hard candy, horehound perhaps, slight root beer, chocolate and candied almond. As the initial taste lifts, the beer's robust cabernet wine influences rise to greet both the nose and early palate.

As the fruit and spice medley come alive over the middle, it does so with complex alternation between plum, red grape, raisin, cherry, fig, date and apple. Counter to the fruit are the spiciness of fresh-cracked peppercorn, faint clove and perfumy coriander, and the vinous tang of red wine. Though the taste of fruitcake is rarely preferred, this ale takes on such proportions in the most pleasant of ways.

With the thinning from brandy-like alcoholic warmth, spicy balance and playful acidity; the beer's firm and cakey body is dissected with pin-point precision to ensure both a satisfying and relaxed finish. Hints of port and sherry outlast sweetness and begs for after dinner accompaniment with abbey wash-rind cheese or a soft dolce blue.

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Qualified from Taxman Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 69 ratings