Coconut Quad
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #84
Ranked #10,705
4.03 | pDev: 8.68%
Jun 16, 2021
Dec 15, 2015
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750 mL bottle purchased at the LCBO over a year ago; dated Nov 9 2019 and served at cellar temperature.

This quad is murky chestnut brown with garnet-red highlights; a deliberately rough pour produces nearly one finger of loose, bubbly, beige-tinged foam that melts off within a minute or so. A frothy collar is the only remnant worth noting; looks a bit plain. It smells very boozy and sweet on the nose - I'm getting treacle, toasted malts and brown sugar, in addition to notes of raisin, mushy bananas, vanilla and prune. However, the most noticeable aspects by a considerable margin are the toasted coconut and ethanol, both of which practically leap out of the glass and rough up the nostrils.

The flavour profile isn't all that different, with huge notes of toasted coconut and candi sugar right off the bat. I'm also getting raisin, prune, toffee and brown sugar, with hints of vanilla and banana coming through by mid-sip. Finishes with a touch of toasted malts, licorice spiciness and molasses, with plenty of toasted coconut and ethanol persisting through the back end and into a warming, sugary-sweet aftertaste that loiters on the taste buds well after each gulp. Not quite full-bodied, but it's getting there - lightly carbonated with bubbles that gently tickle the palate, and a smooth, slick texture that coats the tongue with each sip. A slow-sipper, for sure - split this one with a buddy if you can, because 750 mL is a bit much for anyone without Andre the Giant's liver. *Note: I ended up drinking the bottom half the next day, and it tasted just as good as the night before.

Final Grade: 3.86, a B+. For most of the last year and a half, I've (almost) exclusively been reviewing pale ales, lagers, fruited sours, and other 'perishable' styles - which is all well and good, except now I've built up a backlog of high octane beers in the cellar, and some of them are starting to get long in the tooth. I wanted to change things up for my 2500th review, and this bottle of Lickinghole's Coconut Quad fit the bill nicely: it has had more than a year to mellow out in the dark, and the final product is an interesting, uniquely flavourful Belgian dark ale. Keeping in mind that I am not big on coconut in my beer, I enjoyed this more than I was expecting to. I wouldn't place it on the same pedestal as the Trappist quads - it's a little too hot for my tastes, and very saccharine, indeed... but at the end of the day, those are both acceptable traits for this style. Worth trying if you can find it, assuming you like coconut and big, dark, sweet Belgian-style beers. Cheers to 2500 more!
Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Oct 21, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL Bottle. ABV 11.2%.
Appearance: Orange brown, Under half a finger of light beige head off a hard pour, Little retention, Thin collar remains.
Aroma: Lots of coconut flesh, Banana candy, Slight caramel malt sweetness, Slight prune, Slight plum, Slight raisin, Slight brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Smooth, Slightly sticky.
Flavour: Heavy coconut (especially on the finish), More Quad characteristics than in the aroma, Brown sugar, Banana, Slight vanilla.
Overall: I'm not a fan of coconut in almost every capacity but I must say this has the potential to fit very nicely. It was kind of overkill with the coconut and banana though. The Quad characteristics deserve to shine through more than they did.

Review: 139
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle served well chilled into a chalice. LCBO purchase for $13.45 CDN.

Appearance - Hazy very dark honey brown with golden hues. A half finger of light tan head pours on top and dwindles after just a minute. A small soapy collar lingers for a bit longer.

Smell - Massive amount of coconut and also quite a bit of banana in there. Very perfumey and the base beer is overwhelmed. Aromatics may be too much here, but coconut certainly is involved.

Taste - Toffee, treacle, coconut mid sip and in the aftertaste. Banana is in there too. Toasted brown sugar. Some booze. Big treat and super sweet, wishing I shared this, but the flavor is pretty darn good. Boozy but not harsh finish. FInishes boozy with enough bitterness to make it drinkable as opposed to overwhelming sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied, very sticky, carbonation is pretty light, some burning from the high ABV.

Overall - an interesting and rather intense beer, the coconut (and banana to me) are actually a bit overplayed which is unusual. Glad to have tried, but this is the perfect style of beer that would be best as a 8 or 12 oz container, alternatively open it if you've got a few hours to kill and nowhere to be afterwards, because this is a long sipper. Dial the coconut and banana back from an 11 to an 8 and I think this is truly special stuff.
Jan 26, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has coconut and raisin hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a coconut and raisin flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Belgian Quad
Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: dark brown in color with a nice tan head.

S: coconut, brown sugar, chocolate.

T: coconut, chocolate, and a strong earthy bitterness.

M: medium in body with active carbonation.

O: overall good, but the bitterness seems a bit assertive for the style.
Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by jricharc from Virginia

Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by Jason_cs from Florida

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Lickinghole Creek, out of Goochland, VA. Can't make this up. This Coconut Quad is certainly not traditional. Not really coconut, but flavors of the candi syrup used, some dark fruits and a bit of fusel alcohol. It has a tropical fruit/floral character to it. Decent body, but a confusing brew.
Feb 27, 2018
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a mahogany brown color and an opaque consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A good aroma of coconut, Belgian yeast, spices, dark fruit, and some hops.

T: Tasted of some mild spices (pepper), a moderate amount of coconut, Belgian-style yeast, dark fruit (plums, raisins), hops (mostly in the finish), and phenols as well. An interesting flavor. The coconut seems to work well, but there's a mild metallic quality as well that's a little off-putting. Still, this is a lively taste.

F: A slightly syrupy feel with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solidly made, likable quad. Worth trying, for something different.
Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by McBraniel from Virginia

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Slack from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
No date
750 ml
$13 iirc

Deep amber in color with decent head that settles to a complete circle and then some. Excellent lacing as it drinks down.

Nose is very much coconut, vanilla, sugar, and minor dark fruit.

Taste is coconut mixed with dark fruit - raisins and maybe figs, malt, fruity phenols, minor booze, and minir hops are all present.

Mouthful is medium and a bit syrupy and cloying. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi sweet.

An interesting take on a quad. The coconut is very present here, almost overwhelmingly so on the nose. The body however is more quad accented by coconut. Drinkable but in moderation as more than one glass really does turn you away. Definitely try it and share it.
Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by DeathByPuppy from Virginia

Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. 2016 vintage.

A: Opaque plum-chestnut with reasonably good 1/2-finger beige head with average retention but a thin but scrappy layer of lacing.

S: Huge coconut aroma with a mild but not off-putting chemical coconut and vanilla Malibu type of boozy aroma.

T: The flavor is muddled and overwhelming but not a total loss. The quad character is nowhere to be found with a little bit of raisin slammed by coconut and higher alcohols. Finish is mildly solventy alcohol but not much else to suggest it.

M: LIght-bodied for the style --- very drinkable with low-moderate carbonation

O: Disappointing honestly -- I anticipate a lot more character. More base beer less coconut.
Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Nov 15, 2016
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Reviewed by KentMills from District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Rustico in Alexandria, VA.
Look: Incredibly dark with minimal head.
Smell: One of the most intense smelling beers I've had. It was like snorting coconut sunblock (in a good way)
Taste: After the smell, I had high hopes. It was full of coconut and toasty malt upfront making it taste like toasted coconut (yum), but the aftertaste washed it away into something odd I struggled to describe. I might be grasping to say the aftertaste was ... metallic?
Anyway, good body too. Good to share a bottle, not hog a six-pack.
Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by billab914 from Virginia

Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 3 by atrocity from Virginia

Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by YvesB from Belgium

Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by ghirsh from Virginia

Aug 25, 2016
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Reviewed by SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours a mahogany to dark cherry color. a finger or so of tannish head with decent to good retention. opaque due to the darkness but a strong brightness to the garnet like color.

Smell: huge oily coconut aroma. fig to raisin dark fruity character. some booziness and maltiness.

Taste: opens with some maltiness, quickly taken over my a lot of different fruit tastes. belgian-like figs and dark fruits, along with very oily coconut flavor. belgian character returns with yeasty flavors, mainly in the phenolic range, some pepper and clove. slight booziness in the background comes forward from time to time.

Mouthfeel: medium to fuller body than most quads. some slight lingering oiliness. some slight warmth booze.

Overall: a great coconut beer. just barely shows all the character of a good Belgian Quad but then wallops you with nice strong coconut character. a little bit on the oily side (especially from the bottle, the tap at Despot Day was a little less) but delicious nonetheless.
Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 3.8 by Nalid66 from Virginia

May 15, 2016
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Reviewed by oldn00b from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750ml into a snifter. Dark red, rust color. Slightly fizzy head forms and recedes quickly. Zero lacing. Very turbid - relatively typical but more so than expected even given it being unfiltered.

Nose is hugely and entirely coconut. Delicious, sweet, tropical nutty. Delightful.

Unfortunately that nose doesn't indicate the mess underneath. This is a big, boozy, brash mess. It's hard to tell that this is a quad. Where their BB quad comes through much improved from the softening while it aged among other factors I'm sure, this is mostly just confounding. It isn't overly sweet, it isn't balanced either.

It has a big, fully body, but alcohol as incredibly astringent. There are definitely some esters here that work to it's detriment.

I bought this after hearing how great it was - wish I could have just tried a small glass on tap and hadn't jumped for the bottle. I wanted it after Redneck Wedding - but where that had some subtlety and nuance, this one doesn't. Would not buy again.
May 03, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by avisong from Virginia

May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours perhaps a little darker than expected, but closer inspection shows a burgundy auburn nature with a fair amount of clarity. Head lasts awhile as a reddish beige rim and film atop the beer, though lacing doesn't really occur.

Nose slowly wafted to my nose as I poured the beers and did a few things before tasting the beer. Of course the obvious note was coconut. Definitely one of the stronger coconut smelling beers, right up there with death by coconut. To a detriment, perhaps, depending on your take, as that scent dominates the aroma to the exclusion of almost all else. Maybe a little leather and regular nuts is about all I perceive with effort - not exactly classic quad notes.

On a colder beer, the opening is fine, heavy on coconut-but turns a little extract-ish late when the alcohol hits. Dark nut, oily feel more like the skins, and a decent clean to woody bitterness to balance the coconut and sweeter quad notes. Actually the bitterness with the coconut is perhaps a tad overdone - I'd like a little more malt sweetness. This reminds me a little of a BBA quad that exhibits coconut notes, but is way heavier I said flavor.

I liked this more initially. I was hoping warmth would smooth the edges, but it didn't as much as I would've liked. The alcohol taste isn't well hidden (or pairs with the coconut with a multiplying effect). If it showed the base style a little more, I think it could even things out and improve the overall experience.
Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Delicious dessert quad. The toasted coconut, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit lead the way for the spices, yeast, caramel malt, and brown sugar. The smell is immaculate, with layers of sweet goodness melded with coconut wafting up the palate. The body is a bit odd for a quad, but hey, it is delicious
Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by carlso_aw from Indiana

Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a dark, opaque, brown coloring with a low profile, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of rich, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, and toffee. Flavors are tasted coconut forward, followed by a solid blend of chocolate and toffee, with boozy highlights, vanilla creme, and a bready backbone. Smooth, creamy body, with a toasty, richly sweet aftertaste, heavy on coconut and toffee. Smooth, rich, lingering finish. Very tasty beer.
Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by msumike89 from Colorado

Apr 21, 2016
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Reviewed by KevCan from Virginia

4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Bought a 750mL bottle from Whole Foods in Arlington, VA, on the recommendation of a Lickinghole rep who was giving out samples of another beer. Shared with friends and poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium brown, cloudy. Small head.

Smell: Intense coconut, Belgian candi sugar, raisin.

Taste: Intense coconut, very sweet, boozy.

Feel: Thick and syrupy, low carbonation.

Overall: The combination of Belgian quad with tons of coconut is way better than expected. Delicious!!
Apr 18, 2016
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Reviewed by SlothB77 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The coconut in this is absolutely massive. Smells like coconut sunscreen oil. The coconut is actually more prominent in the taste. The most coconut I've ever had in a beer. Sweetness levels border on nyfrb. Since this is a quad, there is some complexity. The dark fruit - the grapes, raisins, dates , etc come through on the finish. But the coconut is overwhelming.
Apr 15, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by fredmugs from Indiana

Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Chocolate brown with a tan head that lasts forever and laces well. Notes of coconut, light chocolate, nuts, and mild dark fruits. Medium body, creamy and slightly dry. Alcohol shows in this. An amazing quad, with big coconut flavor.
Apr 05, 2016
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Rated by NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I'm torn on the taste. It was amazing as far as a coconut beer goes, but kinda overpowered the characteristics of a quad.
Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Mar 18, 2016
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