Coconut Quad
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #90
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,498
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
40
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Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
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octortus from Canada

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -3%
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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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Beejay from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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Slack from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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argock from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
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
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KentMills from District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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
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KevCan from Virginia

4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
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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SlothB77 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is more of a very dark brown that borders on black and even looks that way if it isn't in the proper light. The beer's texture looks very smooth and inviting, which is kind of dangerous given the kind of beer it is.

The smell is pretty good. The strongest note is the coconut, which is good but tends to overwhelm the other notes. It's hard to get any of the dark fruit notes the bottles says it has. The only notes other than the coconut is Belgian candi syrup used and a bit of the yeast as well.

The taste is very good and better than the smell. While the taste has the same very strong coconut, it doesn't completely overwhelm all the other notes in the beer and actually complements them very well. The strongest note is the coconut but it does give way to some dark fruit notes that are a bit more difficult to find in the smell. The Belgian notes traditionally associated with this style are almost impossible to detect. Rather, dark fruit notes such as raisin, ripe plum, and what could be considered to be figs or dates. There also seems to be a nice sweet and bitter note from the Belgian Candi syrup. It's a very good mix that works well with the right amount of subtlety.

The feel is very good and unique for the style. The beer is a heavy body beer with some biting carbonation that gives it a nice and tickling texture. The beer goes down very smoothly and feels a lot thinner than you would think a beer of this style would feel. However, in this case the beer feel is thin enough that it doesn't completely feel like a heavy bodied beer but not too thin that it feels like water. It's thin in the same way that rum is thin if you're looking for something to compare it to.

Overall, a very quad and worth getting your hands on if you can. The taste absolutely delicious and the drinking experience is unlike any other quad. Go for it.

Feb 07, 2016
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 40 ratings