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Friar's Quad | New England Brewing Co.

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-style ale whose flavor is as bold as my wide's meatloaf - and four times as tasty, *b'dump-tssssh* But I kid, folks. This ale is a real mensch. We're here all week.

Added by davey101 on 05-11-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,700
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
122
pDev:
9.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 31
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little sad after Pat's lost, so a big abv beer to drown that out, and how about New England beer. No date on it, but I think it's about a year old.

Pours a creamy ish off-white bubbly head that fades semi quickly with the high abv as expected, a bit of spotty lacing, quite clear mahogany brown color with plenty of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose brings aged malts, almost old ale like, sweet malts as well, molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar even, all there but on the lighter side. It has some toasty brown malts that have that soft aged old ale like aroma, just a bit of booze, clean booze, and faint hints of dark fruit. Overall fairly light on the nose.

Taste starts with dark fruits, candied raisin and fig like, then right into sweet flavors, lots of molasses, tons of molasses almost as if they poured some in, almost a molasses based rum flavor as the booze kicks in a bit and brings warming very slightly tingly feel. More sweeteners, brown sugar, candi sugar, syrup, corn syrup flavors like almost startchy corn stalk sugar, etc, and a bit of a nutty toffee flavor. Malts are mostly toasty brown malts, little nutty, touch of caramel, syrupy feeling aside from the flavor, and faint hint of cocoa, as well as the soft aged malt flavor. Finish is still fairly sweet, a bit sticky and syrupy, booze kicks in again at the finish and lingers throughout, lots more molasses, a bit of corn syrup, brown sugar, nutty toffee, and a bit more of the soft brown malts, etc, all lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming and tingly booze, decent small bubbly carbonation.

Overall OK, but not great. The flavors are mostly there but in the wrong proportions I think, a bit of a corn stalk flavor, husky almost, fruits are barely there, malts are nice at first but seem to get drowned out by the loads of molasses and syrupy flavors. Booze in right on nice, but I wish there was at least a little hop profile in there somewhere. Not sure if the age on it took away from it a bit either.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a deep reddish/brown with a decent one finger head on top, thick foamy bubbles forming with moderate retention and lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, a little banana/estery aroma, some brown sugar, chocolate, and a little plum.

T: Slightly sweet and fruity, some plum and a little cherry with some caramel, brown sugar and a little chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly sweet.

O: A nice little quad, tough to go again at that price point, bit glad to have tried it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A curios looking little bottle stared out at me from the shelf at Redstone today and I couldn't help but bring the little fellow home with me. Pours a deep brown with beautiful garnet highlights when held to light and a decent off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap on top. Well she's got all the right aromas. Dark fruits, dark sugars, a hint of chocolate and lots of caramel tell me this is a quad. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with a bit of oxidation creeping in. Burnt sugars and caramel mix with a bit of chocolate and ash into the finish. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is a decent enough beer, but frankly nothing special. For the style the carbonation is too low, the body feels a little thin and it leans heavy towards the molasses and burnt sugar end when I would have like to have seen some more raisin, prune, plum flavors. Technically there is nothing wrong with this beer and I wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but at $9 for 500ml I wouldn't seek it out either.

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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with friends. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear mahogany color with an off-white head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is sweet and fruity with noticeable mildly solvent alcohol and a sweetness that feels more like candy than maltiness. The flavor continues with dark fruity feel like raison blending to more alcohol and at times hints toward citrus.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Not my favorite quad but not bad and an interesting take on the style thats worth at least a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another New England offering shared by theTomG. Served in a Half Acre taster glass.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to nothing at all. Mostly transparent dark amber body.

S - Candi sugar, dark fruits, some red fruits, a touch vinous, with only mild spicy Belgian yeast character to it.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with prunes, dark fruits, candi sugar, plums, cola, a bit of tart apple skin, and some nebulous bready malts. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.

M - Chewy, medium body, with lower carbonation and a sticky finish. Again, not much alcohol heat on the palate.

D - One of the more solid American-made quads I've had, although it's still a pale imitation compared to Trappist offerings. I'd drink this one again, although I wouldn't seek it out. Definitely enjoyed it more than the barleywine.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, minimal head, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: dark bread, dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol

Taste: follows the nose--dark bread, dark fruit--maybe plum, brown sugar, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: One of my favorite beers so far from New England brewing. This is a nice and complex quad that hits all the flavors you would expect in a quad. Makes a nice holiday beer. I will look for this the next time I am in Connecticut.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky brown color. Darker brown but somewhat radiant. Head is not very intense but it rings quite well. The color combination of the tan head and humming brown body makes this quite attractive to look at.

S-Complex nose. Powdered cocoa, dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums), and lingering yeast and spice. A sturdy herbal hop aroma is noticeable too. Alcohol is noticeable but it should be if its a good Quad. Nice depth. Also a bit roasty and smoky.

T-Brown sugar and caramel-dipped plums. Has a Cola component to it as well. Yeast and spice mixes well with the herbal hops. Has some Porter-esque flavors of powdered dark chocolate and coffee beans. Alcohol is masked quite well. Every sip lends a new flavor to examine and enjoy.

M-As big as it is, its surprisingly crisp and easy-drinking. There is a slow-rising alcohol burn, but the body and carbonation make this beer surprisingly easy to imbibe. Heavy and rich but still drinkable.

O/D-This is not my favorite style of beer. However, I love what NEBCO did here. Not nearly as cloying as others I have had of the Quad variety. While this will not crack my Top-5 NEBCO brews, it is still an amazing beer. This brewery is allergic to brewing boring beer. Every time they have a new offering, I get a growler, I drink the growler and I am always happy with the outcome.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16.9oz bottle poured into chalice

The body sits a dark brown with no head whatsoever. Some tiny bubbles around the edges, no lacing.

Subtle and clean nose. Figs, raisins, dates. Some mild cocoa notes. Not a whole lot going on.

Some nutty flavors roll over the palate with figs, raisins, and dates through the finish. Mild smoke flavor. This is too clean to compete in this style.

Medium body with low carbonation. Thin for the style.

I look to my quads to be fortifying and strong. This just scratches the surface.

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3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a brownish-plum hue with ruby red highlights at the base when backlit. Head is fizzy and cream-colored and quickly dissipates from a 1.5 inch head to a thin, tight band around the shoulders in a matter of seconds. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses dark fruit (sugar plums and currants), some cocoa notes and a trace of ethanol. Taste consistent with nose; however, it all comes off a bit too sweet - there's definitely a sugary character to this beer. There's also a slight acidity, but it's really just an aside to the other qualities. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an even carbonation that leaves a light, residual prickle on the tongue. Overall, closer to a BSDA than a Quad in my opinion - too sweet and lacking some of the complexity you tend to see in Belgian counterparts. That said, it's still a tasty brew with a well-hidden abv. I wouldn't mind the opportunity to try this on tap.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Friar's Quad from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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