Préaris Quadrocinno | Vliegende Paard Brouwers

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Préaris QuadrocinnoPréaris Quadrocinno

Brewed by:
Vliegende Paard Brouwers

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by digita7693 on 02-11-2014

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

33cl stubby bottle. Dated 05/12/19 which I assume is a best by date

pours a cloudy dark brown in color, thick cream colored head. great head retention. aroma not as expected - only mild roast, more vanilla and mild caramel than coffee. maybe a touch of cinnamon. taste is similar, a touch sweet. medium bodied, smooth carbonation

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Photo of quadmad
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.75 from the LCBO. Two year old plus bottle bb date of 18/11/18/ Almost no head, clear dark brown colour. Coffee less pronounced than 6 month old bottle. Not very excited about this beer. To be truthful I am not a fan of coffee infused beers.

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Photo of groleau
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Murky chestnut, brown sugar nose, candy sugar front, some fig, big clove, and burn.

4 3.75 3.5 3.75 3.5

Coffee quad(?) Hot, thin, + excessively phenolic. And where’s the coffee? Dire.

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Photo of TerryW
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head settles to a generous cap, plenty lace. All about the coffee. A hint of dark fruit in the aroma, a whiff of alcohol. The fruit goes nicely with the coffee. Extends to the taste of the beer. Nice marriage of the quadrupel and coffee. Good beer overall, suitable for after dinner.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml squat bottle - ah, the weather is turning, time for some nice strong dark ales. A coffee-flavoured Quad? OK.

This beer pours a kind of murky, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky tan head, which leaves some decent old-growth tree branch lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells of musty caramel malt, some grainy toffee, subtle dark fruity notes (prunes and dates, mostly), tame earthy ground coffee beans, and very mild leafy, floral, and musky noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a much lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, cafe-au-lait, a muddled black orchard fruitiness, brown sugar, some ethereal oily nuttiness, faint Low Countries yeast, and more rather reserved earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-propping frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a gentle creamy character seeping in as things warm up a tad. It finishes trending dry, the coffee essence keepin' on keepin' on.

Overall - this is a very pleasant and engaging coffee-adjunct Belgian ale, with the guest flavours expertly melded into the fold. I still get that strangely satisfying wholeness of creation when I drink these old-school big -boys, which I am currently experiencing. Good, good stuff.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle Etre Gourmet - Pours light chestnut with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet caramel coffee front, oaky notes at the back. Taste - Sweet roasted coffee, caramel, dark sugar, hints of dark fruits -dates, light dry bitter finish with a little alcoholic warmth but not vigorous. Very nice coffee infused quad.

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Photo of Jtee
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle served at 20 degrees Celsius into a chalice. 2016 edition, best before date: 18.11.2018.

Look: This beer's a looker. It pours a clear, very dark brown with red highlights and is topped with two fingers of persistent, dense, tan head that settles to a cap within four minutes. Exceptional lacing.

Smell: Malty-sweet up front and surprisingly mild in strength. Moderate dark fruit esters (prunes and figs), some yeast funk, faint coffee grounds, caramel, and brown bread. The aroma is nice but I find it a little muted.

Taste: Medium-strong and less sweet than the nose suggests. Moderate dark fruit esters (prunes and figs), faint roasty character, caramel, cream, moderate coffee grounds, and mild black tea at the end. The finish is medium in length and intensity. Well-balanced.

Feel: Medium-full body with lively carbonation. Creamy with a velvety quality after the somewhat prickly carbonation subsides. A pleasant warming from the alcohol with a very mild astringency.

Overall: An excellent beer for sure. Not quite outstanding in terms of aroma and taste, but definitely worth a try as it offers something different from the classic examples of the style. I like how the coffee has been incorporated into the mix. I'm sure I'll have this again when it becomes available.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with light coffee notes is pleasant. Taste is a mix of caramelized malt with some residual candi sugar notes with some light floral coffee notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting mix with more drinkability then I was expecting.

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Photo of byronic
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mintjellie
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany brown, pale beige foam. Fair retention, spotty lace. Restrained aroma, Pumpernickel, hints of treacle, raisin, and coffee. Dried fruit comes forward on the palate, followed by a hint of molasses sweetness. Coffee in the finish. Pleasant coffee bitterness as well. Light for the style with lively carbonation. Feels a touch too thin. The thin mouthfeel is the weak link in this otherwise decent brew.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a chalice. Advertised as 8.5% ABV and purchased from the LCBO for about $4 CDN. Best before November 18, 2018

Appearance - Pours a deep hazelnut brown color with loads of haziness. A thin half finger of long lasting light tan head rests on top and huge swaths of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell - Prunes, figs and cherries are among the early leaders in the aroma department. Plenty of malt, some Belgian candi sugar and yeast combo that is very familiar with beers of this style.

Taste - The sweet fruity flavors of prunes, figs and cherries start initially but then an earthy and semi-robust coffee aspect comes barreling through for added complexity. Neither one really stands out but the balance makes for an easier to drink beer, since your tastes buds are never exhausted by either set of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium-heavy bodied, good carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Quite impressive and lends itself to drinking more than 1 (but no more than 2 due to the booze factor).

Overall - A well rounded Belgian Dark Ale that with some subtle coffee infusion, makes it an eminently drinkable brew. Worthy of a try and I should look to pick up another couple for aging purposes.

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Photo of Glorithm
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. bb "18/11/18", consumed feb 2 2017. sweet fig flesh, raisin, brown sugar, cream flavours at first, which then develop quickly into a very strong coffee-heavy bitter finish. really unique. i like this a lot

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Photo of Bf_89
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Qiadrocinno pours a dark ruby brown with a decent head which breaks quickly. Nice lacing can be seen the entire time I enjoyed this beer. The smell is definitely BSDA with nice dark fruits, brown sugar or molasses and a mild coffee. The taste is a blend of the traditional dark fruits and dark sugars along with a coffee bitterness, though the coffee does not come through strongly. The feel is nice, medium with higher than expected carbonation.

All in all a decent brew, but not one I'd search out again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 18 2018 and served barely chilled. Listed at 9.5%.

Pours a murky brownish-bronze colour with brick red highlights, supporting two fingers of pillowy, light beige-coloured head. As is the case with many higher-quality Belgian ales, it has excellent retentive properties, seeping away unevenly over the course of the next ten minutes or so, give or take. This long, drawn-out process eventually produces a creamy, lumpy, generous cap, and simultaneously cakes the glass with a coating of foamy lace. A real beauty. The coffee is noticeable on the nose, albeit not intensely so - rather, it is fruitier flavours of black cherry, prune and fig that shine through, alongside some syrupy candi sugar and red licorice sweetness. Faint hints of vanilla and cocoa are barely perceptible.

Bold flavour. The profile starts off on the sweet side, with burnt sugar, dark bread and toffee overlapping with fig, prune, raisin and toasted nuts. Hints of cocoa and coffee are there from the start, but really begin to strut their stuff on the back end of the sip - particularly the latter, with a "coffee grounds" flavour imparting a nice bitterness at the finish. Also finishes with some earthy roastiness, and a touch of herbal licorice root, followed by a similar, very persistent aftertaste with mild alcohol warmth. The near-10% is very well-masked, integrating perfectly. Medium in body - perhaps leaning towards the fuller side - with moderately low carbonation that weakly tickles the surface of the palate, resulting in a fairly soft, smooth quaff. The coffee bitterness builds with each sip, limiting this one's drinkability... but at nearly 10%, is that even really a problem? I wouldn't say so.

Final Grade: 4.17, an A-. Préaris Quadrocinno is the first coffee-infused Belgian-style beer I've had the chance to try, and I must say I find it highly enjoyable. The bitterness from the coffee beans really helps to counteract the sweetness of the base quad, resulting in an unusually balanced example of the style. Very good, but I don't think I'd pick this over my favourite Trappist strong dark ales; it's not as complex in flavour as those, nor is the mouthfeel as full and luxurious. Still, it's well worth sampling while it's available.

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Photo of nullbort
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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