Préaris Quadrupel
Vliegende Paard Brouwers

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #107
Ranked #9,625
3.97 | pDev: 11.08%
Vliegende Paard Brouwers
Very Good
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Photo of darktronica
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown tinged with amber, along with a full finger of head, or more if you let it. Classic quad esters and spices on the nose. Brown sugar, vanilla, dates, dried papaya, and clove on the palate, paired with some sharper fusel notes. Smooth on the tongue, moderately thin.

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Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, super-cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, very long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A fair aroma of Belgian yeast, apples, caramel, bread, and molasses.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt (present throughout), a good shot of Belgian yeast, some caramel / toffee notes, a bready quality, light molasses, apples, and mild spices. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but definitely unfocused. Some of the elements (the malt) are greater than others (the caramel). Still, fairly tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer all around, but it has some good qualities. Drinkable nonetheless.

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

330 ml bottle, Etre Gourmet - Pours deep amber with a thin white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Sweet caramel, toffee, ripe berries. Taste - Sweet smooth front, caramel/toffee, hints of fruits, light bitter finish with a nice but not overpowering alcohlic warmth. Ticka all the rights boxes for a decent quad.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights producing 3+ fingers of tan, shaving cream foam, somewhat lasting head that leaves behind a fine coating of lace. Aroma is roasted malty notes of dark fruity bread with raisin, vinous grape, spice & a hint of alcohol. Taste starts off ashy but transitions rapidly to rich dark bread, vinous dark fruits, licorice, molasses, Belgian yeast, pepper & spice with alcohol heavier than in the nose. Sweet finish that becomes increasingly bitter as it moves into, & lasting long in, the aftertaste. Faintly ashy throughout. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with lots of carbonation, feisty in the mouth with grainy spice. Very good & different (in comparison to other Quads I've had) but not excellent.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

three months an edge over the shelf-life date smell fruity taste bitter and fruity overripe plums gekarmeliseerde sugar and a reasonable aftertaste nice one

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/11/14 poured into an oversized wine glass. As with any quad, it benefits you to allow it to warm over an hour or so. Very balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, another heady and strong offering from this Belgian (contract?) brewer.

This beer pours a hazy, and almost murky dark rusted brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar sudsy webbed patchwork lace around the glass as it gradually recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, dried and candied fruit (orange, pineapple, and banana), bittersweet chocolate, earthy and musty spice, a hint of free-range char, and a weak leafy, weedy, and mildly perfumed floral hoppiness. The taste is gritty, grainy, and lightly toasted caramel malt, muddled dark orchard fruit, slightly edgy spice (clove, mostly), reduced brown sugar, musty yeast, a fading biscuity and nutty cocoa wafer thing, and still very understated earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are pretty evenhanded in their plain and effectual frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the overarching grittiness takes a minor toll here. It finishes trending dry, believe it or not, as the malt sags, while the spice, fruit, and yeast yak it up.

Not a bad Quadrupel, especially one that aims to scorch my palate, not with sugar, but with a nice toasty and yeasty dryness. Go figure, but it seems to work, and does well to essentially obfuscate the 20-proof booze. Hmmmm - a 'session' Quad, maybe? Nah.

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

Pours a big foam-up but easy to control. Dark brownish amber brew is clear in the Maredsous goblet with the pile of off-white foam. Mouthfeel is suds galore. Aromas of fruitcake. Pleasantly dry after the modest sweet start. Actually, this is the driest Quadrupel I"ve ever tasted, which is not the greatest compliment. Clean and grainy flavor with a mineral edge. A hint of raisins. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Burlington, Wash.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown reddish color with a thick beige-caramel head with great retention.
Sweet aroma full of molasses, some raisins, mild vanilla grape juice and a bit of chocolate.
Flavor with notes of molasses, candi sugar, spices, brown sugar, herbal hops, prunes, grape juice, a hint of cocoa, cherries and cola. Dry and alcoholic aftertaste.
Full body with appropriate carbonation.
Straight forward Quad, but it is a good introduction to style. A bit too caramelly, fortunately partially offset by its hops.

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

Bottled on date of 10/11/14

Appearance - Pours dark auburn brown with a khaki 2-finger head. Fair retention, dying to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is mostly spotty with some streaks here and there. Good stick.

Smell - Not much. Lightly tart with some dark, fruity, sugary sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not much punch in the flavor, instead opting for moderate subtlety. Dark fruit hitting on fig and plum with a touch of raisin sweetness and a sweet, sugary backbone. Hops appear mildly near the finish with a leafy, floral bitterness. Faint tartness appears in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Not overtly syrupy as most quads - for me this is a plus.

Overall - Decent brew, but ultimately lacks the strength of flavor and sophistication shown in the premier examples of the style. It is, in the least, a very drinkable, approachable quad that might make for a great introductory drink into the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of De Proefbrouwerij's Prearis Quadruple a couple months ago for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a Belgian Quad and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/23/14. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a chalice.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice look to it and I thought it was a little eye catching. It poured a murky brown color that barely let any light through which made for some red hues around the edges with almost two fingers worth of chunky tan head that died done to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Quad, I just wish the color wasn't so murky.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up with some nice aged malt, sweet malt, caramel aromas with caramel seeming to stick out most. Up next comes just a slight bit of fruity Belgian yeast with some light spices showing up in the background. This beer has a good aroma, I like the big caramel aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's much lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the same malt aspects that I got in the aroma being the first to show up with the caramel aspects sticking out the most, but as a whole they are much lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a slight bit of that fruity Belgian yeast and a little bit of bitterness with a caramel and slightly fruity aftertaste. This is a ok tasting beer, the flavors were a lot lighter than I thought they would be.

M- fairly smooth, pretty crisp, not too sweet, alcohol well hidden, on the light side of being full bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish the carbonation was toned down.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and I thought it was a very average example of a quad especially for being brewed in Belgian, I expected much more out of the taste than I got and in the end I just wanted more out of this beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, pretty crisp, not too sweet, alcohol was well hidden, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job of holding my attention, halfway through my first glass and I was already bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, hands down that was the best aspect of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste, it was just much lighter than it should be. I wouldn't buy this beer again, i would much rather have a smaller bottle of a much better Belgian Quad. I can't say I would recommend it, it just can't hold it's own against some of the better Quads. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it just didn't have all the things that I look for in the style, but since it's a year old maybe age was a factor, but as far as I can tell beers like this should hold up pretty well. This didn't make for the best first impression for this brewery, but I'm still interested in trying more of their beer, especially the sours and it's very average for the style. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use some work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, bottled March 25th 2014.

It pours t dark brown, over an inch of off white foam and kills it with the lacing.

Dark pitted fruit and caramel malt straight up in the smell. Hint of slight oxidation.

The taste is delightful. Dark pitted fruit with a mild sweetness from the malt and, again, hints of oxidation. Bit of cardboard and butterscotch. In a quantity that's easily manageable for my palate.

I call it full bodied with medium carbonation.

An excellent example of a Quad here. I am glad that I got to enjoy a bottle all the myself.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark, turbid, date-brown coloring with a foamy, filmy, clingy, off-white head that starts out tall, but settles out into a surface coating. Aromas of rich sweet notes, including date, fig, plums, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, and a spice blend of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and clove. There are some chocolate and coffee notes in there, too. Very layered aromas. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with a blast of date and fig up front, providing bits of tart sweet amidst all the heavy richness. There is a backbone of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and molasses that is heavy and consistent throughout, providing a depth to the beer. The spices present on the nose take a definitive back seat on the palate, providing little more than accents here and there. The body is robust and smooth, with a subtle edge towards the end providing by the carbonation, which is working hard on an obvious losing battle to the mass of this brew. The aftertaste is roasty and tangy sweet throughout, with old world fruit blending with the chocolate and caramel. The aftertaste has a decent linger to it, throughout the smooth, slick finish. Decent beer. The increased ABV is hidden very well throughout.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark, but clear, reddish-copper hue with 3-4 inch light tan head with excellent retention.
S: Soft bready yeast, sweet caramel malt, honey and melon, raisin, and a hint of brown sugar. Given time to let this settle a bit, herbaceous hops (e.g. mint) emerge.
T: Cola and brown sugar up front, darker caramel malt, dark dried fruit, and a hint of pepper and honey. Doesn't keep up with the promising appearance and aroma. Bummer.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest. Sweet, then turns bitter with an off-putting lingering bitterness. Too strong of a hop presence here, especially given the style.
D: Started promising, but then took a flop.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet from a 750 ml bottle.

Color is clear dark reddish brown with a massive thick creamy head that lingers for a long time before slumping into a foamy island. Sticky lacing marks each sip. Smell is Belgian yeast, stone fruit, caramel and a bit of booze. Flavor is complex, as I would expect from a quad. It has layers of malt and stone fruit, followed by raisins and spice with a mildly bitter finish of hops and a bite of alcohol. Body is medium/full with ample carbonation. It is very creamy and drinkable for a 10% ABV.
Overall, it is a very good quad - not quite great, but a fine offering nonetheless.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a mild head. Doesn't necessarily smell like many Quads I have come across. Maybe the malt character isn't as robust? Maybe I'm losing it. Dark malt, some dark fruit, yes. The flavor I still find to be less encompassing as most of the Quad style. A bit more generic, dark sweetness and less yeast and dark fruit. Alcohol is fairly noticeable. Body is how it should be. Soft carbonation. I thought that this was different than most Quads that have entered my being.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99. If I'm deciphering correctly, this was bottled 11/27/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque burgandy hued chestnut with a rocky three fingers of head that rises above the rim of the glass. A thin layer of bubbles remains throughout, leaving several small spots of lace. At any point a quick swirl of the glass easily recreates about an eighth inch frothy cap.

Smells of grape juice, caramel, sour cherry, vague fruits, a strangely milky note and a good bit of oxidation.

Again in the taste I get a strong dose of grape followed by raisin, brown sugar, tart cherries, cocoa, caramel, a woodsy earthy note, a slightly vegital mild bitterness, some obvious oxidation and a little booze.

The two plus years of cellaring shows in the texture. Vaguely creamy, medium body with an airy but lively carbonation. Finishes with dark fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast and a faint lingering bitterness.

Préaris Quadrupel may not break any new ground but it is still a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with an amber yellow tinge when held to the light, little visible carbonation, cloudy with fine particles of presumably yeast. Large 3 fingers of beige orange cream tinged head containing predominately fine foamy bubbles, and a few larger ones. Good head retention, solid foam left on the glass.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, dates, snow, molasses, wood.

T: Light sweetness, good alcohol, molasses, snow, little background fruitiness, coffee, slight smokiness.

M: Medium thick body, light syrup, very little carbonation.

O: BBD: 27/03/16, drank on 19/12/14. Presumably since this beer is retired, its been around. Tastes oxidized, and not at its prime, though I never had a chance to have it younger. Got on, drank in Chiang Mai.

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

Pours dark brown, one finger white frothy head that turns in time into a nice bubbly lacing and a thin film on the surface.
Smells great, lots of dark fruit, maple, caramel, candi sugar, faint chocolate, Belgian spices and some warm alcohol.
Complex taste: dark fruit up front, with figs, raisin, plum, some extra sour cherries, all smothered with molasses, caramel and some maple syrup. The sweet start is balanced very fast by some heavily roasted malts, almost burnt, imposing a certain bitterness a bit early on. Spices still break through, with licorice, orange peel and clove. Bitter in the end also, some extra bittering hops present, and some ash, faint chocolate and dark bread get through to the aftertaste.
Medium body, low carbonation, a bit light for a quad, alcohol hidden nicely.
Not a top ten quad, but a strong contender, especially if you like a bigger bitterness in you Belgian beers.

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Photo of Kuaff
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature. Production date of 09/10/13.

Prearis pours a dark, somewhat brackish burgundy with a creamy three-finger head billowing up high. Carbonation streams are visible and ample.

I smell maple, cherries, prunes, raisins, and vanilla in the aroma. There also might be a bit of a spicy dark fruitcake thing going on.

Cherries, figs, chocolate, and licorice are the initial flavors I pick up. Skip to the finish and there's a mix of somewhat bitter, earthy leatheriness and some fairly boozy breadiness. It's quite roasty, too.

The feel is pretty good. Filled out with medium to high carbonation.

An unusual quadruple that I could mistake for a fruity oak barrel-aged imperial stout if I took a sip blindfolded.

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Photo of utfiero
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- cloudy brown ruby. Huge head.

Aroma- coffee, chocolate, dates with hint of hazelnut.

Taste- Starts with a complex mild blend of Christmas cake, raisins, and nuts smoothed by chocolate softness in the mid-body then finishes with a beautiful roasted malt with subtle chocolate coffee tones.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/3/2013.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with fermentation floating around making this hazy and murky, the head is a light tan color, very thick and billowy and last for a very long time. The lacing is very thick and absolutely wonderful to look at.
The aroma is filled with dark fruits, fig, grape, and apple.
Malty and sweet, orange zest and brown sugar are the main flavors here. I do pick up some mild raisin tastes.
Crisp and plenty of carbonation, its medium bodied and the alcohol is well presented in this quad.
Smooth, relaxing and easy to drink, this is a good quad, maybe not as complex as others I’ve had but definitely very smooth.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/9/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big cherry, orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, raisin, plum, pear, apple, cherry, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark, ruby red-brown body with decent head and lace patches. The aroma is one of roasted and sweet malts as well as yeast and typical Belgian yeast/spice but not much more complex. The beer hides the ABV and that is great, real smooth and medium bodied, easy to drink, great balance of sugary sweetness and touches of spice and dark fruits (getting something in the figs or raisins area). This is an easy to drink and quite relaxing quad but I just took off points for lack of complexity within the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with lots of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable because it hides its alcohol very well. I couldn't pick up any flavors of the underlying Quadrupel.

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