Quadrupel / Lambic Blend | Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

Quadrupel / Lambic BlendQuadrupel / Lambic Blend
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Quadrupel / Lambic BlendQuadrupel / Lambic Blend

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BEERchitect on 06-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of gford217
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle courtesy of ogglethorp poured into a tulip.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a solid creamy white head that recedes to a small cap and leaves onlly spotty lacing.

The aroma is not too bad with a dominant vinegar and lactic sourness with some sweet light fruits, like green apple with a bit of tartness.

The taste starts like the aroma with a big lactic sourness which gives way to some fruity sweetness. But the flavor really has an overdone lactic acidity that really makes it difficult to drink, especially in the finish where there is an abrasive acidity that's pretty unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is dry and woody with a massive tart funkiness that limits the drinikability significantly.

I'm not exactly sure what to say about this one. I certainly don't get any "quad" characteristics and the lambic character is not all that impressive. Interesting though.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 enjoyed at ditmier's house over the weekend.. Thanks Eric.. This is one beer that I probably never would have tried too hard to trade for.. Appreciated amigo.

Poured into my small La Trappe glass a few times over the course of a nice quiet evening..

The brew is a cloudy orange and pretty much no head or lace.. quite a bit of carbonation.

Nose is an immediate funky sour.. very acetic... and the lactic notes are pretty overpowering... some fruitiness reminds me of spoiled peach juice....

Flavor is way better than the aroma.. tart/vinegary notes with some apricot essence built in... lite body with a good amount of small bubble carbonation.. too acetic at times.... but as it warms too much lactic notes start making me think of vomit.

Not nearly as bad as I make it out to be... just it seems very punctuated right now... too much of everything and it never seems to come together... I had alot more to write about this one.. but everyone is gonna think that it is terrible... it isn't.. just don't even think about finishing a bottle by yourself in the next coupla years.. this may be alot better with some age... alot of age... but right now, not even close.

Thanks Eric for the chance.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Skeletal hand label, says "Quadrupel/Lambic Blend". High clarity pour, caramel amber, with a broken skim and spotty lacing. Darker than a traditional lambic, must be the Quad dominating in the color department. The head has good retention, with some sticky lacing at the edges.

Oak, lactic, sweet. Mild cherry aroma, medicinal Brett also, with a slight mustiness.

Taste brings a one note tartness at first that has a sweetish follow up. Medicinal Brettanomyces or wild yeast that gives it an odd slickness. Some cola and sweatiness, another odd combination. A bigger swig brings out sour cherry notes with a slightly tannic aftertaste. Vague vanilla/barrel character, which I just learned from the brewer that they use old bourbon barrels for aging. Overall, it's a little too full and robust to be a lambic, probably 60% Quad, 40% lambic/sour ale. Clearly fits into the American Wild Ale category. Needs some tweaking, although i'm really excited by what this brewery is doing.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a clear dark gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is tart black cherry with some oranges and a ton of wood. Flavor is sharp acidic citrus with some oak and phenols. Way better than some of the other ratings suggest. No weird off notes at all. Dry and lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ml capped and corked bottle, bought at BBC St. Matthews. The cork used in the bottle wasn't in good shape, it fell apart very easily and it took a while to get it out of the bottle. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a dark amber color with pretty much no head at all. The aroma is tart/sour, it smells like vinegar and apple cider, like a sour beer should smell like. The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's very astringent (and not in a good way). The vinegar taste overpowers the other flavors that are in the beer. It's not pleasant at all as it burns my throat a little bit when drinking it. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's oily but also a bit watery too. Drinkability isn't good, it's just not enjoyable to drink. I'm not sure if this was a bad batch or the beer was hurt in some way because of the bad cork, but this is by far the worst BBC brew I've tried. Maybe if they make this again I'll revisit it, but this batch certainly wasn't good.

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Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with some bubbles, not enough to cover the surface. The beer itself is perfectly clear and dark amber, like the color of tawny port.

Smell: Cidery aroma dominates, like a nice bottle of French country cider. A distinct tartness in the finish lets you know this has lambic roots.

Taste: Mild cider flavor upfront, with an herbal bitterness.Strong tartness in the middle, hits you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Very little to no carbonation. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Another one of my first lambics. Interesting and complex, but an entire bottle is hard on the stomach.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new beer in the series of experimental Lambics that the BBC is now releasing to the market. Available only at the 4th Street BBC location, these beers are available in small and rotating batches, when available. The brewers describe this beer as,

"A lambic base beer of Pilsner and wheat malts, aged hops, then fermented and aged in oak barrels with a Lambic yeast/bacteria blend. After on year of aging, we carbonated a portion of the beer in stainless steel kegs and blended it with a Belgian Quadruple to sweeten it up a bit..."

I found this beer to be very bold and characterfull on all fronts. Strong, tart aromas of vineous white wines, apple cider, under-rippened berries, a lemon-lime mix, and an everso suble lactic-vinegar note. Mouthwatering and puckering, the aromas are both inviting and intimedating.

Belgian through and through, the flavors of fruit domiante. The addition of a Quadruple Ale give hints of plumbs, grapes, cherries, and dates that got lost in the nose. The sweetness of the added beer helps to temper the acidity and sourness but adds a bold and sharp alcohol taste. Peaches, pears, and appricots make their way into the flavor profile. Even a bold hop flavor rises as the beer falls into the finish.

Sharp, bitter, and pleasantly astringent; this beer has a dry and hoppy finish. Expansive in the mouth with the help of ample carbonation and a solid malt structure. Initially creamy, but quickly shifts to a pleasantly thin and acidic feel for easy drinking.

This is a very strong flavored beer that seems to take on more alcohol and bitterness that is actually there. The lactic and vineous notes keep the beer from becomming as clean as it can, but it also adds complexity and a varying taste with every sip. The blending of a Lambic with a Quad is a unique and brilliant marriage of traditional Belgian beers and with a modern twist. Great creativity, boldness, and conviction!

Thanks Clvand0

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Quadrupel / Lambic Blend from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 0 out of 100 with 9 ratings
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