Quadrupel Tonnellerie
Bruery Terreux

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #78
Ranked #7,757
4.02 | pDev: 11.19%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our Tonnellerie series is the perfect showcase of our "wildly traditional bière". French for “cooperage”, each beer in the series shares one core trait: they were all fermented in oak. Beyond that, the recipes and styles are as unique as the cues they take from nature. Quadrupel Tonnellerie, a sour and funky barrel-fermented Belgian-style quadrupel with blackberries, is no exception. A style known for being at the more malty, complex and rich end of the Belgian strong ale spectrum, this quad revels in layers of dark fruit and figgy flavors, and complimentary undercurrents of oak. The natural esters from the Belgian yeast compliment the rustic, earthy and wild qualities derived from the barrels and nature - plus the piquant flavors from the fruit - for a dynamic flavor profile and mouthfeel that will evolve over time.
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Photo of kookajamo
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around great beer, but it did not age as well as it could have (store most likely did not cellar it well).

Pours a very dark brown with purple hues throughout

Smells and taste like ripe dark berries, acidic, some oak barrel and figs.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a bit acidic.

Tart but not overly tart.

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kookajamo from Delaware, May 11, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with reddish, ruby hues. Medium low clarity, short lived off-white/light tan head that quickly dissipates.

Blackberry, black cherry, currant, oak, burnt sugar, some oxidation, floral aroma from the hops but the hops have faded.

Flavor is tart, blackberry, sour cherries, oak, perhaps some funk, currant, dark fruit and oxidation. Low floral hop bitterness, some sweetness but mainly tart

Puckering sensation but not astringent, full bodied, medium high carbonation, noticeable alcohol warmth but does not ruin the beer.

This beer was not cellared properly and the oxidized characteristics have overtaken all the other flavors, but has not ruined the beer. This is still an enjoyable beer but at four years old it leaves much to be desired

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RochefortChris from North Carolina, Feb 28, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2016 vintage, looks like the bottle date says 05/16/16 but it's hard to read. Label says 10.2% ABV. Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Lots of dark fruit/blackberry in the aroma, along with some oak, funk, cherry and caramel. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, dominated by the dark fruit/blackberry but with the other flavors still noticeable. There's also a good amount of tart berry flavor in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Didn't have this fresh, but this has certainly aged well! Bought it on closeout last year for $3.99 a bottle, great deal!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep brown beer which is essentially black. The beer is topped by a dense and rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries, leather, funk, blackberries, and oak.
T: Taste is slightly roasty with some caramel, blackberries, sour cherry flavor builds, leather and funk are there as well along with a touch of oak. On the swallow there's more sourness, blackberries, funk, leather, caramel, and roasted malts with a hint of bitter dark chocolate.
M: This beer has a slightly syrupy feel on the palate with a body on the upper side of medium. Carbonation is on the low end but adequate while the beer has a semi-dry finish. It's like it wants to finish dry but there's too much residual sugar to allow it.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. It isn't the most true to style but it has interesting flavors and a good amount of complexity. It's worth a try if you can find it but it isn't what you want if you want a straight shooter of a quad.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Dec 10, 2019
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1.59/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Large bottle, bought in Wendover, Nevada on a whim. Wow, what a mistake. The smell was the first warning -strong fruit, especially plumbs. Wife sitting next me wondered why I was drinking aftershave. Kid walked in later and said, "I can smell that. It smells like death". Taste was very sour, strong over ripe fruit, just excessively sour and overwhelming cheap wine flavors. Mouthfeel was moderate. Appearance had ambition, it was a clever but unnecessary fake, like Wayne Gretzky on a drunk goalie. That didn't come out right. Anyways, very dark and hints of lacing. I think someone may have tried to homebrew using a cheap red gallo wine instead of malt. I won't finish the glass, will dump the rest and likely the other bottle as well. This is not beer !

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Curtis from Utah, Sep 29, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tart quad with the blackberry enveloping some caramel among other dark fruit notes. Super dry and somewhat chalky in the aftertaste. Caramelized? Toasty? I don't think so. Just a straight up tart and vinous forward quad.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Oct 27, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery Terreux "Quadrupel Tonnellerie"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped, and labeled "2016" and coded "#289.3 05/17/16 13:33 004143"
$12.99 @ DeCicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a slightly hazy deep mahogany brown body beneath a short but creamy head of dark tan. The aroma expresses tart and dark fruits (cherry, raisin, berries), almost burnt sugar, dark caramel, brown sugar, oak, a slightly metallic edge of acidity, and a subtle spiciness. The flavor is fuller but not necessarily more complex - but then again, does it need to be? I'd say there's more fruitiness to it including some fig and a little bit of blackberry although I thought the blackberry would be stronger seeing as how it's actually added. It's tart but kind of midrange in acidity, and certainly not puckering. And as a quad I'd expect that, but at the same time it's not really as malty as a lot of quads are. It is nicely balanced though, quite perfectly so in fact. It starts tart and fruity and caramelish, widens across the palate, and then finishes mostly dry and, again, tart and fruity and oaky. Some oaky dryness and mild earthiness lingers. How strong is this? 10.2%? It doesn't seem like it. The alcohol never stands out, and to be honest, it doesn't even really have that alcohol in the background that let's you know you're drinking a strong beer because I think it's covered up by the acidity - this one could be dangerous. Of course on the other hand, it's probably too expensive to be dangerous - it's not like anyone's got 3 or 4 bottles of this chilling in the fridge!!! Looking back, the head dropped rather quickly and it didn't leave much behind in terms of lacing. Of course that's common in sour beers so I'd call it fairly decent, a 4 perhaps. As for the body it's not that full, medium with a dextrinous edge but not really malty. A moderate, seemingly natural fine-bubbled carbonation then leaves it gently tingling but mainly smooth - pretty nice really. Overall I think you have to look at this beer for what it is and forget the "quadrupel" moniker because that throws it off. It's excellent as it is, but if you compare it to what you'd normally think of a quad it falls apart.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Oct 01, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros. 2016 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy really dark brown hue with a thin one finger off white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of big funk notes, light berry notes. Little almost metallic like with almost doctor pepper like aromas.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with decent tart berries. Dark fruits, darker malts, funk, little bit of barrel. Slightly metallic, odd finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, very flemmy and slimmer.

O - Overall this was a very disappointing beer, the berries don't really work here at all.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, May 25, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPlit with rudzud

Pours a decent foamy creamy smaller head that fades at a quicker pace, nice lacing, some legs, super dark hazy brown molasses color

Nose is really weird, it's like Dr Pepper, fruity and sweet candy like, weird fruity aromas, sweet cola syrup, little phenol and alcohol notes, plenty of candi sugar, sweet syrupy like, mild berry like, no funk, little metallic note as well

Taste is a bit better, big syrupy malt and candi sugar, plenty of fruity flavors, a little blackberry and generic berry almost boisenberry, tart and funky a bit, mixed with tons of sweet syrupy malt, toffee candi sugar, some barrel notes in there, a bit of vanilla oak, caramel, almost cranberry tartness and a little tart flemmy funk, acidic funk, little metallic as well, little boozy alcohol too, flemmy finish, bit more barrel late

Mouth is fuller bod but flemmy acidic and a bit of alcohol but also a bit slimy, decent carb

Overall eh, decent berry especially taste less so nose, but the base quad with sourness is pretty meh

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jlindros from Massachusetts, May 25, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Everything these guys brew is eccentric. This one is as quirky and surprising as most of them.

I get a ring of bubbles around the glass after an aggressive pour. The beer looks like a quad, it's somewhere between brown and red. Good looking beer. The nose is where it gets a little odd. Label says blackberries. I guess this is what this is. It's definitely fruity, really like overripe fruit that I can't specifically identify so I guess I'll take their word for it and go with blackberry. As almost always, the taste follows the nose. This beer tastes at least as much like a sour as it does a quad. I like the taste and really enjoy this beer, but it does not taste like a quadrupel. It's like most sours you've probably tasted, alcohol is absent and I'm finding it hard to get past the tartness, front, mid, and back palate.

Thinnish mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated but very very sour. If the label didn't identify the beer the way it does I would never recognize the style.

This is a pleasant tasting beer that for whatever reason has been discounted heavily at my preferred bottle shop. At essentially half-price, this beer is a superb value and a beer I could drink all day, which is odd taking the 10.2% abv into account. Recommend.

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Photo of keith40
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle dated 2016 purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Hyannis. Cola color and blackberry nose. Definitely blackberry flavor along with a toast/caramel/ fig component. Fine carbonation and surprisingly no alcoholic heat making it easy drinking. Not our favorite type of beer, but we're glad we tried it.

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keith40 from Massachusetts, Jan 24, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter via Savor Growl in Columbus. This quad pours
a deep and murky red tinged brown with a modest head of off white foam that fades
quickly to a thin ring with light lacing. Nose of blackberries, oak, tobacco, grapes, tart
funky yeast notes, and mild sweetness. Flavors follow the nose with tart blackberry notes
mingling with heavy tartness and wild yeasty undertones touched with mild brown sugars
and a lingering leather and tobacco note with touches of grape skins. Nice mouth feel; medium
full body, coating tartness, dry tart finish, and low carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew but not my standard cup of ale. Nice if you like sours, more of an oud bruin than
a quad. Decent but outrageously priced.


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Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with no head. Pretty dense hazy. Fig and Belgian yeast aroma. Nice dark fruit palate with fig, dates, raisins and blackberries. Moderately sour with a balsamic, dark berry quality. Balanced sweetness. Touch of Belgian yeast funk. Acetic and lactic acid character with minimal to no Brett. Dense malt body with a dry finish. Light bubbles. Very good overall. Nice complexity. Haven't had too many sour quads but I can tell this one is well executed.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Aug 13, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Had 2/24/17.

Pours a very dark ruby color, cloudy and mostly opaque, with a short head and some soapy lacing. Active carbonation. The smell is malt, yeast, figs, dates, light cherries and blackberries, toffee, a little funk, light mustard and molasses, some oak. Grapes and light wine, when warm. A tart and sour aroma. The taste also starts with malt, then figs, blackberries, dates, raisins, plums, light cherries, caramel, brown sugar, some oak, light wine. Tart, some sourness. Mostly smooth, but a rougher feel than usual from the Bruery, a solid medium to full body, well- carbonated.

An interesting quad, I liked it more as I worked through the bottle. The berries work, but the sour notes were a little harsh. It's worth a purchase, enjoyable, but you won't be blown away or anything.

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stortore from Illinois, Jul 22, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a sour quad with blackberries, and one heck of an interesting beer, but its a small dose thing for me, incredibly intense in all respects, and maybe not the best expression of quad with how strong both the fruit and the sour elements are in it. slightly purple stained dark reddish brown brew with a fizzy off white layer on top. the aroma here is majorly puckery, highly acidic lacto type souring with some sharp lemon as well. this is the strongest aspect of the nose by far, but jammy sweet blackberry, molasses, almond, and a belgian yeast strain are all trying to push through. the berry is pretty strong in the flavor, a really cool addition to this beer. its got some of that concentrated preserved intensity about it, but remains very authentic. whats missing for me here is the grain size and complexity i am used to in a quad, especially at this strength, its just sort of wiped out by all the acidity and fruit sugar in here, and i cant really chew on it and appreciate it like i should be able to in a quad, its really missing for me, and it makes me think immediately that this is way to sour to do what i want it to do. the acidity is so high, its so sour, that a lot of the grain aspects seem to be broken down. its still delicious, and it has a ton of earthy dried fruit to it, but its not malty like i was hoping for. the belgian yeast is similarly suppressed, but it does succeed in adding a cool layer to this towards the finish. citric sourness and blackberry jam in the finish, y teeth hurt from the acid. its super well carbonated and seemingly way lighter in body than any other quad out there. its a cool beer, but they should dial back the sourness in future batches to let the base beer stand out a bit more. not my favorite of theirs, but still pretty darn original...

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Photo of Pontzie
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2016 batch.

L: pours very dark opaque brown. Effervescent carbonation surrounded the glass edge. A minimal head that dissipated rapidly. Exciting dark quad.

S: Had a hard time picking up strong notes. Subtlety rules here I guess. The fermentation and sour fruit smell were most prevalent. Almost wondered if I was missing something here.

T: at first I thought it was too cold. Mostly just a mouth of sour fruit. Not entirely unpleasant but....... not what I was expecting. Where is the quad punch of alcohol? Not smooth and easy on the finish like some of my favorites. Something almost soy like as it warmed a but. More depth of character as it rose to room temp.

M: carbonation is light. A bitter bite puckers up the tongue. More enjoyable as it warmed.

O: This fell a bit flat and watery to be a favorite of mine. As sours go, this was ok, but devoid of character. It just had some tartness and nothing that truly set it apart.

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Pontzie from Florida, May 05, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian tulip glass, bottle dated 4/26/16.

I have never have a sour quad before today so I cannot compare.

If I had consumed this before, I would have tasted less because my roommate just walked in and he hates flavors

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Budinetz from Pennsylvania, May 04, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Bruery beer opened & in danger of being drunk. Grave danger. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is red dark enough to qualify as brown. Heavy berry tartness in the nose, I’d have guess plums if pressed. Luckily, my livelihood doesn’t depend on my sense of smell.

Terreux Quadrupel Tonnellerie makes me understand a bit more why people get all riotous over fruited sours. The berries are both sharp & sweet, & make a gorgeous shroud tossed over the mostly dead wild yeasts, which are tart, not sour, leaving the lining of my esophagus pleasantly untorn. Mid-palate brings a pallet of oak, acidic bite, & finishes like a clean up on aisle 2 of a HyVee produce section. For a tart/sour, this is plenty drinkable.

There’s no quad in this brew, but nobody here is complaining. One of the gentler, tastier wilds I’ve had in a while, this is a very good beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, May 02, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a muddled red mahogany body with a light khaki one finger head.

S - Tart blackberries, caramel, figs and oak. Really has piqued my interest.

T - The taste follows the nose. Except the blackberries are juicy then tart. Oak and caramel are more pronounced.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - A treat! Tart and juicy blackberries, complex and oh so tasty.

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cvm4 from Mississippi, Mar 20, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deeper ruby red that appears like grape juice in the glass. No head. Aroma doesn't pack much punch, mostly a generic lactic spur note with some distant blackberry and oak. Middle-of-the-sour, but respectable. Mild lactic tart upfront, the body has a nice fruit flavor with some blackberry & grape, oak tannins at the end. A tad vinegary flanders red on the aftertaste but nothing too harsh. Feel is fine. Certainly didn't get any quad notes but is a solid sour.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Feb 21, 2017
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2.69/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Let me start off by saying what has happened to you Bruery? This beer is a crying shame. You created two solid brews with the prior versions of tonnellerie (saison and triple) yet completely shit the bed with this one. Neither of the prior tonnellerie brews were sour. A quad is not suppose to be sour...why would you do this and still keep the name? I feel mislead into this purchase. Shame on you.

750ml bottle into a snifter appears mahogany in color with a dark khaki cap that fades quickly.

Aroma is mineral laden, carbonic with slight raisony fruited aspect and more sugary scents before bacterial tang takes over.

Taste is sour which is a huge letdown because last time I checked quads arnt suppose to be and none of the other beers in the tonnellerie series were either. Blackberries are pretty much the leading characteristic which covers up any of the typical quad and supposed barrel characteristics. Once the brew gets warm I struggle to find any barrel nuance and there is some slight raisony/caramel flavors.

Light in body with effervescent carbonation. In the tonnellerie series (which I enjoyed) this was quite a letdown. I cant help but feel like this batch got infected or didnt turn out as expected so they dumped fruit into it.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Jan 10, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with amber hues around the edges, no head retention, lots of carbonation.

A: Sour, tart, funk, sweet, sticky fig aroma, caramel and toffee, oak, sour and sweet, very nice.

T: Sour bomb, subtle notes of fig and plum, dark red grapes, caramel, toffee, oak, sour and oak linger in the finish, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a dry, sour finish, medium amount of carbonation.

O: Solid sour, balanced aroma with sour and sweet notes but the taste is more sour with subtle dark, sweet fruit notes, complex and enjoyable.

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Brolo75 from California, Jan 08, 2017
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Hazy orange wiht a white head. Funky barnyard notes, overripe apples, farmhouse funk, salt, baking soda. Medium body with high carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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Marius from Netherlands, Jan 03, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, @10.2% ABV - another very complex and/or complicated sounding brew from this SoCal outfit. Sigh, sign me up!

This beer pours a dark, murky, and orange-brick tinted brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly fizzy tan head, which leaves but a few very sparse specks of 'lace' around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sour black fruit (cherries, blackberries, and raisins), grainy and bready caramel malt, subtle Low Countries yeasty notes, some further understated Middle Eastern fruitiness, wet barrel staves, a bit of below the basement stairs mustiness, and a sense of hovering metallic booziness. The taste is fairly tart lemon, blackberry, and bing cherry, some separate lactic astringencies, gritty and grainy pale and caramel malt, still underwhelming fig and date fruity essences, a placid vanilla-tinged woodiness, some welcome earthy mustiness, and perhaps a suggestion of leafy and perfumed floral hop bitterness.

The bubbles are adequate in their basically supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as the sourness and the alcohol undercurrent exact more than a minor tithe here. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the tart fruity characters insist on lingering more readily than anything else, it would seem.

Overall, there is not much going on here to really remind one of a Belgian Quad, as the fruity sourness (which is fine in its own right) kind of overshadows the subtleties of the style. I'm sure this will appeal to sour-heads, much in the manner that hopped to the nuts red amber ales appeal to me.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Oct 27, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10-6-16 - pucker up! On tap at the Tasting Room. Small tulip taster. Getting a bottle of this one. Quad with blackberries, but more tart than sweet. Get some. 10-9-16 - Couldn't wait. Had my bottle before The Who and Roger Waters shows at Desert Trip. Poured into my new Tereaux wine glass. Sour for sure, but becomes less so after it settles and breathes. Definitely a sipping beer.

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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania, Oct 07, 2016
Quadrupel Tonnellerie from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 128 ratings