Quadrupel Tonnellerie
Bruery Terreux

Quadrupel TonnellerieQuadrupel Tonnellerie
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #100
Ranked #12,973
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Dec 26, 2021
Mar 02, 2016
Very Good
Quadrupel TonnellerieQuadrupel Tonnellerie
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.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of colts9016
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1704
Quadrupel Tonnellerie
Bruery Terreux
Date: 04/26/2016
Belgian-Style Quadrupel
ABV 10.2
I have heard mixed reviews about this beer. I am expecting a souring component to it because it is from Terreux. I love great quads; however, I have not consumed anything close to good lately. The beer is 52 degrees and served in a chalice glass. A nice hiss emitted from prying off the cap. The pour created a frothy and airy two-fingered light tan head with good retention. Lacing was left on the glass as it slowly dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 30, dark rusty brown with ruby hues. The appearance of the beer is beautiful.
Rich toffee, caramel, and blackberries come to life. Nosing further, I detect a hint of horse blanket, figs, toasted malts, earthiness, bready, oaky, floral, and raisins. The aromas are dominated by malts, a touch of funk, and some yeasty notes.
It gets funkier on the taste; barnyard, oak, and horse blanket. The heavy malt presence from the aromas is not on display here. Caramel, toasted malts, toffee, floral, raisins, hint of herbal, some tobacco, and a berry note.
The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and gentle. The body is medium, has a low carbonation, and lasting finish.
I am torn by this beer. It does not present as a quad; but more as a funky sour with a heavier malt present. The beer is awesome and has aged well, with no oxidation. How to rate it. If you read this review, just know that this beer is a tasty wild ale and not a quad. If you enjoy sours, commit yourself to drinking them.

Dec 26, 2021
4.12 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Dec 13, 2021
4.1 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2021
Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Ruby-colored pour, little apparent head. Dark fruit and fig flavors, with oaky undertones. I'm always appreciative of a sour that walks up to the tart line, but doesn't cross it. Very smooth and blended, a 2016 vintage consumed in early 2021.

Mar 12, 2021
4.17 by LostHighway from Minnesota on Nov 07, 2020
3.69 by Budlum from Maryland on Aug 15, 2020
3.79 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2020
4.23 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 30, 2020
Photo of bushbeer75
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. - brown bottle - 2016 printed on label

Bruery Terreux Quadrupel Tonnellerie body is an opaque very dark brown with red highlights. A less than 1/2-finger tan head was formed that dissipated very quickly and left no lacing. The nose is dominated by sour cherry, dark fruit [blackberries, figs] and funk. The taste matches the nose however, is stronger. The sour and funky flavor builds as you consume the ale. The Ale is high-medium bodied with a dry and sour finish. Carbonation is to the lower end.

Tonnellerie to me is more of a Wild/Sour Ale than a Belgian Quad. A Quad is rich, malty and sweet on the palate - not sour like Tonnellerie. If you like sour ales you will like this ale. I am not a fan of the Sour Ales and my ratings will show it.

Jul 07, 2020
Photo of kookajamo
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kookajamo from Delaware

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.

May 11, 2020
Photo of RochefortChris
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by RochefortChris from North Carolina

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

Feb 28, 2020
4.23 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2020
Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

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!

Dec 13, 2019
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Dec 10, 2019
Photo of Curtis
1.59/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by Curtis from Utah

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 !

Sep 29, 2019
4.13 by Jason_cs from Florida on Aug 06, 2019
3.62 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Mar 24, 2019
Photo of MrFitgers
2.59/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by MrFitgers from South Dakota

Since it said Quadrupel...call me crazy but I was looking for a Quadrupel...not a sour

Jan 04, 2019
3.59 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Nov 04, 2018
Photo of stephens101
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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.

Oct 27, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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.
Review# 6,264

Oct 01, 2018
3.75 by ajdemma from New York on Aug 02, 2018
Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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

May 25, 2018
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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

May 25, 2018
Photo of NextBestThing
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by NextBestThing from New York

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.

May 06, 2018
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 22, 2018
Photo of keith40
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by keith40 from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 24, 2018
3.75 by fosters9 from New York on Dec 20, 2017
4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2017
4.33 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Nov 30, 2017
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.


Oct 05, 2017
3.86 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Oct 04, 2017
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 24, 2017
Photo of invapid
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by invapid from Washington

Very tart, doesn't taste at all like most quads.

Sep 23, 2017
Photo of bnes09
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bnes09 from Illinois

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.

Aug 13, 2017
4.14 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Aug 10, 2017
Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

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.

Jul 22, 2017
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 07, 2017
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Jul 02, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Jul 02, 2017
Quadrupel Tonnellerie from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 137 ratings