Quadrupel Tonnellerie | Bruery Terreux

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Quadrupel TonnellerieQuadrupel Tonnellerie

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jaydoc on 03-02-2016

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Budinetz:
Photo of Budinetz
4.72/5  rDev +18%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So this beer really through me for a loop. It says quad, and at 9.7% ABV I was expecting your typical dark fruits, figs, Belgian yeast mix. Those are present but also you get funk and sour tartness, which I've never experienced before in a quad. Once the shock was over for the surprise, I quicklly adapted to the nice balancing act and complexity of this beer. Very enjoyable, but this beer is definitely a "sour" style and not a traditional quad.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large wine glass, this 750 pours a deep brown with some slightly murky highlights and shows a thin cap of tan foam. Bit light on the carbonation but still fairly fitting. Aroma and flavor are slightly lactic sour and with some fruity sweetness, though the blackberry influence is muddled yet present on the finish. Any remnants of Belgian yeast notes didn't really survive the barrel fermentation process.

As others have noted, this doesn't stand tall as a Quad per se, but is quite tasty more along the lines of an Oud Bruin of sorts, though not as sour as many of that style. Finish offers some dark malt character and some pleasant spice notes. Feel and finish are pleasant and balanced and belie the heft of the beer, though still are amiss of expectations of a Quad. Yet once those expectations are set aside, the beer delivers well and goes down easy with or without a food accompaniment.

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Photo of IKR
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark brown color. Generously sized beige head that slowly faded. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Tart blackberries/dark fruit notes and moderate funk dominate the nose.

Taste: Tart blackberries, mild dark fruit notes, with a hint of citrus sour and mild oak. An interesting combination of flavor notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't sure how a soured Quad would be but this flat out works for me. A nice end to a hot long day.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nyrblue2
3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Blackberries in the nose and taste. Explodes with sour and a hint of bready yeast. Very good.

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

Poured into a snifter from bruery society.

Dark brown, little head

Smells of figs, dark fruit.

Fig and dark berry flavor with a malty funk.


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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 4/18/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque brown with violet edges and highlights. The slightly over two fingers of ecrue head fades slowly, leaving a patchy surface haze and narrow halo but no lacing.

Smells of sour berry jam, funky earth, wet wood and raisin bread.

Flavor begins with a near-puckering blast of earthy, sour blackberries followed by tart seeded berry jam, caramel, toast, oak and an understated nip of alcohol. Tastes nice for a berry-infused dark sour but this is not at all a flavor profile that I associate with quads.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, earthy berries and a funky, bready sweetness blend in the aftertaste.

Quadrupel Tonnellerie is a pretty tasty brew but definitely not what I'd reach for when I want a quad. My scores are lower than they would be had this been labeled as a wild or sour ale because it just doesn't fit the style in my opinion.

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Quadrupel Tonnellerie from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 116 ratings