Quadrupel Tonnellerie | Bruery Terreux

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Quadrupel TonnellerieQuadrupel Tonnellerie

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: Belgian 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: 120 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by Budinetz:
Photo of Budinetz
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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 stakem
2.69/5  rDev -32.4%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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 t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.
Review# 6,264

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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +11.6%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nyrblue2
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Gregaroo
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Quadrupel Tonnellerie from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 120 ratings