Quintaceratops
Brooklyn Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
11%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 21.73%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
100
From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  24
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Quintaceratops is a Belgian-style Quadrupel ale brewed with dark candi sugar. This beer is aged in rum and bourbon barrels.
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 100
Photo of ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a tulip
A: Molasses, almost black with a one-finger brown head
S: Rum, molasses, dark sweet malt, Belgian yeast
T: Adds cherries and lighter on the dark sugar than the nose, a bit simple
M: Sweet, lighter-bodied than I’d expect given the alcohol, which is mostly hidden
O: Not bad, aged fairly well though I wish I could compare it to its younger self

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Photo of pubscout
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Quad from Brooklyn Brewing will warm your cockles, especially if you’re a fan of rum and/or bourbon barrel-Aged beer. This one is both. Those notes are very prevalent in the nose as well as is the candi sugar that is part and parcel of good Belgian Quads. Mouthfeel is a tad lighter than many Belgian quads, however. Pleasantly carbonated and very complex, there are a lot of stone fruit notes—including cherry— that appear, especially as the beer warms. Vanilla is present, too. Quintaceratops means “five horns,” and in this case, the fifth horn seems to be the rum notes. Great beer for a chilly night by the fire, or a Christmas Eve treat. At nearly 11%, it commands respect, too. But It was soul-soothingly satisfying.

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Photo of dd43
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had read more than one scathing review of this beer, so it was not without some trepidation that I cracked it open several years after it was bottled to share with my wife. Turns out I thought it was a damn interesting beer and I was happy to have been able to try it.

Body wise this beer is a little bit more light and thin than a quad would suggest. I really enjoyed the rum barrel notes. I picked up some molasses, vanilla, and coconut in the aroma. I think what throws a lot of people is the relative lack of Belgian quad character, it doesn't have much of that candied sugar malt profile or the yeast attributes you would typically find in an Abt 12 or a Rochefort 10, for example.

This beer needs to be consumed and appreciated on its own merits. Go in with the mindset of having a strong, dark and malty rum barrel aged ale and you might just surprise yourself.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"In this bottle resides Quintaceratops, the splendid progeny of our Belgian-inspired quadruppel abbey ale Quadraceratops. As you will discover, the all-important "5th horn" is the influence of Trinidadian rum and Kentucky bourbon barrels. After months of oak aging followed by re-fermentation in the bottle, this beer emerges smooth, earthy, dry and rummy, with notes of burnt sugar, coconut and vanilla. Quintaceratops is ready to rumble with all five horns. Grab hold and enjoy the ride!" Brewed in the style of a Quadrupel with Dark Candi Syrup, aged in rum and bourbon barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a golden tan tone over a very dense dark brown body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Very rummy nose up front, stone fruit syrups and candied sugars generate a heavily caramelized malt body, a moderately spicy backbone of licorice and grain alcohol, rich bread malts. Very unusual aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Spiced rum body with viscous caramelized malts and fruit sugars, tangy, slightly acidic yeast backbone, dry tannins, spicy licorice on the back end. A very unusual barrel-aging experience on an otherwise complex but enjoyable style generating mixed results. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slightly syrupy, smooth, slick, mildly residual, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate/high and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This is a very interesting spin on a classic style that generates somewhat of a flavor overload for me. Spicy rum, drying tannins, licorice overdose and grain alcohol really overwhelm the balanced decadence of the quadrupel style, creating something unnecessarily busy. In that regard, there is a time and a place, but more than often, this is likely to offend rather than please. Putting out more than $20 for a bottle of this is also highly risky for something that may pan out to only a questionable return, so I'd suggest holding out for something better. 3.5

Brooklyn Brewery's
Quintaceratops
/5.00

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Photo of q33jeff
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
08/01/2016
25.4oz. Bottle to snifter, bottle dated Q2, 2015. Started cold, warmed, threw in fridge for a few hours when I left, then left out as I slowly sipped the 2nd half.
Good beer, not great. I think I was hoping for a poor man's FW Stickee Monkee, but it's not really even that.

LOOK: dark brown, silty sediment, fizzy, large tan head.
AROMA: cola, spice, suprisingly weak.
TASTE: Ginger Ale, caramel, molasses, medicinal aftertaste.
FEEL: thick and sticky feel, but with a thin body if that makes sense. The head and sediment are thick, but the beer is thin. Good carbonation.

Not bad at all, but not worth buying again, especially at $23.-/bottle.

**

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 vintage
~1 year since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a murky deep brown color, mostly opaque. Two finger thick, tan colored head, fizzy and pillowy, sticks around. Good amount of alcohol legs, film like layer on glass.

Aroma- Tart fruits, mostly cherry. Rich, underlying syrupy sweetness. Spicy belgian yeast, dry earthy oak, lots of woodiness. Lots of fusel rum notes, covers up a lot of the aroma.

Taste- Spicy, woody rum notes, fusel and abrasive. Tart fruits, cherry and berry. Hints of syrupy, sugary sweetness. Lingering oak on the finish and spicy, earthy belgian yeast phenols.

Feel- Thin feel for the style, no weight in the mouth and slightly watery. Carbonation is higher which makes the body feel evern more light than it probably is.

Overall- Beer does not seem cohesive or well put together. The barrels have done nothing good here, except maybe cover up the base. Lots of fusel alcohol notes rather than barrel influence, I don’t get any of the vanilla or coconut that is in the brewery description. Not enough of the base quad comes through, just hints of fruitiness, yeast, and the candi syrup.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Brent.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Dark fruits, rum and bourbon, a bit of oak and molasses on the back burner.

T: Wow, what a complex taste. Belgian yeast mingles with dark fruits. Then the Candi syrup slides in with molasses and some barrel aging. A bit of cherry and vanilla, too. Let it warm and the flavors get bolder.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation. With this much action, you'd figure the mouthfeel would be thicker.

O: Not as bad as some critics are rating it. Glad I got to try this elusive brew. Sorry it's extinct now.

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Photo of pattycakes8401
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very dark brown, nearly black, and almost entirely opaque with the exception of some minor translucency at the bottom of the glass when light is held up to it, along with a very dark ruby tinge that is barely noticeable. Pours aggressively with a freakishly dense (almost mousse-like) and creamy looking khaki head, about 1-2 fingers depending on the pour. This dissipates after only a couple of minutes into a dense and creamy yet somewhat splotchy film over the body, which is firmly retained. Produces heavy, sticky lacing that creates a beautiful mess on the sides of the glass.

Smell: This one is quite odd, and almost nothing at all like a true Belgian Quad. The smell is permeated with rum and booze along with some bourbon and a lingering aroma of dank wood (oak?) from the barrel aging process. Hiding in the background is some molasses, plum pudding, and burnt sugars. Sadly, these secondary characteristics of the nose are largely eclipsed by the overpowering scent of rum, bourbon, and oak, the presence of which conceals any other subtleties of the smell that may exist, or at the very least makes them exceedingly difficult to detect. Perhaps a little bit of red wine in there as well.

Oh wow, I let the beer warm up for a bit and was treated with a surprisingly complex variety of smells: the smoke from a fresh, cognac-dipped cigar, some lavender, and a bit of scotch-like peatiness. Goes along nicely with the oaky bourbon and rum.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, with the bourbon and rum asserting a forthright and dominant presence surrounded by oak (with the woodiness becoming more prominent in the finish). It's also very boozy; I've had 12-13% ABV beers that were much smoother than this. However, the booziness could perhaps compliment or add strength to the bourbon and rum character, but that's a totally subjective observation. The other base notes, especially those which are characteristic of a Belgian quad, are again subsidiary to the inundating flavors of rum, oak, and bourbon. They do, however, become more noticeable as the beer warms, and the Belgian yeast and candi sugars become faintly discernible in the background, although I would consider the weakness of their presence unsatisfactory for a Quad. The plum pudding and molasses make another appearance and follow up on the malty, sticky sweetness, but this time they are accompanied by some dark cherry notes, spices, and unripe tree nuts. As the beer warms in the mouth, vanilla becomes highly distinguishable, and minuscule traces of bitter chocolate and raw coconut are present as well. A mellow tartness gradually emerges and ushers in a smooth, dry finish with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, along with an encompassing sweetness that sticks to the tongue.

Feel: Not at all like a Quad; thinner than expected, and very slick and silky, but with a decent amount of carbonation. It’s definitely not the thick, smooth, and creamy full-bodied feel that you get with an exemplary Quad like Rochefort 10. There's also quite a bit of heat from the alcohol, with very little burn in the throat, and the woodiness from the barrel aging seems to lend it some tartness, ultimately resulting in a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: If I try to critique this beer in terms of whether or not it makes a good Belgian Quad, then it fails quite miserably, but I'll try to be more open-minded than that. I'll start off by saying that this beer had a very satisfying appearance, with its dark heavy colors, ultra-dense creamy head, and sticky lacing coming together nicely, although I wish the head had had slightly better retention. The rum and oaky bourbon went along quite well with the aromas of sweet tobacco and scotchy peat that I was able to detect, creating sort of a "rustic", homely vibe. With both the taste and smell, however, the problem is that the rum, bourbon, and oak were just way too overpowering, although admittedly they would have complimented the other flavors beautifully if only they had been more subdued and more finely balanced, and doing so successfully would have certainly given this beer a reputable (and subversive) distinction in terms of creativity. Sadly, there was very little transition or depth here, and it fails to achieve any real balance.

Ultimately this beer was a missed opportunity; it would have been nice to see the dark fruits and candi and yeast of a Quad finely coated with a forthright complexity of bourbon, oak, and rum. Unfortunately, however, it seems largely one-dimensional because of how overpowering and direct the rum and bourbon are. It's honestly a love it or hate it beer, because if your expectations of indulging in a fine Belgian Quad remain modest, then there is still enjoyment to be had for those who are particularly fond of dark liquors; granted, the balance between the two is still rather poor. Subversive and innovative, yet gratuitous and insulting, Quintaceratops is a failure one step short of being a masterpiece.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown-amber with a head which rises to maybe half a finger's length. Drops pretty quick with even lacing.

Smell: Heavy alcohol and light wood notes.

Taste: Has its ups and downs and it's all about how much of it you drink and what temperature the beer is at. High yeast and super sour with a licorice type of taste. Bourbon notes have disappeared from the brew. Complex yes but overpowered but this green rubbing alcohol feels less hit and more miss.

Mouth: Stixky, sour and heavy sour with a feel of spoiled candy.

Overall: Leave it on the shelf, pricey as hell and very hard to ingest. I don't like bashing beers especially from a very reputable brewery. But this is one I would recommend passing, only thing it might have going for it is the

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Turns a Westvleteren chalice very dark brown (clear SRM 24-25) with dark ruby highlights. A dense, creamy, khaki head reaches an inch and a half before it recedes like a glacier, leaving thick, dense till.

Rum aromas are strong with a light background of plum pudding. Pears and a hint of banana punctuate dark spices and alcohol fumes.

Sweet and exquisitely rich like plum pudding. Specific notes of cherry, rum, vanilla, allspice, and Cuba Libra. The flavor is complex with layers of character, although a bit muddled. The finish is modest and long, with a hint of bitterness to balance the alcohol. After significant warmth, a faint smokiness is discerned.

The body is deceptively light, perhaps due to the explosive, soft carbonation and slick texture. Alcohol is strong, warming but not hot. Residual sugar is surprising due to the crispness.

This could easily be a Christmas beer. Precisely what one may want during long, deep conversation on a cold winter night. Also enjoyable while reading fireside. This one warms very well, bringing out smoke, peat, and perhaps faint bourbon.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown head that still hasn't dissipated as of this writing. In fact, it seems to be going quite strongly. The beer is an opaque dark brown. It's certainly lighter than most others of the same style but still looks good.

The smell is interestingly good (at cellar temperature) given the choices but still a little light for the style. The rum comes out the most and the bourbon does as well. The bourbon is much stronger than in the taste and provides a little bit more character than you would expect. The Belgian candi makes a light appearance but not much with a slight coconut note.

The taste is okay and interesting but seems to be a bit . . . lacking. The beer certainly has interesting notes such as the sweet rum note. The dark Belgian Candi syrup makes an appearance and gives a unique sugar note that has the traditional Belgian note but also is a bit more bitter. The bourbon note is also there but the problem is that it gets lost in the rum, which is pretty overpowering.

The feel is certainly unique for the style. It's a lot thinner from the rum (and probably from the double barrel aging). The carbonation is very biting that makes it very light. It's definitely heavy bodied but lighter.

Overall, this beer was kind of a disappointment given the cost. It's certainly an interesting beer with interesting notes and succeeds in that respect but it's not as good as others that have been inventive with the style. Unless someone else is footing the bill, you can probably skip this one.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A complete disappointment from Brooklyn. It is watery and thin for a quad and looks like a Coke when it is poured. It smells medicinal and tastes like it as well... Sucks to have to drain pour a bottle especially a bigger and pricier beer. Can't believe they released this...

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Photo of jcflorian
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Might be the worst tasting quad I have ever tasted. Appearance, smell and mouthfeel ok but I could not finish 1/4 of my glass. Dumped the rest out. I hope I just had an infected bottle, because I have had other Brooklyn beers and enjoyed them. Sorry guys, but I need to b honest

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Photo of seedyone
2.1/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

From bottle at Home. Can't remember the last time I dumped a beer, especially one that cost me this much. Every sip was like a I was drinking a shot & a beer, the shot being an over-proof rum & an inferior beer. I've tried many a rum from many a land. Most have little to no subtlety & it shows here. Uncork a bottle of Wray & Nephews White & just take a whiff. Allow this olfactory shock sink into your sensory memory & it will be recalled by this melange.

To balance my criticism with a few suggestions, let's look at things that pair well w/rum. They are Coca-Cola, butter, chocolate, coconut, coffee, vanilla, banana, pecan, raisins, raspberry, honey, pineapple, butterscotch, molasses, ginger, lime, grapefruit, mango...etc. Yet the only flavor that I was able to detect the remotest regions was some molasses, but they were tainted with a vegetal essence.

A butterscotch tasting IPA would have put these barrels & the time of the good people at Brooklyn Brewery to more rewarding ends.

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Photo of scootny
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DO NOT DRINK THIS BEER COLD. CELLAR TEMPERTURE ONLY. This is an update review. Just as finished working my way through most of what was an unexpectedly difficult glass of this beer I had another sip. This was after an hour and a half of sitting. It was a completely different experience. For the second time in a Brooklyn review I will cite a Captain Lawrence beer. The original Smoke from the Oak Rum Barrel was a bit of a mess imo. Rum is tricky stuff in beer it seems and It was a very hot brew alcoholicaly from CL. It was at its best when at room temperature. So is this. While not the knockout one might have expected and I hoped for it is much better lukewarm. It affects everything from look to feel. Where the cold version was a fizzy mess of a band-aid beer, at cellar temp it has a thick carbonation and a much more appealing aroma. The taste is something I don't have to fight. I enjoy its strong and hearty rum rush and the ensuing complex subtleties. The feel is appropriately quad like. Girthy with a lightly prickly and full carbonation. A much better beer. Here's the skinny. Dark cocoa fluid with a light brown head. Tons of thick lacing and the beer stays covered all the way. Nose is thick with rum, coconut, dark sugars. Figs, dates and raisins with a touch of overripe banana that hides beneath a heavy dose of rum soaked chocolate. A hint of band-aid. Taste is a similarly huge leap forward. Sweet with rum drenched heat. Coconut and almond paste. Oak and vanilla. A hint of cherries and chocolate. Quite dry with a tartness on top of a bit of phenolic medicine. Feel is really enjoyable as I mentioned above with a smooth drinkability. This a a great winter sipper as long as you drink it at the right temperature. For the record here is the original score and review.



Look 3.5 Smell 2.75 Taste.2.5 Feel. 2.75 Overall 2.5 While it looks good in the glass things quickly go downhill. Nose is hot and a combination of rum and iodine. Some sweetness as well. Taste is just more of the same. Gets better as it warms but still not very good. Band aids and iodine. Coconut and almonds. Rum is pretty heavy handed to say the least. Feel is a bit thin and fizzy and not very quadlike. This is the worst beer I've had from Brooklyn. I'm hurt. There must be a mistake

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Photo of jfugeman
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second attempt at this beer, the first bottle was basically undrinkable.

Poured out of a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass at 50F. It is pitch black with a nice tan head that lingers.

First and foremost the most prominent aroma is that of chlorophenol. This bandaid aroma is what ruined the my last bottle but luckily it's a bit more subdued this time. After a quick swirl, notes of sweet molasses and roastiness are revealed; hints of cherry are also present.

It has a rather thin mouthfeel for the aroma and flavor profile. Strong notes of molasses up front finishing sweet and somewhat fruity. Definitely a bit boozy. The aftertaste is a bit roasty/smoky with hints of vanilla.

Overall pretty disappointing. While this bottle was a vast improvement over the last, the off flavors/aromas are still very present. The (intentional) flavors work fairly well together but it feels a bit heavy handed and boozy. A bit of a letdown based on the brewer and price point.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky brown with mahogany highlights, and forms a massively fluffy head of khaki foam.

Smell: Highly sweet with candi sugar, and wreathed through with a slurry of fruits, primarily plum and overripe banana, and rummy notes.

Taste: Syrup opens the flavor profile, almost pure candi sugar. That quickly segues into a vaguely sour, mostly sweet mash of bruised banana, cherry, and prune, shot through with some rum warmth and spice. Following that comes a wash of oak hardwood and tannins, with a hefty dose of leather and a tinge of unwashed gym sock. At the finish, an aftertaste of watered-down cough syrup and dirty sock lingers.

Mouthfeel: Oddly thin and light, with exceptionally fizzy carbonation. Not exactly what I'd expect from a quad, especially one that's been barrel-aged.

Overall: While somewhat interesting, this is not a quad I'll repeat. The spiciness of the rum lends itself well to aging a quadrupel, but this iteration just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World, sometime in 2015. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Lignite brown, almost black, mocha head, nice lacing

Smell: Sugar, dark fruit

Taste: boozy, dark fruit

Feel: buoyant, silky

Overall: a little boozy but fun

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 25.4 oz bottle for $ 22.99 ($ 0.905/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Bottle labeled 1125 BQE Q2 2015 at 42 degrees into Triple Karmeliet chalice. Opened with a resounding “POP”. Allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma of sour fruit, faint alcohol, and a light organic solvent. No trace of bourbon, rum, or any other barrels.
Head enormous (Ten cm, slightly aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slooowly diminishing to frothy irregular five to 15 mm ring and heaped frothy partial layer
Lacing poor – just whatever legs remain from the retracting ring, typical for barrel-aged brews
Body dark brown to black, opaque to my beer LED flashlight
Flavor begins sweet with a hodge-podge of flavors, none of which are bourbon, rum, or oak. Some of the ubiquitous “dark fruit” flavors of the typical Belgian quad style are present, but nothing remarkable. The alcohol burn begins shortly after ingestion.
Palate medium to full, creamy bordering on sticky, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 20.99. Bottled 4/11/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a muddy, opaque, deep chestnut brown with three and a half fingers of beige head. A thin layer of haze persists, along with a full ring around the edges that deposits several large patches of lace.

Smells of rum, raisins, syrup, caramel, faint bourbon, toffee, oak and a definite tinge of alcohol. Aroma is drier than expected but pretty nice.

Tastes much more dull than the nose led me to expect. There is a whole lot of wood, a bunch of rum, a little dark fruit, some vague sweetness and earth. More specifically I detect oak, semi rotting wood, rum, dark fruit skins, mild barrel funk, bread, earth, paper, cork and some boozey heat. Unfortunately the pleasant notes don't come to the surface enough to make up for the dead wood and earth that really detract from this beer's potential.

Slightly chalky, medium full body with faint carbonation. The aftertaste mixes wet wood, boozy rum, faint dark fruit and earth.

I had high hopes for Quintaceratops but this fell quite a bit short for my tastes. While there is nothing overtly bad there is little here that I care to experience again, particularly considering the cost.

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2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Intricate glass etching. Brown glass. Green understated label design. Branded gold hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. 2015 vintage.

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a barrel-aged quadrupel per the label. My expectations are high for this given Brooklyn brewed it.

HEAD: Though I poured gently, the foamy head occupies 80% of the glass. Khaki in colour and delightfully creamy, with a good even consistency - not too thick, not too thin - but this lacks the sheer majesty of the best beers in the style (e.g. Westvleteren 12, Pannepot,St Amatus 12). Retention is quite good for the high ABV - coming in at about 9 minutes - but in the best quadrupel style beers, the head sits for longer. This starts receding within a minute after the pour. Messy legs stick to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Like Guinness, this is an extremely dark deep ruby which could easily be mistaken for black. Opaque, with no visible yeast within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's darker than any good quadrupel I've ever had, but I'm optimistic...

AROMA: Sticky dark fruits - grapes, dates, raisins - would be subtle here if they didn't get buried by the seemingly cloying candi sugar. Sugarcane from the rum barrel runs amok, contributing still more unneeded sweetness along with the bourbon barrel's barrel sugars. Hints of vanilla from the barrel(s), but no rich white oak, toastiness, coconut, or any other barrel notes that would actually fit a quadrupel. While it isn't boozy, the barrel character does overwhelm the base, drowning out the intricate Trappist yeast and destroying any nuance the dark fruits would lend. To make matters worse, neither the rum nor the bourbon comes through as particularly vivid or expressive.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a straightforward quadrupel with zero subtlety and way too much sweetness.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Where great quadrupel style beers offer intricate dark fruit notes like plum, date, fig, and prune, this brew offers only weak raisin and jammy grape. Candi sugar runs amok, lending more sweetness to an already malty sticky brew. The malt profile is pretty basic, but I pick out some chocolate specialty malt. There's no rich Trappist yeast character at all, nor is there any subtlety to the base quadrupel. It lacks the delicate fragile feel of a great quadrupel, and has a middling medium body (where it should be full-bodied) and odd thickness on the palate, though it's never syrupy.

As one would expect from the brewery that brought bottle conditioning to America, this is near perfectly carbonated. There's not a harmony of texture and taste here.

The barrel quality is no better than that of the base. There's no vivid expressive bourbon or rum character. Only barrel sugars (contributing to the abovementioned sweetness imbalance) and weak vanilla, plus sugarcane. The barrel doesn't melt seamlessly into the base, and instead sits awkwardly beside it. This build isn't gestalt, but the beer does manage some loose cohesion - if only because the sticky candi sugar glues it together.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

OVERALL: It's surprisingly drinkable for its high ABV, to its credit. But its shallowness, simplicity, and frankly its plainness are unforgivable in a quadrupel - a style I'd hold up as possibly the most intricate (at its best) aside from maybe a saison. The barrel aging adds nothing of substance to the beer, and the base seems underwhelming anyway. I'll enjoy finishing the beer, but the quality just isn't there - especially at this high a price point ($25 in Colorado). With Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus Abt 12 widely available on shelves in the U.S.A. for less, why would American consumers ever pick this one? Not a brew I'd recommend or get again.

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1.81/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I love quads, i love sweet barrel aged quads even more..... $26 a bottle, i couldnt wait to try it. It was a disgrace. I opened it between 7 guys at a beer tasting and they thought exactly the same. Just a complete mess of a beer, the rum barrels completely overwhelm the base beer and the whiskey barrels, totally unnecessary, it tasted like fizzy Benadryl, What a waste of cash this was, a very,very poor effort bordering on a complete mugging, Brooklyn have got some serious bollocks on them charging people for this pile of shite, $26 is a complete mugging.

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Photo of mrhartounian
1.47/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cracked this open with great anticipation since I love quads and the treatment this one got sounded interesting. What a disappointment! Smell to me was straight up molasses. None of the quad characteristics shined through for me, no bourbon or rum that I could tell. Horrible, almost a drain pour based on smell alone. But then I tasted it - even worse! Just watery thin molasses. One of the worst beers I have tasted. I don't believe this was infected, just straight up bad. So disappointing - especially considering the price.

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Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage

L - Pours a cola body, very opaque with a tan two finger head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet candied syrup, cherries and vanilla. The rum barrels seem to be more prevalent than the bourbon barrels. Seems a bit muddled.

T - Vanilla and rum with juicy cherries and bourbon. Not really any linear progression with this beer. Just flavors all over the place.

F - Medium to light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Pretty boozy.

O - Just a mess of a beer. Interesting to try, but definitely a lot of things off with it.

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Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy dark brown color with ruby highlights. The light brown head is fluffy with some big carbonation bubbles; settles into a very puffy cap.

The aroma is quite boozy. You can smell it from a distance. The aroma is sweet with dark cherries and red wine grapes. A bit of carob to provide some earthiness. Some fusel alcohol notes. Not much depth from the barrels.

The taste is of red grape juice and red wine. Hints of tobacco and carob. Sugary sweet from the candi sugar along with toasted coconut. Subtle bourbon and rum but the alcohol vapors pop through. The beer lacks some depth in the malt department.

Quite light for the style with airy carbonation. Very sweet on the palate, border on cloying. Some earthiness to offset. Sticky and boozy on the finish.

The flavors are decent but it needs more body and more of a bitter offset. The booze come through too much.

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