Brewers' Cut Black Quadrupel | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewers' Cut Black QuadrupelBrewers' Cut Black Quadrupel

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by genitempo on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of suspect
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Real Ale snifter.

A: Deep brown color. Mostly clear as I can tell but it's very dark. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger pure tan head. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Dark fruit and caramel dominate the nose. Raisins and figs are present in the nose as well. Alcohol is hidden well.

T: Subtle, smooth flavors with the dark fruit leading the way followed by the toasted malts.

M: Creamy, smooth, big bodied beer.

O: A nice beer, a bit off from the typical quad but it's not in a bad way. Solid beer. Well done.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, BBefore/Date10/08/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Deep reddish brown. Layer of light tan. Forms a ring ram round edges. Alcohol feet.

S: Dark candied sugar. Dark fruits. Molasses. Smells like a quad, with slightly more roast character coming through from the malts used I assume.

T: Flavor follows the nose. Dark fruits. Candied sugar. Typical flavors, but also you get more of that roast character that you smelled. The carbonation is prickly and leads to a fairly dry finish. Alcohol is masked nicely.

M: Big medium bodied. Good carbonation.

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Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Glass is black but shows some murky brown light through at the edges. Holds a cream coffee halo of foam. Very thin cover.

Smell: Flinty, odd mixture of earth and banana peels. Esters are dark fruit with a splash of tonic water.

Taste: Belgian yeast drives most of the profile, comes across as European with a mineral water element. Some cherry skin tannin gives a little bite to the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly carbonation keeps the body somewhat suspended but seems a little overdone. Body is a medium heavy with a slick texture.

Overall: Where the normal road is Singel, Dubbel, Quad, this beer seems to have gone, Belgian Pale Ale, Double BPA, Quad BPA. Some great ester driven fruit notes going on, little peach, little tangerine skin, little plum, all with a heavy malt bill quietly holding it all up. A great little sipper, I'll grab more if I see it. Another interesting twist on a style: keep up the good work Real Ale!

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Photo of sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little activity, no head, no lacing. Looks black from a distance, but at certain angles and distances there is some translucence.

I feel the boozy heat more than I smell it, but it is the strongest component. It will likely mellow some if aged. But I thankfully get some mild roast, a hint of dark fruit Belgian yeast, and a slightly stronger amount of caramel. Pretty good.

Mild roast, some caramel, and a nip each of sour cherry fruity flavor and Belgian yeast. Much like the nose, but without the dominant boozy heat. There is also some modest bitterness. It's all quite well balanced, and fairly complex.

Low carbonation, full body, and a moderately drying and bitter finish.

Until I had the Mysterium barrel aged stout the other night, I had never had a Real Ale beer that impressed me favorably. This one has been on deck longer, and I am glad to have purchased and consumed it. It's very good. The Belgian character flies under the radar, but it is noticeable. And the black element of the quad is unique.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edition No. 002. RABC Brewer's Cut Black Quadrupel. Thank you 'Little Chris' for throwing this at me!

Poured into a snifter.

Looks nearly black, with some lighter brown hues around the edges. Looks like a black strap rum. The head was merely a half-inch in height before falling rapidly. Any evidence left is shown as scattered clusters of large beady bubbles on the surface in the form of a ring and a waning gibbous.

The Belgian black malts don't hurt the dark cellary fruitiness. Black grapes, blackberries, sugary raisin, dark roastiness, candi sugars, and hints of baker's chocolate and dulce de leche enrapture me in the nose. Slight smokiness is an excellent touch in such a decadent and malty Belgian-style ale.

A most chocolately quad with those same dark fruity elements that I found in the nose, complete with mustiness and juiciness, all the same. A very appealing element is that dark, but sweet, roastiness and blackening effect of the specialty malts. As a quad, it's still a little raisin-y, but there loads of wild berries in the flavor. Breadiness is darker than usual, like a marbled rye, and with a subtle spiciness as if there were caraway seeds used (which carries with it a quiet flavor of black licorice). That smoke is evident in the taste, as well, but not as poignant, after all. Great levels of potency, which accentuate the overall feel, as the finish has a sweet imported-like alcohol strength to it.

Lighter than most quads (or maybe than I was expecting), as it tries to boast a body best described as medium. The carbonation is lightly spicy to medium fizzy. The warming feel is still a plus.

Very glad to have tried this one, as it was just a freebie thrown into a deal I made with a local friend and trader. Ticked this one up with great enjoyability.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1648th Review on BA
Bottle to Wine Glass

Best by 10.08.13
Thanks to lnashsig for this one.

App- This poured out a deep brown color. Maybe tended a little in the center to look a little black. A good density and then trailed off at the edges. The head was a small 1/2" with a slow receding look but didnt leave lace or cling.

Smell- Well I am really not sure how to disect all this. The base quad is there. Some deep dark fruits and a little bit of sweetness. Then a bit of the malts come in and add like a small anise. A little bit of a mish mash but still nice.

Taste- Its tasty but just slightly above average for me. This was a good bit of sweetness and then quad came in. Dark fruits a little bit of sugar and then parlayed over into a malty bite with a bit of a Wookey Jack flavor.

Mouth- A bit on the thin side and then with a medium carbonation. The residual flavors are that of dark fruits and a bit of sweetness.

Drink- Just okay. Was hoping for a bit more out of this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this bottle!

Well, I guess after the Black IPAs, the Black Tripels, the Black Wits, and Black Saisons, the Black Quad was inevitable. I'm not gonna argue. This stuff pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises clove, black pepper, light cocoa powder, fig, light dark fruits, and a tiny wisp of brandy. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some cinnamon, light vanilla bean, more fig, and some extra red grapes (alright, I assume brandy is made from red grapes...I could be wrong...). The darker malts really don't exert themselves too much, but they're definitely palpable in there in a nicely semi-subtle way. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly velvety feel. Overall, a very nice quad, one that shows that you can make an off-kilter version of a style without completely destroying the sense of the original style. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of Treebs
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise goblet. Edition #002, best consumed by 10.08.13

Big thanks to cfh64 (Brad) for the extra.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: There's a ton going on. Fruity yeast, dark fruit, caramelized sugar, and some slight coffee bean.

T: Dark fruits, dark malts, some slight bitterness with a touch of paper. Sweet malts and light caramel.

M: Medium to thin bodied. Was expecting a little more body to this beer. Full flavor, but some prickly carbonation whisks it away pretty quickly.

O: I enjoyed the nose on this immensely, but the mouth feel was lacking. A little too thin and the carb was a little high. Overall it was nicely done though.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ink-black concoction was intensely amazing. Quads and stouts are two of my favourite beers and this blends them perfectly. Smells of coffee, nuts, old rotted fruit, amazingness. The taste is also like rotted fruit, very malty, smoky, and a little nutty. The yeast flavour is strong, as it should be for a quad, but it's a little overpowering. That's probably the only reason that there is a bad side to this mix. I love all the smoky darkness of dark beers and the yeast covers up some of those flavours. But it adds such a great rotting plum flavour that works so incredibly well, it's totally worth it. Alcohol warmth is near-perfect too. It's a tiny bit more covered up than I prefer, but I know most people are not a fan of alcohol warmth, so I'll take it. It really is great. It's even got a tiny bit of head that sticks around the edges throughout despite the fact that none forms initially. This beer is beautiful.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown/nearly black color. A tiny tan head form, and recedes in a second. Not much lace either.
S: Very aromatic. At first I get a black current kind of aroma, followed by liquorish. Dark fruits of plums and cherries and light chocolate lingering on the nose. Excellent.
S: Follows the nose with the black current and liquorish flavor up front. Reminds me of Unibroue 17th Anniversary. Though not quite as intense as that. Dark fruits of plums and cherries. Some bitter chocolate in the finish. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation as well that is pretty smooth. So easy and enjoyable to drink. I will be coming back to this a lot if I can get more bottles.

This is well made. With all the new breweries that are doing so many new things, it is great to see one of the Godfathers of Texas micro brews reminding everyone that they are still one of the best in the Lone Star State.

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Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin filmy light brown head. Smells of dark fruit and maple with some alcohol bite. The taste is strong with plum, red grape and boysenberry, some alcohol too. It's nice and thick with lots of carbonation and a satisfying finish. Real Ale did good with this one, they consistently put out solid brews.

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Photo of DRyan
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Ranger Creek Tulip
A: Nearly black, but dark mocha brown up to the light. Has a minimal light tan head that recedes quickly and leaves behind a little lacing.
S: Smells like a quad, plus. Belgian yeast, and the quad type scents you’d expect, but there’s a bit heavier roasty malt to the nose as well.
T: First off is the Belgian yeast, then bittersweet; you get the malt and the hops at the same time, and they balance each other really well. On the aftertaste is the alcohol, this could hide its ABV a little better, but the alcohol is not overpowering either.
M: Very lightly carbonated and a bit thinner than I would like, but just because it looks almost like a stout doesn’t mean it should be.
D: Easily sippable, and while it doesn’t hide its alcohol it would still be easy to tear through a pair pretty quickly. We’ll see in a year how it fares with some time on it.

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Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a nice dark brown, almost black, body with a thin tan head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: A lot of delicious funk, some candy style sweetness and a little bit of fruit and yeast.

T: Has the typical "QUAD" taste with the funk and sweetness. There is also a nice sweet grain flavor as the beer lingers. The fruit flavor also reminds me a lot of coconut.

M: The beer is super smooth and has a nice thin body. There is a nice crisp feel on the back of the throat as it goes down.

O: This is by far the best beer that Real Ale has produced in my opinion. Everything about this beer just blows me away. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a tan head. Retention is moderate as well as lacing. Smells like raisins, figs, plums and candi sugar. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Lots of sweetness in the taste. Your mainly hit with dark fruits and toasted candi sugar but there is also a slight alcohol warmth. Its toned down quit a bit considering the ABV. Great mouth feel. Semi thick and with moderate carbonation. Sorta creamy. Can't believe this stuff is only 8 dollars a 4 pack. Hope there is still some left tomorrow.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian body, crowned by a small, tan head, which fades fairly quickly. The lacing is fine-beaded, and glass-coating.

Aroma: Lots of vinous alcohol, wood notes, earth, dark fruit, and roasted malt.

Taste: Opens with sweet alcohol,roasted malt, and a decent caramel backbone. There are also prominent dark fruit notes, perhaps raisins and plums, and bittersweet chocolate. As the taste progresses, rather earthy notes appear as well. Throughout, there is an undercurrent of sweetness, mild but prominent. Finishes with a lingering vinous alcohol note, and some mild herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, and rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An intriguing and over-the-top beer. Would pair very well with a holiday dinner. It seems elegant and understated, rather like a fine Port wine.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and dark fruit. The fruit notes come through very strongly. I get some cherries and raisins. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of caramel and roasted malt, as well as some chocolate and a hint of coffee. I also get some cherry notes, as well as a good amount of alcohol. The beer is very sweet and has some brown sugar character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real Ale Brewer's Cut #2

A- hazy dark brown, very dark brown. Pretty much black. Small half finger head.

S- big sweet dark fruit notes with burnt sugar and a slight hint of acetone.

T- again big dark fruit, caramel, a lot of burnt sugar bitterness. Bit of an aged cheese on the finish. Pretty big alcohol bite as well. Very complex.

M- thick sticky mouthfeel. Coats the tongue. Cheesy aftertaste.

O- okay, so I still don't like Quads all that much. Take my review with a grain of salt. It's pretty tasty, but there are some flavors that I don't like. It's definitely better than Rochefort 10. It's good. If you're into quads it probably great! Very complex.

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Photo of kaidasz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rarely have i had a beer which tasted like the description on the bottle or can. In this case Real Ale nailed it. To paraphrase, a malty quad and indeed this is the case. Pours a blackish hue with 1/4 head quickly dissipating and left little lacing round my chimay chalice.

Onto the good/great;

First taste was, oh yes this is a nice quad and then the malt backbone hits and you definitely are onto something slightly new and excitingly different.

Upfront tastes are the traditional fig, raisins, then belgian sugars and carmels, and finely turns to the malt.

The alcohol was higher than i thought, figured closer to 9% so pretty hidden burn.

Now to the kicker!; $8/4 pack, i will be returning to this again and again over the next 3 months. Great work Real Ale, I would rank this solidly above the Edition #1 (APA-nice but not great).

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Photo of genitempo
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Real Ale always catches your eye on the shelf. They always bring about top-notch continuity with their logo, typeface, and visual style, that any Texas beer buff will always spot it on a shelf. The brew pours nice and thick, with a rich, dark chocolatey-caramel color in it's body that lightens up at the bottom of the pint glass. Tawny head that leaves little lace.

S - A good musty (if that makes any sense). With indications of figs in the background. Not overbearing.

T - Without dispute, this beer glosses to the back of the palate without any resistance. With such a high ETOH, one would expect some resistance from the taste buds. However, this beer is enjoyable from start to finish. It opens and closes with dark fruits, but its never upfront and never overbearing. A solid clean finish.

MF - Rich and lathering. Maybe a little alcohol on the exhale, but who doesn't mind that?

O - Proud to be the first to review such a well-crafted beer. I was upset not have a sip of this at the Texas Craft Brewers Festival. Nonetheless, Real Ale has truly created a great piece here. Looking forward to enjoying another soon...maybe on draft.

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