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Four Pirates | Alesong Brewing & Blending

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Brewed by:
Alesong Brewing & Blending
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of WA_Brian
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip at 55°F.

L: Pours a clear amber color with tan head. Head retention is poor. This is lighter than I have ever seen a Belgian quad and is lacking that huge head that I expect a quad to have.
S: Little caramel, lots of raisin and brown sugar. Smells very sweet.
T: Follows the aroma very closely. Raisin and brown sugar. Overly sweet, but not in the usual Belgian candied-sugar way. Rum finish, but adds more of a generic alcohol taste than rum. The yeast flavor is not good.
F: Low carbonation and very thin.
O: I didn't like this beer at all. For a beer that advertises itself as a Belgian quad aged in rum barrels, it misses on both. It wasn't a clean rum flavor adding depth, but came across overly boozy. As a Belgian quad it also missed the flavor profile. I'd question whether this is a bad bottle, but it's not the first bottle I've had and they have both been like this.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a deep bronze amber with a thin off-white head with good retentiona and light lacing. Aroma of mild caramel malt, rum, apple, vanilla, somewhat medicinal alcohol. Flavor is dry caramel malt, rum, apple skin, rum soaked dates and mysterious spices. Rummy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. An odd quadrupel that definitely shows its rum barreling. The fruit flavors are subsumed into the rum character and the spicing has interacted with the rum in a peculiar way, tasting lightly herbally medicinal. The first taste was somewhat disconcerting, but I have to say that this grew on me as it warmed and continued savoring it. The good interaction is between the rum and apple flavors, which are quite interesting. A little scattered in flavor, but the rum is authentic tasting. Idiosyncratic and interesting. Not sure I would seek this out, but I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deereless
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this missed the mark a little for me, the first alesong beer to not live up to expectations. i still think they are one of the best new operations in the game, but this beer was off for me. a blended quad, partially aged in rum barrels, something got a little weird along the way. i loved their original quad so much, i was totally surprised by this. its way thinner for one, not having the body of the original and seeming incapable of supporting these big grain flavors. secondly, the rum barrels may have introduced an infection or something, and while i get the rum and the wood for sure, especially in the nose, the yeast seems weird to me, not the bright belgian strain we have in the original quad, but a more estery, sort of stale or even lightly funky or chemically thing happening, its not bretted out or bacterial yet, and it sure isnt sour, but it just doesnt taste quite right. i get banana and clove and raisin and wet oak, all of which are pleasant, and molasses, spiced dark rum, and dried orange peel round it out, its nice, but its the yeast that is off i think. its boozy too, seems super exposed to me. i will admit i had this beer in the context of several other heavy hitters of all styles and my palate may have been slightly compromised, but there is something just not quite right about this, and its not even close to as remarkable as their four brothers quad... hopefully ill be able to revisit this one, but for now file it away in the letdown folder...

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Four Pirates from Alesong Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 7 ratings