The Quad | Free State Brewing Co.

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Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation does not disappoint. Belgian Candi sugar added to the kettle augments an already large malt bill consisting of nine different malts. Subtle hop additions of Perle and Czech Saaz contribute bitterness and a hint of spiciness. This beer underwent a secondary fermentation in the conditioning vessel after a small dose of Candi sugar and yeast were added to the finished beer. This secondary fermentation is what gives the Quad its carbonation and mouthfeel. It all finishes off with a noticeable presence of alcohol that marries well with the spicy notes and equates into a complex brew not so easily solved from the first drink.

21 IBU

Added by Mebuzzard on 01-10-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 17
Photo of aphamer
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

8 month Brewers Reserve rendition of The Quad was amazing. On draught, pour was neat, with a beautiful head. Taste was astounding. I personally prefer Belgian Style Ales, and this was one that could easily be downed. Wonderfully complex beer that does not overstimulate the pallet.

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Photo of BigHeavy
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Beer was allowed to warm for about twenty minutes before consuming.

A: Beer pours a nearly opaque deep brown color with auburn accents around the edges. No head really ever forms, but there is some faint foam on top of the beer. Intense bubbles are clinging to the inside of the glass pretty much all over the place.

S: Main aroma I gather is of raisins and other dark fruits. Initial smell has me pretty psyched about the beer. Digging deeper, I get some spicy hops, and my nose is tinged with a little bit of alcohol. Some caramel sweetness is there as well.

T: Sweetness from the malt slams into your taste buds. It's almost like all the sugars didn't get fermented. As the beer warms, the sweetness does subside, however. The spicy hops are really pretty prominent. Keep the sweetness in check a little. The alcohol makes it presence known, as do some fruity esters. All the elements of a Quad are there, but just a touch off. None of the flavor depth of other world class Quads.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit thin for a Quad. Carbonation is pretty high. Feels a little bit oily on the palate as well.

D: Sweetness makes it a little more difficult to drink rapidly. Alcohol doesn't really overwhelm the senses.

O: Free State takes a stab at one of my favorite styles and comes up just a little bit short, in my opinion. It's a good beer, just not up there with other locals like Sixth Glass from Boulevard. Just a fraction off on all of the elements of a Quad. Kudos to them for trying just about any style, though.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a fellow patron ordered about 4 of these in a row, saying it was the best Belgian style beer he's ever had...and he was kind of old. Sooo...
Pours a dark brown/ruby color with a thick, creamy, splotchy head. Didn't quite like the glass it was poured into, though; a pint glass with water residue in it. Hrrrmph..

Aroma is very faint. I didn't pick up anything 'quad' about it. Some sweetness and biscuit. could have been the atmosphere, but still not there.

Taste overcomes the lack of aroma, but still not 'the best ever'. Sweet malt, prune, green banana and sticky bread. Served way too cold. As it warmed the flavors started to expand, but by then it was too late...gone.
So, it was easy drinking. Nothing close to St. Bernardus or Rochefort, though. But, hey, that's a tall order.

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The Quad from Free State Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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