Petrus Nitro Quad
De Brabandere

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #156
Ranked #16,675
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
De Brabandere
Very Good
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 41
Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention long after the pour

S- dark fruit aromas of fig and prune, along with some spicy yeast, sulphur, fruit cake, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, along with some holiday spices

T- dark fruit notes of raisin and fig mix with notes of rich chocolate and toffee, as well as brown sugar & molasses. Mid-palate brings out some peppery phenolic notes, as well as rum soaked fruit cake. The finish gives more dark fruit and spicy yeast, lingers of raisin and chocolate

M- medium body with a creamy mouthfeel continues into a velvety finish, super drinkability considering the abv

O- I wasn't sure what to expect with a nitro quad, but it works very well, making for a flavorful and super drinkable quad

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful blackish-brown color that I liken to a homemade rootbeer or cola. The head, due to the nitro nature, is an awesome thick creamy pouf of meringue like foam that retains as well as I've seen, and is tan in coloration. The lacing is exquisite too, as the foam simply coats the entirety of the inside of the glass, and as it is too hard to see the carbonation, I will make a guess that it is creamy and delicate.

S- Big time rummy Christmas cake, some wood char, holiday time baking spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, even black peppercorn), plenty of blended sweet brown sugar/molasses/toffee, and deep dark fruits alongside dried fruit (plum/prune, raisin, Medjool dates, fig), perhaps some strong black coffee and chocolate.....just such a medley going on....hope the flavors are just as exciting!

T- There is definitely some alcoholic bite to this, which is expected I suppose being a Quad......once one is past the initial shock, there is heavy candied and dried fruits, like maraschino cherry and the aforementioned plum/prune, rummy raisins, fig and dates, Earthy spiciness like clove and cinnamon, alongside muted peppery tones that hit the back of the palate, bittersweet coffee infused dark chocolates and a finish that is of blackening brown sugar and toffee semi sweetness....sticky sweetness for sure too! The finish contains some oily hop resin that attempts to clean things up on the palate but fails to balance the rich alcoholic & deep flavors fully. Quite a delicious tasting brew overall

M/O- This is full bodied to a tee, and the carbonation, as predicted, is very mellow and creamy....perhaps almost a little too mellow, leaning towards flat, as stated in another review, but its not a huge blow to the overall product, just rather a little too light in this department. Drinkability is good for a bottle but I could not have a lot of this over an evening. I suspect this would be great with fruitcake at Christmas or as an accompaniment to a rich powerful cheese and dry salami platter....holds its own too when enjoyed by itself! I would have this again and am glad I tried it!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this! Brown-black-looking in a proprietary Petrus glass with just a slim film of tan foam that persisted nicely... I was too chicken to do a straight inverted pour, plus the Petrus glass is too small to accommodate the whole bottle if I let loose that way...

Aromas and flavors of a solid quad are all there: holiday-spiced fruits like raisin, plum, fig, and date, married together with brown sugar and molasses... And the feel? Outta this world - felt like a Guinness Draught - smooth and creamy, light-bodied and insanely drinkable - a dangerous proposition for an 11.5% abv beer...

I'm guessing purists could be thrown off by the feel or maybe disappointed that it just tastes like a normal quad, but I was thrilled with the feel and flavor and totally recommend it...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - why does this style need to be on nitro?

This beer pours a very dark, amber highlighted brown colour, with one finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a low berm of surface lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some muddled black stone fruitiness, cocoa powder, faint earthy spices, an ephemeral mustiness, and some plain herbal, floral, and musky hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, toffee pudding, dark fruit, bruised banana, a hint of that under the basement stairs musty thing, clove and black pepper spice, and more well-understated leafy, herbal, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously damned-near non-existent, so the palate suffers accordingly, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, as a bit of alcohol burbles up at this particular point in the process. It finishes sweet, the malt and dark Yuk-a-Flux essences presiding.

Overall - this comes across like a typically rendered version of the style, yet one that could use a little more bite to it (effervescence, not booze). It's a slow sipper, for sure, once one gets over the silly gimmick in the packaging.

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Photo of Jomolieri
2.51/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The hype is real. Big price tag, big talk, Nitro, Quad, it all says be ready to be blown away. Sadly, the only thing that hit me was the alcohol.

It taste like a flat bitter coffee soda. Sure it has fruit notes, sort of, sure it has a nitro feel, sort of. The reality is this thing is sour leaving the mouth puckering in all the wrong ways. The body is like a soda going flat. If you hear nitro and think creamy, just forget it. It aint it.

This thing just does not work. I think they tried something interesting with a nitro quad but it fails to come together in a synchronized masterpiece, instead it ends in a cacophony of chaos but instead of torturing the ears it tortures the tastebuds and mouth. Just run and grab the left hand milk stout, or if you want belgian there are so many great options. Don't put yourself through the torture of this thing.

And if you want tasting notes here you go : cough medicine, diet coke, sour cherry, bitter coffee Mouth feel: water, flat soda

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and served in a Westvleteren XII gold rimmed goblet given to me by Zimbo
Pours a dark dark, dark brown body with minimal tan head
big brown shuggar aroma
cinder toffee flavour

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Photo of Lucular
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed in this one. It is very thin, even more so than you might expect with the nitro treatment. Not a whole lot of flavor (or booze even at 11.5% abv). Basic quad flavors of figs, raisins, and brown sugar but on the whole very muted.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

De Brabandere "Petrus Nitro Quad"
33 cl brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Black body beneath a creamy head of tan. It looks good! It's darker than I think a quad will usually be, but there are ruby and mahogany highlights when held to the light. Ha ha! I have to laugh, the back label reads "ACTIVATE NITRO!" which seems like something a character in a children's cartoon might say. Moving on, the aroma is malty with "dark malt" and chocolate, dark caramel, dark fruits, and sweetish clove. The flavor follows with nothing new except a wider range of caramel that goes from a light caramel nougat to more of a golden caramel before it jumps up to the darker stuff that's almost like treacle. It's definitely a quad, it's rich and malty and strong. The alcohol doesn't clearly show, but you know that it's there. So far the head has held, and there's a short, solid wall of lacing rising above it. Some lace left covering the entirety of the area that I've already consumed would be nice, but it's still pretty nice as it is. So my question here is, does the nitrogen help an already malty, medium-full bodied beer? Sure, it's nice and soft and smooth like a velvet covered pillow, but it also somehow dumbs down the flavors. Without that carbonic bite I feel it's a little too supple, and it doesn't clean up as well in the finish but just lingers instead. Ahh, I'm not sure, it's still a good beer and it would be a sipper anyway, you don't want to drink these when out at the pub with the lads. Overall, very nicely done. Really well balanced, rounded and supple.
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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 8/23/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a small dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, black cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, licorice, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of banana, pepper, clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, black cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, licorice, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of banana, pepper, clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light peppery yeast spiciness, herbal/roast bitterness, and yeast tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, black cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, licorice, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, banana, pepper, clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt and tart/spicy yeast balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering tart/spiciness. Mild carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 11.5%. Overall this is an awesome quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mildly spicy/tart/drying finish. Definitely a unique experience. Never had anything other than stouts on a nitro format that I can recall. It definitely works really well. Extremely rich and complex; with awesome balance between fruity yeast and dark/bready/light roasted malt sweetness. On the sweeter side of the quad spectrum than I typically prefer, but I was a big fan of this. A really enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why (probably my pouring technique I guess!) but I did not activate the nitro so this tasted and felt like a non-nitro quad. The aroma is very fruity much like a Christmas fruit cake. Sweet and thick, this is overall a nice Belgian quad.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

9oz draft pour boasts a gorgeous opaque deep, dark, mahogany, brown body and floats a persistent 1/4in cap of creamy tight fitting bubbles.

Aroma seems muted under the cap, but a fruity, roasty, barley comes through with a spiciness I can't identify. I see Chain mentioned licorice in an earlier review. That might just do it.

Flavors include dark stone fruits, roasted barley, and spice with booze creeping up from underneath. Some banana and clove lurks behind and a slight campfire flavor, ash and smoke, in the finish is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is perfectly nitro creamy.

Overall a fine quad and fun to find on tap.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Like a homemade milkshake with a bit of bourbon, maybe just a drop per glass for flavor. No carbonation to speak of, but a head that is creamy. Has a heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark burnt umber with a smallish albiet lasting beige head.

Smell: Dark tinged maltiness, sniff of mulched bark lending a tannic tint. Redolent dark fruitiness, a square of chocolate and a toasted, smoky spiciness with an additional black licorice vibe to it.

Taste: A twangy, tartish dark fruitiness, leaning hard into the plums, cherries and figs before hitting a wave of spices, aided by the alcohol to give a peppery quality to 'em. Slight tannic edge. Again, there's that black licorice hint. Spicy, sourish fruitiness on the finish with some alcoholic heat felt on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Nitrogenation gives some light suds.

Overall: Petrus. Nitro. Quad. Man, there's three words you'd never expect to hear together. Nor should you! It's at least different from the usual heavy, heavily sweet and boozy quad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Going where no quad has ever gone before, the adept beer makers of the Petrus brands offer a traditional quad recipe with a quite nontraditional nitro gaseous infusion for a familiar taste but peculiar texture.

Petrus Nitro Quad pours with a turbulent and cascading froth. As a dense blanket of ecru froth settles on the rim, the beer beneath is a deep and dark burgundy with near opaqueness. Muted aromas of cherries, dark fruit, pepper and toasted sweetness carry the nose while the first creamy sip brings a cakey flavor of cola, hard candy, toast and fruitcake.

With the sweetness stewing on the middle palate, its culmination of brown sugar, sorghum and horehound candy reels in the estery fruitiness of date, fig, raisin, plum, black cherry and blackcurrant. Balancing with toasted grain, light coffee and cocoa impressions and then a spicy tinge of peppercorn, cinnamon and anise, the beer's final taste is mildly winey, rummy and of chambord liquor.

Creamy early but falling flat in finish, the curse of nitro infusion looses its luster on the closing portion of taste. Opening up for an unnecessary bitterness and a grain derived astringency, the beer's spiciness is abrupt and disrupts the finesse in taste and the red wine acidity that the beer otherwise works so meticulously to curate. A long and bittersweet linger of wood spice and fruitcake resonate in echoes of aftertaste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Poured according to bottle directions: bottle poured directly upside down and quickly into the glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown appearing nearly opaque black with a very fine grained three finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing; does look somewhat like a nitro pour. Aroma of dark malt with a hint of toastiness, cocoa, wood, dark dried fruit, unusual for a quad. Flavor is dark malt, astringent wood, dark dried fruit, cocoa. Odd strong astringent bitterness with light tartness in the finish. Nice creamy body that approaches a nitro pour. Very possibly the oddest quad I've ever had. The look and aroma would have fooled my into thinking this was a robust foreign stout. The flavor leans towards bitterness and tartness rather than the sweetness of a typical quad. There is a lot of earthy wood here that approaches a barrel aged ale in depth. I'm on the fence with this one; the woody and dark malt flavors are great, but the tartness is off-putting for me. There is a long, lingering caramel/biscuit malt flavor that is quite appealing after the astringency wear off. I rolled my eyes at the "Nitro" labeling, but have to say they pulled that off in fine fashion; the rapid pour gives a head that looks a lot like a draft nitro pour and the body is exceptional, like a nitro pour. I have to wonder if this bottle has gone a bit off. There is a lot to like here, but the finish is a deal breaker for me.

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Petrus Nitro Quad from De Brabandere
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 41 ratings