Baby Horse
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #140
Ranked #13,284
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 61
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey brew with plenty of foam in the chalice. Sudsy mouthfeel and quite a tingle on the tongue, between the alcohol and the sharp carbonation. Powerful nose of fruity esters but not so much yeast in the taste. Tastes of pear nectar and carrot juice with a dash of dried fig.

Sweet but acidic for a tipsy balance. Long fruity nose with the dry Belgian finish. Intriguing brew that wags its own tail and possibly yours. From the 12 oz can purchased at Healthy Spirits.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz cans served in a Belgian snifter. $2.29 from the Wall of Beer (SC).
Pours hazy dark reddish-brown with a short off-white head. Minimal lacing.
Complex, slightly earthy, aroma with a fair amount of alcohol over spices, dried fruits and breads. The taste deserves a similar description, but it is better, brighter and sweeter than the aroma suggests.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

Pours a wonderful, fluffy, creamy, full head into my tulip, just off white in color. Body is an odd tea-like color, brown with hues of orange. Visibility is very low. Head retention is far above average. This looks very nice so far.

The first thing I notice on the nose is how dry it is compared to some quads I've had in the past; perhaps I've gotten the wrong impression of how they should be, because it's hard to argue with the way this smells. Clove and some light fruity esters are present. No alcohol to speak of, impressive. A little sweet on the nose, but again, quite dry overall. The sweet aromas are honestly more from the esters than the malts, the malts smell relatively light in residual sugars, despite what the can insinuates. This smells really nice. For being a beer that I'm sure has a diabetic kick to it, it comes across very dry and sessionable, with nice belgian notes.

Yea this is a damn good beer. Alcohol is noticeable, but just barely, not invasive at all. Very sessionable, dry. Nice notes of clove and fruity esters. I mean it’s a little sweet, but again, very good attenuation. Not a super complex flavor, nor is it bursting with flavor; still, it's a nice flavor and I'm very impressed with how crisp, sessionable, and light this is for 9 percent.

The mouthfeel is quite nice as well. Carbonation is medium, aids to the crisp feel. Body is surprisingly light, again, works well here. A small alcohol tinge, but it seriously has no impact on the drinkability. Dry, no sugars sticking to my mouth. Very nice mouthfeel.

The drinkability is very high for a 9% beer, and honestly just in general. It drinks like a light beer.

The appearance turned out reaaaally lovely. Head retention was very good, lasting for minutes, leaving a nice initial lacing. The lacing lasted down the glass in a pretty thick fashion.

Overall, what more to say? Good flavors, sessionable, light, and crisp, viola!

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark honey color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, spices. Taste is alcohol, malts, sugar, spices, gets sweeter as it warms. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but a bit to sweet for my liking.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty chill hazed amber with a beige head that leaves frosty lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is bready malt, candy apple fruitiness, banana & clove. Taste is similar with more bitterness than Belgian quads. Sweet with prominent alcohol. The sweetness is a mite too heavy & slightly cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slick, oily & mouth coating with warmth & a peppery prickle. A nice American craft brewery twist example on an Old World brew.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a lightly cloudy orange color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet yeast and fruit. The taste is sweet malt and fruit.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can, bought recently at The Flight Center in Nashua. Unsure of any canning date or best-by info.

Poured into a small snifter, it is a muted chestnut hue, with slow, scattered carbo. Head is light tan to off-white , and the fine bubbles mostly cling to the edges. Has an aroma heavy on the malts, with some fruity, winey notes lurking about. Body is a good medium, and there's some light prickle which does not detract.

Like the nose, the flavor leans a lot on maltiness. Has some caramel and light toffee lending a decent level of sweetness. There's also a solid amount of fruity activity, with a bit of vinous, grapey notes, plus a hint of plum and black cherry. Belgian sugars are noted in the dryish finish. Not the best Quad I've ever had, but quite solid nonetheless. Prosit!!

4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lark, it only had a minimal head that didn't last and was sweet and malty, full of fruity notes that mixed in well with the Belgian sugars, alcohol and dominant malt sweetness and chewiness. A slow sipper, I'll need to revisit this as it was one of the last beers of the night so my attention to detail had slipped. I did enjoy it though, hence the positive review.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't try a lot of quads, so I jumped at the chance to ride this pony. Pours a dark amber with a cream colored head. Nose is banana bread, black pepper, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, and holiday spice.

The flavor starts malty, then is doused in alcohol, and shows late complexity. Texture is stiff at first but then falters a bit in the second part of the sip. Major players in the flavor include biscuit, figs and prunes, woodsmoke, allspice, and honeydew. Definitely interesting and worth a try but probably a step behind my go to Quad, Three Philosophers. Cool name though.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: April 21, 2018... OCCASION: celebrating Michael's first pitching win with a beer whose name aptly describes the full-count, bases-loaded strike he threw.... it was close enough... pours a respectable amount of bubbles spinning through a darker-than-expected bronze body, leaning more to the abt than the quad... a ring of off-white head shows well, encircling a smear of haze... enough head for such a powerful beer... plum, heavy bread malts, peach, allspice, grapefruit, melon, graham cracker, light cinnamon, banana and some sharp cheese... quite a complex suggestion... first sip stings the tongue, whispers through the teeth, and revives at the throat... light to medium-bodied, fresh and mildly bitter... the citrus--orange, mostly--mingles with licorice and cracker to develop an easily drinkable, potently subtle ale... as far from Belgium as San Fran is, the 21st Amendment folks got this down right....

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Photo of DVMin98
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can. Nice malty flavor. Get some Belgian yeast flavor as well, to begin. The part that I had a problem with is a vegetal aftertaste that would linger, especially after it warmed up. Like asparagus. Couldn't get past that. Started off great...ended poorly.

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Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours the color of honey with a mild haze but still has some clarity to it along with some bubbles racing upwards; white head that fades leaving solid retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of sweet malts along with some dark fruits and some subtle hints of butter frosting. Some yeast notes giving it some subtle banana and bubblegum notes. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More hints of banana and bubblegum. Some raisins and plum in the mix. Solid malt backbone. Yeasts do their thing. Nice sweetness, but nothing crazy. Mild warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice brew. It might not match up with examples of the style from overseas, but it's still a nice brew nonetheless. Nice flavors. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I really like it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking amber colored body. Good head but not as prominent as I like from a Belgian style. Belgian yeast detected in the nose, a little spicy, some sweetness, and alcohol. Flavors are more Belgian amber ale rather than Quadrupel. The alcohol is definitely present, but overall a decent Belgian style flavor profile. Good beer but misses the Quad mark for me.

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Photo of IJReilly
1.95/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Had at the Answer Brew Pub in Richmond. Very disappointed. Tasted, from the beginning, like a high gravity malt liquor from a contract brewery such as Melanie (and I like inexpensive malt liquors if done well). Spend your money on this beer? More like, waste your money on this beer. I have never had a drain pour no matter the style. But this one -- I drank about four ounces and moved on.

If you don't like an overwhelming upfront taste -- a beer that says: I'm going to get you shite-faced if you can possibly handle my mouthwash-whiskey taste -- then avoid. If that sounds desirable, then pour it down your alcoholic gullet.

Was this a bad batch? Perhaps. But two other guys over the course of an afternoon disliked it in the extreme. I guess that might prove a bad batch. But I didn't raise my objection until I heard the other two people object.

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: SRM 13-14, off-white head with decent retention, moderately clear, minimal to no lacing
S: quite bready, with hints of butter and candy sugar
T: noticeably less sweet than other quads I've had. The main focus is the dark fruit flavors, with the only hints of the candy sweetness normally found in quads. Definitely some subtle Belgian spiciness going on.
F: Medium to medium-heavy in body. A slightly above-average quantity of above-average-intensity carbonation.
O: This was a very good quad, not too sweet like many.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a goblet a rich deep burnt orange with a well defined sticky half finger slight off white head that never completely settles,nice rich clarity of color.I pick up some phenols and fruity esters in the nose but somewhat light in nature.Dark fruits and candied sugar mixed with yeasty phoneols on the palate,quite spicy in the finish,not overly sweet wich is a good thing.Quite heavy handed in the spice/phenol department but it has it's qualities.

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Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber honey color with thick white head and lots of lacing after the head dissipates.Nose is malty ,yeasty and sweet. Taste follows nose with peppery spice and a shot of alcohol. Looks and smells like a quad and mostly tastes like one,almost. Better than expected from a can. A respectable attempt at the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First impression? Ugly can. But what an exceptional brew.

It pours a dangerous looking burnt orange. The aroma also sends major signals - warning, yeasts are alive herein. Once you drink it you succumb to the alcohol immediately. It is an overwhelming drink.

Recommended. Warning - hits you with alcohol quickly.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can (!?!) in a snifter. This decent little ale pours a lightly
muddled brownish amber with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin light layer, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of
strong peppery alcohol, sweet candy sugar, light breaded notes, and subtle
fruit notes with a touch of herbal spice. Flavors hit a higher note with a mulled
peach and light yeasty bread flavor tossed into a light Belgian style spice with
a touch of peppery hops and light cherry notes. Nice mouth feel; medium light
body, medium light carbonation, and a lightly dry sweet candy touched finish.

Overall a solid brew, a touch outside of the boundaries of the norm, but solid.
Hey, for a quad in a can it is a surprise.


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Photo of beertunes
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is going to one of those reviews where I like the beer much better than the score will show. I liked this beer a lot, but it wasn't typical for the style, in fact there were little in the way of "Quad-like" features about this brew.

Served in tulip. Poured a dark honey-amber color with about a half-inch of white head that had good retention and lacing. A very pretty beer. The aroma was malty-sweet, and didn't have any of the fruit scents expected in the style..

On the tongue, the sweetness was dominant as well, along with a notable alcohol taste. None of the plum, cherry or earthy notes anticipated were present. There was a bit of yeasty spice though.

The body was full, smooth and even, although a bit sticky. Drinkability was pretty good for 12% ABV brew, I could see having a couple. Overall, a very nice brew that's worth your time. Just don't expect the expected from this so-called Quad.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at the brewery 2 Dec 2009.

Small light brown head, quickly dissipates. Lightly carbonated. Clear chestnut brown with orange highlights. Smells quite sweet, floral, sugary.

Starts with a lot of candy sugar, spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel. Throught the middle it is fruity, peaches and melon, with some alcohol. Finish is spicy, peppery, warming. Lingering candy sugar aftertaste but not overly sweet.

Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable, warming but not hot.

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