My Turn: Todd
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
3.64 | pDev: 15.66%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of CoreyC
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle aged six months, but very similar to my thoughts on the two times it had it on draft
A - dark brown/black with a thin tan head
S - sweet malty aroma
T - very smooth, sweet malt, dark stone fruit flavors
M - excellent, very thick for a quad
O - exactly the flavor I would want of a very good quad with a particularly good mouthfeel

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.01/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Pours a deep malty brow with a white head. Aroma is sweet and estery. The taste is extremely sweet and cloying, with some malt and alcohol flavor at the end. Full bodied but chewy and syrupy. It's not a very good beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is floral and very caramel apple dominant. Odd.

Flavor is similar. Finish is very dry. Odd ester profile, for certain. Lacks complexity. A tad sweet, as well.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely dark ruby in color with ample caramel foam. Head retention is excellent and leaves some lacing. The aroma is spice, molasses, brown sugar, and some belgian yeast. The belgian yeast is strong on flavor, with caramel, earthiness, spice. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Sticky and boozy. Overall, a solid quad, I like it more than other reviewers.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that fades back into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, sweet, and fairly boozy aroma with a scent of chocolate, spices, and dark fruit. Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, caramel, and grains. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and coriander. Sweet hints of molasses and candied sugar. Fruit hints of banana, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle hops. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, sweet, and boozy taste with notes of chocolate, spice, and dark fruit. Dark roasted malt with notes of chocolate, toast, coffee, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and grains. Belgian yeast with some notes of pepper, clove, and coriander. Fruit undertones of raisin, banana, fig, and prune. Some molasses and candied sugar add to the sweetness. A decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Sticky, syrupy, and fairly chewy. Pretty boozy.

Overall: An ok take on a Quad. Decent malt flavor but could of had more dark fruit and less sweetness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront tulip.
10.5% ABV, Bottled on Nov 03 2015

A - Incredibly dark brown, Todd almost pours out totally black in the tulip, looking more like an imperial stout with it's low craft paper brown cap of foam that leaves next to no lace and thins out to a skim of suds and ring of bubbles.

S - Dark chocolate dusted with cocoa and oily coffee grounds overwhelms the lighter nuances of Belgian yeast spice of wet clay and coriander notes. Chocolate covered raisin and warming alcohol pull through the back end as the beer warms, thankfully creating a little more depth to the beer's aroma.

T - As both the appearance and aroma initially suggest, Todd has quite a bit of roasted malt. A little too much roasted malt, candidly. Heavy oak char, bottom of the pot coffee, burnt caramel, and bakers chocolate remove any lingering sweetness from the beer with only faint suggestions at dark fruit coming through in the form of alcohol-soaked raisin.

M - The quickly fleeting sweet start to Todd turns into a very nice robust body but instead of a thinning, dry alcohol finish that gently warms, this quad has a dried out, burnt finish that lingers with a harsh roasted bitterness and alcohol heat instead of a smoothness found in many of the Belgians. It also lacks some carbonation which gives the beer an almost syrupy quality as opposed to the more effervescent quads from across the pond.

O - Not only do Belgian styles seem some of the most difficult to reproduce here in the states, the Quad might be one of the trickiest of the lot and, unfortunately, Todd is about one of the only duds I've experienced throughout the My Turn series. The beer really does has some great characteristics that show promise and even the warmer alcohol isn't such a negative aspect but, the overly roasted malt profile just takes over and leaves the beer feeling like some sort of imperial stout fermented with Belgian yeast rather than a smooth and understated quad.

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Photo of Neverdie7
2.11/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Grabbed a four pack with a best before date of May 6th, 2016 but no bottling date. The store had just gotten it in new so I assume this was fresh.

Pours a dark brown, not much head even with a vigorous pour. Has some good quad smell to it, fig, caramel booze.

Taste. Wow what happened here? This is just a straight up boozy mess. I get some spice and a little caramel but mainly just booze. Its a struggle to make it through the entire bottle. This to me does not say quad. It just way to boozy, spicy compared to another good quad by Weyerbacher. Now I've got 3 more bottles that I am in no hurry to drink. Perhaps I'll try aging this stuff to see if it gets any better with time.

My advice, buy a single of this stuff and try it first. The four pack was $12 and im kicking myself I didn't do just that. But having had the my turn series beers before and they have always been good I thought this would be good too. Not so much.

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, part of 4-pack:

Bottled on Nov 03 2015:

Pours brown with a light brown head that almost immediately fizzes away. No real lacing sticks.

The smell is of dark cherries, alcohol, candy, dark earthy notes.

The taste is of sweet caramel, a hint of molasses, black-cherry like fruit as it progresses. Some candy. Rather boozy. Residual sugars linger in sweet finish.

Rather flat and syrupy.

Alcohol is a bit raw, though there is something of a malty smoothness to it. Very sweet. Overall, it's a decent interpretation of the style, though it is not particularly complex. It just seems to lack "that certain something" in my opinion.

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Photo of bound4er
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance with a minimal tan head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smells of carmelized sugars, Belgian yeast and pitted fruits. Semi-sweet palate with that typical sugary quad taste and aftertaste. There's plenty of warming alcohol here but it doesn't come across as obtrusive. Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. Not a bad effort from Lakefront but not one I am dying to grab more of either. Call it good to very good.

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Photo of don1481
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Let's see how this compares to XII from Sprecher, another one of which I enjoyed last night. Cannot wait to try this.

Appearance: dark brown with faint reddish hues when held to the light. Initial vigorous light tan head rapidly dissipates.

Smell: faint plum notes, candy sugar. The standard quad aroma.

Taste: more boozy and raw than most quads that I've tasted. None of the real quad taste, either. Too much of a bite. Yeah, it mellows a little over time, but... the Sprecher has this beat. Hands down.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, but not in the classic quad manner.

Overall: I don't get it. Lakefront makes good stuff in the My Turn series but... I don't know. This isn't their best work.

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My Turn: Todd from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 30 ratings