Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition)
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition)Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition)
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
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4.35 | pDev: 5.29%
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition)Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition)
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/7/16

A looks like dark cola, you can see a little ruby glow when held to the light but just, finger of foam makes a little noise as it fizzles

S raisins, brown sugar, jammy strawberries, cherry, woody, a hint of chocolate, some bruised plum, some booze but nowhere near where it should be

T has a sweet red wine thing going for it, lots of barrel, a little char, fruity both fresh flesh and dried fruit, again there's a little booze but I'd believe it was under 10%,

M silky with enough carbonation to give it some life, oily with a little heat, sweet woody finish just keeps going, sticky on the lips

O interesting stuff, massive but drinks mellow, the wine barrels all over this one working well with the sweet malt

New to our market but already over three years old? I'm not complaining but I though that was odd, perhaps explains how this monster has mellowed out. The large price tag is to be expected I suppose, after trying it I don't feel ripped off but will need to flip a coin on buying a second bottle for further aging

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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle - a Quad aged in unspecified 'fresh red wine barrels'.

This beer pours a muddled, very dark black-adjacent brown colour, with one rather skinny finger of plainly bubbly beige head, which leaves pretty much nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it hastily blows off.

It smells of musty caramel malt, lightly biscuity toffee, dusty and somewhat phenolic yeast, acerbic woody red wine lees, further dried orchard fruit, indistinct spice, gritty molasses, a hint of soy sauce umami, and a hovering (no shit) metallic booziness. The taste is semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, saltwater taffy, treacle, musty cellar, sherry wine flor (how I imagine it to be), dark bruised stone fruit, Captain Morgan's spiced rum, ethereal chocolate wafers, and a nicely soused wet woodiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their barely palpable at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and actually quite smooth, the wowee sauce holding off just enough to let us enjoy this moment of, er, zen. It finishes sweet, but moderated by musty red wine, some of its fruity friends who made different career choices, and the wood that entwines them all, alike.

Overall, a pretty heady and engaging, not to mention warming (on the palate and in the tummy) version of the style, with the base Belgian-inspired quadruple ale holding fast against the ingress of the red wine barrel treatment. I gotta say, I expected a whole lot more heat on this one, so kudos for keeping the din of a 31-proof booziness to sensible levels.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø, despite being one of those brewers from Norway with that ‘Ø’ symbol in their name, how the **** do I even pronounce that??? Anyhow, they brew some good shit, you might even say “sheeeit” to emphasise the goodness of said shit. Last brew I tried of theirs was the Imperial Stout, and like Darth Vader I was “most impressed” with this Norwegian brewer (I also even thought to myself at the time that “the force is strong with this one”). So here we are - a massive 15.5% ABV red wine barrel Quad. Socks are set to their ‘soon to be blown off’ setting.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Like most brews over the 15% mark the head reduces quickly to a thin collection of tan coloured bubbles, then nothing. Body is a cloudy chocolate brown. Everything looks decent, it’s not a knock-the-ball-out-of-the-park hit but it’s neither an ugly duckling. 8/10.

S: Straight away the nose is smacked sideways by bold dark plum/red wine barrel characters. Further whiffs introduce that grape hubba-bubba bubblegum note that you get from a certain Red Flanders Ale named Rodenbach Grand Cru. A touch of sourness as well, hopefully not a defining feature, and that all too familiar Vegemite note you get in high ABV dark beers. This is indeed a formidable Quad in front of me, but who are we kidding - it’s more of a Quinque than a Quad. 9/10.

T: Woah! [said in my best Keanu Reeves impression voice] Tasty, tasty drop! Upfront dessert wine sweetness gives way to rich plum, hints of Vegemite, vanilla and caramelised (slightly burnt) sugar. Finish has a light woody dryness. The overall flavour is squarely in the realm of dessert wine with fig notes coming in as well. Damn, damn tasty. Reminds me of Commandaria port (without the metallic notes I often find in Commandaria). 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied with an almost black-hole dense carbonation. 9/10.

D: If you enjoy a dessert wine, and you know you do - you’re drinking this beer right now, look in your hand... how did I do that? Magic - you will love this rich tapestry. A downside to this beer? It is sweet. Very. No really, it’s quite sweet, you think a glass of dissolved sugar is sweet well that’s peanuts to this beer*. As far as 15%+ brews go this is definitely the best I’ve had. Nøgne Ø nailed it. 9/10.

Food match: Dessert. Cheese platter. Angina. Infarction of some kind. Early death.

*Yes I may have recently read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, what of it?

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Quadrupel (Red Wine Barrel Edition) from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 9 ratings