Marin Brewing Company

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
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3.6 | pDev: 19.17%
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of t0rin0
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Accidentally came across a 3L of this a couple weeks ago. I was so curious that I emailed the brewer and he tells me that he only made 1 batch a couple years ago and they only bottled 60 of these 3L bottles. 5 of those apparently went to Lone Hill Liquor and another 5 went to the Stuffed Sandwich which is where I got mine.

The beer is somewhat flat at this point and produced little to no head. The little that did show up was white but with a touch of brown. The beer itself was a wonderful dark red color that was very clear. There was a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle but not much.

The smell was of dark fruits and raisins. The malt is begining to age and it smelled nice also but overall I really had to try to pick out the different smells as this is not an overly aromatic beer.

The taste was great. Very sweet and malty. Theres some chocolate taste in there too. No bitterness and not really a lot of spices. Some of the fruit flavors came out. Simple but intense. It was the last of the beers we sampled that night and it was the perfect way to end the evening.

Medium/heavy body and way too drinkable. All 8 of us got the majority of a pint glass and really felt the effects.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, large bubbled, initially fat-one-finger thick, lightly ambered, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, ruby, dark cranberry color. The aroma is somewhat light, but is definitely fruit and malt driven. I get notes of berries, raisins, caramel and lightly toasted biscuits. There is an underlying, lightly aged malt character here; at times I get notes of sherry, musty malt and perhaps a hint of damp cardboard. The aroma is surprisingly fruity and the Belgian yeast character is quite muted as this beer smells quite clean.

Thick and rich, this beer has a jam like flavor to it that is a mix of strawberry jam and a blueberry jam; this jam quality is really an interesting combination of flavors that I have not really experienced in a beer so strongly before. Very clean, with barely any funky yeast notes. I am actually quite surprised by how clean this beer is; it has a really clean, sugary sweet malt character to it that one would expect from a clean American yeast strain. Toasty, malty, biscuit-like, caramelized, crusty whole-grain bread flavors mix towards the middle and finish of this beer to add a bit of complexity.

Despite the fact that this does not seem quite Quad like in its flavors, I am definitely enjoying this beer. I really like the jam-like flavors here, it makes its seem dessert like, which at this point is quite appropriate as my last drink of the night. I will say that the flavors are a bit too simplistic, I really prefer my Belgian Quads to be much more complex and yeast driven than this. This really hides the alcohol quite well. This is actually still quite good, despite the age, and I think that the 3 liter bottle format really helps with this.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This arrived as a very dark brown with a minor head that shrank to a ring. There's not much lace.

The smell is of sugars and alcohol. The taste is the same. The usual strong grain and dark fruit flavors are missing here. They are replaced with more sugar and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is too sharp.

This beer is strong but plain to the point of its own demise.

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Quad from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 4 ratings