Favorite Quad?

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  1. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Meyvn (1,028) Oct 24, 2009 California
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    My Top 10 Quad's (or listed on BA as a quad..)
    1. Pannepot Reserva
    2. Pannepot
    3. Pannepeut
    4. Roch10
    5. WestyXII
    6. St. Berny 12
    7. 3 Phil's
    8. Allagash Four
    9. Malheur 12
    10. Dieu de Ciel Rigor Mortis
    Dead last was Karl Strauss Two Tortugas.. waste of $6.
  2. BeerSingh

    BeerSingh Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2009 India

    Since Westy is a trophy. ..I will vote for R10
  3. Devi0us

    Devi0us Initiate (0) May 3, 2011 California

    Pannepot 2007 All day and Twice on Sundays...

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  4. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Aspirant (259) Feb 14, 2011 California
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    You must be a pain in the ass to deal with in life. We get it cool man Luke.
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  5. Ciocanelu

    Ciocanelu Poo-Bah (4,798) Aug 30, 2012 Romania
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    Urthel Samaranth was also nice.
  6. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Allagash Four. Westy 12 is gold standard and fantastic-but I favor these two over it
  7. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (800) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    It's about the same as the difference between a Porter and a Stout!
  8. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (823) Jan 29, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    I think the Westy 12 is by far the least delicious of the big three.
  9. endovelico

    endovelico Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2008 Portugal

    Nor enough love for Gulden Draak.
  10. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (480) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Urthel Samaranth, Three Philosophers and Harpoon Levitation 2011.

    I thought those were better than brick-pack Westy and St. Bernardus 12.
  11. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (480) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Gulden Draak is good but its a bit heavy on the sweetness.
  12. rfbenavi80

    rfbenavi80 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2010 Missouri

    Westy, Rochefort, St. Bernardus ABT all solid, hard to choose just one.
    I personally think the American trophy goes to Boulevard for the BBQ and The Sixth Glass.
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  13. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (800) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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  14. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    I'm not so bad in person, I save my bad attitude for the internet.
  15. woosterbill

    woosterbill Poo-Bah (2,616) Apr 6, 2009 Kentucky
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    Do it. Matt opened one of the unlabeled 750s of it with me at the brewery recently, and it blew my mind. Also, according to him a tasting group threw it in to a blind tasting of Quads as the only American example, and it came in second to St. Bernardus 12. It beat out a couple little-known beers like Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren 12. Good thing it's still on shelves all over CT! :grinning:
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  16. ferillo

    ferillo Devotee (489) Sep 12, 2009 Massachusetts
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    '05 Pannepot Grand Reserva
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  17. mborden

    mborden Initiate (172) Jan 28, 2009 New York

    Though not necessarily my favorite, I had a Straffe Hendrik Quad before a brewery tour at De Halve Maan and between the beer and the atmosphere and the weather, I was in heaven.
  18. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I don't want to be that guy, but I am going to have to go with Westy 12, with Rochefort 10 and Abt 12 being in a very close second.
  19. sarcastro

    sarcastro Disciple (335) Sep 20, 2006 Michigan
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    Quad City DJ's
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  20. dcloeren

    dcloeren Defender (629) Sep 15, 2010 Texas
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    Seconded. Love this beer!
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,153) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I view the BSDA vs. Quad as a Venn diagram: All Quads are Belgian Strong Dark Ales but not all Belgian Strong Dark Ales are Quads. One of the distinguishing ‘features’ is alcohol level. I have an expectation that a Quad will have a high alcohol level (i.e., 9 – 13% via the BA style description). A BSDA has a broader range for alcohol (i.e., 7 -15% via the BA style descriptions). Also I have an expectation for Trappist brewed Quads that they be dry. I have consumed a number of BSDA’s that are sweeter and fuller bodied in comparison.

    So, for example a beer that is 8% ABV and somewhat sweet and full bodied is a BSDA to me.

    A beer that is of higher alcohol (e.g., 10% ABV) and dry (with complex & layered flavors) is a Quad to me.

    Needless to say there is potential for overlap here. A beer could be 10% ABV with moderate dryness and be labeled either as a Quad or a BSDA in my opinion.

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  22. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dont forget about Weyerbacher Quad.
  23. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,252) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Pannepot. While it doesn't have the cool "brewed by monks" back story, I prefer it to the ones that are.
  24. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Disciple (370) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I love the big hitters (Westy and friends), but excluding them, I love Ommegang Three Philosophers and Boulevards The Sixth Glass
  25. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    Well... <---

    Beyond St. Bernardus, Rochefort 10 is amazing. Boulevard's Sixth Glass is also vastly underrated. Definitely a contender for top domestic Quad, and I love 3 Philosophers. We can expand to North America and add Trois Pistoles.
  26. MudDrinker

    MudDrinker Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2012 Ohio

    Rochefort 10. But Bernardus is still pretty damn tasty (and cheaper around here).
  27. 1fine69

    1fine69 Initiate (113) Oct 1, 2010 Virginia

    I'm surprised I don't see St. Bernardus Christmas Ale on here more, it's basically the 12, but with delicious spices that take it over top! That one is my favorite (I can also get it year round). For my runner up, I'm gonna go with something a little less conventional. Unibroue Terrible definitely does it's own thing amongst it's quad peers, but I just can't get enough of that signature yeast they use!
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  28. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    I am looking forward to the Ovila Quad with plums. So far my favorite Quad is Mystic's Day of Doom from MA
  29. NateMac13

    NateMac13 Devotee (460) Apr 10, 2011 Illinois

    I was very surprised at the La Trappe Oak Aged Batch #9 I had. It has been my favorite so far. After that it has been Rochefort 10, Westy 12, St Bernardus Abt 12. I love quads.
  30. HopNuggets

    HopNuggets Disciple (306) Oct 8, 2009 Connecticut

    Beat me to it... Completely blown away!!! Had this recently and I think my bottle was at least 6 months old and it was amazing!!!
  31. OneDropSoup

    OneDropSoup Meyvn (1,048) Dec 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    My favorites have been mentioned already, but an American example I hold in high regard is Victory's V-12.
  32. luisfrancisco

    luisfrancisco Disciple (326) Dec 1, 2009 Mexico
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    Aside from the usual suspects already mentioned, I also like Avery's The Reverend. Easily accessible, affordable, and really good IMO.
  33. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,280) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Westvleteren 12
    St. Bernardus Abt 12
    Pannepot Reserva

    For a recently released American example, AleSmith Decadence 2012 is great.
  34. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,141) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Rochefort 10
    St Bernardus Abt 12 is very good too
    Don't sleep on Malheur 12 - very good quad that no one mentions
  35. paulytasker

    paulytasker Disciple (331) May 16, 2012 New York
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    Kasteel Donker- Brouwerij VanHonsebrouck..... soooooo rich love it!
  36. gshak

    gshak Zealot (522) Feb 20, 2011 Texas

    Quads...BSDAs..oh well, FWIW, here are my top ones:
    1. Rochefort 10 (fresh.... aged....anywhere in between)
    2. Gulden Draak (aged 2 years, the complexity is mind-blowingly amazing)
    3. 2011 Boulevard BBQ
    4. Chimay Blue and St. Bernardus 12 (both aged around 2 yrs)

    Time to empty the cellar - I'll soon be popping open some Boulevard Sixth Glass, 2011 Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw, 2011 Alesmith Grand Cru ...so this list might change...
  37. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    Oak aged La Trappe’s are fantastic, fav. are #1 phenomenal now, #3 & #5 are very good as well #8 is brilliant for an Islay BA now, Quercus #2 is excellent as well. #9 – #11 are not very good, I blame the barrels.
    Pannepot Grand Reserve is great as well, even beating the Special Reserva.
    Rochefort 10 is great as well esp. for availability & price it is brilliant, even without it.
    Westy 12 has never been that impressive & I tried it early before even knowing the hype, been aging some just to check.
  38. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    My favourite quads belonged to Tom Platz.
  39. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Devotee (440) Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    The first use of the name is La Trappe which is quite atypical, although I do not believe in the style.
    I did once get a great explanation as to the difference between the Belgian Dark Strong & Quad - BDS uses spices & Quad's don't use spices.
  40. thegodfather2701

    thegodfather2701 Crusader (754) Nov 3, 2005 North Carolina

    St. Bernardus Abt 12 for me. I've had Westy 12 and Rochefort 10 but St. Bernardus blew my mind the first time I tried it. The one time I had Rochefort 10 it seemed watery/weak so I need to give it another try and Westy 12 was a great experience but I think I over hyped it, so it was slightly disappointing.
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