Posts Tagged With: American Quadrupel

Avery The Reverend

Beer:  The Reverend
Brewery: Avery Brewing Company
Style: Quadrupel
ABV: 10.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Cloudy amber body with a small little beige head and tiny little carbonation bubbles.

Scent: Delightfully sweet aroma of caramel and candied cherries and raisins. Waft of maple at the end.

Flavor: TONS OF FLAVOR. There’s a truckload of chocolate, cherry, and clove in here. While delicious, it does not do a good job of disguising the 10.0% ABV. At the end, I just taste chocolate-flavored vodka. And at the very end, a slight trace of smoky-bacon (what?)

Feel: Prickly carbonation on a thin-to-medium body.

Concluding remarks: I enjoyed the first few sips…but The Reverend is just a tad too bold in his delivery and message. It’s not balanced by any hops or bitterness, which is its downfall.

Avery’s Quadruple almost exclusively comes in a 750ml, which is really just too much for one human being to drink in one sitting without feeling like they have been roughened up by an ocean of sugar and alcohol. Okay while that actually sounds pretty alright, it’s quite challenging to endure the whole bottle. I’m giving it a go as I write, but truthfully, I’m going to try to pawn some off on my roommates right now…..

All in all, this is a pretty good attempt at a Quadruple; congrats Avery. I bet having a 10 oz. on draft would be the most enjoyable way to experience The Reverend.

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Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad

Beer:  Ovila Quad
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Style: American Quadruple
ABV: 10.4%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: The Distillery, Savannah, GA
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companions: SCADinavians

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark, root-beer brown with reddish tinge.  No head by the time it was served.

Scent: Really, it had no discernible scent.  Perhaps some maltiness and the typical yeastiness one would expect, but the scent of our Pretzel Treasures appetizer overpowered the beer.

Flavor: Figs and yeast, with just a little bit of sweet maltiness and a hint of spice (cloves, to be exact).

Feel: Balanced and smooth.  Medium carbonation.

The Ovila Project is Sierra Nevada’s special collaboration with the Trappist monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux, located just a few miles down the road from the brewery in California.  In addition to a Dubbel and a Saison, the Ovila Quad is created in the centuries-old tradition of monastic brewing–which means you get a high ABV brew that doesn’t taste like it has a high ABV!  Yep, this is one smooth criminal here, but overall, the flavor this Quad has to offer falls short of spectacular.  It isn’t bad for an American take on the Quad, but in general, still kind of average.

Regardless, you can feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds from sales go toward the restoration of the historic Ovila chapter house building on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux!

Concluding remarks: Better than most American Belgians, this sippable Quad is worth a try if nothing else strikes your fancy on the beer menu; or, if you have a hankering for a Heineken but happen to be at the Distillery.

The Distillery: no crap, only craft.

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Weyerbacher Quad

Beer:  Quad
Brewery: Weyerbacher
Style: Quadrupel
ABV: 11.8%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Murky, near opaque, ruby-amber body with one-inch beige head upon pour that simmers to a thin velvety head with myriad carbonation bubbles. Lacing lingers on the glass.

Scent: A melange of strong fruit aromas: figs, raisins, bananas, sweet cherries.

Flavor: Intense sweetness upon first few seconds, which quickly transforms into a sharp boozy bitterness. Tastes of malted caramel, walnut, candied apple, raisins, and brown sugar. A little hint of peppery spice at the end.

Feel: Medium mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Booze lingers at the back of the throat, like downing a Scotch quickly.

Concluding remarks: Given that this boasts as much alcohol as a terrible White Zinfandel, the alcohol note is, surprisingly, not overpowering. While absolutely noticeable, the flavor of sweet fruits and nuts balances what could have otherwise been something akin to drinking rum-spiked beer. I have not been entirely impressed with American brewers’ attempts at Belgian-styled ales yet, and this does not help their plight. However, the flavor profile is just complex enough to challenge the mouth. And for that, go ahead and give this guy a try. At the very worst, you’ll leave the bar (or your kitchen, in my case) just a bit warmer.

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Sly Fox Ichor (Quad)

Beer:  Ichor
Brewery: Sly Fox Brewing Company
Style: Quad
ABV: 10.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Very dark amber, almost like a Porter, or root beer, or good quality maple syrup.  Perhaps even a tinge of purple?  Almost nonexistent head.

Scent: Like that of bread pudding–sweet, baked raisins and apple-cinnamon.  A note of wet wood, and a hint of hops/metallic aroma.

Flavor: Like Manischewitz–no, Mad Dog 20/20 Red Grape Wine.  Okay, so obviously it tastes like grapes.  Fermented grapes.  Dried grapes.  All kinds of grapes.  And figs!  And perhaps even a bit of licorice, but not in an off-putting way.  Yeah, there’s a lot going on in the flavor department.

Feel: Thin, watery body; super light carbonation.

This Abbey-style Quad from Pennsylvania brewers Sly Fox packs a punch of flavor.  It’s brewed with German Pils, roast malts, and Belgian candi sugar, and it’s hopped with German Tradition hops.  Despite this flavor bonanza, however, nothing really stood out for us to say about it; so it came down to the simple question of would we buy it again.  The answer?  No.  Was it awful?  No, it wasn’t; but based on our research thus far, the American Belgian-knock-offs have left us unimpressed, and Ichor unfortunately perpetuates our unimpressedness.  It did leave us feeling tipsy, though–that much we’ll say.

Something to note: Sly Fox does mention that Ichor will improve with careful aging, so if you’re willing to figure out what “careful aging” means, you might have a better-tasting beer on your hands.

Concluding remarks: Kerensa says it’s a 2 1/2 Pint Glass Beer; Ally says it’s a 3 1/2.  So, we’re calling it average and giving it a 3.

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