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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Toronto, Canada

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2015 version is 12% abv.

Quadrupel style ale aged in red wine barrels with Brett Lambicus for 1 year. Refermented in the bottle. Released March 21, 2014.

This was released prior to that as Young Lambda (Aged 6 Months) and "Barrel Aged Quad" (Aged 3 Months) at special events in Toronto such as Cask Days and Bellwoods Volo Sunsplash event having not yet spent the full year in the barrel.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerWeg (1590) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
Craig on BarTowel made me open the Lambda. Probably 2013 or 2014 bottle, so maybe two and a half years old? Wow opens a little gushy, what just happened! But tastes very good - layers of really good tasty dense dark dried fruit, overlaying hints of apricot tartness and dry. Molasses cake. Sticky but not in a simple sugary way, reminds me of good port or something like that. Hints of hay and barnyard. Pretty fine stuff actually, and nothing like any Bellwoods beer I’ve tried before stylistically. Belgian Quad? Maybe more of an Abt, the sister style that tends darker. This is a flavorful tonsil blanket of love. My gosh this is good, so big and yet balanced. Fine instead of forceful, yet loads of flavor, like a good Burgundy. If I had another bottle I’d open it super chilled from the fridge or a snowbank, and set the bottle in a pot in the sink for any outflow. It’s too good to waste. Man that lingering apricot or something on the finish is so nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (4984) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2016
(Vintage 2015). Liquide brun sur lequel flotte un anneau de mousse. Au nez, mélasse, figues, sucre roux, raisins rouges, bretts, caramel et touche de réglisse/épices. Les saveurs sont spectaculairement bien balancées. Tout est à sa place: malts richissimes, jeu des levures, comportement des barriques, teneur d’alcool, fruits complexifiés. Vraiment, mais vraiment bon. Corps liquoreux avec une infiltration moyenne à faible des bulles. Une finale complète, aigre-douce, timidement chaude, fruitée, maltée, sauvage. Une réelle surprise. Spectaculaire.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5193) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle (500 ml). Gusher. Split 2-ways with Simon B. Hazy reddish-brown with a small beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma is of fruity brettanomyces, Belgian yeast, mild spiciness, alcohol, caramel notes, mild to moderate spiciness and dates. Taste is slightly sweet (not much residual sweetness for the style, the brett were hungry I guess) with caramel, fruity brettanomyces, nutty notes, alcohol, mild to moderate spiciness, Belgian yeast and chocolate. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Fruity finish with mild chocolatey aftertaste. Good fruity brett quad with a fun chocolatey presence. The less fun side is that the depth is not impressive which probably is an effect of the brettanomyces here. Good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gluepot (396) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2016
A massive taste profile. This very dense, rich beer featured dates, plums, apricots, green apples and molasses. Solid hints of acidity and sourness kept it from becoming cloying and heavy. A real prize

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ncube (111) - - MAR 16, 2016
Red with brown notes, with light brown head. Aroma of port, toffee, leather. Taste has the same, but with notes of chocolate, coffee, cherries. Alcohol is warming, but the tart acidity from the brett cuts through almost all the booziness one would expect from 12% content. Brett notes also help to balance out the sweetness and make this crazy drinkable. Favorite beer from Bellwoods by a large margin. Reminds me of some choice oud bruins from a trip to Belgium.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
5th Feb 2016: 4th International Beer Swap @ De Bierboom in Brugge. Large sample from one of two bottles brought over for all to share. Dirty brown with a foaming head of beige bubbles. Nose was a mixed bag of malty molasses, off wine notes and chocolate. Flavours were as the aroma suggested but with a hand full of nuts and mixed spices thrown in. All in all a ’sweet and sour’ sort of Quad, mostly leaning towards the sour end. Different and interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
[Bottle (500ml)] Pours a very dark amber-brown with an average size semi-lasting frothy tan head. NIce aroma of dark fruit, yeast, maple syrup, caramel malt and light spices. Awesome flavour of dark fruit, Brett, wood, light hops and light spices. Alcohol is almost totally hidden. Average to medium bodied. A fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (1286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2016
[2014] 500ml bottle. Murky brown with a foamy golden head. Flavors are molasses, maple syrup, dates, raisins, chocolate, alcohol and pepper with nutty and vinous notes. Full body, good carbonation, smooth texture.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1286) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Merci à Guillaume pour le partage! Un liquide de couleur prune très collant aux parois de mon verre tant ce dernier est chargé de sucres. Je crois même percevoir des cristaux se déposer sur mon verre lorsque je fais tournoyer le liquide décrivant une valse lente mais très sexy. Un nez puissant où fruits confits, pruneaux et caramel salé se confrontent nez à nez avec du soja. En bouche le liquide m’est difficile à boire tant celui-ci est sucré. Cette caractéristique n’en fait pas une mauvaise bière, mais pour moi qui aime peu le sucre, je peine à terminer mon verre. Le caramel salé revient avec force, accompagné d’un sucre d’orge et de mélasse. L’alcool est bien discret tant le reste est tonitruant. Lourde en bouche et peu effervescente, cette quadrupel est tout de même une belle adaptation locale d’un style plusieurs fois centenaire dans le vieux continent, sa terre natale.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SuperTiti33 (843) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Brune opaque. Nez: beurre. Caramel. Vin. Fruit rouge. Fruit tropicaux. Mangue séché. Bleuet. Mangue séché. Chocolat. Je salive. Bouche: très sucré. Caramel au beurre salé. Fruité. Raisin. Fine acidité. Fruit confit. Fruit séché. Brett. Vin rouge. Finale boisé et sucré. Sublime. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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