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BRU One (First Anniversary Quadrupel)

BRU One (First Anniversary Quadrupel)
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
Ingredients: malted barley, candi sugar, Styrian Goldings & Hallertau hops, Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13420) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering ivory head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pineapple, pear and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of straw, yeast, light fruittiness and light spice with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle. Mostly clear pale amber body with a small white head. Sweet bread and pineapple upside down cake malt with sugary apple and pear and alcohol with some black pepper creeping into metal and solvent and fusels. Pretty hot but my nose gets used to it after some time and the lemon expression of Hallertauer hops is there along with some floral goldings. Medium full body with creamy carbonation and soft malt texture up front but there’s some noticeable flabbiness that grows in the finish which combined with a burn from higher alcohols makes the whole thing seem like I’m a few minutes after taking a shot. Heartburn. Soft and cake-y malt and lemony hops for sure, I enjoy those aspects. It seems higher than 10% and the late body is disappointingly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7361) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy light to medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of honey, dried pineapple, cantaloupe, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Such a shame this is so timid in the aroma department...what’s there is really nice -- fruity and honey-ish -- but there’s precious little of it. Light doughy yeast notes come out as it warms. A bit unusual for a quad, it’s kind of like a strong Belgian blonde/amber ale (both visually and aromatically), not the typical strong Belgian brown. The under-carbonation is probably one of the primary underlying problems (the opposite problem of Beezel), which doesn’t allow the aromatics to escape the liquid well and yields a rather limp mouthfeel. Good effort but needs some work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Tap at BRU. Pours a slightly hazy copper with off white head, decent retention. Aroma is fruity, yeast, peach, esters. sweet, mild alcohol. Flavor is fruity, apple, peach, pear, yeasty, sweet, with a mild alcohol finish. Fruity, stone fruit aftertaste. Fairly good masking of alcohol. Moderate carbonation, med body, and mildly warm texture. Pretty good but not unique.

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