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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
A truly full-bodied beer, quadrupel is rich, malty and very complex. Deep brown in color, this beer uses Belgian abbey yeast, dark candy sugar and a huge assortment of specialty malts, oak aged with cherries providing layers of complex fruity aromas and flavors with a warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Served on-tap at the Iron Hill Lancaster Sour event.

A - Pours deep red with no head at all leaving no lacing down the glass. If I didn’t know any better I would say it is dead.

S - Smells of cherries, oak, port wine, dark fruits, and booze. This one has a lot going on and it seems to be a bit muddled as a result.

T - Starts off with some cherry sourness, nothing too over the top, quickly giving way to a mix of booze, woody oak, dark fruits, more cherries, and some vinous wine tannin. The yeast comes thru toward the end but it really never gets past the other, much stronger, flavors. Finish is pretty dry. I like the flavors in this one but I think it is still a bit raw.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Plenty of booze and drying wood tannins in the feel of this one. Finish is more of the same.

O - This one was OK. I think the flavors are fine but it needs a bit more time to mature. If you have a bottle of this one I would sit on it for a little while in hopes it would round out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
(backlog) RBSG ’11 GT Bottle. Ruby brune pour with some head. Body is a little light.. Tart cherry, oak, touch of warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2014
750mL bottle. Poured a lovely shade of reddish-amber with just about no head on top. The aroma was quite potent, with tart cherries, oak, and a bit of raw alcohol leading.. some darker fruits, molasses, and vanilla deeper down.. unabashedly big, but I was looking forward to it. The flavor found juicy dark fruits, berries, and peppery bourbon-like notes at the core with dry white pepper, oak, cloves, and tart cherries around.. spicy and dry on the finish with very tasty cherries and oak above all else.. oxidation rounded it out well right at the end. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. this got better and better with a little time to breathe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Unlabelled 750 ml bottle. Misty garnet brown with edgy beige froth. Nose is sour cherry, raisin, acetone and wood. Medium body with bright carb, slightly sticky. Taste is earthy sour cherry, raisin and wood. Sweetness comes out as it warms. Lots of tasty dregs. More a Flanders Red at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Pours opaque amber/brown with a touch of ruby...medium tan head. Aroma is boozy and dominated by sour cherry and oak...a bit funky...underlying caramely notes. Flavor has more quad qualities up front...malty, slightly sweet and followed up nicely with great sour cherry and lots of oakiness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy/silky with a dry oaky/lt cherry finish that warms nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/6/2011. Poured into a tulip. Iron Hill Oak Aged Cherry Quadrupel pours a dark cranberry brown color with caramel edges. No real head to speak of. The aroma is mostly sour cherry, with a fair amount of booze - which is actually a little tough to get past, some nice barnyard funk, but not much malt aroma. In the flavor, there is just a touch of quad sweetness to start. Some cinamon, sour cherry, a little bit of oak, and a dose of funk. Either the quad fell out of this one or the combination doesn’t really blow me away. This was fairly flat, and the excessively light carbonation created a weird taste/mouthfeel combination. It was a bit watery and lacked enough body. The end is definitely on the dry side from the Brett. This had an ok flavor, but it was not too sour and it seemed the bugs negatively affected the mouthfeel more than they added anything to the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle shared with Anker and traded via Axilla. The aroma is funky and fruity with a sour touch. Notes of dark fruits, cherries and toasted malt. The flavour is cherries, oak, ripe fruit, brown sugar and light roasted caramel. Complex but quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2011
(750ml bottle) cloudy ruby pour with no head. Nose of sour cherry, funky Belgian yeast, and barrel. Where’s the quad? Doesn’t matter, it smells like a delicious sour. Taste of tart cherry, funky, oak, some caramel, a delicious linger!! Some cognac and quite complex really. Just an awesome beer. Almost exactly like a sour as opposed to a quad that’s been soured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
In short: An intense, oaky, tannic and slightly sour strong amber ale with a ton of cherries. Excellent sipper
How: Bottle 750ml shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Cloudy dark-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention
In long: Nose is powerful, a bit wild/farmhouse, lots of cherries. Taste is sharp and very tannic, fresh red cherries, oaky sourness, some darker fruits. A bit sweeet at first but finish is abruptly saliva sucking. Alcohol absurdly well hidden. This is classified here on ratebeer as an Abt but the flavor profile is more like a Flemish Sour on steroids with extra cherries. Another strong big strong ale durign a big beer day. A very nice beer I was able to enjoy during the kick-ass Ratebeer Summer Gathering week-end. To me, the existence of the annual RBSG is the one proof that the internet can be used for more than watching porn, illegally downloading music & movies and watching videos of cute kittens doing adorable things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
750 mL bottle shared by MrChopin at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear brownish red color with a thin white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, leafy vegetal notes and a dark malty finish. There taste is tart cherries, chocolate and a malty finish. Faint wood. Not too complex but very nice.

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