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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, our heavyweight Quadruple tips the O.G. scales at 25 degrees P. Master Brewer, Daniel Carey, sourced the Brett yeast that boldly frames this refined and complex strong ale. First coddled in our Oak lager tanks and then slowly matured in bourbon barrels. This is a bold beer that sips like a refined cordial of nutmeg, dried cherries and vanilla. Perfect for lying down or sipping by the fire tonight. http://www.newglarusbrewing.com/beers/unplugged belgian quad.html


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2012 Bottle in KC, courtesy of foppa78. Hazy red-tinged orange appearance. Quite spicy aroma with candy sugar, caramel malty nose. Quite a bit of alcohol plus oak, light bourbon, and vanilla in the nose. Cherry tinged, spicy, light bourbon, oaky, vanilla, Belgian strong ale flavor. What a collection of flavors! Cherries, vanilla, and a touch of sourness on the finish. Spicy, Belgian ale aftertaste. (4.4). Update on 12/15/2012. A lot more oxidation and syrupy, thick caramel mouthfeel. Nowhere close to my previous experience. I am now kind of interested to try a fresh one if they make it again. (3.9)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (10627) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to Styles. Pours purplish brown. Nose is predominantly candi sugar with some sweet candy, cordial, yeast and plum. Taste is also mostly candi sugar, some plums, cordial and a hint of oak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
hazy tan-brown with red highlights. Nose of candied sugar, toast, caramel malt. Heavy sweetness, light tea and malt. Bit chunky flavor, toasted trough short finish, more sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17877) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
18th March 2009
Hazy amber brown beer. Soft and dry palate. Very sweet toffee malt with a brief note of something fruity before a velvet punch of slightly spicy alcohol. Well joined up but a little over sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Another great bottle provided by my super generous Secret Santa. The aroma is interesting. Cherries, oak, vanilla stand out at first with raisins and figs following. About halfway through the beer, another whiff shows a lot of bourbon into the mix. It’s a dark amber color that pours with a thin head. Just a few light patches left on top. The combination of vanilla, bourbon, and oak gives the flavor a soothing warmth to it. There’s the Quad like Belgian yeast and dark fruity notes but rather than being the dominant flavors they are very much complimentary. Cherries again stand out with a lot of barrel notes. Dan Carey really is the master of the cherries and knows exactly how to use them in various styles. It wouldn’t surprise me if this beer was too hot at an early age but right now the alcohol is gentle and warm with only a slight sting in the finish. This is a very unique and interesting Quad with a fruity, barrel-aged, and funky twist to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
355mL coaxed from ryan’s cellar at my request. The pour is a clear, deep amber to ruby with a thin, yellow head (little low SRM). Nose is butter, barleywine toffee, bourbon. Woah, this is Belgian Quad? Taste is mint, malty, toffee, sweet maple, peanut brittle. Really lots of barrel aged barleywine notes. Not bad but just light years off from quadrupel. I don’t get any Brett, not that I would really want to with this style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle from JCapriotti...thanks Jason! - Cloudy apple juice color with a nice frothy off-white head. Smells absolutely fantastic. Light brett and bready yeastiness, with light cherry and a bit of oak. A hint of oak, and the bourbon barrel aging has mellowed into a light, sweet chocolate-caramel note. Wow--this is absolutely perfectly integrated. Taste is sweet light bready malt, with just a hint of heat. Touch of the same cherry smell--light and subtle, and not overly sweet. Vanilla and honey on the finish, and transitions into a nice sweet maltiness. Tons of yeast and breadiness on the finish. A bit watery, but that’s not a huge issue. Well-carbonated and soft. Absolutely fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Bottle from footbalm
Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head and very little lacing
Aroma: Tart cherries, oak and caramel
Taste: Full mouthfeel. Sweet malts, vanilla and slightly tart fruits
A nice Quad, easy to drink and refreshing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Caramel orange, beige cover. Aroma is caramel, light alcohol, some oxidation. Taste is sweet, raisin, full caramels.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours very slightly hazed copper amber color with a slight head that collars around the glass. The smell is very interesting and is like nothing I have smelled before. Bready, boozy, some spice, and almost a tinge of sourness like a good funky cheese. Medium/light mouthfeel. The taste is also pretty interesting with fruit, spice, and booze notes. This one has a funky aftertaste as well. A sort of lingering old fruit taste, maybe caused by the age. Not bad but the booze gets a little heavy and at this ae the brett makes this a little funky.


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