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RATINGS: 311   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17158) - , 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.

   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. Itís 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. Thereís 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 wouldnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
355mL coaxed from ryanís 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 donít get any Brett, not that I would really want to with this style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3054) - 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 thatís not a huge issue. Well-carbonated and soft. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (5661) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1375) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2742) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2010
12oz bottle from a trade, aged a little bit. Color is amber, hazy, thick, with medium clarity and a gentle pour produces a headless beer. Aroma is alcohol but light, with a touch of cardboard. Its slightly sticky but not overly sweet. As it warms up more age (cardboard) comes out. Flavor is very nice, some barrel (leaf), and a bit of "slickness," which I attribute to the brett. In this case, the brett is not strong and not overly apparent. The flavor is not heavy and nicely constructed with no age showing in the flavor (surprisingly). The flavor finishes fast and does not linger. The beer is easy drinking and very nice for an American Quad. Some chocolate in the flavor helps accentuate that "slick" brett character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3396) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12 oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is lightly hazed orange copper with a smallish tan head that collapses immediately. Aroma is musty, dusty grain along with some vanilla sweetness and finishing with a weird barrel woodiness that isnít quite Brett to me, but is funky. Taste has a malty sweetness, herbal and medicinal, with the bourbon wood filling out and drying up the finish. The Brett is more developed in the taste, though still a little subdued. Palate is medium, very drying finish.

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