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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
When testing the inherent makeup of the quadrupel—the warmest and darkest of Trappist monastery beer styles—we added triticale, a hybrid grain combining the pleasant flavor of wheat with the elemental durability of rye. We originally explored this nouveau twist on a traditional style in 2010, when brewing a test batch of a potential beer in our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series. Brewmaster Mitch Steele reached for and subsequently improved on that pilot recipe, bringing it to life as part of the Stone Stochasticity Project. The result is a quad that’s lower in sweetness, but rich with dried fruit and spice nuances.

Appearance:Pours deep chestnut with a light tan creamy head.
Aroma:Tropical fruit, banana and brown sugar, as well as some light pepper and clove flavors from Ardennes yeast.
Taste:Fruity, molasses, brown sugar and banana flavors. There is some spiciness from both the yeast and triticale grain. Palate:Full and very smooth with a touch of sweetness.
Overall:The Star Trek geek in me inspired this beer. The classic episode, “The Trouble with Tribbles,” referenced a type of grain called quadrotriticale (pronounced “quádro-trítĭ-kay-lee”). As described in the episode, this was a high-yield, four-lobed grain hybrid of wheat and rye with a bluish color. The flaked triticale we used is a cross between rye and wheat and makes up about 10% of the grain bill in this Belgian-style quadrupel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Clear medium amber color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention is about average and just a few wisps of lacing are left. 4.0 S: This smells pretty awesome. To start, it’s very clean without any breadiness or yeast. Big caramel and toastiness. Grainy with brown sugar sweetness. Dark fruits including plum. Spicy earthiness and neutral wheat. 3.75 T: Like the nose, this is very clean. The flavors aren’t powerful, but are poised and rich. Caramel and brown sugar are the biggest components. Plum, currant, and raisin fruits. Earthy spiciness. Toasty malts. Hints of pepper spice. 4.75 M: Lighter medium body. Pleasantly spritzy carbonation. Very good creaminess. Super smooth. 4.0 D: Very good beer. No real faults and the triticale brings a new flavor into the mix. ★ 838 characters DavoleBomb, Feb 14, 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Deep amber Ruby pour. Sweet aroma of toffee, bread pudding, rum. Sweet bodied with a dry, boozey finish. Rum, toffee, dry fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (5262) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Color is deep ruby without any head in the snifter. Aroma is slight Belgian yeast with moderate dark fruits, bold caramelized sugars.

The flavor is almost like a Quad. Caramelized sugar and dark fruit is here. What bothers me most is the texture and body. The body is strangely thin with a syrupy texture over the tongue. I enjoy the style but this just isn’t working for me. Cloying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14792) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle at home - thanks to Jørgen. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Ryebread. Brown sugar. Dark fruits. Light herbal. Ok bitter. Grainy. Ok medium fruity. Light peppery. Sweetness. Light acid. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3568) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle from joergen at T&M’s. Pours a clear brown with a tiny off-white head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of caramel malts with hints of Belgian yeasts. Also notes of dried fruits and rye. Medium to full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry and sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle. Hazy ruby colored with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of rye bread. Sweet and fruity flavor of caramel and dried fruits with notes of bread. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4664) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from Wine Emporium 281115. Deep dark copper red in colour with a slight head. The beer as well as the name is a big mouthful. Strong flavour with a sweetish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7742) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a deep reddish amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, a touch of spicy rye like notes, comes off thin compered to the better examples, not creamy , smooth or syrupy, the flavor is decent, it just lacks the subtle things to make this something I would want to drink again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty damn good. Nice after taste. I'd buy this again. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1009) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Bomber purchased at the brewery in Escondido 18 months ago ($7.25). Pours a clear-ish mahogany hue with a thin layer of beige foam that soon disappears into nothingness. AROMA of stewed sticky fruits, dusty dry grains, toffee, toffee, with hints of brown sugar and dusty old leather. FLAVOR of rich caramel, candied dark fruit, candi sugar, molasses, dry spice, but with some minor distracting soapy/detergent notes. Significant sweetness (actually not so high for the style), though still rather far from cloying. The big ABV (a little low for a quad, though) is well concealed as in all Stone beers. It grows on me as it warms up, but overall this did not have the nuance that I had hoped for. I do not get much from the rye and wheat elements that are supposed to be here with the specialty grain. This might have been better fresher rather than aged for 1.5 years (though quads are quite age-able, right?). (419, 987)

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