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Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale



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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4587) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget. Had at a tasting 2015-04-18.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, malt, citrus, hops, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, some alcohol, malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2101) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
April 18, 2015. Bottle, shared by AndySnow, thanks!
Clear red with an off-white head. Aroma is dark sugars, spices, dried fruits, light floral. Taste is sweet dried fruits and caramel with a light bitterness, spicy and floral. Finish is soft bitter with spicy and floral notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2015
Smallish beige head dark rich ruby like pour aromas woody rich fruits caramel yeast toffee sugar spice flavours molasses sticky currants raisins sweet sugar doughy note tangy taste toffee caramel mild chocolate the finish a good tasting quadruple best flavours sweetness fruits grain note very good for the style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ACHops (921) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2015
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours clear dark copper with thin white head. Aroma is sweet boozy caramel malt, heavy notes of fig and raisin. Taste is similar - body is rather thin for the style. Sweet dark caramel flavor with roasty bready and dark fruit flavors. Belgian yeast is present but minimal. Clearly not Stone’s forte.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (2556) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
@ Basunen 15-5-9: stora toner av korn. Smaken är ganska rå med tydliga toner av malt och bröd. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shark_Pants (397) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2015
Beautiful clear deep red colour with nice fluffy head. Smells more like a tripel - bready, funky yeast, honey, but with some dark fruit hints in the background. The taste is as the smell suggests but with an unpleasant cardboard finish. Full bodied and sticky. To me this is really a dark tripel but doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the aroma and initial taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Boutip (5065) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle: Poured a brown murky color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of grainy unrefined notes with some residual sugar notes is a bit off in my opinion. Taste is also a mix of grainy unrefined cereal notes with some not well integrated residual sugar notes. Light spicy notes are also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. The unrefined grainy cereal notes really bothered me and I could barely finish the bottle. Not sure I would seek to try this experiment again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (314) - - MAY 3, 2015
Pours a brown body with a medium head. Nice sweet aroma. Very nice malty taste with tones of spices and bread. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (260) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 2, 2015
Typical dark brown pour with a small white head that fades away quickly. Aroma is terribly strong, brown sugar, molasses and some yeastiness. Taste on the other hand is quite nice. Begins with some malts, somewhat dry at first, ends with a slight bitter note. There is some hops in it as well. Mouthfeel is soft, medium carbonation. It’s not an awesome quad as it’s lacking the richness but I would drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1326) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2015
Torpedo Bottle. Cloudy amber color with fading head. Tastes like a mix of belgium quad, barley wine, and slight arrogant bastard. Not bad, but nothing special either. Meh.

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