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RATINGS: 422   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.

Thewade's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thewade (340) - USA - JUL 23, 2014
Not my favorite from this series. Slight banana and molasses. Pours amber/brown with very slight head. Slightly sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4534) - 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 (7452) - 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 (358) - 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 (987) - 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark chestnut brown color with burnt orange/mahogany edges and a half finger white head that immediately settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Slightly spicy sweet malt aroma with some peppery rye, licorice and candi sugar along with subtle dark fruit esters. Subtle bready yeast presence but not much wheat character. Also, the quad elements are pretty tame with sugar and very faint fruit sweetness. The rye portion of the triticale does stand out but otherwise the aroma is kind of bland. I’m not really sure what else the triticale adds but it does, as the bottle suggests, lower the sweetness/more interesting quad characteristics. Medium body with decent carbonation, a slight syrupy texture and a pleasant spicy rye character that adds life to a somewhat bland/artificial tasting beer. Strong candy sugar sweetness with cloying syrup and faint dark fruit flavor. Some bitterness up front followed by peppery spice, rye and cinnamon. This is followed by some caramel and toffee along with Belgian candi sugar, cough syrup, fig, plum and raisin. The high ABV is very well masked making this beer surprisingly drinkable. Overall, I’m not sure what to think about triticale. The spicy rye character adds interesting complexity but there is hardly any wheat characteristics in this beer and the artificial flavor stand out, taking away from the overall flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Rating #1298 - 21.10.2014 Stone Launch @craftbeeryeg. Dark chestnut coloured pour with a creamy, bubbly tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is predominantly yeast, hint of roast malt and dried fruits. Flavour is dried fruit, sourness from the yeast and a lingering bitterness. Not doing it for me compared to other abts I have sampled, getting more yeast and spiciness than richness of chocolate and fruit notes - just oddly chalky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1477) - SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
650ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a low head. Dark sugars, plums, grain, lactose, molasses, banana and caramel. Not too bold, which is unexpexted from them, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (419) - HONG KONG - OCT 21, 2015
Amber with medium head; malty aroma. Very sweet taste, honey, caramel, fruits. A medium bodied, very enjoyable ale. Can feel Belgium here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1937) - Granollers, SPAIN - OCT 17, 2015
Cervesa amb un clar predomini en tots els sentits del caramel, molt bona. Cerveza con un claro predominio en todos los sentidos del caramelo, muy buena.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlimHabib (342) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - SEP 24, 2015
On tap. Dark Amber with tan head. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Full body. Salty with a small bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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