Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Belgian Style Quadruple Ale

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barrel aged Quad is brewed in the spirit of collaboration. We combine traditional techniques and ingredients like Belgian candi sugar with American innovation and experimentation by the use of bourbon barrels.

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3.9
ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Bottle. Nose huge fig and date, brown sugar, some plum and coffee. Pour only medium-brown with a little more darkness and ruby in the glass, a tight tan head. Taste dominated by Bourbon, strong vanillin, smooth wood, very estery, also distinct rock candi sugar (which puzzles but also delights!), subtle grass and spice. Sticky lips on a fat body with relatively little carbonation (but appropriate for style). Alcohol is obviously behind the curtain but a strong kudos for how well it's hidden there, and how much they could cram in without any fumes or fusels or burn. Medium caramel in the sticky finish, probably plum that rings the loudest of the fruits. Doesn't cloy (it's just perceived sweetness via the Bourbon), low bitterness, no tang, well-digestible. This is masterfully made; the absence of those rare Trappist top-notes is the only thing delaying a fan club. [2018.01.14: 3.9]

3.9
hopdog (13249) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2018
12oz bottle. Poured a deep amber, near brown color with a thin sized head. Caramel, some dark fruits, wood, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.7
Carlisle (865) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2018
Bottle. Pours hazy, reddish-brown minimal tan head. Nose of raisins and figs with some alcohol. Rich malt with some chocolate notes followed quickly by raisins and some figs. Long finish with pleasant alcohol warmth. Very good.

3.8
77ships (11481) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2018
355 ml. bottle. Joint purchase & share with Kraddel. Dark brown amber, little head. Nose is basic sugar, raisin, cake candy, low fish guts, hint plastic. Taste is candy low soy sauce, BE, cookies, sugar, bourbon saves it given the fish guts & low plastic notes, lots of sugar sweetness, touch lower bourbon sweet, nice one.

3
Aminatchime (252) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2018
Oranje met witte schuimkraag. Geur is caramel, aarde en tikkeltje duf. Smaak is zoet, bourbon maar een tikkeltje duf.

4.1
kraddel (9335) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2018
pours dark copperamber. Small to medium white head. Smell is bourbon, very balanced, complex quad aromatics ( earthy, leaves, caramel ) Taste is very balanced and refined bourbon, tad sweet. Complex back of a well-made quad , sligtly overtaken, but not completely so, by the bourbon. very well made BBA Quad. Central waters keeps impressing me !

3.5
Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and some hints of molasses.

4.6
onceblind (10889) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2017
Hazy deep plummy brown under a thin off white head. Lovely nose of borbon and raisin and dates and Belgian candy sugar and a little charred woody vanilla. Full rich flavor that’s deep and luscious and fruity with date and fig and raisin tones, gentle sweet bourbon, some oak, and a full Belgian dark malty finish.

3.6
wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2017
Pours a clear garnet amber with a medium small bead light tan head that persists. Aroma is bourbon and brown sugar. Taste is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruit and bourbon. Warms as it goes down, but no alcohol taste evident. Very good example of the style, but perhaps a little cloying.

3.8
beastiefan2k (4181) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 12oz bottle. 2017 vintage. Poured not St Augustijn goblet. Brown color with some reddish hues. Bottom of the bottle has a bit of yeast poop, so not totally filtered but relatively clear despite being dark. Not much head for me. Aroma is strong but not over the top with a whiskey scented buckwheat maltiness. A little dough sweet malt. Moderate esters and sweetness with very low barrel essence, which makes for a strong beer that I wanted without the typical trappings. Flavor is in the same style. Much lower sweetness, barrel, and esters than the aroma indicates but all equally balanced. For and American BA quad it's amazingly well done. I'd buy it again


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