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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The 4th Anniversary Ale releasing this month is a Belgian-style Abbey Quadrupel with figs. Crafted in the traditional style of Trappist monastery breweries, this year’s Anniversary Ale was aged in oak barrels with figs: an ancient and sacred fruit. “This massive dark beer is heady with dark fruit aromas along with deep caramel notes and a deep malt backbone. The delicate spiciness of the traditional Belgian yeast adds character along with influence from the oak barrels producing an overall complexity,” says Director of Brewing Operations, Mike Hastings. Boasting an impressive 11% alcohol by volume, this beer will age well and hold its own for any holiday celebration. Bottles and gift packs will also be available for purchase in all of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company taprooms as well as select retailers in the Central Coast of California.

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4.2
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2017
22oz waxed bottle. Poured a deep amber, near brown with a smaller sized tan head, Dark fruits, wood, vanilla, lighter candi sugar, and had a nice tart finish with a light funkiness. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.9
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2016
22 oz bottle split with drsordr. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, figs, dates, oak, a slight tart character that works well with the beer, I don’t think this drinks like 11% which would be a problem if it were readily available, hints of spice from the Belgian yeast, pretty solid, I would gladly try again if I came across this.

3.7
drsordr (2747) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour dark copper with moderate ecru head. Nose light tart, green fruit, weedy, hint of cherry, and light wood. Taste some fig, fruit, sweet malt up front. Mid palate light spice, and some vegetal. Some spice late. As it warms less vegetal and more spice and fruit. Hides the alcohol well.

3.9
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Deep reddish brown hue with mostly lasting off white head. Not as malty nor deep as the StA quad before it but this one has more figgy fruity tones and even some cherry berry tartness. A brief interlude of earthy smoke and sweet fruity Cavendish pipe tobacco. The mouthfeel is more brisk and biting, alcohol equally more intense. While both are tasty, I would give the nod to the Straight To Ale version which is more akin to an Abbey styled Quadruple but due to the tartness I would bet that 7 out of 10 beer dorks would rather have the FMB version

3.6
User134089 (1644) - - MAY 6, 2015
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass From: My friend Don Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received on Dec. 28, 2014 Consumed: May 5, 2015 Misc.: Wax on top and neck Thanks Don! Poured an amber, auburn color with two fingers of dark, khaki tan frothy head, which thinned out after a few moments. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled plum, grape juice, figs, honey, blackberry, dark raspberry, a touch of blueberry and candied caramel. (Smell - 3.88) Taste followed the nose, getting grape juice, figs, plum, blackberry, dark raspberry and candied sugar. Supposedly this is 11 percent ABV, but it tasted more like 6 percent. Scary. (Taste - 4.00) Medium-to-light body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.38) Really impressed with this one. I can’t get over how hidden the 11 percent ABV is. (Overall - 4.13) 4.03 90 A-

4.1
marcus (10354) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours reddish amber with a huge beige head and a dark fruit and candi sugar aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a lot of fig and a bitter oak finish. No banana ester from the Belgian yeast to spoil the excellent flavor Quite complex and tasty.

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larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
On tap @ FMB in Buellton. Dark maple syrup color with small light tan head. Sweet fruity nose, the figs are in the taste. Strong with a nice finish.

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bhensonb (15358) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Waxed bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours clear very dark copper with a yellow/tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, biscuit and wood. Treacle! Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is dark fruit, dark malt, treacle aspects, and some light wood astringency. It is a little spicy/yeasty, but I don’t detect banana. The wood gets a little stronger with time. This is very nice ale. Very. Finishes not dry, but hardly sweet/sticky either. At the end of a quaff it’s sort of like sucking on a fruit skin with a little wood, but then there’s a touch of treacle/sweet. Recommended.

3.6
arminjewell (9687) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with eggshell head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, caramel, caramelized sugars into a bit of earth, slight coffee into a hint of spice, touch of slight booze. Taste is a mix of booze, almost an oaky note into a nice dark fruit middle, sweet sugars with toffee, slight earthy spice, finishing sweet.


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