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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.72%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
EL CUATRO is made of barley and caramel malts co-mingling with lactobacillus and brettanomyces. After brewing and conditioning, the beer is transferred into brandy & whiskey barrels to age for over a year during an extended Brettanomyces Lambicus fermentation. Prior to bottling, the beer is blended with a small portion of year-old SAHALIE. The only hops added to this beer arrive from the aged SAHALIE. 
The brandy barrels and wild yeast fermentation give EL CUATRO a plum & cherry fruitiness balanced by the slight toast of the malt body.

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Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, many thanks to Colin. It pours cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. The nose is hay, floral, orange, sour apricot, peach, mild sourness, sherbet, yoghurt, vanilla and light coconut. The taste is sour apricot, peach, nectarine, pleasant sourness, sherbet, hay, floral, touch of vinegar, butternut squash and some alcohol warmth. Medium body, high carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Hides abv rather well. Very well-integrated flavour. Great stuff!

3.8
djd07 (14655) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pourd a cloudy copper with small beige had that lasts. The aroma is strong brandy, oak, funk. Thin mouthfeel with light booze, grain, funk, sour finish. Very good.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2017
This one was 9.72% and said on the spine label that it had aged hops, and was aged in both brandy & pinot barrels. Amber orange pour, with a little of the alcohol showing. Complex moderately tart flavor and nose, with a distinct wine character and some sweetness from the brandy. Complex and elegant, as all the AA beers have been so far.

3.4
hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle... Hazy golden ale with virtually no head – it’s tiny, white and gone in the blink of an eye. The aroma offers phenolic spiciness and a vinous, oaken tanginess. Full-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is lightly tangy, heavily sweet, and presents more yeast-driven spiciness than I am able to enjoy – clove, to be specific. Finishes tangy and a touch too sweet. A solid beer, but not at all my thing. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!

3.5
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Amber pour, light head. Boozy up front, vinegar, alcohol, yeasty funk. Too much booze in this one.

3.6
cubs (10636) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours a golden orange appearance with a thin cream colored head. Pretty strong aroma. Definitely some cheese and funk in the nose. Plenty of earth as well. Flavor was a bit strong. Some citrus and a lot of barnyard funk. Light cheese / parmesan. Again, kind of strong but kind of fun to drink.

4
DuffMan (10436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle shared at game night. Medium orange amber, lasting g off white head. Tangy and spicy, red wine and light vinegar, compulsively drinkable.

3.8
KyotoLefty (10268) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2017
750 ml bottle. Nose of vinegar, vanilla, yogurt, cherries. Reddish-brown, cloudy. Cherry, vinegar, grapes, wine, and yogurt in the flavor. Good.

4
marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle from Haggerty. Pours clear orange copper with absolutely no head and a fruit and vanilla aroma. There is a puckeringly sour fruit flavor with no bitterness. There is a tart finish with a hint of brandy.

3.7
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2014
Bouteille 75cl via trade, thanks to Rado_. Actual abv shows 8.73%. Bottled 27/02/2014. Ambrée trouble, col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme est très vinaigré dès l’entrée de jeu sans pour cela sembler surfait, mais ce côté acétique en reste cependant fort présent. Note un rétro nasal de barrique proche d’un vin rouge cuit. Un bouquet malté caramel reste également bien présent. Palais rappelle une vieille brune avec un mélange agréable entre le malté et la barrique et ce profil un peu acidulé,dans ce cas ci aigrelet assez prenant. Le tout laissant penser à un cidre caramélisé accompagné d’une présence fruitée rouge de vin. Seul point faible restant ce profil aigre fort tenace qui aurait été trop gênant sur une bière de plus faible pourcentage d’alcool.


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