Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beer Review: Foursome Quadrupel

Reviewing the Foursome Quadrupel from Revolution Brewing
Score: 84

4 or 5 oz tap pour served in a taster glass at the Revolution Brewing brewpub as part of a beer flight on New Years Day (01/01/12). The Foursome Quadrupel is the second beer pictured from the left. This is the third of three reviews I wrote earlier in the month and forgot to publish.

Appearance: Served with a thin layer of creamy tan head that settled into a ring around the glass. Body is a dark red/brown color Dark brown with ruby transparencies. No comment on the lacing -- that's hard to deduce from a taster glass. 3.5/5

Smell: Phenolic Belgian yeast, bready malts, caramel malts and spices. Hints of dark fruit. 3.5/5

Taste: Caramel malts and cloves, with an interesting "nuts and spices" mix on the midpalate. Lots of that signature "Belgian yeast" flavor you get in wheat beers. There's almost a rye-like spiciness. Light alcohol warmth. Finish is yeasty and a little spiced. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Finish is spiced. 3.5/5

Overall: I rarely drink quadrupels, but this one seemed solid enough. Was not particularly great, but not bad either. I am glad I only bought a taster, however, because this beer is certainly not worth $10 -- let alone $10 for a meager 10 oz pour.

Recommendation: You can skip this one, unless you really like Belgian beers. Even then, I'd only recommend buying a taster glass.

Pairings: Peanuts, almonds and cashews.

Cost: $5 for a taster glass, $10 for a 10 oz pour

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