Category Archives: Belgian Quadrupel

Alvinne Cuvée de Mortagne Sauternes

Brewery: Brouwerij Alvinne
Country: Belgium
ABV: 12.8%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: Traditional Ale. Sweet 4/5, Sour 0/5 & Bitter 2/5

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Sauternes barrel aged Quadrupel.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.78
My rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of June 2023. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark brown colour with a very thin beige head that disappeared immediately and no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malt, slight vinous, red wine, grape, berries, apple, raisin, prunes, oak, with notes of caramel.
Taste: Sweet, candied dried fruit, prunes, raisin, grapes, oak, chocolate, caramel, and a light bitter herbal finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It’s definitely a sipper with the booze and sweetness. Maybe a bit too sweet for me with lots of dark candied dried fruit and caramel. Still, the aroma and flavours were nicely complex with good barrel character.

Straffe Hendrik Heritage 2015 Armagnac Oak Aged Ale

Brewery: Brouwerij De Halve Maan
Country: Belgium
ABV: 11%
Style: Belgain Quadrupel
Other Notes: Armagnac Oak Aged Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) This quadruple is a heavy and dark beer, brewed in the unique family brewery “De Halve Maan”, which has been located since 1856 in the historical centre of Bruges. This quadruple is matured for more than one year in oak casks in the ancient cellars of the brewery. It gives this beer a complex flavour and rich aroma. The beer is re-fermented in the bottle, and has a longer shelf life, during which the taste evolves still further. The tannins and the complex malt flavours ripen into a harmonious balance over the time.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.38
My rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottle no. 22214, 2015 vintage, and with a best before date of end of 2026. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark amber brown colour with an almost two finger creamy beige head that dissipated fairly quickly but settled to a rapidly replenishing thin layer over the top while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Plum, prunes, apple, oak, with notes of cherry, red berries, and brandy.
Taste: Dark fruit, plum, prunes, oak, boozy, brandy, caramel, toffee, apple, with notes of red berries.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied, light to moderate carbonation, and a warming finish.
Overall: Very nice complex flavours and the Armagnac barrel matched well with this Quad. I haven’t tried many barrel aged Quads, but this definitely makes me want to try more.

Young Master Mio

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 9.5%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: 2016 vintage. Bottle 702 of 940

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Whiskey barrel aged Belgian Quadrupel.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.07
My rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml corked, caged and paper wrapped bottle. 2016 vintage. Bottle 702 of 940. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark brown colour with a one finger beige/tanned head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a creamy replenishing cap, while leaving some nice curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, cream, with notes of dark fruit, berries, plum, raisin.
Taste: Sweet dark malt, lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, whiskey, with hints of dark fruit, berries, plum, raisin, and a boozy warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable sipper. I think it’s aged well compared to when I last tried it two years ago. Good to open in winter with the warmth it provides, but I suppose an air conditioner works too. Perhaps would have preferred more dark fruit, but that was easily overpowered by the whiskey, vanilla and caramel.

Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee

Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 12.5%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: 26 IBUs. Malts – 2 Row, Munich, Carmel, Torrified Wheat, Belgian Candi Sugar, Brown Sugar and Roast Barley. Hops – Styrian Golding

Brewer Description: (from 2017 vintage box) Since founding our brewery in 1996, we have specialized in the rare art of fermenting beer in oak barrels. In the Fall of 2006, we embarked on a program to barrel age a series of vintage strong ales that would later be used as components of a blended beer. That blend would become our first Anniversary Ale, “10”. After the release of “10”, we released limited amounts of the component beers on draft only. Many of these beers gained a cult following that craft beer fans raved about and begged for us to put in bottle. Stickee Monkee was one of these beers. We present the 2017 vintage of Stickee Monkee, a barrel-aged Quad. It has been said that the only constant is change and the same is true for barrel-aged beers. Cut from a similar recipe, this barrel-aged Quad evolves and shows a different face each year; a result of time spent aging in the barrel. Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico adds wonderful flavors that are reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over; toasted oak, coconut, leather and rich cigar tobacco. This Central Coast Quad is a one-of-a-kind sipping beer build to last and will reward careful aging for years to come.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.22
My rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A cloudy murky dark brown colour with a thin beige head that dissipated quickly, but left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet dark malt, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisin, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a splash of coconut.
Taste: Moderately sweet, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, dates, prunes, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, coconut, with hints of bourbon, booze and cocoa on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: At times it felt a little on the sweet side, but the aroma and flavours are complex and enjoyable, and as a sipper, it was good.

La Trappe Quadrupel

Brewery: Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Country: Netherlands
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: Trappist beer

Brewer Description: (from bottle) La Trappe Quadrupel is eponymous of this ale style. A full, warming and intensive taste. Malty with the sweet tones of date and caramel.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.12
My rating: 4

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of April 2021. Poured into a La Trappe goblet glass.
Appearance: A copper amber colour with a nice two finger beige head that had good retention and eventually settled to a thin replenishing layer while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, dates, prunes, plum, dried apricots, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, bready, brown sugar, caramel and toffee.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, dark fruit, dates, prunes, plum, candi sugar, caramel, alcohol, with hints of Belgian yeast and clove.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice aroma and flavours with an appropriate amount of booziness. As it warmed it got borderline too sweet, it just means I should drink it a bit faster!