Description

The Belgian-style Quadrupel is amber to dark brown in color. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors dominate, with medium-low to medium-high hop bitterness. Quads have a relatively light body compared to their alcoholic strength. If aged, oxidative qualities should be mild and not distracting. Sometimes referred to as Belgian strong dark.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    8 - 20
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    25 - 50
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    9.1% - 14.2%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Noticeable to Hot
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived to very low. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness
  • Yeast Esters
    Complex fruity flavors reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes and/or plums emerge, often accompanied with a hint of wine-like character. Perception of alcohol can be extreme
  • Yeast Phenols
    Clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident
Palate
  • Body
    Mouth-Coating
  • Carbonation
    Medium
  • Finish Length
    Medium to Long
  • Attenuation
    83 - 83
Ingredients
  • Hops
    Varies
  • Malt
    Varies
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Ale
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Aged Gouda, Blue Cheese
  • Entrée
    Roasted Duck, Beef Stew
  • Dessert
    Bread Pudding, Chocolate
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Slight Haze
  • Color
    Amber to Dark Brown
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