From Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing comes their “Depth Charge Oak Aged Belgian Quad with Cognac”. Last years version was a scotch ale. The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of cognac, candi sugar, dark fruit, banana, sweetness and some oak. The flavour is of dark fruits, cognac, candi sugar, caramel, vanilla, banana, citrus rind, sweetness, mild bitterness and alcohol. There is a slight harshness in the finish that would die off with a bit of time in your cellar. The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 22. This is a fantastic brew with a ton of flavour jumping out at your mouth.
Commercial Description: Belgian yeast provides a spicy backbone to the rich cognac and oak flavours of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and toasted bread. Best enjoyed in bad weather, shared with family and friends, or aftter cellaring.
From Dageraad Brewing out of Burnaby BC comes their “10°”a strong, dark Belgian-style quadrupel brewed with unrefined sugars as noted by the Brewery. The beer pours a deep amber with a beige head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, candied sugar, Carmel, malts and spices. The flavour is of candied sugar, dark fruits, caramel, sweetness, bitterness, earth, spices, yeast and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5%. I love a good Belgian Quad and Dageraad is brewing up a tasty one for sure! Make sure to grab a bottle before it’s to late.
Commercial Description: Dageraad 10° is our secular homage to the strong, dark ales brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium. The strength of the wort and the addition of exotic, unrefined sugars has tormented the yeast into producing magnificently complex fruit and spice notes to complement the beer’s malty profundity. Its flavour will develop for up to three years in the bottle if properly stored.
Dageraad 10° is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.
From Townsite Brewing out of Powell River comes the “Cardena Quad (Barrel Aged)”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a brown head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, bubble gum and sweetness. The flavour is of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, bubblegum, leather and a sweet finish. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 30. With Townsite Brewing having a Belgian brewmaster it is no surprise that they can make a great Quad especially when it is Barrel Aged.
From Old Abbey Ales the new brewery on the block in Abbotsford comes their “Belgian Quad” a bottle conditioned beer. The beer pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge to it and a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, cherries, bananas and sweet malts. The flavour is of earth, alcohol, dark fruits, cherries, molassus, brown sugar and yeast. This beer has some great body to it! The alcohol content comes in at 10.1% with an IBU of 27. This is a great Belgian Quad and I recommend anyone that has a chance to try it to do it!
Commercial Description: Old Abbey Ales Belgian Quad is our biggest, most flavourful beer. At 10.1% ABV, this Belgian style Quadruple represents a deep garnet to dark brown hue of bold strength and character. Exhibit great depths of maltiness, the smooth mouth-feel and full body deliver multiple layers of malt complexity evocative of rich, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and more. This beer also exhibits spicy yeast notes while the hops keep the mall sweetness from becoming cloying, but they remain in the background.
From Bend Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery comes “Not the Stoic” a barrel aged Belgian quad. The beer pours a ruby red colour with very little head. The aroma consists of sweet cherries, dark fruits, malts, oak, molasses and pomegranate. The flavour is of pomegranate, cherries, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, malts, molasses, sweetness and an alcohol finish. The alcohol content comes in at 12.1% with an IBU of 15. The bottle recommended holding onto this bottle for around a year before opening. This beer may have been even better if I waited but I only had one bottle. I am glad I opened this up when I did as it was amazing!
Commercial Description: Aged and sequestered in select oak casks. The result – a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.
Malt: Pilsner, Special B, Crystal Rye
Hops: Czech Saaz
Other: Pomegranate Molasses
Barrel-Aging: 11 months in 15% Pinot Noir and 15% Rye Whiskey Barrels
Food pairing as per brewery: Seared Scallops With Marcona Almond Infused Oil, Braised Pork Belly With Coriander Scented Mustard, Pastry Puffs Filled With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With Chocolate-Blackberry Ganache