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 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 Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Rigor Mortis Abt” a Belgian Style Quadrupel. This Quad pours a deep ruby brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of deeply of dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel malts. The flavour is of dark fruits, brown sugar, sweet caramel malts, some hops bitterness and a mild alcohol warmth. The alcohol content comes in at a big 10.5%. This is a very well made beer and has similarities to the beer Trappist monks brew. I look forward to having more of this beer in the future.
Commercial Description: Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers. Rigor Mortis Abt is brewed only once a year, and is sold in January until stocks last.