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 Funkwerks in Fort Collins Colorado comes their “Ten Quadruple Ale”. The beer pours a chestnut brown with a small tan head. The aroma consists of brown sugar, dark fruits but not much else to speak of. The flavour is of brown sugar, treacle, nuts, dark fruits, strawberries and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10%. While it may not hold up to the best of the style from Belgium this is a really tasty beer and I will be purchasing more now that it is available in Canada.
Commercial Description: Inspired by the Dark Strong beers of Belgium, this full-bodied Quadruple Belgian-style ale pours with a deep burgundy hue and a frothy tan head. The malt-forward aromas of toffee and chocolate compliment the dark fruity aromas of raisins and plums. The aromatic qualities follow through in the flavor and combine with refreshing effervescent carbonation. A dry and balanced finish makes this strong but quaffable beer the perfect way to end a long day! Notes of toffee, chocolate, raisins and plums.
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 Portland, Oregon’s Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and Belgium’s De Struise comes their “Pannepooch Reserva 2013 Old Fisherman’s Ale” a Belgian Style Quadrupel in theory. The Brewmaster from De Struise came to Hair Of The Dog and brewed a version of his Pannepot remaned Pannepooch Reserva”. The beer pours a brown colour with red hues and no head. The aroma consists of malts, dark fruits and strawberry jam. The flavour is of sweet dark fruits, candied sugar, cherries, molasses, plums, tootsie rolls, strawberry jam, malts, and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 13%. The beer was as odd as it sounds but at the same time it was amazing. I would love to get my hands on another bottle but due to scarcity and cost I doubt that will happen.
Commercial Description: “We’re actually releasing a couple of new beers this year […] I guess the most recent beer, the new beer, will be Pannepooch, and Pannepooch is a collaboration with a Belgian brewer De Struise from Oostvleteren in Belgium. I went to Belgium last year and brewed in his brewery, and he came to my brewery and brewed in my brewery. So we are releasing one of his beers that he made in Oregon. Instead of pannepot, we’re going to call it Pannepooch. It’s a Belgian abbey beer, a quad. It’s a fisherman’s ale actually, pannepot.”
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.