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No rules, just right

Straffe Hendrik Brugs Quadrupel Ale
De Halve Maan Brewery-Bruges, Belgium
Quadrupel Ale
11% ABV

In conceiving of beer styles, it is easy to paint yourself into a corner. The trouble, though it is difficult to call it trouble when you’re drinking such good beer, with Quadrupel ales is that it is a very loose style. Also, where the Germans traditionally follow very strict brewing rules, the Belgians played fast and loose with their beer; with such an experimental nature, fantastic and complex beers developed.

This particular quad pours dark, with minimal head. The aromas are heavy with currants and cherries and a dark sugar sweetness. The initial flavor of the beer has a crispness and is slightly hoppy. As the beer sits, the richer flavors open and you begin to taste those sweet, fruity notes.

This is a great sipping beer. In discussing food pairings we can up with a variety of possibilities: tapas, buttered noodles, vegetarian entrees, and the simple but classic fig.

The complexity of this beer, the nuanced and layered notes, make it a challenge to adequately describe. Suffice it to say, it is a great beer to drink on a patio while enjoying a spring evening-which coincedentally is exactly what we did.

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Hallelujah

The Reverend
Avery Brewing Company-Boulder, CO
Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale
10% ABV

Beer can be many things: an old friend, a moral lesson, or a tribute. Avery’s The Reverend was created as a tribute.

True to both our “small brewery, BIG BEERS” philosophy and to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend, this beer is strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart.

The bottle is both imposing and lovely, the colors on the label reflective of the colors in the glass; deep amber and tinged with reds. The aroma is not overpowering but smells like the perfect fall bouquet. Currants and raisins with a bit of spice.

The fruit continues on the palate, but not overwhelmingly so. The candy sugar used in the brew gives the beer some carmelized sugar notes. It’s smooth and very drinkable, particularly when you consider it weighs in at an impressive 10% ABV. So enjoy this beer, but be judicious in your consumption.