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Beer Review: Trappistes Rochefort 10

In Quad, Reviews on June 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

A Belgian legend.  Rochefort’s Trappist beers come in simply labeled bottles.  This is their Quadrupel.  Here’s my review:

Pours dark brown with hazelnut highlights in the glass complete with an off white capping of creamy bubbles.

Chocolate and fruit along with wood, tobacco and leather, then touches of coffee bean on the nose.

Sweet plum up front melding with dark sugary flavors, raisin, and prune, that has a prickly carbonation mid palate, then more tobacco and wood in the somewhat dry finish.

Very nice Quad, I prefer the more flavorful St. Bernardus but this is a great beer as well.  The flavor profile reminds me more of German brewing with very straightforward, singular flavors in the beer, compared to many complex, and all over the palate Belgian beers.  Of course that is in no way a complaint, merely an observation of national beer traditions.

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 11.3%

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Beer Review: Victory V-Twelve

In Quad, Reviews on March 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Victory is one of my favorite breweries as they put out some of my favorite beers like Hop Devil, Yakima Twilight (now Yakima Glory), Prima Pils and now V-Twelve is on my list.  Here’s my review:

Pours a sunset, burnt honey, orange color with a tight white head. Simply put; a beautiful glass of beer.

The aroma does not disappoint the expectations given by the visual.  Sweet malt, orange, peach, pear, apricot, raisin, touches of caramel, spice and grain all harmoniously create an impressive nose for this beer.

The bubbles strike first with a seemingly dry character from the high level of carbonation, then the beer becomes very sweet mid palate with fig, raisin, and more residual sugar accompanied by some tobacco and nuttiness with hay and bread.  All of these flavors lead to a bubbly and somewhat dry, spicy and warming boozy finish.

It is highly drinkable.  Great Belgian inspired yeast notes, sweet bread and fruity flavors.  I loved it.  I would suggest drinking it after dinner with some rich cheeses. A tangy goat cheese would be particularly good.

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 12%

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Beer Review: St. Bernardus Abt. 12

In Quad, Reviews on April 7, 2010 at 5:32 am

This Belgian Quadrupel style beer is often compared to the very hard to get and coveted Westvleteren 12.  Westvleteren 12 is a Quad only available at the monastery in Belgium and only with a reservation to purchase it.  Most beer lovers say St. Bernardus Abt 12 is comparable and being that it is very widely available in the states, a lot easier to come by than the legendary Westy 12.  I really enjoyed this one.

Some quick information: a Quad is a somewhat new style which notes it strength higher than a Tripel.  The Abt. is short for abbott the highest level in monasic culture, which references that this is the highest quality beer produced for the most esteemed guests.  12 refers to the degrees Plato, the Belgian system of measurement for gravity or amount of dissolved solids (sugars), which is what alcohol comes from.  The higher the degrees Plato, which is basically the gravity measurement (1.012) and dropping the 1 and the decimal point, he higher the alcohol content of your beer, so watch out!

Here’s my review:

Pours a deep hazel and produces a dense, khaki head that leaves chunky lacing all around my Chimay goblet.

This beer smells of rich malt, dark fruit, mostly fig and raisin, followed by a bready aroma and fruity esters from the yeast.  Other notes are of dark cherry, banana, ripe fruit skin, and clove.

The first sip is prickly carbonation from the bottle conditioning, but quickly turns into a creamy sweet malt bomb that then displays dark fruit on the palate, followed up by a dry cocoa powder that plays nicely with a warming alcohol finish.

There is lively carbonation up front but it maintains a creamy mouthfeel and full body.

In my opinion, this is a great dinner or dessert beer.  It will go great with steak or salmon and will hold up to strong cheeses both due to it’s rich quality and palate cleansing ability through heavy carbonation.  For dessert, I would love to have it with fruit tart or shortbread and the malt will harmonize well with a sweet dessert featuring both fruit and bread or biscuit flavors. (Fruit Pie, strawberry shortcake, blueberry cobbler).  There is no doubt this beer will encourage a decadent dining experience.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Belgian Quad

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Beer Review: Urthel Samaranth

In Quad, Reviews on March 4, 2010 at 6:16 am

Urthel Samaranth is a Belgian Quadrupel style ale.  The Quad style is a newer, stronger addition to the Belgian Trappist/Abbey style beers.  My review of Rochefort 8 talked a bit about Trappist beer, and this is an Abbey beer, as it does not fit into the legal restrictions for it to be called a Trappist brew.  Urthel or “De Leyerth Brouwerijen” is located in Belgium and I’ve always liked their funky labels and their more modern, less traditionally Belgian style.  Here is my review:

Pours a dark mahogany with an off-white dense and creamy head.  The nose is of fruity esters, malt and brown sugar.

The first sip reveals a very delicious and creamy brew.  There are strong notes of dark fruits such as fig and dates.  Great malt flavor with a dry and warm alcohol finish.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, and the yeast flavors are not as overbearing as I find with some Belgians.  This Quad has a mellowed alcohol taste with a pleasant sweetness.  I found it to be comparable to a sweet red wine, perhaps like certain Chiantis.  Like a red wine, I would pair it with a hearty dinner.

I think that this would go well with a steak or maybe some roasted chicken with rosemary.  For cheese, personally I think that it would go well with Cheddars as well as some pungent cheeses.

This is one of my favorite beers from Belgium.  It highlights great Belgian yeast aspects like sweet dark fruit and has really delicious malt flavors.  The creaminess and subtle complexities of this beer make it extremely versatile and great for pairing with meats and cheeses.  Get some today and find your favorite pairing!

Style: Quadrupel

ABV: 11%

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