We’ve written about some pretty big beers over the past two months, and this one is no exception. However, the Quadrupel (or just Quad) is one of – if not THE – most refined of the bunch. Many have trouble differentiating it from the Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and that’s understandable given the profile. So please, read on ….
What to Expect
Decadence. Pure, unadulterated Belgian decadence.
The main characteristics of a Quad are the rich, dark fruits reminiscent of figs, raisins, dates, plums, and grapes – many people will associate the flavors with vinous, red-wine-like characters. Caramel, brown sugar, and malty sweet flavors can be intense, but are usually quite complimentary to the fruitiness. And these beers will almost always have plenty of alchohol warmth – but shouldn’t be hot or solvent-like (if done right, yo!).
Below is the Gateway Beers profile of the characteristics you should expect from beers in the Quadrupel style:
Obviously, this is a rich, and relatively sweet beer. It is perfectly fine to enjoy on it’s own, but if we absolutely MUST give you recommendations, well here they are… Consider going complimentary: For starters, an avacado salad with a raspberry vinagrette dressing is a good way to go. For an entree, have a filet or prime rib cooked rare to medium-rare for a terrific match. But creamy desserts with rich fruits are the real winner here. Anything from crème brulée, to hundreds of different varieties of cheesecake with fruit topping, to a plain bowl of vanilla bean ice cream – you simply can’t go wrong.
Big beers deserve big glassware… We’d recommend trying a Quad in a snifter, or maybe a big tulip (think the .5L Duvel style). This is a big beer with a ton of possible flavor nuances, so please enjoy it far above refrigerator temperature. Think Cellar. In Summer.
– Brouwerij St. Bernardus: Abt 12, 10.5% ABV (Watou, Belgium)
– Brasserie de Rochefort: Trappistes Rochefort 10, 11.3% ABV (Rochefort, Belgium)
– Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven: La Trappe Quadrupel, 10% ABV (Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands)
For additional recommendations, visit our Beer Selector, or connect with us on FACEBOOK – each day, we’ll be posting one specific example of the Quad style to check out over the next week. Let us know what you think!