On tap at Plank Pizza, fulsome (11.1% ABV) quad with Concord grape and fig juice adjuncts plus grains of paradise peppering retains Belgian candi-sugared sweetness. Grape-jammed fig spicing gains black cherry tartness at the burgundy-dried fruitcake finish.
On tap at Ambulance, opulent Three Philosophers spinoff provides hop-charred black coffee roast and pureed blueberry tartness to original cherry jubilee/ Lambic blend. But its bustling flavor profile never fully integrates since its boldly impulsive dark chocolate-ravaged black coffee richness diminishes the dark cherry and blueberry tartness as well as its tertiary cocoa, toffee, plum and apricot illusions.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, lusciously caramelized barleywine/quadrupel blend aged for a year in bourbon barrels proves immediately profound. Lovely bourbon vanilla sweetness gains chocolate-spiced frisk at dried fruited midst. Chocolate-covered cherry, pureed raisin and sugared fig illusions synch with rummy quad intensity to elevate barleywinish toffee-candied caramel finish. Resilient!
Sticky dark Belgian candi syrup drapes cinnamon stick-sweetened orange peel adjunct as well as whiskeyed dark cherry tartness, picking up a sharp medical kick at the viscous fruit-glazed finish. Bruised orange, Grand Marnier and tangerine liqueur illusions find meager space.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, murkily amber-browned quad brings dewy sweetness to brown-sugared raisin, dried prune and plum tones as well as oncoming brown chocolate spicing. Try in lieu of molasses fruitcake.
Sloppily aggressive Belgian quad/ German bock mix lets rotted apple mustiness, viscous corn syruping and disturbing alcohol burn relegate, then ruin, its fig-dried raisin, plum and prune niceties. Disgustingly cloy and stylishly conflicted 14% ABV Lithuanian worth avoiding unless inducing hangover.
Dissipating dark candi syruping bedevils sweet beet-sugared aspect, veering enigmatic quadruple-styled Belgian ale in different direction as dewy peat soiling and mildly soured dried fruiting come to the fore above its frail pilsner-oats spine. Soured fig-raisin conflux marginalizes pecan-buttered banana-plantain stint and wispy vanilla jaunt. Needs better and broader quad-like flavor profile.
On tap at Ambulance, resilient bourbon-aged Belgian quad serenely integrates kriek-styled oaken cherry sourness with candi-sugared dried fruiting that charmingly contrasts lactic brettanomyces yeast influence and vinous white grape esters above musty barnyard leathering. Gentle bourbon warmth nearly fades but sour cherry pucker never falters.
On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, perplexingly elaborate bourbon-barreled candi sugaring sweetens ripe dried fruiting as well as ginger, star anise and orange peel adjuncts (of cathedral-sized 12.5% ABV elixir). A polite molasses-sapped bourbon whiskey whir penetrates stewed prune, sugarplum, fig, date and black cherry serenity above brown chocolate-spiced malts. All tangible complexities line up rightly.
Profound Belgian quadrupel aged two years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels retains creamy mocha sweetness and dried fruited intensity. Rich brown chocolate-spiced dry bourbon entry gains subtle Scotch whiskey boozing as raisin-prune-date conflux, candi-sugared caramel malting, sweetly soured red wine esters and musty cellar funk deepen bold complexity of bourbon-barreled (10.5% ABV) Belgian dark strong ale.
“Elegant” dried-fruited mocha entry gains molasses-smoked toffee sweetness and vanilla-spiced caramel malting to contrast recessive black chocolate-roasted milked coffee bittering. Sugared fig, raisin and date nuances abound. Wispy bourbon vanilla licks gain peaty tobacco roast beneath the surface. Gentle on the tongue despite heady 11% alcohol warmth. 2017 re-tasting: Sweet-spiced chocolate liqueur entry gains bourbon, molasses, vanilla, toffee, caramel and Turkish taffy tones and an herbal nip.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, worthy quad drapes dark crystal-malted rye wheat sweetness atop brown-sugared raisin, prune and plum influence as well as sour black cherry subsidy. Calmly caramelized vanilla, banana and cocoa whims slip thru peaty bottom.