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DESTIHL Quadrupel

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
5 / 6
34 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

It’s hard to know what to expect out of a Belgian Quad, but whatever your definition, this beer will probably satisfy it!

The beer pours a fairly clear medium-amber color with a scant, off-white head. The aroma is quite the smorgasbord, with medium plum and pit fruit characters, low spicy alcohols, biscuity malt, peppery phenols and a moderate banana ester. There's quite a lot going on, but it's well worth more than a few sniffs!

The flavor matches the complexity of the aroma, and has a smooth, fruity and warm impression. There’s a nice clove/sandalwood note in support in addition to what we perceive in the aroma, and it finishes nice and dry. The body is medium, and the medium-high CO2 provides a nice palate-scrub to go with the moderate warming from the alcohols.

Overall, this comes across as a Double Dubbel – which I guess makes sense for a Quadrupel! There's not much to pick on here, and I think most Belgian drinkers will find a lot to like.