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Belgian-Style Quadrupel

These beers are amber to dark brown in color. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors dominate, with medium-low to medium-high hop bitterness. Quads have a relatively light body compared to their alcoholic strength. If aged, oxidative qualities should be mild and not distracting.

Category: Belgian Styles

Food Pairings

  • Roasted Duck
  • Aged Gouda
  • Bread Pudding

Glassware
& Serving Temperature

Tulip
50-55 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Amber to Dark Brown

Clarity

N/A

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Noticeable to Hot

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are not perceived to very low. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low.

Malt

Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness.

Esters

Complex fruity flavors reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes and/or plums emerge, often accompanied with a hint of wine-like character. Perception of alcohol can be extreme.

Phenols

Clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident.

Sensations

Body

Mouth-Coating

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Medium to Long

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

Varies

Malt

Varies

Water

Varies

Yeast

Ale

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