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Belgian-Style Quadrupel

Belgian-Style Quadrupels are amber to dark brown. Chill haze is acceptable at low serving temperatures. A mousse-like dense, sometimes amber head will top off a properly poured and served quad. Complex fruity aromas reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes and/or plums emerge, often accompanied with a hint of winy character. Hop aroma is not perceived to very low. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness. Hop flavor is not perceived to very low. Hop bitterness is low to low-medium. Perception of alcohol can be extreme. Complex fruity flavors reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes and/or plums emerge, often accompanied with a hint of winy character. Perception of alcohol can be extreme. Clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident. Diacetyl and DMS should not be perceived. Quadrupels are well attenuated and are characterized by the immense presence of alcohol and balanced flavor, bitterness and aromas. They are well balanced with savoring/sipping drinkability. Oxidative character if evident in aged examples should be mild and pleasant. Body is full with creamy mouthfeel.

Vitals

  • Original Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.084 - 1.120 (20.2 - 28)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (┬░Plato) 1.014 - 1.020 (3.6 - 5.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 7.20% - 11.20% (9.10% - 14.20%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (25 - 50)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 8 - 20 (16 - 40)
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