Belgian-Style Quadrupel

Ale - Belgium

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 9 - 14%
  • IBU: 25 - 50
  • Color:   8 -   20 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.084 - 1.120
  • Final Gravity: 1.014 - 1.020

Quadrupels or ―Quads‖ are characterized by the immense presence of alcohol and balanced flavor, bitterness and aromas. Its color is deep amber to rich chestnut/garnet brown. Often characterized by a mousse-like dense, sometimes amber head will top off a properly poured and served quad. Complex fruity aroma and flavor emerge reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes, plums often accompanied with a hint of winy character. Caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness. Though well attenuated it usually has a full, creamy body. Hop characters do not dominate; low to low-medium bitterness is perceived. Perception of alcohol can be extreme. Clove -like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident. Chill haze is acceptable at low serving temperatures. Diacetyl and DMS should not be perceived. Well balanced with savoring/sipping drinkability. Oxidative character if evident in aged Quads should be mild and pleasant.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.