Belgian Quadrupel (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
Rich, malty, smooth, and dangerous, this Trappist style ale will dazzle you with complexity and astounding drinkability. Intense malty-sweet raisins hit you up front, then mild molasses ride through the mid-palate with hints of dark fruit, and it all ebbs away into a lip-smacking bittersweet finish that dries up very nicely, inviting the next sip with open arms.
Serve very cold to avoid excessive foaming of this highly carbonated beer, but be sure to let it warm somewhat to intensify the aromas of raisins, plums, figs, and other dark fruit. Whatever you do, don’t rush this beer. Slow down and savor it.
- Bottle Conditioned
- The best pairing for this ale is a second glass of it
- Roasted fowl
- Hearty breads
- Strong cheeses
- Spicy dishes
- A medium-bodied cigar
Storage and Serving Tips:
- May be cellared 2 years or more at 50°F – 60°F (NOTE: Carbonation will eventually escape through the cork and the beer will go flat)
- Will clarify somewhat if cold conditioned at 38°F or less for several months
- Serve very cold to avoid excessive foaming, then allow to warm somewhat to release intense dark fruit aromas
- Pour one glass and leave the bottle out to warm while you drink it; then for a different experience, pour the second glass along with the yeast in the bottom