Style: Barrel Aged Quadrupel
“In this bottle resides Quintaceratops, the spledid progeny of our Belgian-inspired quadrupel abbey ale Quadraceratops. As you discover, the all important “5th horn” is the influence of Trinidadian rum and Kentucky bourbon barrels. After months of oak aging followed by the re-fermentation in the bottle, this beer emerges smooth, earthy, dry and rummy with notes of burnt sugar, coconut and vanilla. Quintaceratops is ready to rumble with all five horns. Grab hold and enjoy the ride!“
Last time, I reviewed a beer from Brooklyn Brewery it was Cuvée Noire, which was a delicious barrel aged stout. Now, lets look at another barrel aged creation from the guys over at Brooklyn. Quintraceratops is a quadrupel brewed with Belgian dark candi syrup and aged in bourbon and rum barrels. The beer was only brewed once as an experimental beer from their classic quadrupel, Quadtraceratops. Let’s pop the cork and see how it turned out.
The beer pours a very deep, dark brown with a little more than one inch of cream colored head. The nose is complex and all over the place. It is much different than that of a classic quadrupel. The beer gives off notes of burnt sugar, molasses, raisins, oak and strong hints of rum and bourbon which you can tell masks some of the subtle notes. The beer tastes similar to the nose with the rum and bourbon dominating the foreground as the plum, molasses, and Belgian yeast gradually coming in later. Oak closes out each sip trying to smooth out all the booze. The beer is surprisingly sweet for quad, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is definitely different. The beer is medium bodied with high carbonation. The booziness the warms you like a quad, but is much thinner than your typical quad.
I honestly don’t know what to make of this beer, it is decent, but not really a quad. I don’t it is due to the barrel aging, as La Trappe Oak Aged are all aged in various oak barrels, but still fee like a quadrupel. The beer is definitely a quality complex beer, but I think the rum and bourbon flavors overpower some of the other flavors which take away from some of the character in the beer. The beer has just enough booze and sweetness to warm you up on a cool winter night. I would say the beer is good not great because it is definitely different, but I wouldn’t buy it if you are looking for a quadrupel. If you try it let me know what you think. The beer would pair well with a nice sharp cheddar, creamy blue cheese or smokey gouda. Cheers!