To me, the Belgian Quadruple is the best style of beer.  Yeah, it’s a bit rich in flavor and expensive, but once I had a St. Bernardus or a Westvleteren 12, I knew this was the best style of beer I have ever had.  So I was excited to try Black Market Quadrophenia.  This is a Belgian style quadruple ale brewed with coconut palm sugar and sits at 11% ABV.  For those unfamiliar with Black Market, they reside in Temecula, CA.

I poured this into a tulip glass and noticed the deep red color with a thick, off-white head that started thick and thinned out and stuck around.  The head was actually stuck around for a long time, considering this beer was so strong.  The smell of the beer was of cherries and other dark fruit.  The taste was huge sweet cherries with some slight hop spice up front.  The mouthfeel was lightly carbonated, syrupy consistency but it did cover up the alcohol well.

I’d have to say, for this style, Quadrophenia was way too sweet.  I know this style tends to be sweet, but this was just way too much.  For a domestic Belgian quadruple, I would recommend Avery The Reverend.  It’s a much more balanced beer with the spice you would expect for this style.


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