Style: Barrel Aged Quadrupel
Funkwerks Bourbon Barrel Quad
What the brewers say
“Our Belgian-style Quadrupel aged in bourbon barrels. Hints of bourbon and a slight alcohol warmth lead to a dry finish. Notes of spicy vanilla oak, caramel, dark fruit, and hints of bourbon.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Some caramel and chocolate malt sweetness. Nice vanilla. Mild alcohol spiciness, sweet fruity esters emphasizing cherry, plum, and a little banana. A nice hint of spicy hops lingers in the background. A strong raisin and even vinous character. Some dark maltiness but the fruitiness dominates.”
Flavor: “Strong cherry with some plum, raisin, and prune. Sweet maltiness with notes of chocolate. Warm in the end with slight alcohol burn. Fairly sweet, but alcohol dries out the finish. A slight minerality adds a nice dimension and lends an interesting effervescence for such a rich and dark beer. A touch light for the style, so the fruitiness runs away with it, but still very pleasant.”
Overall: “Enjoyable with some nice fruit and malt character. The sharpness in the finish detracts from the rest of the beer, but it’s a well-crafted beer that highlights some interesting barrel selection and yeast character.”
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