The Belgian quad is one of the biggest, most complex styles of beer on the market, a style as robust as it is respected. Though popularized by Belgian and Trappist brewers, this big style has been increasingly brewed by Americans – and in the case of beers like The Reverend, they’ve wildly succeeded. Caramel, plum and raisin flavors swim alongside sweet cherry, orange peel and a red wine-like astringency. Earthy sweet breads temper the taste of dried fruits, while a slight acidity and mild spiciness add layers to the medley. There is a lot going on inside the glass, so if the 10 percent ABV doesn’t prompt you to take your time with this one, the complex tapestry of flavor will. Try it now at Jon’s Bar & Grille and Khyber Pass Pub.
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