This purchase was inspired by a happy memory. Back in the winter times my cousin came to visit from Florida. I had the exciting job of showing her NYC. We went to the LES Barcade to get beers. I chose Brooklyn Brewery's Quadraceratops and it really stuck with me. I recommended it to my brother who arrived later and we each ended up ordering another serving. It was a rare experience because my brother and I don't hang out much and my cousin lives in Florida and thus doesn't see us often. I was very excited to see Quintaceratops at a bottle shop. Does this beer reignite happy family memories? Read on to find out.
Appearance: Quinta pours a chestnut brown with a thick frothy khaki head. There's a good deal of activity on the side of the glass. The head is persistent and refuses to dissipate. 4.5
Smell: Sometimes I dream about scented candles based around beers. Quads are one of my favorite beer styles due to their rich aroma. This beer continues this tradition. The nose is sweet with the candi sugar and malt creating that rich dark fruit scent. The bourbon scent is very low and mixes well with the rum. You end up with a faint vanilla which is still playing second string to the dark fruits. 4
Taste: Interesting. First sip was a bit of a roller coaster. I don't mean this in the thrilling way. The first taste was great. If that was all I tasted this beer would be amazing. You get this sweet blend of all these you love in a quad. The dark fruit taste is highly prevalent but the rum leaves an odd after taste. The beer finishes rather bitterly, and not hoppy bitter. The bottle does state that the beer has a "dry finish" so this isn't too surprising. It's just a stark contrast to the initial taste. The rum and bourbon are more like soft background noise. I've had bourbon beers before that I found undrinkable. The heavy bourbon smell and taste overpowered the beers. Luckily this isn't the case here. Temperature is a variable here since the vanilla and rum come in stronger as it warms up. 3.75
Mouthfeel: As I mentioned earlier, the beer is easy to drink. The bourbon isn't overpowering and the beer is quite smooth. The carbonation appeared strong due to the heavy head and rapid effervesce. The beer is sticky. It will linger on your tongue and around your mouth. I personally like this feeling in a big beer, it makes it feel like a meal. I had to double check the alcohol because it doesn't taste as strong as 10.9% but it isn't exactly a push over either. There is a definite boozy aspect of this beer. 4.5
Overall: Golly, this is a tough one. I don't regret buying it but I'm not sure if it's something I'll be buying again. I can say that it has rejuvenated my interested in bourbon barrel beers. I was ready to dismiss the style all together until I drank this. There is a lot going on in this beer and its not all good. The dry finish feels like a mistake. It's too dry and comes in too early. You aren't able to appreciate all the warm sugary dark fruitiness. By its style and alcohol content it is a obvious slow sipper. As i sit with it and contemplate I find that earlier sweetness returning, probably remaining in the sticky leftovers. I do recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of Belgian Quads.