homebrewed belgian quadrupel

belgian quad straight from the tap

about a year ago I decided to brew one of my favorite styles – a belgian quadrupel.

  • I love the general complexity, intense flavor, and alcohol bite of a well-made quad.  some of my favorite (accessible) quads are pannepot old fisherman’s ale, st. bernardus abt 12, and rochefort 10.
  • I especially enjoy the “cola” flavors of the 10, so I initially was planning on brewing a clone of that brew, but BYO came out with an extract clone recipe for the abt 12 that looked too good to pass up.  I can’t find that issue for the life of me, but I managed to find the all-grain counterpart online:
    • St. Bernardus 12
    • OG=1.103
    • FG.=1.017
      IBU=15
      SRM=37
      ABV.=11%

      10#’s Pilsener malt
      3.0 #’s Munich malt
      1.0 #’s aromatic malt
      0.5 #’s Carafa Special III malt
      3.0 #’s Belgian candi syrup (Dark 2) (15 min)
      3.5 AAU Wye Challenger hops
      (60 min) (0.50 oz. 7% alpha acids)
      1.3 AAU Styrian Goldings (20 min)
      (0.25 oz. of 5% alpha acid)
      Wyeast 3787 (Trappist High Gravity) yeast

      Step by Step:
      Mash with a 15 minute rest at 135 deg.F, a 35 minute rest at 145 deg F, and a 25 minute rest at 165 deg F, a 5 minutes at 172 deg F. Boil wort for 60 minutes, adding hops and sugars at times indicated in the ingredient list. Cool wort and aerate. Pitch yeast at 70 deg. F. Let fermentation temperature rise to around 83 deg F. Rack beer to secondary and condition for six to eight weeks at 50 deg. F. Carbonate to 3.0 – 3.5 volumes of CO2.

  • I remember that I may have substituted 1762 for the 3787, but it was a while back.  both yeasts seem great for this brew.
  • A few weeks back I tapped the keg (after close to a year in secondary), and was definitely satisfied with the results.  The beer has a fruity, mildly alcoholic nose, and is smooth and drinkable with good mouthfeel.  The taste has hints of cola and molasses, has fine carbonation, and leaves a sticky sweet finish in the glass.  There is plenty of this beer left, and you can only drink so much at a time, but I am already dreading the eventual kicking of this keg!

quad in the glass

top view of the quad

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