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Buxton Quadrupel

Rating: 3.9

One of the first ‘big beers’ I had over the Christmas holidays now, a Belgian quad style beer from the Derbyshire based Buxton Brewery that will be my fourth offering from the brewery. This one follows on from their Ace Edge and Far Skyline offerings from 2014, as well as their Imperial Black that I had in 2015; the first and last of the trio proving to be excellent beers but I wasn’t really a fan of their the Far Skyline Berliner Weisse. By far the strongest beer that I’ve had from the brewery, this one comes in at 11% which is well above the 7.5% of their Imperial Black and it’s definitely one that I’m looking forward to. The ‘IV’ on the bottle comes from the fact that the beer is the fourth in the brewery’s Belgian series of beers and I can’t think of another UK brewed quadrupel so this one is definitely something different. The bottle is a limited release from Buxton that I stumbled across in my local beer shop and quickly grabbed a bottle of, the fact it was just before Christmas made it a prefect time to pick up this strong offering and it was one that I cracked open just after Christmas; here’s what I thought of it.

buxton-quadrupel

Appearance (4/5): A dark, almost deep red tinged brown with a thin, tan coloured head on top that is more lacing that anything else but  somewhat expected given the abv. of this one. The lacing fades fairly fast but some in the centre of the glass remains on top of the opaque body; it not a bad-looking offering for one coming in at 11% at least.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a dark beer with a fairly sweet nose that came through with a lot of darker fruits that appeared ripe and backed up with some sugars that added to the sweetness. There was some figs and dates showing initially before being followed by some touches of banana and a few plums but it didn’t seem quite as pronounced with the nose as some other quads I’ve tried previously have been. Towards the end some bread malts made an appearance alongside some light caramel touches and a hint of spice seen things out.
Taste (8/10): Again quite a sweet beer and a little stronger than the nose this time around, there was a good combination of dark fruits to open things up; namely the figs and plum from the nose but also some raisins, dates, cloves and a little banana sneaking in there too, although the banana was quite subtle. Towards the middle and end of the beer some of the darker malts and a little caramel start to come through alongside to spice and more sugars which see things out.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, bordering on full with a relatively thick and almost syrupy feel at times, this one was a very sweet offering that came loaded with dark fruits and sugars from the start but it also managed to hint the alcohol content of the beer rather well. There was quite soft carbonation to this one with and decent balance too which made it a good one to sip away at but it was definitely missing something when compared to other Belgian quads out there sadly.

Overall (16/20): Very nice stuff from Buxton, this one was a very strong but also very sweet offering that was dominated by dark fruits and sugars, the caramel flavours and darker malts taking more of a backseat here. The alcohol was well hidden given the strength of the beer and it proved quite a rich offering but the soft carbonation and nice balance made it an enjoyable one too. Definitely a good beer and one that I liked but it’s probably not one to rank alongside some of the better Belgian brewed quadrupels out there and for that reason it’s not likely to be one that I’d pick up again I’m afraid; still, it’s one that is well worth trying if you get the chance.

Brewed In: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Brewery: Buxton Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Also Known As: Buxton IV
Type: Quadrupel
Abv: 11.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £4.90

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  1. June 15, 2017 at 13:15

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