Friday, February 12, 2016
Vliegende Paard Brouwers Prearis Quadrupel (7/10)
While visiting The Andersons General Store back in August 2015, I encountered a few bottles of Prearis Quadrupel. Prearis is made by Vliegende Paard Brouwers of Oedelem, Belgium, so it's a true Belgian quad. It won a "best craft beer" award in Belgium in 2011.
Prearis Quadrupel pours a hazy mahogany with a thick beige head that looks like a milkshake and lasts quite a while.
The aroma is malty, with an enticing mix of leather, noble hops, and dark fruit in it.
Peaeris Quad's flavor is a balance of malt, hops, a boozy warmth, and mild dark fruit flavors. Compared to many Belgian quadrupels, it's a bit more dry and bitter. Because I prefer my quadrupels to be slightly sweet with a balanced or subdued bitterness, I don't like this one nearly as much as many others I've had. I'd still consider it a good quad, it's just not my favorite. I much prefer Weyerbacher Quad, Ommegang Three Philosophers, or a number of others which are more to my taste. By comparison, Ommegang's Three Philosophers is rated at 19 IBUs (BU:GU of 0.21) versus 50 IBUs for Pearis Quadrupel (and an estimated BU:GU of about 0.52). For that reason, I'm rating it a 7 out of 10. When I've had it on draft, it's more like an 8, especially as it warms and the bitterness subsides a bit.
Beer Advocate rates it an 86 or "very good" while RateBeer gives it a 94 overall.
I've only seen this in bottles at The Andersons General Store near Sawmill Road. It was on draft at The Winking Lizard on Bethel Road for a while, but I believe it's long-gone from there now.