If you have been seduced by the beers of Belgium, fair chance that the biggest seductress of all was a Belgian Quadrupel. Invitingly sweet at first, with flavours that change and evolve as the beer warms, they are deceptively easy to drink.
I could almost say that I’ve never met a quad I didn’t enjoy, though that wouldn’t be true. But when a family brewery that has been brewing for nearly 150 years decides to introduce a quad to their range, there is a high expectation that it will be a good beer.
And that is the case with St Feuillien Quadrupel. Clearly one of the good things to have come out of 2020, this beer looks a lovely dark brown in the glass, and oozes sweet malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeast character in the aroma.
Smooth and full, the flavour boasts caramel malts, chocolate, over-ripe dark stone fruit like figs and raisins, maybe a hint of licorice and a little herbal quality from the yeast.
For such a rich and full mouthfeel, the beer still seems somehow lighter than it is, the hops adding enough bitterness and the carbonation lifting the weight on the tongue. It is a really good beer, another to add to the list of Belgian quads to remember.