The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the st. bernardus beers. it is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). a dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation.
Quadrupels or "quads" are characterized by the immense presence of alcohol and balanced flavor, bitterness and aromas. its color is deep amber to rich chestnut/garnet brown. often characterized by a mousse-like dense, sometimes amber head will top off a properly poured and served quad. complex fruity aroma and flavor emerge reminiscent of raisins, dates, figs, grapes, plums often accompanied with a hint of winy character. caramel, dark sugar and malty sweet flavors and aromas can be intense, not cloying, while complementing fruitiness. though well attenuated it usually has a full, creamy body. hop characters do not dominate; low to low-medium bitterness is perceived. perception of alcohol can be extreme. clove-like phenolic flavor and aroma should not be evident. chill haze is acceptable at low serving temperatures. diacetyl and dms should not be perceived. well balanced with savoring/sipping drinkability. oxidative character if evident in aged quads should be mild and pleasant.
The number one reason is craft beer tastes better than the "beer water" that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes better because craft brewers spend their time focusing the quality of their beer rather than focusing on their marketing campaigns and stock prices.
Oh yeah! Craft beers can pack a punch. Most craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% ABV.