If ever there was a beer tailor-made for the Thanksgiving table, it's the Belgian quad. This one from Boulevard Brewing Company — with its warm orangey glow and its complex fruity flavor — is particularly well-suited for a turkey feast.
Beer Details: The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale from Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO (Belgian-style dark strong ale, 10.5% ABV, 22 IBU)
Appearance: Sunset orange against the light with a cap of tan-colored foam that just doesn't quit.
Aroma: All that foam just means more time to inhale the sweet candy aromas coming off of this beer. It's intense: sugary dates, ripe plums, banana peel, ripe apples that are starting to go soft
Taste: Those fruity flavors are upfront and center here. Lots of raisins, dried apricot, and Mission fig with an undercurrent of dark bread — almost like fruitcake (a good fruitcake!). There's a soft brown sugar sweetness that holds it all together and just a whisper of orange oil bitterness to polish things off in the finish.
The beer is super lush in the mouth with a creaminess that I just can't get enough of. Some quads are so heavy that half a glass is enough, but this one holds up well all the way down to the bottom — especially if you're sipping it over the course of a long Thanksgiving dinner. (And with an ABV of 10.5% on such a tasty brew, you'll definitely want to sip slowly!)
This is a top-notch beer and one that I will happily have on hand for Thanksgiving this year.