Instead of doing another year of the ‘beer of the month’ mail order beer selections Andrew and I decided we would take turns in 2017 buying random beers to explore together. This idea has been helped greatly by our move and being closer to an LCBO with better craft beer selections, a nearby grocery store which has a surprisingly awesome beer section, and the fact that you can now order online via the LCBO.
Andrew recently picked up a handful of beers for us to try. This batch of beers included “4×4 Belgian Quad” by Stack Brewing. Stack Brewing is a Sudbury based brewing company, with its name relating to the well known mining stack landmark that towers over the city. This beer is also essentially named after an ATV (quad is another name for ATVS, something I had no idea of until moving to Northern Ontario).
At 10.5% this is definitely a strong beer. It poured a hazy dark auburn brown colour with minimal head that quickly dissipated. The smell was faintly sweet with a bit of a malt note. Considering the alcohol content I was surprised by the smoothness of this particular beer. There was a lingering fruit and spice note that hung on with this beer. It was definitely a bit darker than my usual preference but it wasn’t bad tasting and I was surprised by how much I liked it.