Baby Horse

Quadrupel 21st Amendment Brewery

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Baby Horse, a Belgian-style Quadrupel by 21st Amendment Brewery

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Baby Horse is a Belgian-style Quadrupel brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a can.

Packaging art for the Baby Horse by 21st Amendment Brewery

Packaging art for the Baby Horse by 21st Amendment Brewery

Appearance

The Quad pours a murky chestnut brown hue that shines copper when held to the light. It’s topped by finger-thick cap fizzy white froth that vanishes almost immediately. A few droplets of residue cling to the sides and a thin ring of fine bubbles rounds the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is faint but wafts the nose with nutty yeast and a hint of dark fruit.

Flavor

The palate begins with bready malt mixed with dark fruits that transition to spicy phenols of clove and pepper. Its finish is sweet with a taste of banana, candied dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a body that’s a shade over medium with matching carbonation. Finishes with a moderate warming sensation.

Label art for the Baby Horse by 21st Amendment Brewery

Label art for the Baby Horse by 21st Amendment Brewery

Overall

Its appearance is lackluster and the faint aroma disappears all too quickly. But the palate is fine and its feel supports it nicely, even if it could use more carbonation. High alcohol content is managed well but this brew is still a sipper.

Baby Horse isn’t going to knock your socks off, but it’s not too bad, considering it’s a canned Quad. And it does scratch that itch for a Belgian.

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About the Quadrupel

The Belgian Quadrupel or simply Quad is a name given to the strongest of the Trappist and Abbey ales. La Trappe pioneered the Quad while a nearly identical brew, the Abt, was crafted by Westvleteren and that beer would become St. Bernardus. Its color ranges from a garnet to brown and its aroma and palate are rich with sweet malt, fruity esters, and moderately spicy phenols. Its bitterness is typically mild at best and instead, the focus is on its malt character and strong alcohol. Comparatively, the Quadrupel is stronger and more intensely flavored than the Dubbel and Tripel.