Avery Tangerine Quad
Avery Tangerine Quad is a Belgian-style Quadrupel brewed with tangerine peel and aged in bourbon barrels. The latest addition to the Botanicals & Barrels Series clocks in at 10.1% ABV and was packaged on 11/27/16.
The beer pours with a slightly cloudy dark caramel color with some lovely red and orange highlights. The light tan head was a touch thin, but it did retain rather nicely for several minutes before settling down to a slim layer and ring around the top of the glass. Vibrant tangerine peel and sweet/boozy bourbon make up the majority of the aroma upfront. Some notes of caramel and dark fruit start to come across each time I inhale. I was just not expecting so much of the tangerine to power through on the nose. This is one great smelling beer, almost more like a craft cocktail, but it is fantastic. Again, I am completely stunned by how much citrus is in the taste! How much freakin’ tangerine peel did they put in this thing! Sweet tangerine leads the taste as it slowly blends with a mixture of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and mild raisin and fig. The finish is appropriately boozy and has a sweet lingering flavor of orange marmalade and bourbon. The mouth-feel is spot on for the style, somewhat low in body with perfect amount of carbonation. I love how this beer has massive flavor while still keeping the feel light.
Belgian beer purists might take exception to this one, but I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. The whole Botanicals & Barrels Series up to this point has really impressed me as well, keep ’em coming!