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Belgian Quad is a style developed in the United States, inspired by the Belgian Triple style. A Belgian Quad is thought to be a very strong Belgian Ale, with a bit more color and sweetness than a Belgian Triple. Our Belgian Quad is like a stronger version of our Belgian Triple, gently hopped, with more body and a hint of spice in the finish. Alcohol: 9.5%, IBU's 24.
Includes 13 pounds of European malt extract and brewing sugar, flavoring and aromatic hops, spices, liquid yeast, and corn sugar for carbonation. Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.094.
Save a lot of money. Comparable 22 ounce bottles of beer like our Belgian Quad sell for $8.00 and up in a liquor store. Our William's Belgian Quad makes the equivalent of 24 twenty two ounce bottles of flavorful fresh Belgian Ale, at at cost of around $2.00 per bottle!
This is an Advanced Kit: A Secondary Fermenter, Yeast Starter Kit (Q27), and Oxygen Aeration System (S78) are required to succesfully brew this strong beer.
Click to download the instructions in pdf format.
This shows our Quad after 20 days in the bottle.
A very expensive brewing problem as I dumped the entire batch. I made this exactly per the instructions. It was very over carbonated even though I used a priming sugar calculator when I bottled it. I spoke with a Williams representative and we determined that I should just let it sit after I open the bottle so it has a chance to lower the carbonation before I drink it. This is a very good ale with great flavor. I looked in my beer closet about a month after bottling and had exploding bottles in the cases. I had a beer that I decided to open in my sink and the entire beer hit the ceiling. I ended up opening each beer and dumping it. They sounded like a rifle shot when I did. I spoke to Williams rep and we determined that I must have gotten a wild yeast in it when I made it. Their advice was to leave it in the secondary for 2 months before I bottle it. I still rate this ale high in spite of all of this. I have brewed for over 20 years. I will most likely buy this kit again.
William's Brewing Responds: Thanks for your thorough description of your problem. The best way to avoid this issue is by making a vigorous yeast starter, and adding plenty of oxygen before fermentation. A vigorous ferment is your best defense!
I have brewed this 2-3 times. One time I screwed it up. It came out okay, but it was still very drinkable. The other times it came out great, mainly because of RTFP (read the fine print). When you brew this right, it comes out pretty smooth and is pretty representative of a higher end Belgian beer. Given that I spent too many times at the port of Antwerp, I can tell you most Belgian beers are basically swill. Amstel is about as good as it gets and that's not saying much. This beer was better than anything I did drink in Belgium in the many times I visited Antwerp. Obviously, Germany makes better beers, but if you like the Belgian variety, this should work for you. Yes, it's close to 10% alcohol and the alcohol content kind of sneaks up on you. One bottle is really like two...
I guess I am the minority that didn't care for this one. I am a big fan of Belgians so I thought I would try this. I had it set in my mind that this was going to be similar to a Abt12, Rochefort10, Etc but it just wasn't. The color was to light and the flavor was just not there. I think it being an all-extract kit removes the character of having grain involved in the process. Plus the spices were just overwhelming.
I have brewed this one many times and embellish on the recipe each time just to be creative. So far, they have all been good!
This is my favorite kit. It has a kick to it but is very drinkable when bottle conditioned for about 4 months. I add 1 cup Agave Nectar and lemongrass to the brew. I also add tequila soaked vanilla beans to the first stage of fermentation. YUM!!!