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Jim Beauregard's Tasting Notes: A fourth star in the Belgian ale lineup
But how many of you are familiar with the quadrupel?
The names (there is also an enkel — single — ale to round out the lineup) all refer to the amount of malt containing fermentable sugar prior to the fermentation.
The quadrupels' alcohol content ranges from the 9.0 percent abv typical of their companions, to a higher 13 percent. (More malt equals more sugar, which equals more alcohol at the end of the fermentation process).
Today I want to tell you about a newcomer continuing this distinguished history, just about to be released, from Sam Adams. It's called Tetravis, and it's part of the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection (the barrel shaped bottles under the Champagne cork. At the base of this collection is a beer that the brewery refers to as KMF — Kosmic Mother Funk, an ale that is aged in Hungarian oak for up to a year before release.
Next Week: Yes, there are still under $10 wines out there, and some of them are pretty good.
Contact local beer and wine writer Jim Beauregard at email@example.com.
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