Phillips Anxiety Ale Belgian Quad

Reviewed by on November 29, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: November 29, 2016

  • Best Before: April 14, 2017

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Quadrupel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Phillips has changed the nature of last year’s beet-flavoured Advent calendar version of Anxiety ale to a standalone Quadrupel now – works for me!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark orange-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a few instances of roiling sea crest lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of fermenting white wine, grainy and doughy caramel malt, musty yeast, besotted light raisins, and some tame leafy, earthy, and certainly perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, slightly phenolic yeast, a hint of under the basement stairs mustiness, free-range candy sugars, white sultana raisins, and more understated leafy, weedy, and ’tis the season musky hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its kind of lackadaisical frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a sense of impending alcohol doom taking a minor cut out of the proceedings here. It finishes off-dry, the musty and yeasty esters playing the caramel and boozy elements off of each other.

Overall, this is a genial enough version of the style, in a kind of junior varsity manner – most of the expected points are well hit upon, but that inherent complexity never quite presents itself. No biggie – I’m still glad that Phillips decided to release a few bombers of new holiday-themed stuff, and not force us into their regular offerings in the process – no offense intended.

Brady White

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