33 Acres of Four
Shelters, engines, noble truths, the elements, colour… whether a strong foundation, a sense of direction, a phase of the moon or by the seasons—by nature and by man, the cardinal number four proves its value. The workhorse behind many of these aspects of life, here we draw a parallel to symbolize a starting point. 33 Acres of Four, our Belgian Quad, has been diligently constructed to form a base. It lures you in by its sweetness and disguises its strength by way of carbonation. To drink patiently, and if repetitively, as its fortitude provides not so subtle grounds for what may come next.
Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. The name Abt was pioneered to describe Westvleteren and the beer that would become St. Bernardus. Quadrupel was pioneered by La Trappe. Abts are the darker of the two, with more rich, deep fruity notes. Quads are paler, with corresponding peachy notes. Neither have much in the way of hop, and both are very strong and malty. Though both are bottle-conditioned, abts trend more towards yeastiness. Alcohol is very high (10+% abv) for both.