Review: Twisted Spike Holy Beer Belgian Quad

Welcome to our first review of relatively new Oklahoma City brewery Twisted Spike. Available on tap at various watering holes around the metro, looks to be available in bottles at the brewery. I tried this one at Oak & Ore, though I’m sure I’ll be stopping by the brewery soon to review a few more.

Company: Twisted Spike Brewery Co.

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

ABV: 9.5%

Style/Description: Belgian Quad

Price: $8 for 12 oz pour

Appearance: Pours a clear deep copper, with a light, tight head that dissipates quickly leaving light lace.

Nose: Fruity, boozy aroma with notes of dark fruits, peaches and raisins. Some strange tangy notes.

Taste: Big and sweet, with plenty of caramel and vanilla on the front. The middle brings in the fruits: raisins, prunes, peaches and even a bit of raspberry, which could be responsible the weird tangy flavors in the aroma. Ends with a bitter herbaceous note mingling with the fruits, sweet malts and warming booze. Body and mouthfeel are a tad thin, and carbonation is pretty low. I would hope for more body to mellow the booze a bit.

Finish: Finishes warm and boozy with lingering malty caramel and maybe a hint of licorice? I suspect there might be some star anise in here somewhere.

Overall: Nice beer and an ambitious style to try from a newer brewery, I can respect that. While it came out a tad thin and hot, this was still an enjoyable brew.

Rating: 3.5/5

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