Being handed a new (Stone Brewing) Stochasticity Project beer to review is kind of like running into an ex after a breakup that was a little nasty. Despite knowing we shared some good moments together, when I see that familiar logo, the only memories that return are of my hurtful words (and obscure references to the troubling career choices of Garth Brooks). Still, despite my coarse treatment of the once-fledgling brand, the Stochasticity Project has taken the high road and obliged with a sample of its newest offering.
Quadrotriticale is the third in the Stochasticity Project series, though only the second to receive a national release. Its name is a portmanteau of the beer's brewing style (a Belgian quadruple) and the wheat-rye hybrid grain called triticale, used to summon aspects of both in the final product. The description definitely piqued my interest, especially after I confirmed I initially misread the name as "quadrocitrucel". While I appreciate free-wheeling creativity, there are some limits in how I opt to supplement the soluble fiber contingent of my diet.
This beer has a rosy amber hue and a unique malty tone to the aromatics that reminded me of Wonder Bread and cereal grains. The flavor is layered and robust with a strong peppery and fruity character that favored dried papaya. It finishes with a sweep of Belgian funkiness, dark rum, faint florals and more peppery spice. These are all good things.
The triticale proved to be a much more forgiving X-factor than the grapefruit was. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that were I to see it on the grain bill in a future beer, it would get me pretty excited. And I think that reaction gets to the heart of what Stochasticity Project beers can be at their highest aspiration: delicious brews that expand consumers' vocabulary on beer and compel them to try new things.
I'm not saying I want to get back together, Stochasticity Project, but maybe we could meet for coffee sometime?