When I first heard about Old Town Pasadena's new Quadrupel, I was hoping for someplace with a good beer selection like Lucky Baldwin's, but with better food and fewer frat-boy type patrons. What I didn't expect was a full-fledged restaurant that skews towards the formal side, with only a few beer-friendly small plates. The wood-paneled restaurant is mostly tables with a small 8-seat bar tucked away in back. There are only four beers on tap and they're not listed anywhere, so the server has to recite them. Many more choices are available by the bottle, from a $6 De Koninck Flanders red ale to a $45 Deus Biere de champagne. But unless you're a real Belgian ale freak, the menu isn't very helpful -- no explanations of the different styles, no descriptions of the beers, no alcohol levels.
Quadrupel's Schreiner sausage plate ($11)
All we had were unremarkably bland fries and a sausage plate that seemed a bit skimpy for $11, so I can't really comment on the food, I just hope grilled orange-marinated quail with duck confit, warm grapes and blackberry lambic reduction is better than it sounds. But it's not Quadrupel's fault that it's not the relaxed gastropub I had hoped for -- it's just a different place than I imagined, more of a date night in Old Town kind of place.
43 East Union St.
You might want to study up with this article from Chow about Belgian beer styles before you order.