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RATINGS: 931   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"Do you know what dwells in a glass?" asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle from Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Seattle, bb 04/12/15
The bottle is a slow gusher, it pours a cloudy red-amber color with frothy head, and some floaties. The aroma presents some malt, sugar, vegetables (cabbage) and light fruity esters; not convincing. Good body strength, moderately sweet, with smooth mouthfeel; candyish malt flavor, with light fruity esters, more evident vegetables, ordinary bitterness, and some yeast astringency in the final; it also has a light alcohol feeling.
Messy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2043) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2014
From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle marked Batch no. 613081-2-03-2015. It is an attractive looking medium mahogany amber pour with a quick lived cream colored head. Good clarity. The aroma has a full malt character to it along with a tart cherry-fruit like substance and some yeast wrapped around all of it. The body is medium to full with a sharp sort of astringency to it. Pungent malty-cherry taste with an explosive and dry hop afterbite. Vaguely boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Frothy yellow head atop a deep brown body. Boozy nose. Flavour of smoke, burnt caramel and bourbon. I like the smoke on this one, as it makes the Quad more bearable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2014
Pours deep amber with a large, persistent head. Rich caramel malt and dark fruit aroma. Taste of malt, yeast, caramel and fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonTja (214) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2014
Blind quad test against Westvleteren 12, Pannepeut, Rochefort 10, St Bernardus 12, St Amatus 12, Pannepot, & Chimay Blue My prefered order was; Pannepot, Rochefort 10, St Amatus 12, Westvleteren 12, St Bernardus, Pannepeut, Sixth Glass and last Chimay. Pours much brighter than other quads. Aroma is light plum, some yeast, some alcohol. Taste is quite sweet, alcohol is there, a lot of raisin and plum, candy sugar, some faint citrus hop input. Too carbonated, a bit too boozy, and just not enough to be interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (566) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Mørk rød farge, klar, lite skum. Smaker karamell, malt, krydder.ganske god

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (759) - Albany, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a large tan head that sticks around as long as there’s beer in the glass. Cloudy cherry red body with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. No aroma perse. Boozy flavors. Somewhat cherry like. Thin body. Interesting but I think once will be enough.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (291) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a murky orangish brown with well over a finger of light beige head. Big aromas of fig and plum with raisins and carmelized sugar, sweet toffee. Some citrusy pineapple notes as well. Taste is big with plum and citrus, lots of yeasty spiciness. Some sweet caramel and banana as it opens up along with some hints of cherry and allspice. This has one of the best noses in a Belgian ale that I've experienced. Alcohol very present but not overwhelming. Glad I picked this up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
migga (3) - Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2014 does not count
Highly carbonated for a quad ale. Not very traditional, but excellent overall. High alcohol content - and I think they are being pretty conservative with the 10.5 rating - it hits fast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcgavin12 (452) - Madison, USA - APR 6, 2014
A clear amber pour with two fingers of frothy head. Aroma is full of malt, cherries, raisin, and yeast. Flavor is moderately to heavy sweet. Long duration with slight better notes. Body is moderate and oily finish. Great quad

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