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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 Andersenís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, candy sugar, malt and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (556) - Delaware, USA - FEB 1, 2014
bubbly ruby dark with epic head. Smells like alcohol, dark fruit. Super smooth, tastes sweet, dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (899) - SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours hazy reddish amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is malty, ripe fruits, light caramel, prune, figs, light metallic note. Taste is sweet ripe fruits with some dried fruit sweetness as well. Medium body, quite fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jh773 (46) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Color is a reddish gold. Very fizzy, almost exploding in your mouth. Tastes like raisins and graham crackers. Good but not very sophisticated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darwenus (485) - Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours amber with a fair amount of foam and some spotty lace. The aroma is malt and raisins and graham crackers, and a lot of boozy heat. This thing doesnít hide itís big-ass 10.5% ABV at all. It tastes good, though. It opens clean, then a big, sweet malt hits the tongue. Some boozy burn at the end. This beer is nowhere near as good as the real stuff, Rochefort 10 or St Bernardus 12. But Iíve had plenty of American beers made in the Belgian quad tradition that where nowhere near this good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chuckstout (234) - Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours a brilliant copper/orange with a orange cream sponge cake head with good lacing. Wonderful fruity esters and caramel. Carbonated, jumpy full mouthfeel, with brightening ester and a touch of warming character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This one pours a somewhat dark hazy brown color and leaves the same color body with a one finger white foamy head that drifts up and falls at a nice pace, foamy clingy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. The smell has mainly sweet through some spiced apples, light caramel thrusts itself in the mix, some light Belgian yeastiness does enter in on the back end. The taste is mainly sweet with a decent added spiciness that didnít show up at all in the smell, sweet somewhat apple-like aftertaste, no finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the mouth, carbonation comes across fairly strong - sharper than most Quads Iíve had (I wonder if I should have let this age just a bit longer). Overall, for the most part, I do like this one, but am hoping my bottleís just a bit young and hopefully the next time I have this Iíll either look for an older bottle or just age whatever bottle I get longer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Xenon (70) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Pours caramel and hazy with ample sedimentation. Booziness overwhelms everything. Maybe itís because Iíve not had a quad in awhile, but Iíve had other high ABV beers recently and they did not have that quality. A bit fruity, but not as much as I would expect. Also some good malty caramel as well, but not too much more. Finishes long with booziness. I wasnít impressed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Amber in color with a very thick off white head. The aroma is some dark fruits and dirt. The taste has some bitterness but is fruity and tastes like juicy fruit after its been chewed for 20 minutes. The carbonation is moderate and there is a slight warmth that goes down at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2014
Copper brown body and smooth head. Classic Belgian appeal without an overload of spice as often found in American Belgian ales. Rye, figs, cough drop, cereal, grassy hop, but quite a clean yeast surprisingly. Taste is more layered, with cookie spices, fairly high bitterness, not quite as much sweetness or residual cane sugar like qualities as the best dark Belgian strong ales. Tasty though, I liked finishing up the well groomed bottle. Good one. (Bottle from Whip It Austin)

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