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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pured into a Trappist glass. Hazy, amber color. Overriding smell of alcohol. Taste is strongly boozy. Perhaps some dark fruits and caramel tastes underneath it all, but itís overbearingly boozy. I really like a lot of Boulevard beer, but this just doesnít do it for me. Iím not one to be afraid of an overly boozy brew, but this just ruins the subteties.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #610162, courtesy of OakedCanuck on BA. thanks, colin! pours a hazy, cider-brown, with a thick, lasting, yellow-beige head and thick lace. aroma is great with big notes of belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, and bubblegum up front with burnt toffee, cedar, figs, and dried cherries coming through as it warms. flavor follows suit with sticky, brandy soaked fruit notes of dates, figs, and cherries backed by rich, dark, sweetbreads, belgian spices, and nutty toffee with a bit of booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich, and heavily carbonated with a bittersweet, fruity finish. overall, a deliciously big quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours murky brown with a light, lingering brown head. Aroma holds loads of dried fruits including figs, plums and dates, plus some strong, bready malts, must, and some molasses. Very sweet, rich flavor, lots of roasted caramel, dark fruits, heavy malts. Full in body with fine carbonation and significant alcohol. Finishes quite sweet with further notes of ripe fruits, malts, warming booze and some spices. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
No head. Bark, syrup, sugar, and light heat in the nose. Bubblegum sweetness flavor, heat, pepper, dry finish, moderate body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750 mL bottle, corked & caged - batch number: 610120, 04/2013...sampled November 2010: auburn with golden highlights...thin tan cream melts into nothing. Rum-raisin aroma with alcohol soaked bread pudding and fermented honeycomb. Slightly thin on the tongue with sharp burning alcohol in the back of the mouth. Some interesting tannins tickle the nose and and interesting bitters to the tongue. Finish has extreme malts and more medicinal alcohol. A nice treat and one to enjoy after a large Turkey Day meal. Thanks Foster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours ruby with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, a bit smokey, some vinegar. Flavor is of dark roast malt, almost burnt -- almost like a porter. I taste some rock sugar, but Iím not getting the fruity esters and subtle yeastiness Iíd expect in a quad. Tasty and complex, but not quite what I expected. But thatís not always a bad thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
750mL from the DC Local tasting. Thanks to Dave and Jonathan for sharing! The pour is a hazy, reddish amber with a large, rocky, yellow head. Aroma is fresh malt, brown sugar, raw oatmeal malt like walking around a brewery during mash in. Taste is quite boozy, some cinnamon, massive oatmeal grain character, cream of wheat, numbing spices like nutmeg and cloves. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Cloudy orange red coloured with a huge beige head. Sweet and spicy aroma of fruits, yeast and caramel with notes of wood. Sweet and spicy flavour of caramel, liquorice, fruits and alcohol. Warming alcoholic finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1039) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 ml bottle purchased 16 months ago at South Bay Drugs ($6.99). Wow, the cork shot out a few seconds after I removed the cage. Pours a nice bright red hue that is toned down by some brown. The beige head is big and frothy. Aroma is boozy sweet fruit (cherry, raisin), yeast, and rich caramel. Flavor is full of very rich sweet caramel and also overripe fruit (cherry again and other fruits), bready malts, sticky booze, yeast, and some spice. Definitely sweet but the overall strength and complexity keep this from becoming cloying. Quite good quad, and I suspect the aging has done it well. (404, 411)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Dave and Jonathan, thank you gentlemen! Cloudy brown color, edge head. Boozy and sweet.

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