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RATINGS: 973   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
750 ml. bottle picked up at QFC. Dark caramel brown color. Opaque, if not, very translucent. Nice fluffy head that fades away rather quickly, but still a lovely looking abt. Not a heavy fruit aroma, but a somewhat pungent dark fruit aroma. I can smell the yeast if I really snort this stuff! A somewhat nuanced aroma. Dark fruit flavor, but mild. Some yeast, but this beer seems a bit reserved. The fruits stick around and hit your tastebuds, but this beer isnít as BIG as some of the other abts. This beer has the abv, but seems a bit too reserved. Smooth palate, but again, seems a little held back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled (at Chriso, batch #68312). Deep amber, small beige head. Fruity, almost cherry-like aroma. Very alcoholic. Crisp carbonation. Some earthy notes, prunes, cherry, plum. Has potential, but is way too sweet. Probably has potential after ageing of it a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled. Rubyish amber colour, big foamy/creamy beige head. Aroma is fruits, some alcohol, mild glueish notes, some earth and mild notes of apricot. Flavour is lots of caramel malts, liquorice, quite strong alcohol (not disturbing though). Mild spices and yeast as well. A rather pleasantly balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a dk amber with a thick tan head...aroma is sweet malty fruit, rasin and plum, a bit of rocket fuel and some spice, but is covered up pretty well by the sticky malt...flavour is similar, sweet and dark, molassas, apple, pear...finish is straight nail polish remover...no integration of the burn at all, aroma and flavour are quite nice and simple, but that disjointed finish fucks this beer...and it isnít a "pleasantly warming finish" or anything like that but rather urban fucking warfare on you mouth and sinuses...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6155) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
750mL bottle poured into an Abbey glass. Pretty hot and astringent... Maybe would be better if sat on for a year or so. Otherwise itís very sticky, sweet, and tastes like dark esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
75 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Madison. Deep amber with some lighter lace, head dissipates quickly. Plumb and paint aroma with some apricot and cloves. Warm first sip, slight alcohol burn, apricot and raisin flavor with a mellow sweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (203) - Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a deep brown, good amount of tannish head with maybe even a tint of orange to it. Aroma - and taste - of candy sugars, bananas, figs. Alcohol has a bit of a bite to it but the wonderful sweet flavors hold their own against it. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewerís Festival. Hazy brown-orange, light tan head hangs around. Aroma is alcohol, raisins, rum, prunes. Taste is potent, prunes, raisins, yeasty esters, alcohol warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a large, thick, foamy, pitted, off-white head. Clear, reddish mahogony body with abundant bubbles. Aroma is of Belgian yeast fruitiness and spicy, clove phenols, caramel malt, and hints of raisiny Special B. Some alcohol comes through, as does a touch of cinnamon. The flavor is made up of sweet, caramel malt, a little Belgian spice, and the occasional piece of dark fruit. Alcohol comes through big time on the palate - itís somewhere beyond warming, but not quite boozy. Definitely warms the throat and belly. Palate is sweet up front with a dry, candi sugar crisp finish. Lively carbonation. Overall a very nice beer that could use just a bit more depth in the malt profile to really push it over the edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Corked and caged. Meringue head, rocky, atop a nice ruby body. Belgian yeast nose, overspilling the glass, more than a hint of alcohol (8-9%). Liquid cherry juice and light woody raisins. Big alcohol kick in the mouth but relatively smooth - if only spirits could be so smooth! Some higher-order alcohols sort of dominate the fruit, and leave it no chance to develop, but surprisingly it doesnít feel like that big a deal. Medium body with little carbonation. Faint molasses/raisin. The whole is very well integrated, very enjoyable, but lacking the standout malt complexity I expect from this style.

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