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RATINGS: 1099   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 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 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 I’m not getting the fruity esters and subtle yeastiness I’d expect in a quad. Tasty and complex, but not quite what I expected. But that’s 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 (1045) - 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 (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Dave and Jonathan, thank you gentlemen! Cloudy brown color, edge head. Boozy and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Hazy amber, thin beige head. Aroma of fruit, molasses, some gum. Taste is very strong, lots of toasty malt and yeast fruitiness. Boozy finish. High carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Nice dark copper pour, pretty head. Aroma and taste were very fruity, sweet, nuts. Caramel finish. Really frothy pallet. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (851) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Fruity Belgian yeast aroma mixed with sweet malt and caramel aromas. Sweetness on the palate reminiscent of brown sugar and molasses. Smooth finish.

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