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RATINGS: 1090   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Got this as an amazing extra in a trade with wnoble. Pours a murky bownish-reddish-orange with a huge head which never got below a half finger of off white. Lacing was lasting but thinner. Nose was dark fruit, some alcohol and yeast, grapefruit and spices. Taste was complex and very tasty - starting with dark fruit, moving to sweet cinnamon, grapes and dates with notes of chocolate and a wonderful interplay with sweet and bitter and alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, almost chewy and well carbonated. Alcohol is whew - there, in feel and in effect. Definitely a sipper. Liked this a lot and can imagine it would be even more wonderful if I had the discipline to have cellered this longer. Try this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 Via trade with Blutt59.Rerate on 04/14/14. Aroma is belgian yeast, spicy, cherries, candi sugar, booze. The appearance is a lovely red/brown, huge biege head. The flavor is spicy, yeasty, candied plums, cherries. Some alcohol burn after a second or two. The finish is spicy, booze warming. The body is medium, substantial carbonation. Very nice representation of the style. I’ve really grown to love this style. Thanks, Bob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
bottle from my dude adam. pours a hazy brownish red with a big foamy beige head. notes of sweet caramel, candied sugar, rumcake, dates, and booze. not bad. tastes of boozy rum fruit. boozy, sweet, and fruity. warms the soul. not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8767) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized beige head that doesn’t last. The aroma, which took some time to develop, had caramel malts, candi sugar, apple fruitiness, a touch of spice and some alcohol. The flavor, unlike the nose, pops with caramel malts, dried fruits like raisins and figs, apple cider, sugary, mild earthy notes and alcohol. The alcohol is mostly warming, but does work into the flavor. Full bodied and chewy. I wonder how well this would age?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Definitely one of the headier brews from Boulevard. Nicely done dark fruits hit the nose in preparation for a fairly carbonated flavor burst of again, dark fruits, plus a heavy sweet malt backing, with a singe of mild hop flavors near the rear. Finish is again, tart, fruity, yummy. Good stuff!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2010
A little hazy, dark amber colored beer, with a smal beige head. The aroma of sweet fruits with dark malts. The taste of alcohol, dark malts, and fruits like raisin. The aftertaste of coffee candy with bittersweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
Darker in colur. Quite heavy. Fair bit of sediment present. Sweeter than I thought it would be. Packs quite a punch

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3722) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2010
75cl corked bottle that was bought in Dallas, flown to Vegas, trucked to Kansas and finally drunk surrounded by boxes in Leavenworth...makes perfect sense. Well built quad that trends to the sweeter sides of things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Pours just like a Belgian-Style Quad should, nice murky/cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma is not as sweet as most Quads, it has some strong notes of alcohol, caramel, toffee, and vanilla notes. The fruit and bread notes which are present in many Quads, are missing here. The aroma is also missing the classic raisin/bread taste of a Quad. This has much more of a "porter" taste to it, subdued with notes of vanilla. Not a bad beer, just not one of my favorite Quads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Tasted 7/14/10. 750ml cork and cage. Batch number 610050 02/13. After straining and cursing, trying to get the cork out, the first pour is hazy with a murky brown hue. Billowing two fingers of off-white head. Aromas of tart fruit. Apples and bananas. Perfumy and floral yeast character. Nice nose. Full bodied with the typical bright astringent effervescence characteristic of the Smokestack Series. Not a detriment, but an observation. Very lively with a deep and stark complexity. Dark fruit esters and a graham cracker malt flavor. Bright carbonation. Good dose of alcohol. Dry finish with a very bright and crisp body. Great complexity. Sweet and bitter, dry and crisp, fruity and bready.

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