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RATINGS: 1044   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 750 thanks to funkybrewster, #1 in our American Quad tasting. Pours a near clear glowing reddish amber with a thinner foamy off-white head. Aroma has some nice oxidation notes, cherry, nutty, citrus, bit of alcohol, some spice, maybe cinnamon, spice cake-like, aged pretty well, smells like a fall beer. Flavor follows, very much like a fall seasonall, spicy and warm, medium rich, nutty, somewhat yeasty, warming alcohol, quite nutty, very nice, avoids being too sweet, touch of creamy chocolate. Medium bodied, clean, chalky, fluffy carbonation. Thanks Scott! Nice yeasty aftertaste, quite good, very drinkable. [after tasting the 3 other quads, this one is a clear winner]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle at home ... from my GBBF 09 haul... deep brown ... sweet toffee and light yeast nose ... bitter fruits ... quite a lot of pale ale malt ... little caramel ... little woody... ligth spice and candi suger ... pretty decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly spicy caramel aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2010
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Deep copper color with a thick tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is rather potent. Lots of fruit and malt with a touch of alcohol. Some light spice near the end. Flavor is very complex. Lots fruit and bready malts mix with a nice malt sweetness and some spice and alcohol near the end. Very rich and creamy but drinks well. Thanks to David for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5863) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
( 750ml bottle) Pours clear reddish-orange with large head and excellent lacing. Nose of caramel, biscuit, chocolate, and quite complex. Taste is caramel, cream, chocolate, dried fruits, and also quite complex. Some alcohol lingers on this beer which has a great palette finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750 ml. Hazy, deep amber body. Off-white, large, frothy head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, plum, prune, raisin and spice with a hint of clove, anise, cobwebs and flowers. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, watery texture turning sticky in the finish, lively carbonation. Initially, the sweet caramel is so heavy it overpowers everything else. But the finish reveals subtleties, including dark fruits, mustiness, anise, bitterness and alcohol warming. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (383) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Cloudy, brown pour, lots of foam with this one. Peppery alcohol, dark cherries, molasses, belgian yeast aroma. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, yeast, and vanilla. Hot, alcoholic/acidic finish. Nice brew overall... but I do wish the alcohol strength was better hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Gold with a white head. Taste of dark fruits - prunes and raisins. It seemed a little sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Boulevard Brewing Company The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale--Smokestack Series--2009 Release. 25.4 oz. Bottle. 10.50% ABV--25 IBU’s. 4.2 / 5.0. Belgian Ale--Quadrupel. Rich dense lacy creamy orange head. Hazy bright dark amber red color. Mild hop floral fruit ester orange clove front. Zesty sweet crisp malty spicy fig prune date fruit caramel toffee hint complex Belgian BC body.Clean dry mild bitter hop hot EtOH end. Rich. 11/7/2009 12 /31/2009 $8.99 each.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2645) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Not bad, but really boozy. Poured with a nice sized, foamy frothy, off white head and lots of lace. Color is rich walnut. Aroma is toffee, malty, and bananas. Flavor is malty sweet, with a little residual bitterness. body is very good, ditto carbonation. feel the alcohol at the end.

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