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RATINGS: 1010   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours dark amber with a billowing tan head. Very molasses like aroma. Sweet caramelly and tasted malt flavor, boozy, finishes dry, well hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a dark mahoganey with large, bubbly tan head. Fairly subtle aroma of dark cherries/fruit and honey. Flavor is very tasty with carmel, dark fruit, brown sugar and apple with a bit more booze than I expected even with the high abv. I think this one would definitely benefit from some time in the cellar. Nice quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
bottle from market street in frisco tx. poured a cloudy amber with a biege head that would not go away. aroma was caramel, raisin, cherry, other dark fruits, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper (maybe red). flavor was spices, dark fruits, caramel, and some vinous notes. body was full with high carbonation and also seemed to have some slick qualities. pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smart001 (45) - Scott AFB, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2009
[bottle] Aroma is moderately malty with some spices thrown in there, head was moderate and long lasting brown. Hazy beer that is a dark amber. The aftertaste is a little alcoholic, but the 10.5% ABV is the reason for that. All in all, this is a good beer that is a little fizzy and alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Half bottle. St. Bernardus glass is half dark beer and half long lasting dark head. Aroma of dark malt, light yeast and a warm spice. Flavour is everything from the scent and hints of licorice and cinamon. Smooth and tasty. Fuller of body and flavour than Belgian masters perhaps partialy because this one is so fresh compared to aged bottles from Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle... Poured amber with a tan head. Acidic, acetone aroma. Syrupy, mildly carbonated palate. Very sweet base while an herbal character takes over with favors of malts and yeast esters. A little vanilla-oak and booze before the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2309) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2009
75cl bottle from GBBF 2009. Pours a deep, dark brown. Big head which dissipates gradually Aromas of brown sugar, raisins, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Flavours of calvados apples, licorice, pears, roasted malts. Long malty, slight bitter finish. Leaves quite an impression on the throat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1313) - 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 isn’t 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 (13637) - 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 (21858) - 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.

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