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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Hazy red pour with lots of yeasty sediment. Very boozy smell. Ripened fruit nose. Taste is alcohol, plastic, ripe fruit, with some spice. Old raisin taste also. Aftertaste has a feeling of band-aid but without the flavor. Improves greatly as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
BATCH #68044 Pours a deep, dark amber with ruby highlights. Three-finger head of creamy tan colored foam. Great retention. Spotty lacing. Big, dark fruit notes. Figs and dark cherries mostly, with a touch of raisin. Mild earthiness. Mild hint of booziness. Caramel malt notes. Smells sweet and spicey, overall. Caramel malts out in front. Black cherries and raisins. Hints of figs. Touch of ginger and spices. Very slight hint of booziness. Candy sugars and hints of bananas. In the mouth, itís actually a little bit thin, for the style, IMO. Nails the creaminess just right, though. Would benefit greatly from a heftier body. For a drinkable, moderately priced american Quad, youíd have a hard time beating this one. Sure, you can go to the Belgian rack and get a better representation of the style. Youíll also pay a little extra for it, though. Despite itís 10.5% ABV, this is pretty darn drinkable. Just donít drink too many, too quick, as they will hammer you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle: Pours a muddy brown with a minimal tan head. Nose has notes of fig, burnt caramel, berries, vanilla and some brown sugar...there is an odd sourness in the nose as it warms. Crisp carbonation and mouth feel...flavors consist of caramel malt, dark fruits and a dry woodsiness on the back end. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Clear medium to dark orange amber color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, fruity - berry, prune, moderate to heavy hoppy, moderate to heavy alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, alcohol burn and warm. IMO to young. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20090805]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Good beer, fairly average Quad. Light amber brown in color with a clear body, small head and spotty lacing. Aromas of sugary fruits and earthy yeast as well as vanilla and rolls. Smooth and pretty easy drinking for a big beer. Medium bodied, light for the style with a pleasant warmth. Dark fruit flavors with a touch of licorice and oat bran muffin. Yeasty and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11892) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
Amber with a lasting tan head. Fruity and vineous aroma, with dried fruits (raisins), and dark sugar. Sweet and alcoholic flavour with raisins and other fruit notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Brewed in the USA.... Courtesy of AFI96, thanks Waylo. Pours a brown amber color with a fuzzy off white head. Aroma of spices, caramel and dark fruit. Taste was also of dark fruit, there was also some butterscotch, caramel flavors and alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium in body with malty finish. This one is a sipper !!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
From the Bottle at Chris Oís 05/08/2009 Big fruit aroma. Amber coloured and very strong in alcohol with a crisp and dry malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
I took this bottle to the Beer Advocate - Brass Rail tasting last night. Poured clear brown with a small golden head. The smell was raisins, prunes, and spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor had a ton of butterscotch with some underlying pit fruit. It was very boozy and sweet. I donít think I could have drank more than the few ounces that I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2009
We really enjoyed this quad especially since it was paired with a few perfect dishes. The light body and complexity of dark fruits, varying degrees of caramel and spice paired incredibly well with a platter of roasted marrow bones, seared foie gras, and believe it or not, Poutine with demi-glace and white truffle oil. This is a beautfiul and very food friendly high gravity beer. Very nice alcohol warming without being hot. Worth a sip or five.

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