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RATINGS: 1092   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5617) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
This bottled brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a very hazy brown colored body. The aroma was malty and funky. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish vinous aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of vinous caramel and malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9030) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
750 bottle from Belmont Station. Pours reddish copper with a decent apricot head that slowly fades away, and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a rich malt flavor that is heavily carbonated, with elements of prune, raisin and yeast. It is more bitter than the Belgian classic quads, and the alcohol is not well hidden. In spite of these slight aberrations, this is a nicely crafted quadrupel that is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Nice nose of ripe, dry fruit. Pours a maple syrup brown with a thin white head. Light on the tongue with a bubbly burst. Moves from a light brown sugar and currants to molassas and slight citrus. This is a fantastic quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2010
750 ml bottle via trade with Pawola22- thanks again, Brian! Pours a ruby-brown color that seems clearer at the bottom and murkier up under the thick, resilient beige head. Aroma of dark cherries, caramel malts, alcohol, mild spices, banana, plastic, band-aid, toast, and wood. Flavor of dark cherries, caramel malts, cinnamon, clove, toast, plum, alcohol, plastic, candi sugar, flat cola, and nutmeg. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Some warming alcohol, especially late. Nice quad by an American brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2010
750ml bottle thanks to tgenenbacher. Pours darker amber color with a frothy tan head. Nose is sweet caramel, banana, dried fruits. Flavor is sweet, boozy, lots of dried fruits, caramel, with a slight bitter finish which gives it a good balance. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750 bottle with a very stubborn cork. Poured a deep reddish with a nice off white head. heavy carmel in the nose, alcohol and cherry cough syrup. Flavor was slightly sweet without being two strong. fairly thin motuhfeel for a quad put strangely statisifying making this a very drinkable for a big beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JUN 7, 2010
750ml bottle.
Pours a clear but deep, deep ruby red with big pillowy head. Foam gradually settles to a creamy layer that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is a strange mix of oxidized metal, molasses, dark malt, dried fruit, tobacco, and leather. Flavor is considerably cleaner -- no oxidized metal, for one. Instead one is treated to a well-balanced symphony of dark sugary malt, tobacco leaf, earthy yeast, grassy and modestly biting hops, dried dark fruits, and fair dose of good ol’-fashioned alcohol. Finishes with a big, thick, creamy, full-bodied palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Very nice offering. I guess I was spoiled because I had the bourbon barrel quad first..

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