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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9464) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle. Sweet cherry/apple juice and toffee malt aroma. Cloudy amber color with minimal head. Sweet apple, raisin and barley malt flavor. Acidic with moderate carbonation. Very nice taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle:   Heavy caramel, slight ruby, large frothy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Alcohol dominates, pale dark pitted fruit, some biscuit, even a little musty barnish aspect.   Seems like a cross between a Quad and a Triple.   Very warming, note as alcoholic as I would have thought.   Not all that Quad like.   More of a Belgian Strong, dark pitted fruit is there but subtle.   Gives away to a very malty alcoholic flavor.   Seems a little bready.   Yeah, half Tripel half Quad.   Really, its just missing the heaviness on the fruit side for a quad.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Mild spiciness to finish.   Really, not much of a Quad.   Enjoyable, but a little off the mark.   Wouldn’t hesitate to have again, just hard to classify this one.   Quad meets Tripel I suppose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - DEC 11, 2009
pours deep golden with large white head. aroma is sweet sugars, rich malts, leathery/yeast. drinks sweet with candied sugars, sweet malts, rich spicy leather and a somewhat wild flavor i cant put my finger on. finishes long and sweet with slight alcohol poking through. this is a very good beer,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Aroma is potent and a little intimidating, also slightly sour. Color is dark and milky, head is big and tan. Palate is smooth and very full, coating my tongue, tips and teeth. Flavor is alcohol, roasted, sweet, peppery (no real sourness). Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 caramel, herbs aroma with presence of alcohol, deep dark amber color, frothy tan foam head, medium sweetness and spicy taste (apple cider), thin feel, light medium body,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
750 from goethe. Nose is pleasant raisins and sugary yeast. HInts of booziness. Flavor is more of the yeasty raisin intiially, a little molasses and plums later on. FInish is pretty hot when cold. As it warms, everything mellows out a little bit. Good, not super-complex. Dangerously drinkable for the style (and for my head).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle from Cavie. Medium brown pour with tons of off-white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, and malt. Tastes like alcohol and malts with a few smoke notes.

   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, it’s 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, you’d have a hard time beating this one. Sure, you can go to the Belgian rack and get a better representation of the style. You’ll also pay a little extra for it, though. Despite it’s 10.5% ABV, this is pretty darn drinkable. Just don’t 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.

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