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RATINGS: 1013   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 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 14/20
BillKismet (3418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2009
This beverage fills the glass 4/5ths of the way with burn caramel foam atop an amber body. Breathy smells of peppery clove and pink peppercorn, zestful yeast, and a salted smokey caramel essence round out the alluring bouquet, whic opens into flavors breadingess and yeastiness with peripherals of peach and phenols that are more muted. Airy clove cigarette smoke is well integrated throughout. Punchy finish. A huge brew that is fairly well harnessed. Fruity and estery yeast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 malty/alcohol aroma on the nose. golden brown pour and an off white head that just barely manages to hang on. delightful sweetness on the palate, and not too strong of an alcohol taste on the palate. great smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (896) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Pours like a quad...lots of fizzy foam and diminishes in a few minutes; cloudy brown with red tones. Strong aroma of sweet malt, caramel, some banana and alcohol. Taste is burnt sugar, caramel, toffee and alcohol. Tastes like a poor manís Gulden Draak; not as well rounded and a little sharper than the Draak. Alcohol isnít hidden very well, this may be better w/ some aging. Ok quad, but not great.

   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 (4828) - 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 (4187) - 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 (2338) - , 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!

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