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RATINGS: 1032   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11805) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Purchase a single 750 ml bottle at Cellarís Wine & Spirits in Shorewood, MN. Pours a semi-hazy cola brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of dark fruity caramel malt, some raisins, figs, dark pitted fruit and a touch of yeast. Taste is smooth, creamy, medium bodied, with some carbonation and flavors of dark roasted malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and a touch of raisins. Finish is slightly metallic from the high alcohol with a dark fruit and yeast aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a large head with a hazy, deep brown/orange liquid. Nose is sweet molasses and ripe fruit. Flavor of sweet malt and fruit open and run through the middle acts with a slightly dry grain denouement. The second taste is dominated in the middle acts by a mild yeast flavor in the backing chorus. The finish is slightly astringent (Iím not sure what to make of that) which keeps the sweetness just in check. Iím liking this beer just fine. It can come over to my house any time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Batch 69121. Pours a mostly clear, effervescent, auburn color with an average, fizzy, creamy, beige head which leaves a very thin, lasting layer and minimal lace. Nose is nice but not great; very perfumey from the start, brown sugar and light vanilla beans, dried apricots, clove, faint banana, and some cinnamon. Flavor is similar with some sweetness to begin of dried apricots, brown sugar, vanilla, and clove but quickly dries and leaves some cinnamon, herbs, and perfume. Palate is okay with a moderate body, velvety/lightly syrupy mouthfeel, a light dryness, and soft to lively carbonation. Finishes lightly dry with spicy cinnamon, golden raisins, some warmth, herbs, and the sweetness all but disappearing. It was good but not really my style of Quad; I really like the sweet ones with lots of fruit. The spicy cinnamon was a nice touch but the perfume was a bit much. Quite a drinkable quad but not necessarily what I looking for. A brewery I am beginning to like but not one of favorites from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
750ml bottle, pours dark amber with thick foamy head. Aroma is molasses, fruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet and fruity with hops background. Definitely full-bodied and complex. Really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
750 ml bottle. darker brown amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with variety fruit, carmel, spices, and hops and lemon grass. Flavor is caramel and spicy, with yeast. almost full-bodied with big aroma . alcohol adds warmth. Finish is sweet and alcoholic and spiced. Overall, a fun, pretty complex brew.

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