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RATINGS: 1025   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...


3.8
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (8124) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle at the Bloomington Beer Festival. Poured an amber brown with a light brown head. Aroma had dark fruit notes as well as malts leading to an overall sweet aroma. Flavor was a bit unbalanced with the malts dominating at the beginning and a bit of an alcohol bite towards the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2009
750ml caged and corked bottle (Batch# 69198) served in a Livery trappist glass. Very murky brownish orange pour with a thin head of lasting tan foam. A decent amount slippery lace was left around the glass. The aroma consisted of dark fruits, caramel, candi sugar, a touch of alcohol, and also some spicy yeast esters. The flavor had a big hit of dark fruit skins, candi sugar, plums, bready yeast, caramel, and some spice. Nice, warming, unintrusive alcohol. Full-bodied and lush. A light amount of crisp, aggressive carbonation. Pretty impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks Douglas. Pours deep copper, with a tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, brown sugar, fruit, malt, and some spices. Flavor is brown sugar, cinnamon, fruit, malt, spices, and alcohol. Fairly heavy body, and a finish that starts sweet, and ends dry. Wow, this is good. I would think aging this would interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2102) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a slightly muddy dark copper colour with a fading tan head. Sweet aroma, with cinnamon, brown sugar, herbs and dark fruit predominant. Flavour was pretty yeasty and contained more dark fruit and sweet malt aplenty with a hint of spice. Alcohol quite in your face, but pleasantly warming. A fair amount happening here but it doesnít quite all add up to being a show stopper. Very good effort nonetheless.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Wow, wow, wow! If you havenít tried this one, and you are a fan of flavorful beers, buy it today! A little on the expensive side, but is well worth it for 750mL (only way to get it). At 10.5% ABV, you wonít need much more than one bottle! ;-)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Had this beer many times as it is great! I like to call it a poor manís St B 12. Has a very similar flavor profile, but not quite the sweetness. Lots of flavor, combined with a great body, and just the right amount of sweetness. I canít think of a bad experience with this beer, as it produces time and time again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1610) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
750 mL bottle shared at Loganís pre-GABF party. Dark brown, to black, pour. Aromas of mostly coffee, smoke, and burnt chocolate. Great dark fruit and chocolatety flavor. Some alcohol is detected. Until I looked this beer up I had no idea this was a Quad; certainly unlike any other I have tried. This was quite good.


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