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RATINGS: 967   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
drjay44 (2707) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Batch 58312. Pours a thick rapidly deflating head, mocha color. looks almost like a bread yeast starter, with some lacing, over a cloudy reddish amber body....nose of yeast, phenols, with many fruity tones including banana, dried cherry,....tastes of lingering sweetness with dried cherry, banana, fig amongst others, finishes with a bit of coffee, cocoa bitterness...mouthfeel is creamy but strangely light (probably alcohol). Iíd like to do a blind tasting of this and some of Ommegang and Unibroues brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
750 ml bottle - thanks to brewczar for the trade; pours dark brown with frothy white head that sits quickly; great nose with plenty of toffee, dank fruit and caramel; creamy texture with toffee, malty sweetness; booyah; texture, nose, flavor are all terrific; easily trumps the BA version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Mighty good stuff. I liked each of the four Smokestack varieties Iíve had a chance to try. Spicy. yeasty and with a subtlety thatís often hard to find in a beer this big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-06-2009 16:27:16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of dakid618. Pours a hazy dark brownish-caramel color with a one finger tan head that settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, ripe fruit, banana, spice, and hints of bread and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, toffee, honey, some raisins, hints of alcohol, ripe dark fruit and figs. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty phenol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a big dark cream colored head. Rich malt and yeast aroma with light banana and light spice. Malty/spicy flavor with light banana. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Quite yeasty - mostly spice with some banana.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
750ml bottle @Tampa Wkly GatheringĖpours a light tan head and cloudy amber color. Aroma is mild spice/earthy, medium malt. Taste is metallic/spice/earthy, medium malt. Courtesy sebletitje.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3883) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Deep amber in color with a good sized head. Aroma is of coriander, banana and apricot. Taste is of fruit, yeast and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2009
750ml bottle poured into a Trappist glass. BSGQ pours mousy brown with a large head of very tiny bubbles that audibly pop into oblivion. The beer is very murky. The aroma is heavy in wild yeasts. Belgian sugar, alcohol and pear round out the nose. The body is surprisingly thick and highly carbonated. The taste is sweet and aggressively alcoholic. The finish is dusty and bitter like flower petals.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Favorite beer ever. Patterned after Westvleteren (and others) it has an aggressive carbonation to help the ABV seem a bit more tame. Belgian sugars help with a spice/plum/malt/raisin deliciousness that simply caní be beat. Youíre supposed to share this bottle with friends, but once the devil looks in my eyes, I end up drinking the whole thing. Itís a gorgeous beer. Serve it in a wide-mouthed trappist glass and youíll be happy until, in the sixth glass...

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