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RATINGS: 1022   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14160) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled (at Chriso, batch #68312). Deep amber, small beige head. Fruity, almost cherry-like aroma. Very alcoholic. Crisp carbonation. Some earthy notes, prunes, cherry, plum. Has potential, but is way too sweet. Probably has potential after ageing of it a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled. Rubyish amber colour, big foamy/creamy beige head. Aroma is fruits, some alcohol, mild glueish notes, some earth and mild notes of apricot. Flavour is lots of caramel malts, liquorice, quite strong alcohol (not disturbing though). Mild spices and yeast as well. A rather pleasantly balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a dk amber with a thick tan head...aroma is sweet malty fruit, rasin and plum, a bit of rocket fuel and some spice, but is covered up pretty well by the sticky malt...flavour is similar, sweet and dark, molassas, apple, pear...finish is straight nail polish remover...no integration of the burn at all, aroma and flavour are quite nice and simple, but that disjointed finish fucks this beer...and it isnít a "pleasantly warming finish" or anything like that but rather urban fucking warfare on you mouth and sinuses...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6824) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
750mL bottle poured into an Abbey glass. Pretty hot and astringent... Maybe would be better if sat on for a year or so. Otherwise itís very sticky, sweet, and tastes like dark esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
75 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Madison. Deep amber with some lighter lace, head dissipates quickly. Plumb and paint aroma with some apricot and cloves. Warm first sip, slight alcohol burn, apricot and raisin flavor with a mellow sweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenDover (216) - Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours a deep brown, good amount of tannish head with maybe even a tint of orange to it. Aroma - and taste - of candy sugars, bananas, figs. Alcohol has a bit of a bite to it but the wonderful sweet flavors hold their own against it. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewerís Festival. Hazy brown-orange, light tan head hangs around. Aroma is alcohol, raisins, rum, prunes. Taste is potent, prunes, raisins, yeasty esters, alcohol warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a large, thick, foamy, pitted, off-white head. Clear, reddish mahogony body with abundant bubbles. Aroma is of Belgian yeast fruitiness and spicy, clove phenols, caramel malt, and hints of raisiny Special B. Some alcohol comes through, as does a touch of cinnamon. The flavor is made up of sweet, caramel malt, a little Belgian spice, and the occasional piece of dark fruit. Alcohol comes through big time on the palate - itís somewhere beyond warming, but not quite boozy. Definitely warms the throat and belly. Palate is sweet up front with a dry, candi sugar crisp finish. Lively carbonation. Overall a very nice beer that could use just a bit more depth in the malt profile to really push it over the edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5238) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 Corked and caged. Meringue head, rocky, atop a nice ruby body. Belgian yeast nose, overspilling the glass, more than a hint of alcohol (8-9%). Liquid cherry juice and light woody raisins. Big alcohol kick in the mouth but relatively smooth - if only spirits could be so smooth! Some higher-order alcohols sort of dominate the fruit, and leave it no chance to develop, but surprisingly it doesnít feel like that big a deal. Medium body with little carbonation. Faint molasses/raisin. The whole is very well integrated, very enjoyable, but lacking the standout malt complexity I expect from this style. [2009.07.28: 3.6]

12oz bottle BEST BY 12/18/16. Nose heavy raisins, deep stone fruit in the bg, toffee-earthy malt, sugar, a little bouillon. Pours deep caramel-amber with ruby highlights and a very large, rocky tan head. Semi0sweet with light bitterness, well-tamed but still medium and warming alcohol,. heavy spice with prunes and plums, raisin; red fruit again in the bg and now subordinate to a strong earthy toffee-caramel, faint roast. Full body syrupy and thick, very nice, comforting and seductive. Fresh, almost too fresh, but with faint touches of wood and butterscotch. Sweet and smooth with spice and jam in the bitter finish. I really do like this, and will be buying more now that itís in smaller vessels, but itís too in-your-face and doesnít yet have the depth or rounded edges of maturity. [2015.04.22: 3.6]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011
++++ Re Rate 3 March 2011 ++++
12 oz bottle courtesy of Brent. Best before 9/23/12. Pour is a slight haze orange garnet with a noisy fizzy 3 inch light khaki head. Aroma is sweet dried fruit, candi sugar maltiness and banana ester yeastiness. Taste is the nose, big and sweet dark fruits, dried fruit, banana and clove ester yeast. As it hits room temp, the yeast really takes over which I liked. The alcohol is present, but mostly in a complimentary warming way. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, a bit oily. Longish clove finish. Its a decent quad. I rated this identically to two years ago, interesting. (7,4,7,3,14 - 3.5)

++++ Original Rating 17 July 2009 ++++
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Gomerís in Lenexa, Kansas. Batch 68347 stanped on bottle. Opens with a loud pop. Pour is hazed caramel brown orange with a two inch ecru head. Head falls slowly with sticky lacing. Aroma of clove grassy yeastiness, with bright brown sugar sweetness behind that. Caramel malt in the back. Taste is initial big clove yeast, followed by grassy caramel malt sweetness. The finish has some light alcohol present. Palate is medium, actually pretty light for the style. Medium carbonation, and as mentioned a dry somewhat boozy finish. (7,4,7,3,14 - 3.5)

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