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RATINGS: 1011   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Fairly light in the color dept. for "this sort of thing". Some might say boozy for this one, I sort of would agree but itís a semi-complex booziness with excellent brandy and sherry aftertastes, wrapped around a pretty enjoyable toffee sweetness. More or less bitchin;...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
In short: A sugary fudgy Abt-ish beer with some refreshing (hopping?) orangy flavours. Good at first but a full bottle is just too much sweetness. Below average for the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when 6+ months old. Sent to me by mreusch, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Cloudy light brown body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is scarily mainly sweet with only light fruity notes. Taste is an unusual mix (for the style) of sugary sweetness and refreshing fruity flavours. Fudge and some sugary caramel make the sweet side. Oranges, orange peels and such provide the refreshing side. The usual Abt dark fruits flavours are limited to a moderate raisins presence and maybe some berries. To relate it to a classic Iíd say this tastes a bit like an Allagash Four with added brown sugar. Comes through as a cross between a sweet underhopped American barley wine and a Belgian Abt. At first the beer is good if only a little sweet, but by the end of the bottle I was getting really annoyed by that brown sugar/sweet fudge. Ironically I liked the Sixth Glass at first but itís the sixth glass that I didnít like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Aroma of raisins and thick, complex caramelized sugars, though it was somewhat difficult to smell through the thick and viscous head. This bottle popped like a lambic. Very fizzy. The fizziness helped aid washing away some of the sweetness and came out more balanced as a result. Nice amount of Belgian spice, some residual hoppiness (surprising), viscous un-fermented sugars, and a whiff of smoke. Overall a solid quad. Well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1539) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle shared by AvengedPoet. Pours a nice hazy brownish orange with a huge off white head. Aroma is rasins, yeast, sugars, spices figs and booze. Flavor is figs spices booze, rasins yeasts and a touch of sourness. Nice quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Say, this is pretty tasty. Bottle thanks to beastiefan Eugene. Thanks, buddy. Finally getting around to drinking this one, and I think the bit of age has done it well. Admittedly, I tend to feel pretty dubious of American versions of Quads, but this exceeded my expectations. Pours deep, dark but bright amber with a very light yellow/orange head. The taste and smell is pretty much sugar and fruit, but both come through as complex sensations (brown sugar, earthy notes, apricots and ripe summer fruits, some spicy yeast, bread, golden raisins). Some vanilla and slight wood. Alcohol comes through a bit, but overall, this is satisfying and surprising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1298) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Picked up a bottle of this at By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Colour... dark amber/garnet. Nose... sweet, mildly spicy, malty. Palate... Plenty oí bubbles up front, then dark brown sugar, turbinado and caramel. Slightly bitter on the back palate but a nice, loooong, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Fruit nose with a bit o burn to it. Pours red with some hint of brown and a white head. a little more than medium on the body with a clean finish. Earthy and Fruity flavor. Pretty Good Beer Food Pairing Hoisin Pork Lettuce Wraps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Brown in color until held to the light and the rudy hues glimmer through. Initial tall head settles rather quickly to form a dense cover of tan bubbles. Aromas of dark ripe fruits, spicy yeast and hint of smoke and alcohol. Very spicy flavors. initial cloves are displaced by licorice and wood roots. Some dark fruit in the background. The first dose of licorice nearly was too much for me. But Iím working my way through and there are some things starting to work for me. Some dark brandied cherries and caramel and toasted malt. Rich and filling brew. I just never quite find a balance in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Batch 68319 Pours brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, ripe fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Slightly sweet then a bit of spice and a hint of alcohol in the finish as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
My #400 beer and batch #68100 for Boulevard. Pours a cloudy caramel color, a thick tan, off-white head with a very high amount of carbonation and some big chunks of yeast suspended in the brew. Aroma is very sweet with a high caramel candy note, light spicy hops note, some apricot fruitiness in there and finishes with a lith alcohol note. Flavor has an alcohol note throughout the entire tasting. Starts off with a light caramel sweetness, some spicy bitterness in the start as well, some sweet bread malt and slightly yeasty middle and ends with a creamy vanilla accent. Body is very full with the carbonation adding a very creamy feel to the body. The alcohol is pretty prevalent and is noticeable in all aspects of the brew but overall a solid beer and one which would only get better with age.

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