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RATINGS: 1064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9631) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1761) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - 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.

   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! ;-)

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1743) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2304) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2009

Orange-brown pour, nice head. Fruity, phenolic aroma; pleasantensemble of dried fruits in the flavor, with a nice closing dryness. But the beer is really hot, and it could be more complex -- and thus while solid as an American quad, it falls sort of posing a threat to the better Belgian examples of the style.

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