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RATINGS: 1010   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 Andersen’s 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2008
750mL bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with a one finger, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruit and malt. Flavor has plums, raisins and malt, with a slight spiciness as well. Full bodied beer with almost too much carbonation. Most beers of this type don’t have quite this much carbonation. Good beer, but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
750ml bottle. Cork pops with authority, pours clearish, caramelly brown with a huge, offwhite head. Ok retention. Smells deep and very sweet malty, raisins and a little bit of spice. Tastes spicy malty with some pepper and some raisin sweetness. A good dose of alcohol as well. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
<b>Batch Number: 68100; Sampled September 2008</b>
A soft pour produces an initial four-finger thick head that fills my 25cl tulip glass and then proceeds to mushroom up two fingers past the rim of my glass and slightly overflow, but only just barely. The head is a light tan color with a densely packed head. The beer is an amber color that is on the light side from your average Quad and shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-orange stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. Spicy aromas of woody pepper and mature ginger are almost immediately joined by tart notes of tamarind, sour plum and a lactic like note. I expected a lot more concentrated, rich malt notes here, but instead this seems to have been replaced by this light, but substantial tartness.

Lightly sweet flavors are offset towards the finish by an herbal sage like note that is light but fairly distinct. The sweetness tastes of and accentuates flavors of plums, a filtered tamarind note and a light raisin note. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol note that at times can be overly hot with higher alcohols; these notes accentuate a spicy finish that has a peppery bite as well as a hint of plastic-like phenolics and a light tongue numbing clove note. Not nearly as tart as the aroma suggested, which is as I suspected for some reason, but it still does have a touch of tartness that is likely just contributed by the yeast strain used. This is actually quite dry for a Quad (this also likely accentuates the perceived tartness), with a medium body that is on the light side for a Quad.

A second pour easily produces just as much of a voluminous head. As the beer has warmed the aroma has picked up a finish that has a lot more toasted malt aromatics to it; biscuit like with a nice crushed grain character. This is a pretty good beer, the only real flaw is that it can get awfully hot in the finish, but this is only at times so doesn’t kill the beer.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 17, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany with an aggressive light tan head. Woodsy nose with a touch of pear and fig. Medium body. Nice blend of complex fruit with a slight sweetness followed by a crisp dry slightly hot finish. Carbonation seems a tad bit high but overall very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2008
Caged and Corked 750ml, I bought today at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours ruby orange with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet, although a bit hot, fruity flavors abound in the taste. This is a tasty beer, but lacks the complexity I&rsquo;d like to see in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours dark amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is vinous and sweet. Flavor follows through with sweetness and spice and raisins. Nice full body. Finishes a little dry. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidelis83 (2125) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Pours auburn with tall chunky manila head that lasts a while but finally fades to a much thinner layer to leave some lacing. Aroma is raisins, prunes, sweet pickles, caramel, pungent vanilla, sweet anise coockies and cloves, a good amount of alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is fruit cake, brown sugar, caramel, cloves, licorice. A little less yeasty than the other quads I’ve had but the great malt complexities are there, mouthfeel is a little thinnner too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Pours a rusty reddish brown with a fluffy off-white head that lasts forever. Looks better than lots of other US Quads, with tons of bubbles crawling up the glass and bubbly head. Aroma of pears, raisin, brown sugar, cinnemon, vanilla, wheat, light clove, light banana, and perhaps some bread dough. Starts initially with a phenolic fruity sensation, but tastes predominantly malty. Flavors of brown sugar, maple, caramel, pears, cloves, light banana, and a bit of booze. Flavors come together well. Finishes with cinnemon spice and clove, fading to toasted sweetened bread aftertaste. Medium bodied, high carbonation that does the classic Belgian quads justice, and creamy enough. Sweet, but not sticky. Pretty balanced in all elements to me; I can see why others say "age it" but it’s not like it suffers from freshness now. Good stuff, I love the cinnemon finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was strong with raisins, dates, prunes, cola and a touch of alcohol. The taste was similar to the aroma with the sweet dark fruits dominating and a bit of alcohol showing. The mouthfeel was smooth but no creamy and the carbonation came across as harsh at times. The finish was medium in duration with lingering dark fruits. Overall: This one tasted a bit young and underdeveloped, I should sock a bottle away for about six months and re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Reddish brown colors with a nice pungent aroma. Flavors are of strong apple cider, dried fruits, roasted malt, yeast, and caramel. Bubbly and medium palate. Well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is lightly noticable but well integrated.

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