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RATINGS: 1099   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 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 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 can’ be beat. You’re supposed to share this bottle with friends, but once the devil looks in my eyes, I end up drinking the whole thing. It’s a gorgeous beer. Serve it in a wide-mouthed trappist glass and you’ll be happy until, in the sixth glass...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Pours copper reddish color, with a huge vanilla-colored fluffy head and creamy lacing. Nose of dark fruit, some fusel esters, caramel, some chocolate. Smooth, sharp fruits in the mouth, with vanilla, caramel and some Belgian dry yeastiness. Spicy. Medium-bodied, tasty, lacks overall complexity I’ve come to expect from quads, but it’s still yummers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5194) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours a gold and brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, raisin, dark fruit, and sugar with a slight alcohol burn. Flavor is some caramel, maple, fruit, spice, and alcohol. Finishes with sweet and some bitter. Enjoyable quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2009
courtesy of hwwty4 Pours cloudy orange, with amazing beige/golden head with light golden lacing. Aroma has some sweet vanilla / phenol and notes of esters with notes of malty / toffee aroma. Taste is pretty much same as aroma with good thick mouthfeel, light nutty presence caramel malts, some notes of sweet vanilla, fruity with light apple/pear palate and spices. Finish is lightly bitter. Amazing palate from beginning to end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop Quad. Pours a cloudy brown-amber with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma, of malt, preserved citrus, herbs, caramel. Taste is sweet and crisp, of malt, caramel, and preserved citrus. Lingering crisp malt. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Dark amber hue with fair clarity, large frothy off-white head sustains. Nose if sweet dark fruits (raisins, figs, cherries), tones of pepper, malts, belgian yeast. Flavor is mostly dark fruits highlighted by figs and raisins, light pepper and spices, hints of Belgian yeast and underlying malts and hops. Full-bodied, moderate-high carbonation, thick and rich texture with fairly hot alcohol warming. Complex Quad with dark fruits complimented by yeast, spices, and malts. Flavors fade too quickly and alcohol is too hot in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Very hazy dark almandine body with a thick lasting foamy head. Nose-alcohol, fig, raisin, cola, candy sugar. Taste-perfect CO2, unsweet dark fruit, apple, clove, perfect sweetness, caramel, alcohol, white grape skins, tobacco, light white pepper. Not at all sticky with a perfect sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
750ml bottle, pours in a rochefort trappist glass, dark amber-copper color, with a frothy thick creamy beige head, leaving laces, sweet grainy toasted, caramelized malt, cookie dough nose, with some fruity esters of dried raisins, figs, dates. with a Graham’s cookie, sponge toffee, crunchie bar aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet toasty, caramel, biscuity malt character, with a cookie dough, nice toffeeish, crème brulée, graham’s cookie accent, with some dark dried fruity notes of raisins, figs, dates, plums with a hint of dark candi sugar, molasses, and nutmeg spiciness, within a warmth mouthfeel. leading towards a warming, malty, fruity, chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Reviewed 1/21/2009 (bottle batch#68235): Pours a huge creamy tan colored head, diminishing, and a dark ruby red color body. Strong dark fruity, flowery aroma, fig and a touch of alcohol. Very sweet nd floral, very Belgiany. Creamy mouthfeel, flowery taste. Lightly sweet, not sickly. Dark fruit is not as pronounced, sweet aftertaste, some hotness. Dark fruit and fig taste, apple too.

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