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RATINGS: 935   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Careful with that pour! Big healthy, sustaining head. Clear, very amber color. Sweet malty aroma with some licorice and roasted barley. Maybe some corn. Full mouth feel with a lingering taste that sticks to the roof of your mouth and back of your tongue. Sour grape taste with a hint of black pepper and a strong alcohol burn. One glass will do nicely with any spicy cigar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Apperance: Pours a clearish, mahogany-hued body sporting a ring of tiny, white bubbles. Smell: Malty aroma crammed with dark caramel overlayed with alcohol-soaked plums and cherries and wrapped in a light, delicate yeastiness. Taste: Full maltiness and a strong Juicy Fruit bubblegum taste and a little pinch of acidity. Some spiced bananas, a pinch of crushed rock candy. Slight yeast character. Hint of toast. Warming finish with a lasting taste of fruit-flavored bubblegum. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Drinkability: A decent quad and pleasure to have tried it, but one is enough for me, thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is candi sugar, caramel, spicy, and alcohol. Flavor is malty, caramel, candi sugar, spicy, and a slight alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Pours dark red and orange with a strong 1/4 inch head. Average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet Belgium hoppy flowery citrus smell. The light hops balance well with the malts and Belgium yeast. It finishes with a lovely sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (8912) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle... DLDí06... Hazy burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is full of fruity, Belgian yeast esters and phenols with prominent golden raisins, apples and plums. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Sweet and fruity with low bitterness. Red hot, sweet, malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2008
750ml bottle: Batch 68018: This one opened with a loud "pop". It poured with a large tan head on it, and was quite fizzy. The color was a hazy mahogany. The head dropped off rather quickly. The nose is good, but not as strong as I would have expected. Mainly bready and spicy, with traces of caramel and fruits. A bit of effervescence on the tongue. Not quite full bodied. It took a couple of sips to appreciate the taste. Subtle hints of different tastes, but they all blend well together. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
Hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Malty nose with bits of ripe fruit, bread dough, and spice. Sweet/tart flavor with alcohol heat. Didnít impress me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Thanks to iowaherkeye for this one - slightly hazy dark amber beer, with a fizzy, foamy head - aroma of over-ripe apples, cherry skins, caramel, moderate spices, some english pudding/treacle sweetness - carbonation is full in the mouth - some strong caramel and plum sweetness up front, followed by light tartness, some wheaty grainy character, clove - a lot of over-ripe fruits in the finish, and a raw cane sugar sweetness - the strength is evident, but not overly strong, thanks in part to a spicy character that makes the warmth of the alcohol more welcome - a little thin-bodied for itís strength, and lacking the full depth of flavor I expect from the style, but itís a solid piece of craftsmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2333) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of Chris. Pours a dark coppery brown with a large sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, figs, brown sugar, dark fruit, nutmeg, clove and banana. Taste of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, banana, clove and figs. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
750ml bottle from mreusch; Thanks!!! Nose of raisins, brown sugar, yeast, and lightspices (cloves); clear brown with a huge tan head; flavor is raisin pie, with some cloves and corriander;gfinish is sweet with very light alcohol warmth!

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