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RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
solarized chestnut with enigmatic large, lacy, billowy, wispy tan head. nose was seriously in your face with cobwebby yeast, melting bananas, clove, and rum. Flavors were yeasty and chocolaty like chocolate covered bananas. There’s a darker, wrinkly fruit flavor beneath as well...maybe a raisin, prune, fig type thing going on. Somewhat sweet but not overly so. Definitely big on flavor...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy of the funess that was Backus’s Backdoor Bash ‘08 Aroma of bananas and vanilla. Flavor was sweet and thick. Very malty, with a bit of black pepper on the end. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Sweet strawberry aroma: caramel, cherries, and black current. Pours a bright glowing scarlet red, thin patchy head. Hot with alcohol, berry sweetness, sour cherries, and a smooth finish. Palate is a bit sharp and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Tasting at mcbackus 10/19. damn this was good. No it was great. Brown pour, tan head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, spice and candy sugar. Flavor is smooth and balanced. Dried fruit, spice, and the alcohol is hidden well. this is a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Thanks to Blake for bringing this! Poured deep peach with a well-retained cap of beige head.. some sediment in there. The aroma picked up rich toasty darker fruits, sweet toffee, and some oaky notes.. OK. The flavor had quite sweet with grainy medium-skinned (or slightly darker) fruits at the core with some crazy phenols and strong earthy notes around (that thankfully dissipated when allowed to breathe for a while).. Sweeter than it should’ve been, strong, and rather grainy on the palate.. finished sweet again with more fruit and alcohol warmth. This got much better with warmth. Aiight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Split a 750ml bottle with my evil twin, and I liked it, too. It poured a slightly hazed light chestnut body with a head that didn’t want to quit. Interestingly, it left no lace. The aroma was jammy with fruit - cherries, dark raisins, and plums - and had a touch of light brown sugar and warming spices. Solid flamora elements. Hot & spicy on the tongue, it yielded the above fruit in the flavor along with caramel, brown spices, and a splash of alcohol. The finish is dry with a low alc burn. Not too shabby.

Friar Tuck, Bloomington, IL

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice cloudy red/brown with nice head. Aroma is malty, spicy, and dark fruit. Flavor of black licorice and dark fruit, sweet. Medium mouth feel with high carbonation...Over all, pretty tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Batch 68081. Very fruity aroma and flavor. I can pick out the yeasty contents as well. Pours a cloudy bronze color with a big head, which quickly dissipates. I thought this was a fairly rare find, so I picked it up at a little shop called Corks and Kegs on highway 287 south of Mansfield. Good beer, give it a try if you can find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Batch 68000 something. Pours to a murky mahogany body with a very tall frothy/foamy yellowish tan head. The aroma is yeasty, sweet raisins and dates. The flavor is sweet and yeasty with some dryness as the beer decants. The palate is medium bodied and has a nice sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle shared at recent tasting. Thanks!
Pours a rich caramel color with a small beige head. Smell is belgian yeast, with light spicing, and some candi sugar. Taste is very mild, and a bit yeasty with more dark raisiny, cand sugar sweetness. Nice dark fruit, and spice flavor, and is pretty drinkable, even if it is not the most amazing quad.

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