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RATINGS: 985   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle. Opaque, light brown pour with medium head. Aroma of belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown sugar. Similar flavor with notes of dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (638) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 26, 2008
The bottle poured dark caramel color with no light penetration, and fluffy tan head. Settles with no lacing. Intense sweet aroma of brown sugar and banana with undertones of burnt hardwood. The flavor is sweet down the middle with spice in the cheeks, like cinnamon. Tart and full bodied, this beer almost needs a companion, like carrot cake. Itís delicious, but this is all about the sugars, no hops to finish, at least that I detect. Itís an elixir.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6307) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Batch #67334. Pours a hazy orange-brown with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Strong aroma of alcohol, spices, yeast, fruit and sugar. Flavour of sweet malt and fruit along with alcohol, yeast, sugar and caramel. Medium to full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. This is relatively well done, and I donít mind it, but itís not really my thing -- too boozy and sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle shared with Greg Clow, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and Jerc, courtesy of Jerc (I think?). Spicy soft malt aroma. Dark fiery brown, small to medium foamy white head. Great taste, surprisingly sweet - lots of caramel. Lots of alcohol, great foamy body, spicy finish. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2008
In the bottle at the 2008 Crescent Moon Extreme Beerfest. The sweetness is what is overwhelming to me about this beer. In fact, itís like a liquid bottle of tootsie roll pops. A bit too much for me, but very fun and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pour is clear amber with a thin off white head...smell is very sweet with prune juice and molasses...taste was very sweet with caramel and some earth fruits...not bad...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Thanks for sharing Yaniv! Brown reddish with a thin light tan head. Big date filled dark fruit maltiness. Alcohol. A bit full and fruity. A bit like a very heavy Westy 12. Average carbonation, with a slight viscosity. A bit creamy. Alcohol over dark fruit. Dates. A lingering alcohol astringency. Heat. Reminds me a bit of Westy in the flavor too, but much much heavier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1191) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2008
(bottle thanks Badgerben) Pours dark brown with an off-white head that lasts. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, yeast, vanilla, and spices. Taste is nothing spectacular, but itís solid, with some raisin, brown sugar, and bready yeast. The finish is rather yeasty, and the alcohol makes its presence known on the finish as this warms, but itís a solid quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Dark, murky brown color with a thick head. Banana, yeast, spicy aroma. Thick, very thick malt, caramel, bread, yeast flavor. Some dark cherry and oak. This isnít insanely complex, but damn is it tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4193) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Amber in color with a big beige head. Sweet smells of caramel, fruits in particular apricot, and toffee. Taste is the same as the smells. You can definetly feel the alcohol. Fuller bodied. Gets dryer at the bottom of glass.

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