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RATINGS: 1006   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3545) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
From a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, this poured a rich amber color with s fat off-white head and good lacing. Nose is of ripe frutis. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor are complex with ripe fruit, sugar, citrus, and spices. Warm finish and you can sense the alcohol. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Great beer from tytonderso. Thanks! 750mL. Huge Belgian yeast aroma with lots of banana a little clove, a little malt, and some ethanol. Lots of carbonation as the cork is popped off the wirecge bottle. Dark amber color as it fills half my Lost Abbey glass. High carbonation in the liquid, but a small head of small bubbles. Taste leans sweet, a hint of alcohol burn and strong aroma as it rises in the back of my nasal packages. Reminds me a lot of a cross between Chimay Red and Blue, but a little more refined. I think it would do well with another 1year of aging,.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Clear amber with a rocky tan head. Nice but mild aroma is pit fruits with clove and other dry spice. Mouthfeel is a little chaulky coarse. Sweet caramel flavors with pit fruits and earhty yeast. Dries out for the finish with some peppery booziness. Not sticky or overly sweet like many Belgian Quads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
[1432-20080531] Bottle. Dark yeast and heavy booze aroma with a bit of cucumber and green bark. Hazy, dark amber brown body with a long-lasting foamy orange head. Sweet heavy yeast flavour. Medium-full body is boozy. Quite nice, good balance of booze and heavy yeast.
(3T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Aromas of Vanilla, bubblegum, licorice, alcohol. Very good nose. the Beer has much to be desired in the way of apperance as the head is pretty much nothing like a that of a good belgian quad, way too fizzy and goes away quickly. The flavor is quite delicious with lots of vanilla cherry cordial and chocolate flavors, without sacrificing it’s fantastic dryness. The beer is very easy to drink and is lightly sharp on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6558) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Several samples @ Coles Boulevard Tasting. Pours a dark winey colored amber. Aromas of dark dried fruits, winey sweetness. Tastes of dark fruits, minor booziness, wine. Very enjoyable & look into the story about the name. Very Interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Pretty darn yummy, an excellent take on the style. Toasty bread crumb maltiness, a bit of cookie sweetness, dark brown candi sugar, and a vigorous dose of dark fruits. Smooth on the palate with moderate carbonation that keeps the palate clean, and warming in the finish with just a light hint of heat from the alcohol. Welldone. This series continues to impress me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1509) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Pours a deep cloudy amber with vigorous Champagne-like bubbles generating a thick orange off-white head. Sweet candy and old leather aroma. Burnt candy flavor along with a slightly bitter toffee taste, spices as well as a vinous character. An agreeable sourness is also present. Alcohol is evident in the taste and the warmth after the swallow. Different and busy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a fizzy, dark amber with a pretty big head and aromas of toffee/caramel malt, dark fruit and allspice. Flavor is sweet malt (caramel, toffee and candi sugar), fruit (figs and dates), spices (cloves, allspice and nutmeg?). A bit of alcohol is detectable as it warms on the way down. Another great offering from the Smokestack series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Dark amber color with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of spices/pepper, caramel and molasses. Flavor is very spicey and peppery with caramel malts, toffee dark fruits and some alcohol.

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