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RATINGS: 958   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Caged corked 750 ml. bottle with a short blurb and batch number (68025) on the back label, sampled in a tulip glass. L: Billowing tan head with an tawny auburn colored body underneath, this is one of the better looking American brewed Quadrupels I’ve come across. A good amount of splotchy lace circles the brim of the glass. S: Aromatic malty nose, caramel, toffee, brown bread and a taste inducing fruitiness, pears, dates and raisins. The malt aromas are accented by caramelized brown sugars. Very light traces of a peppery spiciness at the fringes of the aroma, I really like the smell of the quadrupel. F&T: Velvety smooth and creamily full bodied, this is one pleasant, easy sipper. The candied sugars and sweet malts stick to and coat the tongue, leaving a nice lingering sweetness in the palate. Tastes of caramel toffee, pinches of powdered cocoa, along with a plush fruitiness, baked apples and pears, figs and raisins. Towards the end some cake and brown bread flavors emerge. A pleasing clove and pepper spiciness mixes with the barely noticeable alcohol, the alcohol’s true strength is well concealed, I would say it has a creeping sneakiness. The finish has a quenching dryness, sweet toasted caramel and bready, with a mildly tingling hop spiciness. Overall, this is a delectable tasting quadrupel. As far as I am concerned, Boulevard hits all the right style notes on this Quad. While I generally like the beers from Boulevard, I am surprised at how well crafted this truly is, not something I would expect from this brewery. I had considered Schlafly to be the premier brewery in Missouri, but this makes me want to reconsider that notion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours dark reddish brown with a quickly diminishing tan head. The aroma has thick sweet malt, lots of fusal alcohol, some brown sugar and dark fruits. The abv gets in the way from this being great, age may help. Medium / thick body that still has a crisp feel due to the high amount of carbonation. This starts off very boozy when it is remotely cool. As it gets warmer the goodness starts to show with thick caramel and toffee malt tastes, lots of earthy Belgium yeastiness, earthy hops, figs and dates. This is much drier than the aroma let on ~ there is only a hint of sweetness. The finish is short and dry with some lightly chalky dark caramel. This is good, but I’m really looking forward to rerate a bottle with some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2008
750ml taster. blind tasting. aromas of sweet malty yeastiness. the reddish-amber tint gives the ale a hoppy purpose, yet hops are missing from the ale. my nose tells me this is by far a quad style ale, but not quite done by the masters of belgium. alcohol hits the backside of the nose. apricots and oranges pureed in a blender guarantee the sweetness on the nose with just a grace of curacao. on a personal note - a candle with this aroma could make millions, well, maybe thousands. syrupy citrus and a dose of Belgian-esque carbonation guarantees this is a crafty brew. also, there is a grape aspect here, it hits like a muscat. once again the alcohol hits on the palate...late and towards the back, but it burns where it shouldn’t. however, it still seems quality. that heat is still relentless. I dig, but i wish that heat would dissipate.

   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 (4391) - 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 (9215) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle... DLD’06... 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 (1879) - 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. Didn’t impress me.

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