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RATINGS: 1025   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Objectively speaking: An honourable attempt at a quadruple that did not feel as successful as their Saison.
I like: Appealing toasty/nutty/vanilla nose. Controlled alcohol level. Convincing mouthfeel.
I dislike: A bit one-dimensional for a quad. Its toasty, bready, caramelly palate quickly becomes dry and the fruity depth is not very developed. Minimal head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
2008-05-31. Brown body, modest creamy beige head. Sweet sugary malt in the aroma, good amount of alcohol presence. (7+) Sweet up front in the flavour, brown sugars, caramel turns tangy in the finish. (8+) Smooth medium palate. (3+) Touch simple and raw in places but I really enjoyed this one. Bottle, Mondial, Montreal, 3T<P>If Jeremy were here he’d write that down..."  - DougShoemaker quoting Radek

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6428) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2008
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 750 ml avec bouchon de liège, au Mondial de la Bière 2008 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe de vanille. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité et de cassonade avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #1734)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pour is dirty brown orange with a creamy off white head, long lasting. Very strong aroma of heavy vanilla, brown sugar, rich caramel toffee, and dark fruits. Very aromatic. I enjoyed the flavor of this. I haven’t put this up against other quads, but I have a gut feeling it would hold its own. Alcohol is noticable, but it isn’t over the top. Good stuff and IMO underrated within the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1331) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
This beer pours a cloudy amber with a large white head. the aromas are a little more hoppy than I would’ve expected. The flavor is not though. This is weak for a quad/abt but it was pleasant. I liked it ok, but it could’ve been so much more! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler au mondial) Biere de couleur rousse quelque peut brumeuse avec un collet moyennement collant. Odeur de pouding chomeur, agrumes, fruité, sucré, oranges, caramel et apricot. Gout salé, fruits, coté bonbon et caramel. Vraiment une bonne biere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Pour is a dark brown with a very large tan head. Aroma is nice with some caramel, spice and a bit of earthyness. Flavor is very sweet with some rye bread and candi sugar. Then the eye watering alcohol hits you. It does not leave a burn but you deffinatly know its there. Just an ok quad and some age would do it wonders. All of the smokestack beers were very good but this is probably the one i liked the least.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Not really a beer that I’ll be looking forward to trying again. This one was wrought with problems. Fusel alcohol, bananas and acetone dominated the nose. The beer pours out a rusty brown hue, with a thick off-white head. Medium-bodied, slightly thick mouthfeel...a bit boozy from the alcohol. Flavors are modestly sweet, over-the-top alcohol presence. Felt almost like a shot of whiskey was in my glass. Vanilla, earthy with a raw dough like taste. Felt it was missing some of the quality characteristics that I enjoy in a quad. Not awful, just not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle @ le Mondial

App.: Cloudy brown / copper poor, thin brown head

Aromas: poor man’s pooding, caramel, mangos, toffee

Palate: good even balanced mouthfeel, medium/full body, sticky.

Flavors: brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins...

Notes: Good overall - missing that little extra something...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
My Bottom Line:
This classy Quadrupel promotes suave raisins, clovey spiciness and lightly roasted cereals for a clean and diplomatic sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam is laid out on the clear coppery red.
-Alcohol is perceived throughout, but does not bother the flavor profile that much.
-The finish is a slow fade out of the flavor profile.
-Although this is a highly professional brew, I felt it lacked character and complexity to really shine in this highly competitive category.


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