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RATINGS: 1015   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Pours an amber with thick thick cream colored head. Aroma is definite caramel and malts. Bread notes. Flavor is earthy with definite caramel and malt flavors. Body is medium with fair carbonation. I really liked this quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Deep orange/brown color, somewhat hazy. Decent amount of head after pouring, subsides down to a minimal amount after settling. Flavor is sweet malt, yeasty, a bit of alcohol bite, and some rye bread. Medium bodied. Finish is somewhat dry and earthy with a bit of alcohol burn. Pretty decent beer, nothing amazing for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Ruby/Brown with a nice off white head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, yeast, dried fruit. Taste is slightly alcoholic, caramel, yeast. Not very complex but I good effort at the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2008
750ml bottle. pours muddy ruby with off white head. aroma of dates and apricots, yeasty and doughy. flavors are doughy, raisins, yeasty. slightly warming alcohol finish. a tad fizzy, full mouth feel. a bit one dimensional but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This Belgian quad pours a medium orange amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized head. The aroma is caramel and fruit, with a touch of yeast. A medium bodied quadruple. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of banana flavors. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Itís a little sweet without being cloying, with a nice mixture of spices. Nice beer, but it lacks that extra quality that makes it a quad. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
*Did not like, would not buy.* Appearance is hazy amber. Smells like menthol! In fact, it reminds me of something specific... some liqueur drink, a touch to drink liqueur at that. Jagermesiter and menthol, thatís it. Some sourish beer in the backdrop. Tastes sour, not in the tart way, but in the funky barnyard way. Thick malts, but itís all wrong. Mouthfeel is too, too spritzy. This beer is boo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Attractive, caramel pour with no head. Sweet and interesting nose. Flavor is nutmeg and banana. Not a bad beer, but not very quad like.

   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 Iíve 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 alcoholís 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 (4623) - 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 Iím 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 shouldnít. however, it still seems quality. that heat is still relentless. I dig, but i wish that heat would dissipate.

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