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RATINGS: 1044   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Murky brown with a nice light-brown head with excellent retention. Aroma is musty, full of dried, candied fruit notes such as plum, apricot and dates, caramelly malts and molasses. Alcohol aroma is prevalent, but not overwhelming. Moderately sweet, lightly astringent flavor, loads of cobwebby, dusty fruits, gingerbread, dried plum, and spices (nutmeg, a little cinnamon, allspice). Liquid fruitcake is a pretty good summation. Tingly, moderate-to-high carbonation, which I find perfect for the style. A fantastic beer, easily the best I’ve had in recent memory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle shared with tupalev, blankboy, HogTownHarry & jerc - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Batch #67334. Hazy orangish-red with a good sized slightly off-white head. Aroma is sweet and warm, quite malty, a bit candyish. Medium bodied. Nice flavour - sweet caramel, tingly spice, a bit of yeast, some alcohol warmth but not overpowering. A bit too sweet for everyday, but still pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KUEric (904) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Another winner from Boulevard. One of the few things better than this malt bomb (tons of tofffee, caramel, brown sugar, fruity, spices, alcohol, etc.) is the story behind the name, love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baggie (8) - , Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2008 does not count
Oh my Gosh! This has to be one of the best ale’s ever! Bottle pour, dark chestnut with medium white to light yellow head. Spicy aroma with definite fruit overtones. We had this on the 4th of July and everyone enjoyed it. Yet another home run from the wonderful people at Boulevard Brewing Company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Bottle thanks to mruesch, thanks Matt! Poured a deep brown, almost cola-like color with red highlights and a moderate beige head that slowly diminished to a ring and left some light lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a moderate fruitiness including plum, raisin, and fig. Sweet caramel entry with some undertones of brown sugar smoothly transitions into a moderate fruity hit with hints of plums, grapes, and other dark fruits leading into a dry, slightly yeasty finish. Moderately full palate with a nice dry finish. A really good beer, thanks again Matt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3604) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Clear brown with some beige haze and a ring. Nose is cider, toffee and wood. Silky medium light with an alcohol tang. Taste is brown sugar, plum and fresh figs. Dry green bananas and cognac to finish. A touch raw but still a top tier domestic quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
BIG Thanks to mar for this 750ml! Pours a dark orange/copper color with a huge cream head. Aromas of candied figs, and other Belgian characteristics. Flavors of the same and some pear notes. This is a wonderful beer that I wouldnt mind getting some more of!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Perfect appearence. Deep ruby color with a full, long lasting head of a light tan. Fairly nice nose, with a lot of Belgian character. Plentiful dark fruits (cherries, dates, plums,) and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is loaded with tons of depth. Deep caramel and honey glaze, with dark fruits. It’s a really nice beer and very Belgian. I think this series from Boulevard shows their brewing skill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bright,fresh ,multifruit ester aroma, banana,apricot, and brown sugar dominating,taste is much more baked caramel, cola,and alcohol with those fruit esters,becoming almost invisible,wish those esters were a little more evident in flavor. Still an enjoyable Quad,and this brew will drop kick you into Oz, Don’t drink it when your extremely thirsty like I did.

   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.

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