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RATINGS: 998   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2008
Thanks to iowaherkeye for this one - slightly hazy dark amber beer, with a fizzy, foamy head - aroma of over-ripe apples, cherry skins, caramel, moderate spices, some english pudding/treacle sweetness - carbonation is full in the mouth - some strong caramel and plum sweetness up front, followed by light tartness, some wheaty grainy character, clove - a lot of over-ripe fruits in the finish, and a raw cane sugar sweetness - the strength is evident, but not overly strong, thanks in part to a spicy character that makes the warmth of the alcohol more welcome - a little thin-bodied for itís strength, and lacking the full depth of flavor I expect from the style, but itís a solid piece of craftsmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2378) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
750 ml bottle courtesy of Chris. Pours a dark coppery brown with a large sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, figs, brown sugar, dark fruit, nutmeg, clove and banana. Taste of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, banana, clove and figs. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
750ml bottle from mreusch; Thanks!!! Nose of raisins, brown sugar, yeast, and lightspices (cloves); clear brown with a huge tan head; flavor is raisin pie, with some cloves and corriander;gfinish is sweet with very light alcohol warmth!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle, pours dark with a tan head, plenty of of dark fruits, plums, figs, prunes, raisins, currants. Yeast and alcohol are suprisingly subdued, a nice mouth feel but not cloying not to bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pours mahogany wtith a thin white head. Smells doughy with some alcohol present and lots of dark fruit and oaky hints. Tastes of dark fruit, lots of sweet malt, hints of sugar, some warming alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is thick like oil. Finish yields some sweet syruppy hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Pours a deep amber. A gorgeous and lasting head settles on top of the brew, off-white, thick and creamy, great lacing, it looks delicious. Aroma is very pleasant, light yeast, sweet fruit. It really smells like an authentic Belgian beer. Flavor is also quite good, spicy, yeast, a little sweet. Not at all cloying, though. The body is just what youíd expect, not too thick but not watery. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the aroma or flavor, even after it warms up. It does make sure you know itís there, however, once youíve drank about half of the bottle. Tasty. If you can get it, definitely get it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours dark red/light brown with significant carbonation and a lovely off-white creamy head. Quads are one of my favorite styles and unfortunately I have not encountered many American made versions that I feel are up to par. After first smelling Iím glad to know that this will be better. A nice soft, creamy fruitiness. Plums, a lot of esters though not distracting, bananas, vanilla and spice, yeasty. Taste is smooth, fruity, malty, bready though relatively clean with the ABV hidden quite well. Not cloying or hot like some can be. This was very good, a nice surprise and probably the best American Quad Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
truebluehes (180) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle. Nice beer. Dark amber brown pour with nice beige head. Quite yeasty aroma with sweet malt and maybe a trace of licorice? Nice bite on the tongue with good caramel, yeast balance with a nice alcohol finish.... a little light on the malt, wasnít quite as full as many quads....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Hazy reddish colour with a nice head. Ugly aroma of yeast-bite and little licorice, Nice flavour of sweet matl, yeast and little caramel and end with a noteable alcoholic finish. Much better flavour than the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle thanks to csbosox: Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing airy off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malts and some brown sugar with nice bready Belgian yeasty complexity. Body starts with good fullness and sweet caramel malty flavor before a drier, slightly toasty doughy finish. Has a little warmth and some fruity estery complexity. An enjoyable and true to style Quad.

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