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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Reddish brown colors with a nice pungent aroma. Flavors are of strong apple cider, dried fruits, roasted malt, yeast, and caramel. Bubbly and medium palate. Well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is lightly noticable but well integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
(bottle from pepesican)orange/brown body with a nice light brown head.aroma is orange peel,cinnamon,belgian yeast,green apples,and alcohol heat.flavor is much of the same with some bananas,brown sugar,wheat bread,and a slight alcohol finish.pretty damn tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Bottle from Windy City. Deep amber in color. Looks well carbonated. Good sized beige head. Dark fruit aroma with a bit of yeast and spices. Some alcohol. Prickly mouthfeel. Spicy dark fruit flavors dominate. A little alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Batch 68081. Pours with a huge, creamy, off-white head that leaves good lacing and has great retention. Hazy deep amber body (too light in color for the style). Aroma of figs, brandy, cinnamon, black cherry and a slight sour note. Taste is very rich with strong brandy, light spices, and dark fruits everywhere. Mouthfeel is syrupy with light, natural bubbles. Not completely to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
bottle. A very nice quad. Smooth, drinkable with a long finish. Similar to iron hill quad. Very nice. Big, fluffy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 31, 2008
750ml. bottle. Poured a real nice dark gold/copper color, nice light tan head. Sweet dark fruit aroma, raisens maybe, very bubbly as well. Very sweet flavor, good sweet though, very smooth and drinkable. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Appearance is wonderful. Lasting, smooth head. Aroma is slightly sour and bready, with some fruit (cherries). When you take a larger sniff the cherries come out more and the is very nice and complex. Small sniffs yield the sour bread. Mouthfeel is good. It’s one of those beers you want to swish around for a long time. Finish is a little harsh, but the alcohol is relatively well-hidden. Some nice tartness in the taste. Flavor definitely has pear coming through strong in the finish with some sweet sugary malts. Very good stuff. It gets better and better as you drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours a deep ruby with a huge, undying beige head. The aroma is quite nice - lots of sour cherry, with a some backing generic dark fruit plus some nice spice. Very full flavor, warm alcohol, spices, brown sugar, roasted pear, banana. Nice full mouthfeel - the finish is a little rough around the edges, but very manageable. A very pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2008
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy garnet color. The head was thick and khaki with good retention. Smelled of brown sugar, pear liqueur, and clove. Medium bodied, sweet, and spicy with a warming alcohol effect that lingered with the spices to give a mulled wine-like effect. Carbonation was on the higher end of the spectrum. Brown sugar, clove, pear, and subdued banana flavors were a nice accompaniment to the booze and bubbles. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3500) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle consumed in a hotel room in Cedar City; if Jon never gets to try this, its on me; auburn in color with a plethora of visible carbonation streams. Head was khaki/off white; solid in size and composition. Aroma of bubblegum, banana, yeast, raisin, fruit and alcohol; some subtle vanilla and brown sugar. Juxtaposition of a soft, almost creamy palate with alot of alcohol in the finish. Alcohol not well hidden initially, but got better with time. Flavor wasn’t too assertive, but it did blend together pretty well. A good to moderate amount of hopping in the finish. Flavors of raisins, fruit, brown sugar, yeast, banana, and alcohol predominantly. Alot of yeast in the flavor as expected. Can’t remember the last time I had an example of this style, but this probably is somewhere in the middle for me.

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