RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 Andersens 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...

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
DArk fruit, raisins, carmelized sugars, Belgian yeast - some light spice, touch of banana, touch dusty. Caramel, brewing sugars. Pours brownish amber, big head settles to a creamy lasting head with nice lace. The flavor is nice and fruity with a good dose of residual sugar, carmelized sugars, raisins, dates, belgian yeast spice, bread pudding perhaps, alcohol. Starts sweet but does not finish cloying. Nice for a cold night, takes a while to drink, but its pretty damn good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a thick tan head. Notes of bananas, grass, and sweet malt on the nose. Nice complex flavor with honey and a little spice, dried fruit, and ending with warm malts. The mouthfeel is superb.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Lighter amber brown hue with a large-ish creamy, smooth looking, frothy, off-white colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, thin layer of lace. S - Full of Belgian aroma. Yeast, candi sugar with some bubblegum, banana, ripe fruit, and some spice. T - A good amount of alcohol and rum soaked cherries along with the typical Belgian yeast and candi sugar flavors. Some banana and bubblegum, hints of plum and apple. A touch of phenols. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Felt a little thin for the style. Warming and lively feeling. D - I had no problem finishing the bottle, and it was enjoyable. Alcohol is a little too prevalent to be really drinkable. Notes: A bit above average Quad. Not bad, but alcohol was a little strong. I enjoyed drinking it, but I wasnt blown away by it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle from unclemike. Dark chestnut color and a good thick frothy head develops on top. Excellent head retention. Plums, dates, cherries, candi sugar, belgian yeast, figs, all mingle in the aroma and create a very nice and inviting scent. Rich flavors, but smooth going down. Lots of dark fruit, candi sugar, belgian yeast, and sweet caramel but a hint of spice prevents this from being cloying. Theres also a rum cake flavor that provides some soothing liquory notes that I enjoyed. The dark fruit isnt one dimensional either but rather shows notes of raisins, plums, and dates and seems spot on with the sugars and yeast. Wow, this is a really good Quad from an American brewer. Ok, so not quite as rich as some of the best Belgians but awfully close and one of the better representations Ive tasted from the US.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12 oz bottle from Princetons. Caramel colored pour with a foamy tan head. Very nice dark fruit aromas and flavors are more of the same with some apple notes that linger into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Appearance: deep ambers with rose tints under a rose-tinged head mixed with khakis and tans. Steady stream of bubbles thanks to being bottle-conditioned. Head holds up nicely, leaving pockets of lace along the way. Swirls with a thicker collar while head remains unchanged.
Nose: interesting and not what I was expecting. Plums, raisins, dates stewed and chilled. Canned fruit, maraschino cherries, and candied sugars. Fruitcakeish. Rummy quality underneath and in the back; barrel aged please with a whiff of Cachaca. Dark fruits are meaty and moist; raisins breads.
Palate: wow and equally interesting. Dark fruits, fruitcake, candied fruits and candied sugars; thankfully none of it is saccharine and cloying. Thick and stewed and rummy. Spices flitter on by underneath; cinnamon. Warmth quickly settles into my chest. Short finish with majority of flavors centered in the middle. Dry wood and paprika mingle with the cinnamon. Raisins, prunes, black breads. Cachaca tints here and there; intriguing.
Final Thoughts: a unique take on the rather flexible Quadrupel style. Took me a few sups to adjust but once I did, each quaff was a tasteful journey down roads old and new. Boulevard brews a solid range of everyday beers, but their smokestack series is a true testament unto brewing and artistic ingenuity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 12oz bottle. Poured a thick haze of reddish orange/brown with a small head. Aroma is nice: caramel, apple, plums and other fruits, figs, spice, bubblegum, yeast, all in a haze of alcohol. Taste carries out the aroma well: everything steps up a notch or two. Medium body, good depth, nice balance. Overall a really good brew. I bet these would do well with age.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pured into a Trappist glass. Hazy, amber color. Overriding smell of alcohol. Taste is strongly boozy. Perhaps some dark fruits and caramel tastes underneath it all, but its overbearingly boozy. I really like a lot of Boulevard beer, but this just doesnt do it for me. Im not one to be afraid of an overly boozy brew, but this just ruins the subteties.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, batch #610162, courtesy of OakedCanuck on BA. thanks, colin! pours a hazy, cider-brown, with a thick, lasting, yellow-beige head and thick lace. aroma is great with big notes of belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, and bubblegum up front with burnt toffee, cedar, figs, and dried cherries coming through as it warms. flavor follows suit with sticky, brandy soaked fruit notes of dates, figs, and cherries backed by rich, dark, sweetbreads, belgian spices, and nutty toffee with a bit of booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, rich, and heavily carbonated with a bittersweet, fruity finish. overall, a deliciously big quad.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours murky brown with a light, lingering brown head. Aroma holds loads of dried fruits including figs, plums and dates, plus some strong, bready malts, must, and some molasses. Very sweet, rich flavor, lots of roasted caramel, dark fruits, heavy malts. Full in body with fine carbonation and significant alcohol. Finishes quite sweet with further notes of ripe fruits, malts, warming booze and some spices. Excellent.


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