RATINGS: 1097   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...

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allendodd (117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a large head with a hazy, deep brown/orange liquid. Nose is sweet molasses and ripe fruit. Flavor of sweet malt and fruit open and run through the middle acts with a slightly dry grain denouement. The second taste is dominated in the middle acts by a mild yeast flavor in the backing chorus. The finish is slightly astringent (I’m not sure what to make of that) which keeps the sweetness just in check. I’m liking this beer just fine. It can come over to my house any time.

talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Batch 69121. Pours a mostly clear, effervescent, auburn color with an average, fizzy, creamy, beige head which leaves a very thin, lasting layer and minimal lace. Nose is nice but not great; very perfumey from the start, brown sugar and light vanilla beans, dried apricots, clove, faint banana, and some cinnamon. Flavor is similar with some sweetness to begin of dried apricots, brown sugar, vanilla, and clove but quickly dries and leaves some cinnamon, herbs, and perfume. Palate is okay with a moderate body, velvety/lightly syrupy mouthfeel, a light dryness, and soft to lively carbonation. Finishes lightly dry with spicy cinnamon, golden raisins, some warmth, herbs, and the sweetness all but disappearing. It was good but not really my style of Quad; I really like the sweet ones with lots of fruit. The spicy cinnamon was a nice touch but the perfume was a bit much. Quite a drinkable quad but not necessarily what I looking for. A brewery I am beginning to like but not one of favorites from them.

AcctError40839 (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
750ml bottle, pours dark amber with thick foamy head. Aroma is molasses, fruit, caramel. Flavor is sweet and fruity with hops background. Definitely full-bodied and complex. Really enjoyed this beer.

potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
750 ml bottle. darker brown amber with medium off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with variety fruit, carmel, spices, and hops and lemon grass. Flavor is caramel and spicy, with yeast. almost full-bodied with big aroma . alcohol adds warmth. Finish is sweet and alcoholic and spiced. Overall, a fun, pretty complex brew.

deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle at the Bloomington Beer Festival. Poured an amber brown with a light brown head. Aroma had dark fruit notes as well as malts leading to an overall sweet aroma. Flavor was a bit unbalanced with the malts dominating at the beginning and a bit of an alcohol bite towards the finish.

MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2009
750ml caged and corked bottle (Batch# 69198) served in a Livery trappist glass. Very murky brownish orange pour with a thin head of lasting tan foam. A decent amount slippery lace was left around the glass. The aroma consisted of dark fruits, caramel, candi sugar, a touch of alcohol, and also some spicy yeast esters. The flavor had a big hit of dark fruit skins, candi sugar, plums, bready yeast, caramel, and some spice. Nice, warming, unintrusive alcohol. Full-bodied and lush. A light amount of crisp, aggressive carbonation. Pretty impressive.

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks Douglas. Pours deep copper, with a tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, brown sugar, fruit, malt, and some spices. Flavor is brown sugar, cinnamon, fruit, malt, spices, and alcohol. Fairly heavy body, and a finish that starts sweet, and ends dry. Wow, this is good. I would think aging this would interesting.

wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a slightly muddy dark copper colour with a fading tan head. Sweet aroma, with cinnamon, brown sugar, herbs and dark fruit predominant. Flavour was pretty yeasty and contained more dark fruit and sweet malt aplenty with a hint of spice. Alcohol quite in your face, but pleasantly warming. A fair amount happening here but it doesn’t quite all add up to being a show stopper. Very good effort nonetheless.

drumdude73 (19) - Ames, Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Wow, wow, wow! If you haven’t tried this one, and you are a fan of flavorful beers, buy it today! A little on the expensive side, but is well worth it for 750mL (only way to get it). At 10.5% ABV, you won’t need much more than one bottle! ;-)

eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Had this beer many times as it is great! I like to call it a poor man’s St B 12. Has a very similar flavor profile, but not quite the sweetness. Lots of flavor, combined with a great body, and just the right amount of sweetness. I can’t think of a bad experience with this beer, as it produces time and time again.

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