RATINGS: 1119   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 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1679) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2009
750 bottle. Dark brown, filtered. Small white head. Nose is raisiny, figs, malts. Taste comes off malty, sweet, a bit sugary. Full bodied, a bit spicy with a nice alcohol burn at the end. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (5227) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2009
750 ml. batch S8508, thanks to General Gao. Darkish ruby-copper with a lasting quarter-inch of cream. Mild aroma of toffee, tart berry and light wood. Flavor is already-chewed bubblegum and lightly sour apple-cherry, turning to prunes and harshish vinous alcohol in the middle, then to an oak-cork finish. Medium-full body is a bit frothy and sticky, with some alcohol dryness and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle from theisti, shared at SL. The pour was orangey amber, plenty of carbonation and head, lacing mediocre. The aroma was dried light fruits, some bread, caramel. The flavor lacked the dark fruit depth I like in a quad, was like an imperial blonde doppelbock more than anything Belgian - spices? Flavors of bread, light fruits (white rasins most prominent?), candy sweet, caramel, and some alcohol heat. The mouthfeel as on target for the style, big, somewhat sticky finish. Mediocre at best for a Quad, and when I have to put down this much alcohol, I want more for my experience. Tim, thanks for the opportunity on this one, appreciate it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3825) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 This rating is for the "Manimal" version which was shared by JB at Indras Strong Ale tasting, thanks a lot, very cool of you. I believe that makes it somewhere between 2-3 years old and it came in a super cool 750mL bottle. I think by this point theisti had broken my snifter and I moved onto the 2nd generation thick, tall Blvd Chalice (again thank you JB). Aroma has some alcohol coming through as well as a pretty authentic Belgian black bread raisin yeastiness. Strong and sweet, yet lightly balanced. Taste is showing some hint of age with a lighter thinner flavor from those aspects in the nose. But otherwise a very good Quad, with all the requisite aspects. Seems to have aged well enough but not much longer. I will get a fresh bottle of the 6th glass Quad soon and add to this rating. 8/4/7/3/16

750mL bottle stamped 608025, which means bottled on January 25, 2008 so making it about 1.5 years old. Aged in a fridge for about a year and then my closet for 6 months. Clear dark amber, small head. Aroma is a thick alcoholic, so thick prune and sweet Belgian aspects. Alcoholic, barky, earthiness in there as well. This comes off as alcoholic Belgian tea. Flavor is sweet, thick dark Belgian yeastiness with sugar alcohol all mixed in there. A lot of stuff going on, plumminess but just large and with the alcohol not so in charge. Its good but still damn hot for me. 7/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
A well made quad. Lots of fruit (raisin and plum), toffee, caramel malt, and some spice. Interesting, even a little bit of coffee. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Below average quad. Too fruity and foamy. Coffee note was interesting but has overdone molasses and spice flavors. Kind of grainy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Copper pour with a thick beige head. Sharp, tangy fruit nose. Earthy fruit taste with touches of yeast, sweet dried fruit, and a big alcohol presence. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
750 ml bottle (Cellar Rat Wine Merchants)-Pours an orangish brown with a nice full tan head. Has an aroma of caramel, dried fruit, yeast, and malt. Taste of fruits, sweetness, caramel, and a bit of alcohol on the back end. This full bodied brew is quite tasty and drinkable for an American made Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Great brownish-orange pour with perfect head, noticeable caramel and molasses, finishes perfectly, alcohol shows up at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Dark brown cloudiness with a robust tan head. Aromas of dark dried fruit, yeast, and sweet malt. Full bodied. Great mix of flavor with prune, raisin, and plum. Long finish and alcohol extremely well hidden. Superb Belgian style Quad.

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