Swinging Harry Tropical Quad - Mikkeller ApS

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Swinging Harry Tropical QuadSwinging Harry Tropical Quad

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 30
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jsenay on 07-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration between Mikkeller and Cigar City, bottled by Mikkeller. This is described as a Belgian style ale brewed with Papaya and Mango and aged in Grand Marnier barrels. It's ingredients include water, malts, brewing sugar, Citra and Simcoe hops, papaya, mango, and brettanomyces claussii yeast.
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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. The label is very reminiscent of early Pitfall video games, with Harry given the Mikkeller image treatment.

This beer pours a murky, dark ruddy amber hue, with three generous fingers of tight, finely foamy beige head, which leaves a solid array of patchy, Pangaea-esqe lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of strong, break yo' kneecaps caramel malt, sweet, musky tropical fruit, boozy orange liqueur, further candy sugar notes, a subtle oakey woodiness, a sharp citrusy hoppiness, and some lurking metallic booziness. The taste is heavy caramel and toffee malt, some molasses and demarara syrup, rather boozy, varied fruity notes - orange citrus, some grapefruit and lime hop essences - surprisingly pungent anise, some soft raisin character, and still perceptible leafy citrus hops. The wild Brett is unfortunately too mild for any real showing.

The bubbles are quite mild, the body a sturdy medium heavy weight, and quite smooth in the morass. It finishes on the sweet side, with the edgy caramel malt, steady multi-pronged citrus, persistent tropical fruitiness, and understated alcohol sweetness really ruling the roost here.

Wow - the fruit character of this beer makes for an out there version of the style, even thought the base markers are all there - a slightly musty, big-ass maltiness, some musty hops, which are pretty well sublimated by the guest West Coast USA hop bitterness, and a decently blended booze quotient. An interesting venture, that's for sure - tasty, fruity, and subdued in its alcoholic nature - take that and swing with it, and get those hop cone tokens!

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, much thanks Ed, at Churchkey DC.

A real nice wonderful chestnut body, with a creamy tan head. Some see through character but still quite dark off the pour with barely any lacing at all. Real nice color.

Nose is big large, but in control. Expressive notes of dark fruit plum and raisin at first. Woody like tannic heat and very soft mild brett. Round oak character, with everything balanced. Extremely impressive.

Taste is a big kapow of flavor. First is a large mix of licorice, not so much fennel as the thickness brings out more power, then melding to large sticky butterscotch toffee. Rolling salty caramel in the mid palate with a large sweetness, and the finish goes down velvety with tropical mush notes of fruit of real varied character.

This is a very impressive beer, for a style I usually don't care for, with taste profiles that aren't always are my favorite. But this is some seriously well crafted beer here.

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, thanks Chris! 750ml into a tulip, best before April 18, 2015.

Dark brown, deep red.mahogany highlights. Voluminous tan head, great lace and retention. Nose of baked apple pie innards, chocolate, sweet syrupy quad character. Tropical qualities are quite mild I thought. Taste of tropical fruits, syrup, dark candi sugar interrupted by alcohol. Oak then appears with more tropical and cognac spirit barrel character into the finish. Full sticky feel, lower carbonation. Sweetness is a bit much for me. An interesting beer in all regards, not spectacular but a crazy offshoot of a style that I appreciate. A big sipper though...

Photo of aasher
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a must try based on the description on the label alone.

This beer pours a really soft and full bodied dark hazelnut brown in color with a very creamy, two finger light beige head. It looks fantastic. The nose has to be the most complex nose imaginable for a quad. It features candied sugar, raisins, Belgian yeast, figs, orange peel, cognac, mango, papaya, kiwi, and plum. The flavors are complex as well. There is plent of bready dark malts with the nice fruity mix of papaya, mango, orange peel, kiwi, and slight cherries. Again, the Grand Marnier complements everything very nicely. It drinks exceptionally smooth and has great flavor throughout. For being 11.4% you'd never know it. Overall this was an outstanding beer. I wasn't expecting this to be such a well polished final product so am very happy that the description could match the drinking experience. This is a must try if you have the opportunity. Great collaboration.

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with rudzud from a big tasting party a while back.

Pours a creamy brownish 1 finger head that fades slowly, with sticky lacing, mostly opaque mahogany copper brown color.

Nose is quite quad like, sweet malts, candi sugar, brown molasses and malts, plenty of cognac too, light vanilla oak barrel, light dank wood, an interesting tropical fruit aroma maybe the papaya but not really mango, fluffy biscuit caramel malts.

Taste starts with sweet brown malts, molasses, candi sugar, toffee, etc. Then Big Belgian brown malts, quad like for sure, plenty of warming and slightly tingly booze. Cognac come through with some booze as well but nice fruity cognac, sweet fruits, etc, and some vanilla and light woody barrel. Bitterness comes through with light spicy and tropical hops, and light tropical fruit again, very slightly mango and some papaya, and a light dankness. Just a hint of bready funk on the back end. Finish is still light, sweetness dries with some lingering booze, lots of chewy candi sugar, molasses candies, plenty of cognac and barrel, then finally mango, papaya, citrus poking through.

Mouth is big and complex, thick and rich, boozy but still drinks well with a little cognac heat, good carb all in all too.

Overall very complex, great, tasty, hides the booze well, nice malts, sweet flavors, barrel, cognac, tropical fruits as well. The wild Brett doesn't really come out yet, but I bet aging this will make it phenomenal.

Photo of Jsenay
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Deep brown with loads of carbonation and a heavy creamy lacing.

S - Smells of mangoes, raisins, warming alcohol, sweet dark stone fruits. Very enticing smell.

T - The alcohol comes through very strongly. Loads of flavor. Sweet fruit, thick molasses, plums.

M - Smooth with a dry fruity finish. The carbonation really helps to bring out all of the fruit flavors on this one.

O - A very nice collaboration between Mikkeller and Cigar City. One of the coolest labels I have seen as well. Reminds me of Atari's pitfall. The only thing throwing off the balance is that it's a bit high on the alcohol flavor which really drys the mouth out but, overall really nice.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

There's so much smoked mozzarella pasta salad...oh yeah! Maybe later, though, 'cause now is the time for a balleyhoo'd brew (self-balleyhoo'd, really). It pours a mostly clear sunrise amber-garnet topped by a minor finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises orange liqueur (more like Cointreau than Marnier, if you ask me), slightly overripe tropical fruit salad, powdered sugar, yams, clove, and a kiss of booze. However odd that may have sounded, it comes across mostly pleasantly to mine nose. Things go off the tracks, though, when the liquid hits the 'buds. The booze has transmogrified to straight acetone, which receives an assassination attempt from some metal-plated pineapples, guavas, and mangos. Not a pretty sight to begin with. Then some rowdy sweet bits join in the fracas, now resembling the inter-channel rumble from Anchorman, armed with clove and black pepper mills. I believe some overly-toasted wheat got caught in the crossfire, innocent blood spilled by the senseless anarchy surrounding it. Suffice it to say, my opinions on the proceedings were decidedly negative. The body is a weight-lifting medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I think too much was going on here for the beer's own good. Another example of something sounding great on paper and in theory but failing pretty miserably in practice.

Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazed mahogany color with a tan head. Kind of a harsh nose to this. Alcohol, green apple, and perfume dominate the front end. Some mild tropical/pineapple aromas, a hint of acetone, and some overripe mango. Just a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. The flavor is intensely sweet and sugary. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Some vanilla, mango, and quite a bit of papaya. Really heavy on the booze and green apple, tool.

Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy birch beer brown with two fingers of tan foam. Tight bubbles. Settles to creamy ring. Moderate bits of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of tropical fruit, although more musty than bright, blends with sweet malt. Perfumy floral notes. Some funky yeast. Some dry oak barrel notes.

Flavor is very sweet at the start, blossoms through the middle with tartness on the side of the tongue, tropical fruity notes with a bit of sourness, ends with light roasted malts, some sugar, orange cognac, and mild bitterness. A bit of toasty oak/coconut that I assume comes from the barrel. Although I got some funky yeast in the nose, I'm not really getting any in the flavor, it must be subtle. Overall I can't believe this is an 11.4% beer, but I suppose the sweetness is masking that. Only a slight hint of alcohol in the finish.

Medium-full bodied with moderate and very soft carbonation. Luscious feel.

If you don't like sweet beers, you probably won't like this. However, I think it is in control and I love the blend of flavors. The label is also one of the coolest ever.

Photo of AlexFields
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish dark brown, cloudy and complex, big brownish head.

Smells super sweet, cognac barrel is very noticeable, lots of complex sweet fruit, sugar. Smells awesome.

Taste is pretty similar! Complex blend of very sweet flavors, lots of tropical fruit, grape and lovely cognac character, this is extremely sweet but damn tasty.

Booze is pretty noticeable, but nice creamy and very rich mouthfeel, good carbonation, really nice overall.

I love this beer!

8.8/10

Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into CCB snifter.

A: A rich brown in color, almost mahogany. A thin tan head forms, with a good amount of bubbles slowly rising to the top. Very hazy, though not quite opaque.

S: Candied fruit, molasses, brown sugar. Sweet and boozy.

T: Follows the nose – sweet maltiness, boozy, and tropical fruit, mango. But this is a weird fruitiness - while it's there it's not a bright fruity flavor. There's some apple as well, and a little yeasty esters. Finish is sweet & dry at the same time – the dryness lingers as an almost bitter sensation on the tongue.

M: Medium body, a slick mouthfeel. Boozy but not overly hot.

O: Pretty darn tasty, and it grows on me more as it warms. I'm not sure it would be worth the price, but I would drink another if it were offered.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his birthday tasting.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it's quite boozy and strong.

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 4/12/12

A dark brown with red highlights when held to the light, nice large tan head starts off three fingers high and slowly falls to an island leaving lots of soapy lace, pretty sexy looking brew

S lots going on in this department, the tropical fruits work well, more papaya then mango and a little some caramel apple and faint citrus, loads of caramel, brown sugar and not the funk I was expecting after reading Brett on the bottle but there's some faint funky fruity notes. There's some woody notes from the barrel that mingle with all the other aspects, my only complaint is the booze needs too mellow

T more fruit and the caramel comes out heavy, a little more barrel and the booze that comes with it, fairly sweet and the booze is holding this one back

M thick and syrupy with good carbonation and its pretty sticky on the lips, the booze goes right to my chest, shes a little hot

O perhaps a little high here but I really liked this beer its really only the booze holding this one back, its an original concept and the fruit and barrel just compliment each other so well this was a good idea

I'm pretty pissed at myself for opening this one young, I could really see this becoming something absolutely amazing down the road. Oh well I enjoyed it today but I had my chance to stock up but at 30$ a bottle I only had the balls to buy one blind, oh well.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a finger of brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very tropical fruity aroma upfront with citrus orange notes, not really too much bretty funk to speak of but did have the grand marnier liquer barrel character, the booze was really coming through with brown sugar, toffee, and molasses sweetness.

T: sweetness consisting of brown sugar, molasses, toffee with a touch of vanilla was more apparent on the palate alongside papaya mango fruit accents, good grand marmier barrel character which added some good cognac dimension but was quite boozy and slight pear notes. The bretty funk was really muted in the flavor as well.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, booozy, tropical fruity, marnier barrel, citrusy and silky finish.

O: very good beer all around except it was a little too boozy for my liking. maybe a little time might do some justice to it.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice slightly murky ruby brown with two finger of tan head, head dissapates nicley leaving a ton of sticky lacing, this is a really move lookig beer.

S: brown sugar coates rasin, oak, booze, caramel, the booze is not overwhelimg, and blend very nicley into the aroma, tropical fruit notes are evident too, very inticing nose.

T: beautiful blend of tropical fruit and quad character, loads of caramel and a bit of oak and raisin, some deffinat brown sugar notes on there as well, the oak plays a very nice role, combined with the delicious hops choices here of rounding out the sweetness... But not crushing the malt complexities or other flavors going on... Deffinatly a tropical quad.... Very nice.

M: creamy with a medium to heavy body and medium carbonation, this brew is beautful rounded and very drinkable for the abv.

O: this is a really great brew, the barrel aging is done spectacularly, again deffinatly a tropical fruit quad which IMO. Works very very well, really impressed with this one.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 11,4% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an oversized wine glass.
Best Before: 18/04/2016

I had two bottles of this - one was smashed in transit and this one leaked pretty badly. I hope the beer hasn't been to badly affected by the leaking.

Appearance: Swinging Harry appears dark brown in the glass, but a back light shows it to be a deep red, with beautiful golden edges. A rough pour yields a good sized, creamy, off white head. The head lasts fairly well and leaves some patchy lace, while a swirl coats the glass in light alcohol legs.

Smell: Wow, the paw-paw and mango are immediately noted along with the Grand Marnier. I can't say I can smell the brett or the hops though. The underlying quad notes are fairly restrained to start with, but grow as the beer warms.
Notes include: Dried Paw-paw, dried mango, caramel malt, grand marnier, toasted brown bread, dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs and a little cherry) and a touch of oak. As the beer hits room temperature there is a little sweet, fruity hop character noted.

Taste: Mmmm, this is absolutely delicious - as with the nose, the paw-paw and mango are very well noted. The Grand Marnier is also present along with a hint of hop character in the finish. Other notes include: Dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins and cherries), caramel malt and toasted brown bread. There is some booze noted in flavour, but it is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: I think the leaking has actually improved the mouthfeel. I usually find quads over carbonated, but this one is just about perfect - medium-low level and fantastically smooth. The body is almost full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Thankfully I don't think the leaking has affected this one too badly, I just wish I could have had a full bottle!

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with JLindros at his last whale tasting. Picked up at Hunger Mountain Co-op in VT. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy deep brownish chestnut hue with a one finger mocha head that just doesnt really go away. Leaves absurdly thick side lacing. Never before have I seen lacing like this. The glass is awash with it. Absolutely incredible.

S - Lots of cognac, sweet malts, light belgian notes, faint papaya, no mango though.

T - Hot cognac, barrel wood, sweet malts, molasses. Those are all strong and potent, after though citra hops try to come through along with dried fruits (papaya and mango) which linger heavily. No brett though....yet! Overpowered by alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is not too hot surprisingly. 11%+ is pretty crazy. Drinks awesome for an 11.4% ABV beer, mild cognac heat, good carbonation.

O - Overall this was an absolutely delicious beer. Wanted to try this one since I first saw the label. Glad I have two more bottles.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy red-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruit, candi sugar, grapefruit and citrus hops, oak, grand marnier Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, Brett, papaya, mango, and booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, dark fruits, candi sugars, papaya, mango, grapefruit and citrus hops, some hop bitterness, oak, grand marnier, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, some lightly funky Brett, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Excellent balance. Lots of interesting and different flavors that mix together very well.

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for supplying this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap and thicker collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Opaque dark ruby body.

S - Interesting - there's a hefty dose of orange and tropical fruits, but it's from Grand Marnier barrels and brett claussenii in addition to the listed hops . There's some alcohol mixed in the cognac flavors, but it's not excessive for 11.4%, and the tropical funk character has a slightly medicinal note mixed in. Some spicy Belgian yeast and sharp toffee and red fruits from the quad. Perhaps a touch of oak as well.

T - The taste is significantly mellower, with more of the base quad showing up. Caramel and red fruit malts, with only light cognac sweetness and tropical brett. Even though there's a wide variety of fruity flavors, there is sufficient toasty and bready malt to keep things from getting cloying.

M - Medium body that seems a touch light for the ABV. Zesty carbonation, and a dry and mildly oaky and grainy texture. There's some alcohol warmth but nothing excessive.

D - Surprisingly good. I like the concept of throwing together every way to generate tropical fruit flavors in a beer (Simcoe and Citra hops, Grand Marnier barrels, and Brett C.). I'd actually consider buying this, although I'm not sure how gracefully it will age.

Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.