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Swinging Harry Tropical Quad - Mikkeller ApS

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Swinging Harry Tropical QuadSwinging Harry Tropical Quad

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jsenay on 07-31-2012)
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by crnipeter:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

crnipeter, Dec 16, 2013
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CLCardinal84, Jul 10, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

biboergosum, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Gonzoillini, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

beergorrilla, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jmgrub, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

wesley14, Jul 20, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

LiquidDegenerate, Oct 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Zaphog, Jul 04, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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...

liamt07, Oct 31, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

aasher, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

cnbrown313, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

random846, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 05, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AgentZero, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

VaTechHopHead, Aug 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 13, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Jsenay, Jul 31, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DustinSWB, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.