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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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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -40.2%
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
Photo of CLCardinal84
3/5  rDev -27.7%

CLCardinal84, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

dhbiker0889, Mar 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

TX-Badger, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Abbbp
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Abbbp, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

beergorrilla, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Zaphog, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Auracom, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

TheSamKuehn, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

wesley14, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -3.6%

AgentZero, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of thereal_adam
4/5  rDev -3.6%

thereal_adam, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of EtherealArtistry
4/5  rDev -3.6%

EtherealArtistry, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

bsuedekum, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerMeBrah, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

tom10101, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Jsenay
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.