Swinging Harry Tropical Quad - Mikkeller ApS

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Swinging Harry Tropical QuadSwinging Harry Tropical Quad

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 85
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.62%
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 MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (1,761 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (1,621 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of Jsenay
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (720 characters)

Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.