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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

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 32
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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Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Holland, May 07, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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

AlexFields, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of madnismo
4.75/5  rDev +15%

madnismo, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Lare453, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Gonzoillini, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of LSMroz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

LSMroz, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of dhbiker0889
3/5  rDev -27.4%

dhbiker0889, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of marqoid
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

marqoid, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

rudzud, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of jmgrub
4.5/5  rDev +9%

jmgrub, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +15%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev -3.1%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Gobzilla, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of CJS
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

CJS, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

wordemupg, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Ravenacht
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Ravenacht, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

macrosmatic, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of gpawned
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

gpawned, Nov 02, 2012
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...

liamt07, Oct 31, 2012
Swinging Harry Tropical Quad from Mikkeller ApS
92 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.