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Cosmic Monster - Spring House Brewing Company

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cosmic Monster is a rustic Belgian style strong ale that is balanced with a generous addition of fresh fruit. This beer is fermented with real, pureed blackberries and then aged to perfection over fresh raspberries. Its balance of robust malt and fruit flavors make it a beer that is as refreshing as it is complex.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 01-15-2010)
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3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall I found this beer perfectly delightful. I had it on tap and took a bomber to go. Among other quads I would rank this lower but I'm not interested in what's on the label. I didn't think the raspberry was bad at all (and I normally despise a flavored beer). I'm not going to go on about how it looked because it was served in a snifter and retained a reasonable head with some mild lacing. Was not very boozy but I will admit a little warm but hey, still better than your average beer and zoinks! I think maybe 11 or 12 percent. It went quite well with my Clark Griswald Hot Dog. Another decent offering from Spring House.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 02:55:36 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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1.45/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This might be the worst beer I've ever had. This is no way resembles a quad and was virtually undrinkable. I had to wash it down with my wife's miller lite to get the taste out of my mouth. It looks nice in the glass, but that's where it stops. It smells fruity at first and then something familiar comes to mind...robotussin. The taste is the same very sweet at first with a strong cough syrup aftertaste that doesn't go away. I was really disappointed having had good experiences with their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 11:53:31 | More by louballs
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2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Tasting Room.

A - Pours murky brown with a decent one finger tall white head leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits, candied sugar and a medicinal cherry aroma that threatens to overpower everything in its path.

T - Starts off with a TON of cherry syrup that never really fades. Hints of candied sugar, dark fruits and some spicy belgian yeast try to break through but they can only do so much. The booze is apparent from start to finish, combining with the sugar and cherries to linger on the palate long after the finish.

M - Big, Sticky sweet body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Cheery cough syrup feel with plenty of booze throughout.

O - This one is definitely not my cup of tea. I like my Quad's as much as the next person but this one is very syrup like it really ruins it. I won't be having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 21:42:50 | More by orangesol
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2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lancaster taproom.

The beer pours a reddish amber color, with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is a bit sweet and tropical, reminding me of Hawaiian punch. It's not terrible, but lord does this beer smell sweet. To no great surprise, this beer is very sweet. I think it's sort of a mess, as I get raspberry, more punch, and then some noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The combination is a bit hard to take and I'm just not digging it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with something of a sweet, cloying, alcoholic finish.

While there are some pleasing attributes to this beer, overall, I just thought it was way to sweet and boozy. Uggghhh....

Serving type: on-tap

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2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml C&C bottle thanks to Alewatcher

A- A vigorous pour yields a 2 finger whitish head that quickly dissipates and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The beer itself is a brownish-amber.

S- Overwhelmingly sweet fruits, raspberry and cherry dominate. Kind of artificial fruitiness, almost medicinal.

T- Raspberries, cherry cough syrup, a bit of Belgian yeast, but in no way resembles a quad.

M- Very thin for the style, alcohol not very well hidden, bitter after taste.

O- Not digging this beer. I had no idea this was a fruit beer going into it. The fruit is cloyingly sweet, I feel like I'm drinking children's medicine. Would not like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

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2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Some bubble gum and malt.

Taste: Like chewing a piece of juicy fruit. Raspberry and bubble gum along with some banana. Sweet alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Too sweet. I thought it was pretty weird and I wouldn't order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Tap list says: "This beer is fermented with real, pureed blackberries and then aged to perfection over fresh raspberries."

Poured a delightful copper-yellow with a thin whitish head that left a little lace before disappearing almost entirely. Sweet biscuity aroma infused with raspberries, and an obvious floral hop presence. Very tasty, obviously lots of raspberries in there, which soon become almost overrun by earthy yeast and hops, and just a hint of alcohol breaking through. Medium mouthfeel, crisp, clean finish, and quite drinkable. I wouldn't say this was very representative of the style in general, so I take a few points off, but it was still tasty overall.

Serving type: on-tap

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3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25oz C&C bottle, thanks to Aaron for the bottle, split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

A- Cosmic Monster lays in the tulip casting a pinkish/orange with some amber red sneaking in as well. A hard pour produced a half inch of burnt sugar colored foam, leaving no stick.

S-This smells exactly like Founder's Rubeaus, it's almost exact. I have not had Rubeaus in a bit but that smell can;t be missed. Raspberry/cherry scent with a belgian yeast strain.

T- Taste is very light for a quad, I would put this in the Imperial fruit beer category based on taste. The 10 percent is pretty well masked until warm. More on the raspberry side of things, semi artificial tasting.

M- Pretty slick, no alcohol involvement, raspberry juice on top of a Belgian strong ale. Whatever hops used just don't make the cut. A hit of vanilla and that's about all.

O- Overall a good beer if you can think outside the box. As a quad it fails, as a go to until Rubeaus/Blushing Monk come back, no, 15 a bottle is steep.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:00:48 | More by BARFLYB
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2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 750 bottle split with sourbatchkid, and onix1agr. Thanks for the hook up dude.

A- a hard pour yields about two fingers of off white head that settles quickly to leave a few spots of lace and a thin skin on top. Sunset amber colored brew that glows golden yellow orange when held to the light.

S- lots of raspberry up front with a honey like sweetness and a bit of spice and must.

T- mildly tart artificial tasting raspberries and caramel sweet bready malts. Hints of spice and musty funk with a earthy twist. A strange lingering flavor way in the back that's kinda off putting.

M- about medium in body with a light carb. Just a touch of heat.

O- smells alright staring out but really fell of from there. Way to light in color for a quad and just a bit of a mess all around. Not my bag if you can dig it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:31:32 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A half fingers worth of visibly fizzy slightly off white colored head... The most minimal of retention gives way to an uneven constantly changing lace and a very thin collar... A bright amber color with a distinct orange hue... A cyclone of small bubbled swirling carbonation rises in the center of the glass with some stray larger carbonation bubbles rising else where sporadically...

S - Very subdued... Faint whiff of raspberries... Some non-descript fruit juice... Subtle candied sugars... A little too timid for my liking...

T - Fresh raspberries... Some apple... Belgian yeast... A touch of wheat... Honey... Candied sugars... Cherries... A bit of booze... The finish is a bit medicinal...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Brisk carbonation... A bit chalky... Starts slightly juicy and finishes with a sharp dryness...

D - An interesting take on the Quad style, but a bit underwhelming... A bit too artificial for my liking... I've come to expect more from Springhouse and fine this offering slight dissappointment... A bit cloying... Confusing for the style...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 23:59:16 | More by philbe311
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3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a very hazy brownish-orange, murky, with a two-finger creamy white head that settles into a thin soapy layer. Delicate lacing towards the top of the glass solidifies into solid walls towards the bottom. This one certainly sounds miscategorized from the get go, but that's what the brewery calls it, so hey.

Nose is just packed with raspberries and blackberries, though there's a floral element too, very perfumey when combined with the berries. Nicely tart, and wheaty - getting some major imperial berlinerweiss vibes from this one also. But the berries are just huge and sharp, bright. Odd, but interesting, and pleasant. (If you're looking for a to-style rating, look elsewhere).

Taste follows suit - berries are sharp and tart, along with a big, perfumey floral presence and a bready, wheaty tart body. Like, majorly perfumey, to the point that you feel like you're almost drinking perfume, but yet it's not entirely unpleasant. Mildly sharp bitterness is in there too, towards the finish. Very dry, a bit musty, but really hard to pull it out. Exhale is very perfumey, with a bit of apricot in there also. Again, where the berries dominated in the nose, the taste is just intensely perfumey. What a bizarre beer, but I never doubted for a second I'd finish every sip.

Mouthfeel is light and yet full at the same time, again somewhat wheat-beer like, with a soft carbonation that works pretty well. Fairly drinkable, and at the same time, not. Like, I absolutely wanted to finish the bottle, but the chances of me buying another bottle were really, really low. An enigma wrapped in a paradox snug inside a riddle.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 03:18:18 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed the 7 Gates in the past, I picked up a large bottle of the B Sides "Cosmic Monster" on a whim. Nice label.

Unfortunately, I didn't know it was made with fruit until I tasted it and looked at the other reviews here on B.A. (Note to Matt: you need to submit a statement of process to the TTB, and they'll let you know how you need to label it, i.e. - "ale brewed with fruit"; some people might be allergic).

The cork pulled out with a cute 'pop'. As I poured it, very little head formed. I tried to rough it up a bit, and brought up a finger thick lid of off-white froth. That dropped readily, leaving behind an average collar (topped by a pleasant ring of sticky lace along the glass above it), and a thin island of whispy foam across the surface. It does leave some nice sheets of lace with each sip; and holding it to the light, it displays a hazy, deep-amber orange body. Still, I don't see many rising bubbles, and after tasting it I can tell you that it's at a low carbonation level. Hmmm... I guess I should have left this one in the cellar for a few more months. Oh well, carbonation isn't everything, and in a Belgian-style quad it should still be OK.

The aroma is fruity and candyish, kind of like fruit roll-ups. I get a blend of red raspberry, cherry and apricot. It's floral as well, and the alcohol is readily apparent. In fact, it's very sugary sweet and hot. I hate to say it, but it's at least slightly reminiscent of Four Loko (I forget which flavor). Fortunately some of the Belgian yeast phenolics make their way through and save the day.

The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, and it's a 50/50 mix of raspberry/cherry and apricot that's saturated with booze. I'm hesitating to believe that it's just 10.8%, yet I guess that's possible as there's really not much body to it. It finishes dry, thanks to the sugar-dispersing alcohol. It's a bit chalky (perhaps due to the yeast), and there's a minor bit of spent hop flavor and phenolic spice left over in the finish.

Drinkability is limited, but I have hopes that the next bottling of this will be drastically improved.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 19:01:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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Cosmic Monster from Spring House Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.