Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):
Yet another limited release from SweetWater. They tackle the Quad, which is perhaps the hardest of Belgian beer styles to nail.
Dark chestnut color, brimming with an off-white head that drops a thick curtain of lace on the glass. Medicinal or Band-Aid, taffy, caramel, toasted bread, peppercorn, ripe tropical fruit, lemongrass and raw honey come to mind smelling this big boy. Smooth and creamy with a mild snappy crispness. Big on phenols here, thanks completely to the malt character, which is big and bold enough to take pretty much anything on. Hopping is kept to a minimum-- more to style than expected.
Throw this down at a blind tasting, and it would be hard to guess that this one is brewed in Georgia; that simply proves that SweetWater knows what is going on. Great job, guys!
01-11-2011 02:10:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
A: pours a dark brown,almost black with ruby hues across the brew
S: a strong mixture of dark fruits(plums,figs) & alcohol
T: slight chocolate followed by those figs & dates with the warm alcohol following it up
M: feel is exactly what I'm looking for out of a quad. Not to heavy or sweet,just subtle carbonation to compliment the earthy tones of this brew.
D: other than the 11% on the side of this bottle,everything else leads me to believe I could drink 2, maybe 3 of these
03-17-2010 02:18:00 | More by gabeerman
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
On-tap at the brewery.
Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of boozy and sugar-coated medium fruits - plums and figs mostly but with hints of pears. Also present are solid amounts of brown sugar with mild amounts of lighter spices.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined quickly by boozy medium and dark fruit flavors, plums and figs as in the smell but now with more raisin flavors. Mild amounts of brown sugar and an amalgamation of other spices join in midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly dry ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and went back for a few more.
Overall I was impressed with this beer. The flavors don't pop enough to make it exceptional however the smoothness and nice melding of the flavors make up for it. Well worth a shot.
02-22-2010 02:25:31 | More by glid02
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
(Served in a low ball glass)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body wit a glow of warm brown at the base. There is a very thick light tan head that fades after a bit and it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation. S- This beer has an aroma of cream that gives way to a dark fruit aroma with hints of yeasty esters. There is a faint banana hint in there also. The soft dark toffee finish has an almost burnt aroma to it.
T- The taste of raisins and dark roasted malt has a bitter finis with some yeast qualities coming through as the beer warms. The finish has some full bitter hops and char notes lingering. M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a big bitter and char flavor with some softer yeast notes that get covered up. It taste like a nice beer underneath the hops and char but that just covers to much.
03-17-2010 14:49:41 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a dark brown/mahoganny color with a decent cream head. Light lacing. Nose and taste are sweet with notes of raisin, figs, brown sugar and "winter spices." I also felt like I caught some sort of a cocoa character, but maybe my mind was playing tricks on me. Mouthfeel has appropriate carbonation...maybe just a tad more than I would prefer, but hardly an issue either way. Full bodied and slick.
This is a very tasty brew, and one of the better American imitations of the style that I've had to date. It has an enjoyable sweet taste, but it felt like it's missing a little something in the flavor profile - it's very good, but a little something extra could have made it tremendous.
The alcohol is very well hidden - I didn't find it boozy in the least.
02-23-2010 13:03:06 | More by Mavajo
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Picked up a bottle from Hop City, chilled, and served in a Chimay glass
A- Subtle head with light pour, full mildly-tan head when poured heavy and settles quickly. A clear, deep, ruby color shines through the deep amber when held up to the light. Much clearer than I've seen in most quads.
S- Strongly arromatic: Dark fruits (figs and prunes), mildy nutty(very mildly). Not too much alcohol on the nose, quite different from the Rochefort 10 I had last night.
T- Enjoyably sweet like a California prune. Malty sugar hits first, followed my a complex, yet not overwhelming, spice
M- Smooth, almost creamy texture. Hit heavy on the tongue, and finishs easy.
D- Drink now! I'm not sure how this one will age. 11% ABV is hardly noticeable and much aging may not improve this one. Just the same, I'll likely stick a few bottles in the cellar just to find out.
Overall: I recommend trying this and will purchase more.
04-06-2010 22:42:04 | More by jmhart
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Nice to finally try one of the Dank Tank series, this pours a really dark brown, with a nice tan head that retains as well as you could expect for a beer of this magnitude. The aroma has a big dark fruit presence upfront (dates, figs, blueberries), along with candy sugar, spicy phenols and some alcohol. The taste is similar to the aroma, with dark fruits dominating initially (plums, blackberries, cherries and blueberries), along with some nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy phenols, and a big alcohol kick. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is good for the style. Overall a pretty solid attempt at a Quad, not mindblowing but more than respectable.
03-23-2010 04:22:17 | More by silver0rlead
3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
This beer pours a murky brown with a tinge of orange and very little head from ma somewhat heavy pour. Carbonation looks very present but moderate in speed. The smell is sugary malt with a slight spice edge and with a bit of orange scent and dark fruits. The aroma is restrained, not too scented.
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The taste is very sweet, brown sugar with coriander, pitted fruit with cake, many sweet flavors in this with less heat than expected. Complex malt underlies and supports the sugary top flavors. I detect wheat malt among many others. Over all this is a great Quad compared to many I've had in its drinkability. The flavor is overall less Belgian than many while retaining many of the positive qualities.
09-17-2010 01:50:12 | More by Thur123
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
22 oz. Foggy reddish brown pour, not quite a finger of off white head. Lacing ok.
Aroma has some fig, brown sugar, raisin and molasses. Hints of red fruit, fruitcake, booze.
Taste matches well, minus the booze. Malty, brown sugar, red fruit, cocoa all come through strong. Finishes with some of the cocoa and strawberry, grape, apple. Very clean finish.
Slightly warming, but the alcohol is not present in the mouth. Lighter medium body, goes down quite easy.
I enjoyed this one, a style I don't drink very often.
10-11-2010 01:51:56 | More by Bung
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Thanks to gford217 for this bomber.
A: The quad is dark ruddy hue, equal parts crimson and dark chocolate. The reddish colors become more evident when the glass is held up to light. Despite an audible pssst on opening, here is little indication of any head here.
S: Following first pour there isn't much to remark on. Too cold and the quad has nothin' going on. As it warms, rich grains and coffee ground aromas waft out. I don't pick up much in the way of spices...
T: ...Luckily the first sip rectifies the lack of spiciness. Dark fruits, raisins and figs, run rampant. Candi sugars and syrupy spices follow. The flavor never gets cloying, just rich, VERY RICH. The dark malts, while not at a stout-level, are grainy enough to standout amongst the all the sweetness and keep things in check. Dark sweetness sees each sip away, a candi sugar wonderland.
M: The quad doesn't feel like an 11% whopper. The spices gradually emerge, and when they do they really stand out. The dark grains, surprisingly, are the lingering aspect of each sip.
D: I split the bottle with ksak. While the booze is hidden it does hit hard. Despite that, I like the spice profile, sweeter than it ought to be.
05-02-2010 02:04:17 | More by akorsak
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Hazy amber in color, nice head on top with good retention, left behind a good deal of lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Some light sediment in the final pour.
light fruit notes, grapes, dates, perhaps some prunes at first come through. Lots of grain notes and a touch of alcohol as well. complex and overall a touch light for my tastes, but still had some nice touches especially as it warms up.rich fruit notes and complex taste were not lacking. Lots yeast floavors and an amped up feel to it, probably was stretched to its max, but it works.
08-07-2011 16:02:25 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
I shared a pint of this with some friends at Stillwater Pub, and it really hit the spot. The head was thin, and the portion was enormous. The rich dark belgian color was true to style, and the sweetness was not over powering. I think it's really cool that the Brick Store Pub can get in on that kind of thing. Community is a great attribute of the beer world. This beer went down a little too easily for it's strength in alcohol. Danger zone. Another achievement for Sweetwater.
05-03-2010 00:41:29 | More by reeverbythespeak
4.47/5 rDev +9.6%
Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in Greenville, SC for only $6
A: Ohh yea, this is a good look for a quad! Pours a rich, viscous looking opaque chestnut (almost looks black) color into the snifter. The khaki color head is big, rocky, billowy, dense, and creamy...all of which are highly desirable traits for the style, not to mention the excellent retention to release all of those aromas. I rarely give "5" for appearance, but this is up there with the best. This pour is comparable to that of Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10
S: Notes of Belgian spices immediately greet the nose; light clove, spearmint, bubblegum, and banana- the yeast has some nice traits. Next I find some dark fruit; fig, plum/prune, raisin, apple, and date. Light and soft notes of caramel and toffee, and possibly even some faint coffee grounds.
T: Not as complex as the best, but still multi-layered, so I'll break it down.
Front palate- There is an upfront spice that greets the palate with vigor, consisting of clove, spearmint, banana, and cardamom.
Mid palate- Aside from the spices, dark fruits (pear, fig, plum, raisin) lend a nice, sweet flavor to the combination. To compliment, the caramel and dark malts add a new layer to this beer, producing some caramel, toffee, and even a little bittersweet chocolate. Overall, a residual sweetness similar to brown sugar
End palate- Now to the best part, the yeast! I must say that the characteristics that the yeast adds to the complexity of this brew are pretty impressive...the byproducts are rather phenolic, giving it clove, apple, a little butter, slightly smokey, and if you dig down there some band-aid flavors. All of which are positive traits in my opinion (at least in this circumstance) and really add some depth to the beer. Very delicious, and the alcohol is warming, and not very apparent. Slight bitter twang as well.
MF/D: Creamy, viscous, and smooth mouthfeel...pretty big body for the style. Carbonation is spot-on, with only a little prickle in the mouth. There is a long, lingering clove/spicy finish. Drinkability is high despite the abv, but definitely a sipper, and would make a great aperitif alongside some baked apricot brie
*I found it pretty damn important to let this decant well (I decanted for about 25 minutes), and I found a noticeable difference in taste and aroma. Highly recommended, especially with some good appetizers. I can't wait to try the aged version of this!
03-21-2010 20:12:32 | More by scottyshades
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
22oz bottle poured into a chalice.
Dark brown in color with a touch of red. Head is nice and tan, and lasts for a while.
Aroma is very syrupy.
And so is the taste. I wish this one were a bit dryer. Not bad overall, though. The sweetness is such that you almost don't even notice the hops.
04-10-2010 01:47:15 | More by wescj
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a goblet. Big thanks to jyounger30 for this treat.
4.0 A: Clear dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy head with less than average retention and some lacing.
3.5 S: I tried and tried to pick everything out, but the aroma is simply too weak. It's pleasant, but not packing enough strength to win me over. Peppery Belgian yeastiness. Dark fruitiness including prune, figs, raisins, and black currants.
4.0 T: Taste follows the nose, but is much much stronger. Belgian yeastiness comes back with a vengence, sporting big pepper and tons of clove. Fruitiness follows the nose, but is 10 times stronger. I could be wrong, but I'm detecting some dark candi sugar. There's some alcohol in there, but it doesn't seem anywhere near 11%.
4.5 M: Lighter medium body, but chewy if that makes any sense. Spritzy Belgian yeast carbonation. Creamy and smooth with warming alcohol on finish.
4.5 D: I was very close to giving this a 4.5 for the taste, so I liked this one a lot. I don't know where the aroma was hiding, but if it came out this would be one hell of a brew. Still, very tasty and would like to have this again. I petition SW to make this a yearly seasonal.
04-08-2010 00:56:24 | More by DavoleBomb
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.
Pours a dark ruby-brown with moderate clarity. Gives rise to a smooth and creamy two-fingered head of off-white/very light tan foam, which recedes slowly and settles down to a thick crown that clings easily to the walls of the glass, showing thick, lacy rings as the glass empties.
Sweet malt, raisins, prunes, alcohol and spicy phenolic notes waft into the nose, but overall the aroma is quite restrained.
The palate is a bit less restrained. Sweet malty notes up front, with some caramel, molasses, and a hint of dark chocolate up front; dark fruits follow, with dark cherry, plum, raisin and prune, melding with some sweet bready notes recalling bread pudding. In the middle and heading toward the back, a middling hop bitterness and heavy spiciness combine to dry things immensely, letting a little banana show through as the spiciness fades and finishing very dry and semi-sweet, with a lingering fruity-chocolate fade. Body and mouthfeel are nice, with a soft carbonation and a middling weight.
Alcohol is rather well-hidden on the palate, but it certainly is apparent in the head. Well-balanced, the spicy dryness that accompanies lends itself to lust for more. The combination is a little dangerous. A very nice effort, and one that's even better on-tap at its namesake, the Brick Store Pub.
03-20-2010 02:04:06 | More by superdedooperboy
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Clear, dark brown with light lacing. The taste was sweet as any Quad would have, but with a wild cherry flavor. Very malty aftertaste that will stay in your mouth with a cherry finish. The eleven percent is hidden well, but I couldn't drink more than one glass.
03-12-2010 17:26:04 | More by jbone78
3.1/5 rDev -24%
Big thanks to AleWatcher for sending this as an extra in the Barleywine BIF. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a clear tawny-copper color with a short off-white head and no real lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of caramel and some really light dark fruits. Mild brown sugar and a bit of raisin. The flavor features dark fruits, but not nearly enough of them. It's more toward the malt. Medium body and light carbonation with a light sweetness. Not a terribly interesting quad.
06-13-2011 22:06:59 | More by Thorpe429
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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