Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 63 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Served on-tap in a bulbous Maudite tulip/snifter at the Lodge (Hilton Head, SC) for $6.
A: Unmolten candy dusky brown-amber with solid pour with 1/2-finger of off-white small-bubbled head with good retention and nice lace sheeting the glass.
S: Dark fruits like candied figs and date dominate with a caramel-brown sugar note and herbal, orange hops providing some balance to this maltbomb.
T: Wow -- this beer delivers a malty richness with hops and alcohol blended to provide a great package of malt and hops flavor. Fig, raisin, date, and grape flavors mix with caramel and raw brown sugar sweetness and is finished with light alcohol and citrus hops bitterness. A deft use of alcohol and hops to provide a counterpoint to the heavyhanded maltload.
M: The body is huge on this beer -- full if there every was -- with low-medium carbonation to leave a chewy but smooth brew.
D: A bit on the gooey side, but the dark fruit maltiness and strong citrus hops have me sold on this one. I hope Sweetwater releases this one in its current form, or in a very similar, less sugary format. A great beer that is a good sipper and willbe great in the autumn/winter time of year.
06-12-2010 04:25:37 | More by argock
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz bottle split with friends at the compound spring 10.
A- large billowy tan head builds with a moderate pour. Head settles in time to leave a ring around the glass. Deep reddish brown almost like lancaster birch beer. Quite clear for a quad.
S- nice big nose on this. Lots of malty sweetness and fall spice. Dried fruit, dates, raisins, figs. Its a very clean nose very well done.
T-big candy sugar and maltyness but very well counter played but a beautiful fall spice, cloves, nutmeg cinnamon. Then the fruits again more dates and raisins. A mild yeasty flair shows its head deep in there as it warms but not nearly the bold complexity of some of the finer Belgian versions. Very slight heat begins to show with warming that picks up the flavor nicely.
M- very smooth and with a bigger then expected level of carb add a new perspective on quads for me. I like it a lot.
D- very little showing of the 11 abv just a bit as it comes to room temp. Amazingly drinkable for a big flavorful quad. Great stuff to say the least.
04-01-2010 22:38:37 | More by oglmcdgl
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
A bottle courtesy of a kind trader. Thanks for the awesome extra, I enjoyed this and split it with family!
Poured a nice dark brown, touches of cherry in the light. Head receded and left a decent lace. This looks like the real deal, great way to start this beer.
Nose is full of sweet belgian candy, caramelized malt, figs, plums, and other dark fruit goodies. Just a touch subdued, not the complexities of say a Westy, but then again what does have that deep of a nose?
Taste is wonderful. Hands down my favorite American quad, this can hang with the big boys! Sweet caramel and toffee, dark raisins and plums, wonderful depth and spice. Really, really good - a bit more straightforward that say a St Bernardus with it's levels of malt and spice. But equal levels of intense flavor. Really good clean finish, yeast is adding all the right notes. Alcohol is masked in a masterful way.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and good for the style.
Drinkability was excellent. This was a great beer, my first Dank Tank - would try anything else in the series based on this. A great American beer that honors the traditional style perfectly.
05-26-2010 18:50:46 | More by jampics2
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Glad to see that this Dank Tank release made it up to these parts. Bomber poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head resting on top. This head is pretty faint and fleeting. It's gone in about a minute. Leaves little-to-no lace behind. Big sweet candy-like scents coming out. Some strawberry and fig notes. Slightly resiny on the back end. Nice.
The body is thick and smooth, but not filling as much as I thought. This actually is my first Quad, so I'm not sure how the flavors match up to the style. But I for one LOVED the flavor. Great molasses-sweet malts up front, some bready feel in the middle and a nice sweet punch on the end. Some dark fruits noted as well, but not bittering at all. This is sweet and enjoyable. I thought this was going to be a sipper, but it ended up being a 'gulper.' Dangerously drinkable with this ABV. I want more. I'm going to grab a few more of these and set some away. I bet this'll just get better and better with age. Recommend.
05-09-2010 19:51:29 | More by Onenote81
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
The deep burgundy color, and the small head looked very nice in the goblet, and the smell of cherry, orange, and banana was a very authentic touch. The taste was sweet and rich, and reminded me of some fruit jam or some type of dessert topping. The sweetness was backed with a spicy yeast note, and followed by drying and warm finish. The heavy sweetness made this quite a sipper. The alcohol was evident but restrained. This was a very authentic take on the style. Maybe a tad sweeter than the real deal, but very close.
02-21-2010 04:06:06 | More by rajendra82
4/5 rDev -2%
A= recieved this beer from the generous Mikesgroove. The beer pours a nice brownish color. I expect most quads to be a little darker in color. The beer also is pretty translucent which I don't find a lot of quads to be. Was this filtered? The head is beautiful however a nice two fingers holding steady and leaving some nice lacing.
S= The smell is tantalizing. There is a lot of nice dark fruit smells to it. Prunes and plums dominate the nose and mix nicely with some dark sweet malts in it. Really a nice quad smell to it.
T= Oh wow the taste is great. A lot of nice dark fruit and a little cherry in it I think. There is a good sweetness from the malts that is really impressive. There is an awesome awesome bready malt taste and each sip reveils new complexities in it. A great taste.
M= A nice prickly carbonation to it. Maybe a little more body would do this beer some good.
D= I'm always skeptical of American quads just because the yeast those monks use does really amazing things to beer. This is a great American Quad. Wonderful taste and nose. Worth seeking out.
06-10-2010 03:38:20 | More by jjanega08
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours very dark brown with a nice 1-finger thick deep cream head. Faint retention but very, very nice thick lacing coating the glass.
Sweet caramel malt and syrup all over the nose. Alcohol comes into play, too, in a bananas foster fashion. Just smells thick.
Sweet, fruity hit and middle. Slight spicy twang, but the fruit covers that nicely. Just ripe cherries, touch of fig and raisin. You can feel the alcohol more than you taste it, though a slight burn does develop midway through the glass.
Creamy, syrupy, and very rich texture. Finishes very smooth.
Excellent sipper, though I find I'm downing this faster than I should. Hides the abv extremely well, but you definitely feel it!
05-17-2010 00:58:56 | More by beer2day
3.43/5 rDev -15.9%
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad
Poured on Jan 2, 2010 into my Reinaert tulip.
A - Pours a deep rich brown, almost black with an inch of off-white foam that seems to be going nowhere.
S - i'm getting faint whiffs of fig, chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. Its very light and not too noticable at all.
T - I'm picking up raisins, chocolate, plums and fig. The chocolate seems to come through most in the finish and lingers on the palate along with some dark fruit. Its very nice to drink, maybe just not one of my favorites.
M - low carbonation, medium to heavy bodied, i don't really taste the alcohol, but you can tell its there.
D - Goes down easy but the alcohol will catch up to you. A bit heavier than I am looking for but still enjoyable.
01-03-2011 05:27:37 | More by mikereaser
3.2/5 rDev -21.6%
Thanks for the extra! 22oz into Newport Storm tulip w/ a few friends. From notes:
A- Dark purplish pour- I swear it's got purple/sea blue color in it. Kind of sandy off-white head that settles into an outter ring of bubbles quickly.
S- Loads of booze- brandy, plums, and miscellaneous spice. A bit of vanilla.
T- Solvently alcohol, a bit of earthy/grassy hops, some unsweetened chocolate and plums. Interesting, if not 100% on point. Heavy malts, a bit of rasins.
M- Hot, low carbonation, a sipper. No way around it- this is a boozy beer.
D- Good, but big and boozy, glad I had some amigos to split this with. a 22oz bottle dolo might be a tall order. An interesting american take on the style.
10-30-2010 13:08:45 | More by ShogoKawada
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Update Sept 13, 2010. About 7 months old now and progressing nicely. Very strong aroma with gobs of fruit and diminished alcohol, chocolate also prominent. This gets an easy 8.5 on the nose and almost a 9, a joy to inhale. Flavor stays about the same but the alcohol is noticeably dropping off, still quite sweet though which which contributes to some stickiness on the mouthfeel, although it still remains very creamy and full. Excellent, already getting better (and it was great fresh) and I'm looking forward to following this for a couple of years.
22oz bottle. Served cool room temp into a Duvel glass. Pours somewhat thin dark brown with a one finger beige head that leaves spotty lace and holds a moderate cap.
Aroma is fruity, cherries, sour apple, alcohol prominent, yeast, bread, caramel malts, big & sweet smelling aroma.
Flavor is sweet, cherries, dark fruit, caramel, a little chocolate, brown or candy sugar, bread and yeast really picks up as it warms, some bitterness on the finish, alcohol is there but doesn't burn. Long sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full, sticky and sweet.
This is a pretty damned good US-brewed Belgian Quad, pretty young though...I'd like to revisit in a year.
Appearance 4/5, Smell 4.5/5, Taste 4/5, Feel 3.5/5, Drinkability 4/5, Score 4.05
02-20-2010 04:29:43 | More by elgiacomo
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
The beer pours into an oversized wine glass a dark brown, but not quite black, with brilliant ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The head is somewhere between off white and true tan, and only one finger high with a decent amount of lacing. The nose is of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, enticing but there's not really anything else going on, which is a little bit of a letdown. The taste makes up for it though, as it opens with a bit of biscuity malt, before transitioning into the familiar alcohol laced plums and raisins. A quick splash of caramel comes in at the close to round things out. The mouthfeel is the weak link in this beer, though it's not that bad in its own right, but both the carbonation is a tad low and the beer could stand to be a little bit richer. While alcohol is definitely present, it's so well integrated into the beer that it doesn't affect it's drinkability at all. My first Sweetwater experience was a mixed bag (Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls), but BSP Quad is a great beer and one that I'll be looking to get some more of to add to my cellar.
06-12-2010 03:18:20 | More by axeman9182
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
A-dark brown with a ring of white lace around the top
S-malty, sweet, and boozy
T-rich sweetness and malts dominate the taste, yeast and raisins is also tasted, finishes with some spice to even out the taste
M-rich, full body, moderate carbonation, leaves a sweet syrupy feel
D-pretty good, the alcohol is definitely tasted but not overwhelming, I would get it again
04-22-2010 23:18:51 | More by ksimons
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
22 oz bottle. $6.99 from Total Wine, I think.
Appearance: Sort of a murky, hazy brown color with a smallish head for a quad. The lacing is pretty good and sticky.
Smell: Sweet, rich malty aromas. Dark fruit like dates and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast. Alcohol and a whiff of solventy fusels. Lots of good smells, but it doesn't meld perfectly or seem as delicious and complex as the best quads.
Taste: Hot with alcohol and slightly solventy. Sweet and spicy dark fruit flavors and a rich, dark maltiness in the middle. Finishes with a heavy, bready yeastiness. If it wasn't so hot tasting, it'd be much better.
Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, not quite syrupy. Well done.
Drinkability: This is not a world class quad, but it is a pretty damn good beer. Cheap by Belgian standards, and holds its own with many.
07-20-2010 01:04:21 | More by rapidsequence
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
3.98/5 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
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
22oz bomber into a tulip - thank you santa!
A: Pours a muddy brown with a decent light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is immediately sweet and fruity with nice notes of cherries, prunes, toffee, and a touch of grape. It's pretty in your face and lets you know what's to come.
T: The taste starts with the fruity elements in the form of grapes, cherries, figs, and moves to the estery yeast flavors from the belgian yeast.
M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy. The booze is a bit evident here as well which knocks the score down a bit.
O: This has potential but everything is a bit over the top. I bet after a few years this thing would be damn good. Should have sat on it longer...
04-06-2012 04:11:22 | More by GregSVT
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.