Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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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
3.1/5 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
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
received in a BIF trade. Touted as one of the best domestic Quads.
Bottle marketing language is confusing as to whether it's a blonde or a dark ale. I mean - it says Quad but then it lingers on some wacky Blonde narrative... Turns out it's a standard Quad. Pours a nice dark amber honey color.
Aroma is typical Belgian with maybe some added honey tones. Slight Earthy, yeasty, candied fruit (you've read as many of these as I have) Substantial head from a hard pour.
Taste is all that you'd expect. Medium candied fruits, Belgian yeast, champagne, malt - nothing special. Lots of alcoholic vapor. A little bit hoppy for the style.
Not bad but nothing that Trois Pistoles or Ichor doesn't also deliver. If I could get this locally waaay cheaper than say - Rochefort 10 - I'd drink it. But my guess is that it's a $14 bomber which makes it - just okay by domestic quad standards.
Don't get me wrong - impressive for GA. And good if you like ticking quads or you live in GA and can get it cheap. Otherwise - don't bother putting it on your list.
UPDATE: Couple clarifications: I was joking about 'okay for GA' - we don't have any better quads in PA. And another BA'er informed me that this was $5.50 when it was available (which it no longer is apparently) So first off - that's a phenomenal price for a bomber of almost anything. 2ndly - too bad it's not available more regularly, which puts the others I mentioned right back on top.
05-09-2011 00:14:50 | More by radioscooter
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
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
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
12-09-2010 02:33:14 | More by harpus
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
4.28/5 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
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to both Bhalter8 and KiawahIsland for providing me with a bottle of this beer.
Well, up front I need to admit that I wasn't expecting much from this beer. Not sure why, but I didn't have high expectations. Joke was on me, this beer clearly surpassed all of these expectations and was a very nice quad.
Light tan head sits upon this almost purple/amber colored beer. Not much lacing.
Not much in the way of aroma. This concerned me and I was not hopeful.
Flavor was really nice. Raisins, Figs, cocoa powder and a touch of spice. Very fruity and smooth.
Very smooth and almost creamy. Fairly thick body and velvet like.
Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite intriguing.
Well done Sweetwater.
09-20-2010 00:47:38 | More by Reagan1984
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
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a reddish-brown hue, with a thin sepia-like head, average retention, and decent lacing. Complex mix of dry cocoa powder, earthy tones, peppery spice, and dark fruit in the nose. The taste was a little more chocolatey than expected at first, but then evolved to reveal more earthy, spicy, and dark fruit tones, and then finished on a semi-dry spicy note. Very nice flavor progression paired well with the smooth, non-carbonated body. A little thinner than expected, but still medium-bodied. A nice session Quad, if such a thing exists.
08-03-2010 21:40:39 | More by donniecuffs
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with thin head that quickly recedes. Leaves the tiniest ring of carbonation around the trusty Duck-Rabbit snifter
S- Raisins, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, some fruity alcoholic notes, bready,malty begian-esque notes.
T- Sweet fruity candy and a big malty alcoholic flavor. Hints of charred oak or woody flavor, raisin and dark fruit flavors abound. Bready ending with a somewhat spicy twinge on the
M- Thick and creamy, goes down nicely and can feel the warmth from the akkahol. Maybe a tad bit too much carbonation
D- Pretty drinkable considering I finished the bottle by myself. I wouldn't recommend much in the way of physical activity afterwards though.
07-25-2010 06:23:11 | More by Rbald42
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
Very excited, I get to try my first American made Quad! Big thanks to Doodler, you the man.
Pours a dark brown color with some amber highlights around the edge of the glass. Thick creamy lacing all over the sides of my La Trappe Chalice.
Smell is of figs, dried fruit, rum, banana, raisins maybe some cinnamon, caramel.
Delicious taste. Taste reminds me of Rochefort 10 without the medicinal flavors. Caramel, molasses, figs, raisins, some spicy cinnamon like notes. Just a touch of booze. A very full bodied chewy beer that can easily hold its own among the top Belgian Quads. A whole bomber is a bit much for one person, you could easily split between two people.
Finish is slightly dry and a bit hoppy (spicy). Flavors from the beer linger on your tongue and around you lips for a long time, encouraging anther drink. I'm really enjoying this one and again thanks goes out to a great trader, Doodler!
07-16-2010 13:46:58 | More by weissbierdrinker
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from a 22oz.
Opened and poured kind of slowly and still got a 4+ finger head, which died down after about 2 minutes. Pours a very dark ruby color that can only be seen when held up to light. The head retention is pretty good, with decent lacing. Smells like malt, alcohol and some dark fruits including plum, but mostly malts. Taste is malty upfront, with some slight banana in the middle and some raisins and tobacco in the end. Mouthfeel is good, a bit chewy and a lot of carbonation, but not too much much carb for this style. Drinkability, hmmm... If I split a bomber with 2 other people this would be high, but 1 bomber for 1 person, I would say low, I couldn't do more than 1 by myself. Overall, a really great brew that I would love to have/trade for again!
07-01-2010 04:00:16 | More by Lukafer
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Had this on-tap appropriately enough at the Brick Store Pub (BSP), and a lovely beer it was fresh and on draught. Pours a beautiful burnished mahogoney with a very nice head and beautiful lacing. Smells of banana, clove, prunes, and brown sugar as well as some other warm spices. Not too sweet in the nose. Tastes very nice. Deep, slightly woody, with lots of fruit and citrus and some tannins underlying everything and lending structure. Smooth, but with good body, and not too sweet. A great effort.
06-20-2010 15:21:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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%
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
4/5 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
3.5/5 rDev -14.2%
22oz. bomber received in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks again man!
Pours a deep, dark chestnut/mahogany/plum color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Slightly roasted malt aroma with estery fruit and yeasty notes along with some dark fruit and peppery spice. Hints of pepper, clove, raisin, fig, plum, chocolate and dark berries.
Spicy medium body that is slightly syrupy with noticeable alcohol heat/warmth. Slightly medicinal with peppery clove spiciness, sweet alcohol and dark fruit notes from the yeast. Hints of raisin, fig, plum and dark berries. Slightly roasty with chocolate notes but a bit too much of an astringent alcohol presence. Solvent and medicinal notes are also a bit too strong.
06-07-2010 07:06:19 | More by corby112
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Served up an opaque, dark brown body with a thin, unassuming layering of ivory-hued foam.
Smell: An aroma that's sweet smelling, full of fruitiness, maltiness and given to some pops of ground spices and fusel alcohol set the stage for a big, punchy beer.
Taste: Presents a vivid dark maltiness that's notably sweet. Liberally toasted bread conspicuously coated with brown sugar, candi sugar, and a glob of dark caramel. Modest pinch of earthy spices and cocoa. Resonant fruitiness displaying tastes of dates, ripe plums, and even a little bit of banana. Small hint of bitterness felt midway. Then, in comes a rush of alcoholic heat as you reach the sweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: A bold, soundly sweet Belgian-style brew with plenty of warmth from start to finish. A bit more sweetness than desired, but still fairly well done and a nice little tribute to the Brick Store Pub.
06-03-2010 23:36:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -2%
22oz btl courtesy of gford217. Thanks! Poured into Sierra 30th snifter.
A: Cool painted bottle. Pours a murky deep mahogany. Somewhat turbid. Looks near black in one light and closer to crimson in another. Head is not as impressive as it's Belgian counterparts. About 2 fingers worth that dissipates to a thin ring. Laces nicely.
S: Pleasant fruity, estery scents. Banana and clove aromas similar to those found in a hefeweizen. Lots of ripe dark fruit. Cherries, plum, maybe black currant. Overall the aroma is subdued. Sweet with just a hint of alcohol.
T: Much more impressive than smell. Booze soaked fruit. Maraschino cherries. A little bit of cranberry tartness and then a wave of big, bold flavors. Vanilla bean, carmel, and bitter chocolate vie for position. Oak and tobacco make an appearance. Nondescript nuttiness. Maybe a hint of leather. Finishes with a familiar yeasty flavor...reminds me very much of Chimay Grande Reserve, which is high praise. Evolves quite nicely as it warms. Overall I found this to be quite complex and as usual, my palate and vocabulary aren't really up to the task of defining everything that I'm tasting.
M: Carbonation is just about right. Warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium to full bodied.
D: For the style this is pretty drinkable. ABV is up there, but nothing else about this beer would prevent me from continuing to drink it.
I'm not really well versed in the Quad style, but I've been trying some here and there so that I have something to compare to when I decide to crack my first Westy 12. I really enjoyed this beer. The only other offering I've had from SweetWater was the Happy Ending and that was very good as well. I wouldn't go to great lengths to track this one down but it is definitely worth a try.
05-28-2010 06:42:12 | More by AdamGarcia
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
4.18/5 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
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
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.