Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was a somewhat thin, foamy, tan-colored head. Good lacing.
S: A nice aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Smells as a quad should.
T: Tasted of apples, caramel, malt, and some spices. Much more subtle than I expected, but still enjoyable.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.
D: A drinkable beer.
04-12-2010 12:14:19 | More by avalon07
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
4.22/5 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
4.22/5 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
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
22oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.
A- Pours a murky brown/plum. Very hazy. Whispy white head is reduced to a ring as the beer progresses. Good carbonation.
S- Dark belgian fruits, plums, figs, grapes.
T- Nice belgian dark fruit sweetness, but not too sweet. Raisins, plums. Hint of tobacco.
M- Medium to heavy body that seems to increase as the beer warms. The alcohol bite does as well.
D- A sipper, but drinkable. I finished the bottle by myself, but next time would rather split it.
Overall - Surprisingly good, probably my second favorite of the Sweetwater "Dank Tank" series (next to the DP Barleywine). Great, especially for the price. Recommended.
03-16-2010 01:38:51 | More by mrandypandy
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
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
Got this beer at the amazing Beast of The EAST tasting during the Charlotte Craft Beer Week.
Pours a mild black body with an amber head. Not what I expected for the style
Smell is full of rich belgian sweet malts. Lots of dark caramel, subtle spicey hops and some booze as well.
Taste is bright and rich with crisp belgian malt and balanced hop lacing throughout the taste. A lite chocolate mouth punch, but it's still very light and crisp.
Very easy to drink and great taste for the style
03-21-2010 05:30:46 | More by chaz410
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
4.18/5 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
4.18/5 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
4.15/5 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
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
4.15/5 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
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
4.08/5 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
4.08/5 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
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
4.03/5 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
4/5 rDev -2%
I am slugging back this formidable brew as I sit here and take er easy.
A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours smokey garnet with a foamy ecru head that sticks to the glass as it is consumed.
S - Rich malty quadtastic. Sugary and a tad smokey.
T - Roasted malts, bunt wood, tofee. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste
M - Medium bodied, a little sticky.
04-08-2010 03:12:03 | More by HeyItsChili
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.