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The Sixth Glass - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,979 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 128
Gots: 284 | FT: 11
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

22 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-15-2007)
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Got this as an amazing extra in a trade with wnoble. Pours a murky bownish-reddish-orange with a huge head which never got below a half finger of off white. Lacing was lasting but thinner. Nose was dark fruit, some alcohol and yeast, grapefruit and spices. Taste was complex and very tasty - starting with dark fruit, moving to sweet cinnamon, grapes and dates with notes of chocolate and a wonderful interplay with sweet and bitter and alcohol warming at the end. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, almost chewy and well carbonated. Alcohol is whew - there, in feel and in effect. Definitely a sipper. Liked this a lot and can imagine it would be even more wonderful if I had the discipline to have cellered this longer. Try this!

08-09-2010 19:00:17 | More by regspeir
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Reswald

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Purchased and drank a 750 ml bottle in Cool Springs, TN on 7/17/2010.

I knew absolutely nothing about this beer before trying it, though I had heard good things about the brewery. It poured a pale amber with an absolutely massive and very long-lasting head. The aroma was very unusual, with some sour elements that I did not expect, besides the usual malt and dark fruit notes common to Belgian Strong Dark Ales (or quadruples). On the palate the beer was delicious, with wonderful mouthfeel, some heat from the 10.5% alcohol, and maybe a hint of sourness? Or perhaps it was wood from cask aging? Hard to be absolutely sure, in spite of working my way through the entire bottle, trying to decide. The beer that I think it reminded me of the most was Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo, which is pretty high praise. I regret that this was the only beer from The Smokestack Series that I've been able to try, and I wish I could have brought a bottle or two back to Alaska to share.

08-06-2010 22:06:46 | More by Reswald
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The Quad might not be the hardest style to brew, but there are many world-class examples to pit this one against. The light tan head towers almost out of the glass and keeps a decent lacing for the duration. Mild haze on the brownish-amber color. Heavy hit of malt in the nose with caramel, dark bread and cooked fruit/fruitcake with prunes, apples and raisins. So damn smooth with a lush creamy backdrop to the full body. Malt blankets the palate with a sweetness that lasts all the way through, caramel comes in big right in the middle with a juicy ripe fruitiness. Alcohol has an obvious presence with its warmth and mild peppery spice character. Ghost-like beef broth and mild hop bitterness are on par for the style. A little bit of toasted bread-crust in the sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Amazing, Boulevard hits this one just right. Packed with flavor and small complexities, yet still very drinkable and even approachable. We've been to Belgium a few times and have tried numerous Belgian-inspired beers around the globe, and this one sits very close to the top.

08-01-2010 14:51:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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evilkalla

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Serving: Bottle into a snifter

I've had this one several times before but haven't reviewed it until now. It's one of my favorite quads.

A: Pours a cloudy, very dark brown/bronze color. Initially it had an inch of fully developed, thick head on top. This has died down after a couple of minutes to a half inch, with gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. My mouth just waters looking at it.

S: Sweet, with candy sugar, brown sugar, raisin, molasses.

T: Burnt malt overtones with the slightest bit of sweet sugar backbone and bitter hops. The smell really harmonizes with the flavor. An extremely strong, intense flavor, which stays in your mouth for a long time.

M : Not really too thick, with a good level of carbonation.

D: This one is too strong and intricate to pound back, but it's very drinkable. I'd pound them back until I fell off my chair. Fortunately, all it takes is a single bottle.

07-30-2010 00:05:04 | More by evilkalla
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

Part of an awesome box of Smokestack beers sent to me by Onion.

A- All of these beers have shared one characteristic. A big billowing, superb head. This one spots a big lacy head in my Chimay goblet. The beer is a little light in color in my opinion. Its a really deep red.

S- Lots of fruits, namely raisins. Alcohol is strong and smells like hairspray. There is lots of caramel, toffee and spice.

T- Tobacco, raisins galore, some chocolate, fig and a little touch of citrus hops at the end. Alcohol is better hidden in the taste than the smell, thankfully. This tastes less than stellar in the amazing world of quads.

M- Softly carbonated, slightly warming. In all it finishes clean.

07-27-2010 04:02:57 | More by MbpBugeye
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Thanks go out to n8dietz... you da man!!!

Mahagony and ruby caramel color beneath a luminous three finger head. The retention is fleeting after a few sips. No lace or stickage from the foam. The bubbling is very nice.

I smell baking bread and smoked black cherries on my first whiff. Then a more simply sweet aroma of caramelized brown sugar mixed with a vanilla bourbon. Superb aroma to this quad.

The taste starts with caramelized cherries and apples. The middle has those sweet flavors take on a more oak and sweet whiskey character. Carbonation from start to finish seems to add flourish to the abv. warmth from the midle to the finish. It's a bubbly and palate warming sip.

This is indeed a spot on quad. Sippable, complex and pleasant on the palate. One of the best tasting quads I've had yet.

07-23-2010 02:38:26 | More by scruffwhor
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Batch # 610050, dated 02/13. Poured into16oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent dark ruby color with a tall, thick, rocky head that had great retention but light lacing.

The aroma was pretty typical for one of my favorite styles. Rich fruits, some spice and earthy yeast all are present in the nose. All those aspects are also on the tongue, along with a sharp alcohol bite.

The body was a bit thinner than I like for this style. Drinkability was good, but again, this is one of my favorite styles, so I'm predisposed to like it. Overall, a pretyy good, but not great example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

07-14-2010 05:11:50 | More by beertunes
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eltoppdog

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Very dark, velvet color in a dark bottle. Held the bottle up to light to check the sedimentation on the bottom, but I couldn't see a thing! Poured a good two finger head, and dissipated rather quickly to a film.

Smelled very sour, like a wild yeast almost. Probably the only offputing thing about this beer. Aside from extremely sour smell there is a very strong sweet malty smell and date/cherry or otherwise dried red fruit smell. Very sweet, very rich smelling.

Taste pretty much matched the smell, aside from no sourness. Very thick, rich, sweet, dark taste too it. A golden ale to the extreme. Reminds me much of "salvation" golden ale but richer. You can definitely sense the high alchohol in it, but it's not at all overpowering, probably due to the rich, full sweetness of it.

Overall a very heavy and tasty beer. A good after meal desert almost. I would not recommend drinking this with any food or shortly before or after a meal as it is VERY rich. Definitely pick this up if you have it on hand at any place around, I will definitely drink it regularly if I can find it around my hometown, but I have only seen it at Fred Meyers grocery.

07-14-2010 03:04:19 | More by eltoppdog
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Picked up a bottle for $8.99 at the QFC in Bothell, then enjoyed at the in-laws place in Seattle on the 4th of July during fireworks. Served in stubby wine goblets. A bit lighter in color than I was expecting, as it was a lighter shade of chestnut than other quads I have tried. Decent sized head forms with the pour. Smell was very boozy, and full of ripe plum notes. Taste was very good and true to the quad style. Lots of raisin notes, with some black licorice, and a sugary aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth enough to enjoy. Drinkability was above average as it's a flavorful beer, but it's very hot with alcohol. Some aging might mellow this beer down a bit and do it some good. A nice example of a quad from a brewery that I was curious to try, as you can't find Boulevard in MA just yet.

07-07-2010 03:17:57 | More by morebeergood
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Vixie

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a nice rich red color with a huge tan head. This is a very pretty beer, and I am surprised at the amount of head, given the ABV.

Lot of fruit in the scent, raisins, prunes, followed by a hint of spice, and just a slight bit of coffee.

Taste is a bit fruity, with a touch of pepper. I can detect a bit of a Belgian candy sugar taste, but it's much more subtle that a true Belgian quad. The alcohol is well hidden, its presence mainly is a bit of warming at the finish.

The feel is probably the weakest point of this one. it is a bit on the thin side, not horrible, but below what I expected.

Not a bad beer, just not one that blew me away either. it is very drinkable for the alcohol level, I would just prefer a bit more complexity. Still, a nice beer, and I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

06-14-2010 00:18:12 | More by Vixie
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Lakes

Idaho

4.15/5  rDev 0%

A gift from my good friend Russell to help me out of a bad day.

This was a very good beer. I was a little worried because the cork seemed dry but the beer was fine. Served in a goblet glass, it's appearance was a very deep ruby brown with a good head.
Aroma was malty sweet with excellent Belgian esters.

The taste was bold and rich. Very strong malt and well spiced. Very mild bittering but it wasn't at all cloying. Alcohol was warming but not at all overpowering. Very good carbonation and mouth feel.

06-04-2010 20:31:42 | More by Lakes
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a hazy reddish orange color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy tart fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

05-17-2010 23:11:28 | More by tmoneyba
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Clear, red amber color. Poured a 2 finger coarse tan head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet bready crystal malt. Grapefruit and peppery spice.

T: Smooth and sweet crystal malt. Some mild phenolic flavors. Spices mingle with dark fruits, vanilla and cinnamon. Complex and delicioius. Even bitter finish ahead of alcohol warming.

M: Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then hot and dry.

D: Delightful; flavorful, complex, but fairly balanced. The ABV will catch up.

05-10-2010 01:25:04 | More by Haybeerman
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

750 ml corked and caged.

pours out a muddled auburn hue with a thick and frothy beige coloured head which receds very slowly leaving some sparse lace. sweet malty and yeasty aroma. plums, melons and berries with hints of cocoa and toffee fill the nose. taste hooks up where the aroma left off with lots of alcohol soaked bready notes...fruitcake and rum soaked raisins come to mind. this seems very malty and it almost tastes like dark bread spread with some fruity jam. it's uncanny. undercurrents of nougat and milk chocolate mix in and out with lots of boozy spiciness. also, some apple and grape flavours come forward and make for an interesting mix. an underlying chalkiness gives it away as a domestic, but it definitely has a layered and complex flavour profile. full and flush in the body, with a rather smooth and delicate mouthfeel. not crisp and tongue tingling like classic quads, but close enough to make it almost like the real thing. drikability is real nice. as per the high ABV, it's a warming sipper and very appropriate on this very cold, wet and blustery spring day.

my fourth smokestack series sample and a pretty decent attempt by boulevard. not my favourite so far but definitely recommended...and definitely buzz inducing at 10.5 ABV.

05-07-2010 22:58:35 | More by budgood1
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

I drink this brew in celebration of the successful completion of an exceptionally demanding class. Thanks to Freethyhops for the hook-up. He's my main man in 'Bama...

By the way, when was the last time you were stoked on an American Quad? If ever I have been, it eludes me now.

A - Rich ruby-mahogany hue, generous amounts of frothy foam, delicate lacing.

S - Huge aroma of black truffle. Due to the outrageous cost of truffles (starting around $100 per ounce for garbage quality) I don't expect many to have a real frame of reference for the flavor. (Incidentally, if you want to taste big truffle flavor, try truffle oil or Caciotta Al Tartufo, an Italian truffle-laden cheese) Anyway, back to the beer... Besides the sublime suggestion of truffles, the aroma is pleasantly saucy, malty and full of dried-fruity notes.

T - First off, this Quad tastes authentically Belgian; I doubt it could be identified as a stateside brew in a blind test. The flavors tend towards reserved in the grand spectrum of the style, especially when compared to the ultra-vinous, sweet, and/or boozy examples. The flavors are very balanced; the malt richness is constantly available, but it is dry enough to allow for the subtleties of the brew to shine. Big raisin, a healthy alcohol kick, and delicious yeasty spiciness are the mainstays of this brew. The same elegant hint of black truffle is available in the taste, especially towards the finish. I am very much a fan.

M - Very well-carbonated, at first perhaps slightly too much so; it is straddling the line between sharp and prickly.

D - Excellent. I can't imagine someone not liking this. Also, I am beginning to suspect that Boulevard, all things considered, may be just be one of the best breweries on Earth.

05-07-2010 07:40:21 | More by ktrillionaire
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

ballewblake sent me a bottle of this as an extra quite a while back.Thanks, Blake! This is from batch 68100.

A beautiful crimson red with great clarity, this beer has a thin but dense beige head that lasts forever, leaving a little lace. This looks as good as some of the Belgian quads. The nose is solid. Fruity with raisins, plums, some alcohol and some caramel, this is arguably fruitier than most. I also get a little cocoa and a delicate spicy undercurrent with some cinnamon and vanilla. Quite excellent.
The palate opens with a moderate sweetness with caramel, dark honey and a moderate alcoholic bite. Moderately phenolic too, there's also a touch of tartness, moderately plum like. As with the nose, there's quite a bit of fruit character, but not as prominent. Raisins, plums and maybe some apples? The spices appear towards the finish with the cinnamon standing out. Moderately drying with an alcoholic bite, this is solid stuff. Light in body with high carbonation, this is an enjoyable beer that I wish I'd shared, as the booziness is going to make the entire bottle a bit of a chore.

*Edit: Two hours later, as I sip this, I really find this a very enjoyable beer. I have no qualms about pouring out a pricey beer(hello, Darkness and Hunahpu!), but this was an excellent and welcome surprise. I'm upping the taste and drinkability to reflect that.

04-26-2010 01:50:21 | More by DefenCorps
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gmfessen

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a Champagne style bottle into a snifter, beer has a huge fizzy head with a murky reddish-brown body. The nose is sweet with sugar, Belgian candy and brown, along with a hint of molasses. Light to moderate phenols that just cover the alcohol. The taste is also rather sweet, more so than I would have thought but it is to style. All malt, bitterness only to balance slightly and a definite alcohol finish and linger. Mouthfeel is very full but due to the carbonation it seems lighter and bubbly, this could almost do the job of champagne. As drinkable as any beer this big can be, one that probably should be sipped and drinking 6 smaller glasses as opposed to chugging the bottle would probably be a good idea.

04-25-2010 02:20:32 | More by gmfessen
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Served with course #1 of the 17th Annual Labor of Love Belgian Beer Dinner - steak tartare wrapped in leek.

Beautiful burgundy dives to the bottom of the glass, sloshing upwards gently. I pour but a bit, to share with the others who thirst.

There is caramel sweetness that will ooze out of my pores. There are dates and cherries, the oxidation slight and carefree. The booze lingers throughout the adventure, never overpowering, omnipresent. Each small sip a moment of divine pleasure. Subdued hops round out this beer beautifully. I announce the winner of round 1's pairings, and one of my favorite flavors of the day.

04-19-2010 23:12:24 | More by olympuszymurgus
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

This is a great take on a Belgium quad. The beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with some purple highlights. The nose is nice and complex with notes of raisins, brown sugar, dark cherries, malts and herbs. The palate is full bodied and caramelly, with soem fdark fruity flavors and notes of citrus, spice and herbs.

04-11-2010 18:14:55 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to Mora2000:
750 ml cork-caged bottle - Batch 69365 - Best by 12/12 - poured into a wide-mouth glass, as suggested:

Pours auburn with ruby highlights and a thick, fluffy, though somewhat fizzy, off-white head.

The smell is fruity, especially black cherries, with caramel/toffee and grassy/herbal notes.

The taste is sweet upfront - caramelish - and fruity with grassy/floral/herbal notes that lend bitterness. Some booze shows in a semi-drying finish.

It has a creamy-ish smooth medium-to-full body with some effervescence.

A nice take on a Belgian quad... Sweet, fruity and caramelish, but balanced with a dry touch in the finish. Drinks well despite the boozy character.

04-02-2010 00:38:40 | More by jwc215
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Purchased at the BSF-GBBF 09 and coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, this bottle bears Batch No. 58312 instead of freshness info.; served faintly chilled in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-brown colour even with purple-ish glows, coming with a 1.5cm-thick dark beige frothy head supported by healthy streams of microscopic bubbles in action - looking just gorgeous...
S: the nose is nice and complex, reminiscent of a Belgian Quadruple but minus candy sugar, but a bit like a cross b/w Old Ale and US hop-focused barley wine as well; featuring lots of tea-smoked prunes, raisins, overripe apples+pineapples, brown sugar, burned sugar cane, brown malts, aromatic grapes, sweet herbs, and sour-sweet notes of well-aged sherry.
T: a creamy swallow of dark fruits plus brown malts is seamlessly ensued by a caressing blanket of aromatic black sugar, high quality black prunes, roast nuts, and bitter toffee, while the hop influence soon catches up like an undercurrent full of bitter-sweet root herbs, leading towards a "dry"-ish finishing palate more like a mature Oloroso Sherry actually... The slightly chewy and herbal side of hoppiness as well as the lingering aromatic malts also stay deep down the tongue, rendering a truly inviting effect more in the fashion of complex but well-hopped old ale than an estery Quadruple.
M&D: the mouthfeel remains as creamy-smooth and healthily-carbonated as any quality bottled-conditioned beer must dream to achieve... The body never goes too heavy - in fact extremely balanced and approachable against its alc. strength. Also, the hoppiness balanced with the fruity-maltiness in the aftertaste prolongs the depth and complexity altogether. All in all, this Quadruple-style ale is slightly too expensive, but I've made my efforts to fully enjoy and memorise every single drop from this bottle~~ This is perhaps the best bottled beer I've tried for many months now, even outperforming Westvleteren 12 as far as my last bottle last month is concerned.

03-25-2010 20:49:53 | More by wl0307
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a light tan color head that is extremely active and about 1.25 inches.

S - Smell is very fluffy and gentle but at the same time very delicious and present. Nice sourdough and bready smells with some caramel notes very present. Mild clove and some spice as well. Great malt profile.

T - This is where this beer sores in my eyes. Delicious and smooth malt sweetness with some mild phenolic tastes. Spices a plenty with some vanilla and cinnamon. The malt profile is so full, complex and delicious very good offering. Delicious beer. One of the best if not the best of the Series. Some nice alcoholic notes along with dark fruits as well.

M - Creamy and nice CO2 content and feel. Fluffy with a nice full body.

D - Very drinkable especially with the high ABV.

03-23-2010 02:22:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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baos

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Corked bottle into my bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Beautiful hazy amber on pour with ruby highlights at the edges when one holds it to light. Then comes a four finger beige head that sticks around pretty nicely. Lacing is not super but bits can be seen here and there.

S: Wow! Beautiful malts and big vanilla (with the slightest hints of cinnamon) booziness. Syrupy sweet molasses. This brew would be the king of brews beside the fire in the dead of December when its 20 below outside and Christmas is just around the corner.

T: Heavenly honeyed malts with spicy almost cinnamony background notes. Dark fruit preserves with clove notes and caramely yumminess. In the middle a big booziness that is very rum-raisin-like and very good. I love this beer. Even though its not as thick as one would want its fucking awesome. I happy I live in a time where I can have stuff like this.

M: Not as thick as the other quads that I've sampled. but hey this has a nice syrupy medium body that doesn't fuck around.

D: A nicely strong brew, but a good one for the nicely strong you! Drink away boys. Drink away!

03-13-2010 21:20:27 | More by baos
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

750ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver. After bringing this to about 5 beer events without having it opened, I finally convinced people to share it, and it went over very well with the crowd.

Clear dark reddish color with a large lasting beige head. Solid lacing.

Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Smells pretty sweet, but good.

Flavor is great and complex: caramel malt and brown sugar, fruity esters, berries, pecan pie, spices, and some booze. Not too sweet.

Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation and a little booziness.

Drinkability is good for the style and ABV. This is a nicely crafted American-style Belgian-style quad overall.

03-08-2010 17:34:34 | More by nickd717
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

A: Darker amber color with plenty of head to spare. Slightly cloudy, not much lacing to speak of, the heavy carbonation was a deterent.

S: Heavy banana and bubblegummy ester smells, with hints of clove as well. Also hints of candied sugar but mostly banana

T: Again the banana esters are heavily present. Really just an extension of the smell. Not overly complex and not perfectly executed either

M: A very clean feel, just the body I am looking for in the style. The booziness is pretty mellow and it is quite smooth

D: A good one to split amongst a few people. Maybe it is the banana overkill but definitely best split

02-16-2010 23:57:27 | More by mikey711
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