Cosmic Monster
Spring House Brewing Company

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #226
Ranked #44,531
3.38 | pDev: 18.34%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Cosmic Monster is a rustic Belgian style strong ale that is balanced with a generous addition of fresh fruit. This beer is fermented with real, pureed blackberries and then aged to perfection over fresh raspberries. Its balance of robust malt and fruit flavors make it a beer that is as refreshing as it is complex.
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Photo of BradC
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Too much fruit, not much like a quad. Light bodied and pretty dry, the fruit leaves a kind of tart aftertaste. Doesn't stand up to the likes of St. bernadus or other Belgians.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall I found this beer perfectly delightful. I had it on tap and took a bomber to go. Among other quads I would rank this lower but I'm not interested in what's on the label. I didn't think the raspberry was bad at all (and I normally despise a flavored beer). I'm not going to go on about how it looked because it was served in a snifter and retained a reasonable head with some mild lacing. Was not very boozy but I will admit a little warm but hey, still better than your average beer and zoinks! I think maybe 11 or 12 percent. It went quite well with my Clark Griswald Hot Dog. Another decent offering from Spring House.

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Photo of louballs
1.51/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This might be the worst beer I've ever had. This is no way resembles a quad and was virtually undrinkable. I had to wash it down with my wife's miller lite to get the taste out of my mouth. It looks nice in the glass, but that's where it stops. It smells fruity at first and then something familiar comes to mind...robotussin. The taste is the same very sweet at first with a strong cough syrup aftertaste that doesn't go away. I was really disappointed having had good experiences with their other beers.

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Photo of orangesol
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Tasting Room.

A - Pours murky brown with a decent one finger tall white head leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dark fruits, candied sugar and a medicinal cherry aroma that threatens to overpower everything in its path.

T - Starts off with a TON of cherry syrup that never really fades. Hints of candied sugar, dark fruits and some spicy belgian yeast try to break through but they can only do so much. The booze is apparent from start to finish, combining with the sugar and cherries to linger on the palate long after the finish.

M - Big, Sticky sweet body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Cheery cough syrup feel with plenty of booze throughout.

O - This one is definitely not my cup of tea. I like my Quad's as much as the next person but this one is very syrup like it really ruins it. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of John_M
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Lancaster taproom.

The beer pours a reddish amber color, with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is a bit sweet and tropical, reminding me of Hawaiian punch. It's not terrible, but lord does this beer smell sweet. To no great surprise, this beer is very sweet. I think it's sort of a mess, as I get raspberry, more punch, and then some noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. The combination is a bit hard to take and I'm just not digging it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with something of a sweet, cloying, alcoholic finish.

While there are some pleasing attributes to this beer, overall, I just thought it was way to sweet and boozy. Uggghhh....

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Photo of hannydawg
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml C&C bottle thanks to Alewatcher

A- A vigorous pour yields a 2 finger whitish head that quickly dissipates and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The beer itself is a brownish-amber.

S- Overwhelmingly sweet fruits, raspberry and cherry dominate. Kind of artificial fruitiness, almost medicinal.

T- Raspberries, cherry cough syrup, a bit of Belgian yeast, but in no way resembles a quad.

M- Very thin for the style, alcohol not very well hidden, bitter after taste.

O- Not digging this beer. I had no idea this was a fruit beer going into it. The fruit is cloyingly sweet, I feel like I'm drinking children's medicine. Would not like to try again.

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Photo of oline73
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the taproom in Lancaster. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Fruit, fruit, and more fruit. Some bubble gum and malt.

Taste: Like chewing a piece of juicy fruit. Raspberry and bubble gum along with some banana. Sweet alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Too sweet. I thought it was pretty weird and I wouldn't order it again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Tap list says: "This beer is fermented with real, pureed blackberries and then aged to perfection over fresh raspberries."

Poured a delightful copper-yellow with a thin whitish head that left a little lace before disappearing almost entirely. Sweet biscuity aroma infused with raspberries, and an obvious floral hop presence. Very tasty, obviously lots of raspberries in there, which soon become almost overrun by earthy yeast and hops, and just a hint of alcohol breaking through. Medium mouthfeel, crisp, clean finish, and quite drinkable. I wouldn't say this was very representative of the style in general, so I take a few points off, but it was still tasty overall.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25oz C&C bottle, thanks to Aaron for the bottle, split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

A- Cosmic Monster lays in the tulip casting a pinkish/orange with some amber red sneaking in as well. A hard pour produced a half inch of burnt sugar colored foam, leaving no stick.

S-This smells exactly like Founder's Rubeaus, it's almost exact. I have not had Rubeaus in a bit but that smell can;t be missed. Raspberry/cherry scent with a belgian yeast strain.

T- Taste is very light for a quad, I would put this in the Imperial fruit beer category based on taste. The 10 percent is pretty well masked until warm. More on the raspberry side of things, semi artificial tasting.

M- Pretty slick, no alcohol involvement, raspberry juice on top of a Belgian strong ale. Whatever hops used just don't make the cut. A hit of vanilla and that's about all.

O- Overall a good beer if you can think outside the box. As a quad it fails, as a go to until Rubeaus/Blushing Monk come back, no, 15 a bottle is steep.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
2.57/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 750 bottle split with sourbatchkid, and onix1agr. Thanks for the hook up dude.

A- a hard pour yields about two fingers of off white head that settles quickly to leave a few spots of lace and a thin skin on top. Sunset amber colored brew that glows golden yellow orange when held to the light.

S- lots of raspberry up front with a honey like sweetness and a bit of spice and must.

T- mildly tart artificial tasting raspberries and caramel sweet bready malts. Hints of spice and musty funk with a earthy twist. A strange lingering flavor way in the back that's kinda off putting.

M- about medium in body with a light carb. Just a touch of heat.

O- smells alright staring out but really fell of from there. Way to light in color for a quad and just a bit of a mess all around. Not my bag if you can dig it.

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Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A half fingers worth of visibly fizzy slightly off white colored head... The most minimal of retention gives way to an uneven constantly changing lace and a very thin collar... A bright amber color with a distinct orange hue... A cyclone of small bubbled swirling carbonation rises in the center of the glass with some stray larger carbonation bubbles rising else where sporadically...

S - Very subdued... Faint whiff of raspberries... Some non-descript fruit juice... Subtle candied sugars... A little too timid for my liking...

T - Fresh raspberries... Some apple... Belgian yeast... A touch of wheat... Honey... Candied sugars... Cherries... A bit of booze... The finish is a bit medicinal...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly sticky... Brisk carbonation... A bit chalky... Starts slightly juicy and finishes with a sharp dryness...

D - An interesting take on the Quad style, but a bit underwhelming... A bit too artificial for my liking... I've come to expect more from Springhouse and fine this offering slight dissappointment... A bit cloying... Confusing for the style...

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a very hazy brownish-orange, murky, with a two-finger creamy white head that settles into a thin soapy layer. Delicate lacing towards the top of the glass solidifies into solid walls towards the bottom. This one certainly sounds miscategorized from the get go, but that's what the brewery calls it, so hey.

Nose is just packed with raspberries and blackberries, though there's a floral element too, very perfumey when combined with the berries. Nicely tart, and wheaty - getting some major imperial berlinerweiss vibes from this one also. But the berries are just huge and sharp, bright. Odd, but interesting, and pleasant. (If you're looking for a to-style rating, look elsewhere).

Taste follows suit - berries are sharp and tart, along with a big, perfumey floral presence and a bready, wheaty tart body. Like, majorly perfumey, to the point that you feel like you're almost drinking perfume, but yet it's not entirely unpleasant. Mildly sharp bitterness is in there too, towards the finish. Very dry, a bit musty, but really hard to pull it out. Exhale is very perfumey, with a bit of apricot in there also. Again, where the berries dominated in the nose, the taste is just intensely perfumey. What a bizarre beer, but I never doubted for a second I'd finish every sip.

Mouthfeel is light and yet full at the same time, again somewhat wheat-beer like, with a soft carbonation that works pretty well. Fairly drinkable, and at the same time, not. Like, I absolutely wanted to finish the bottle, but the chances of me buying another bottle were really, really low. An enigma wrapped in a paradox snug inside a riddle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed the 7 Gates in the past, I picked up a large bottle of the B Sides "Cosmic Monster" on a whim. Nice label.

Unfortunately, I didn't know it was made with fruit until I tasted it and looked at the other reviews here on B.A. (Note to Matt: you need to submit a statement of process to the TTB, and they'll let you know how you need to label it, i.e. - "ale brewed with fruit"; some people might be allergic).

The cork pulled out with a cute 'pop'. As I poured it, very little head formed. I tried to rough it up a bit, and brought up a finger thick lid of off-white froth. That dropped readily, leaving behind an average collar (topped by a pleasant ring of sticky lace along the glass above it), and a thin island of whispy foam across the surface. It does leave some nice sheets of lace with each sip; and holding it to the light, it displays a hazy, deep-amber orange body. Still, I don't see many rising bubbles, and after tasting it I can tell you that it's at a low carbonation level. Hmmm... I guess I should have left this one in the cellar for a few more months. Oh well, carbonation isn't everything, and in a Belgian-style quad it should still be OK.

The aroma is fruity and candyish, kind of like fruit roll-ups. I get a blend of red raspberry, cherry and apricot. It's floral as well, and the alcohol is readily apparent. In fact, it's very sugary sweet and hot. I hate to say it, but it's at least slightly reminiscent of Four Loko (I forget which flavor). Fortunately some of the Belgian yeast phenolics make their way through and save the day.

The flavor pretty much follows the aroma, and it's a 50/50 mix of raspberry/cherry and apricot that's saturated with booze. I'm hesitating to believe that it's just 10.8%, yet I guess that's possible as there's really not much body to it. It finishes dry, thanks to the sugar-dispersing alcohol. It's a bit chalky (perhaps due to the yeast), and there's a minor bit of spent hop flavor and phenolic spice left over in the finish.

Drinkability is limited, but I have hopes that the next bottling of this will be drastically improved.

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Photo of weeare138
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJs...
Appears a pale gold with a small white cap. Tiny spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, mango, passion fruit, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with a near cloying sweetness. I figured it would be sweet but this one is in desperate need of mellowing.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, sweet, hot, boozy, and chewy in the finish.

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Photo of Deuane
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to LargeSarge for picking up a growler of the latest batch and sharing.

A-Deep, golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head. Head fades to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Without question the highlight of this brew for me. Massive amounts of sweet raspberries moderated with a blast of spicy hops. Light, honey sweet, biscuit malt in the background. A quote from Mrs. LargeSarge...This smell like air freshener! I agree...PLEASE Glade, make this!

T-A healthy dose of fresh raspberry flavour up front that starts pleasant but is quickly "ruined" with an overdose of spicy hops and a syrupy sweetness. The finish becomes medicinal at times and reminds me of chewing St. Joseph's Children's Aspirin.

M-Medium bodied, fairly smooth at first but the sharp, biting spicy hop bill builds in and leaves a rather harsh finish at times....this seems to moderate with warming.

D-Has potential but the hop bill needs to be mellowed out to let the raspberry goodness shine through in IMO. The 10+% ABV is well hidden and barley noticeable. I got through my pint but a second was not warranted. We all agreed this would make an excellent marinade for a pork loin. With some alterations I could see this becoming a very desirable beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Union Jacks (Boyertown, PA) on 2/13/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a thin covering of smooth looking bright-white head. This retains with a thin foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving a decent cascade of spotty froth behind in it's wake. The aroma has not shortage of sweet raspberry action going on with it, while some light spicy hop character rides right along with it. Some light bready sugars give up some extra sweetness in the nose, while yeast in the background adds a touch of sharpness.

Lots of raspberry flavor here in the taste as well, which has a syrupy sweet texture to it. This is backed up by sugars and an almost cereal grain feel to the malts. Some gritty earthy hops in the back give the finish a deep dryness, which is further amplified by the yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly mellow and creamy feel to the carbonation. I'm not sure of the ABV on this but it overall feels like it's coming off a bit light and could use some more beef to it.

I missed this one last summer and was glad to be able to get another shot at trying it but ultimately, I was left wanting more. The raspberry aspect of this was fine but the rest of the flavors (especially in the taste) left me wanting more depth and richness. I'm hoping that Matt revisits this one, as so far he has done a great job of tweeking his recipes for the better the 2nd time around.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this growler in the back of my beer fridge from about 6 months ago (woops), shared with 321jeff.

Growler opens with a soft hiss (good sign!) and pours a lighter than expected for the style, translucent golden amber with a finger thick off white head and wet specks of lacing. Looks nice, but the addition of blueberries and raspberries (I think?) soften up the color for the style. Aroma is more typical for a quad, slightly boozy, candied malt, belgian yeast and strong berry sweetness. Light carbonation, medium full body, slightly watery finish with lingering earthy/seedy flavor. Strong malt body, light sugars, not overly complex for a Quad, strong blueberry flavor. Other than smoothing out the alcohol a little and not being as strongly carbonated, this is still tasting pretty good after some aging. Not the best Quad, and I'm not sure this style really needs fruit being added to it, ignoring style expectations, this is a very nice, flavorful (slightly one dimensional) beer.

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Cosmic Monster from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 41 ratings