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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad AleSweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
65
Ratings:
88
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ksimons
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of wescj
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Dark brown in color with a touch of red. Head is nice and tan, and lasts for a while.

Aroma is very syrupy.

And so is the taste. I wish this one were a bit dryer. Not bad overall, though. The sweetness is such that you almost don't even notice the hops.

Decent enough.

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Photo of adrock314
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Pencible
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin film of light tan head and a thick ring of small bubbles. Sweet nose of plum, grape, bubblegum, candi sugar and light yeast. Medium thick body with light carbonation and a clean fruity finish. Plum, dark fruit skin, green apple and sweet chocolate dominate flavor. Not quite as complex as the best of the style, and getting a little muddled with age, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely dark and slightly hazy cinnamon-brown with a decent and not too persistent tan head. Aroma is quite strong, yeasty and fruity, slightly sweet with malty and caramel undertones - seriously tempting. Flavor is lively, yeasty and malty with strong caramel and fruity undertones - WHOA! This has quite a fierce alcohol bite! Texture is rough, tingly and sassy, leaving a lively and fizzy feeling on the tongue and inside the lips. A must!

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bdevilbullet
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 2010 22 ounce that had been cellared in a beer fridge for 7ish years.

I drank one of these when it was fresh years ago and the flavors have definitely mellowed and muddled over time. A tasty beer although not the best from this style that I have had. A relatively thick mouthfeel. Dark brown in color. Flavors include burnt sugar

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mavajo
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. There is a small, short-lived bubbly beige head that recedes to a collar.

The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, caramelized fruits and sweet malts. Maybe some light spiciness as well, but the nose was predominantly sweet.

The taste is a bit more complex though it still has the dominant sugar-coated fruit backbone. The spices come out a bit more, especially in the finish where the palate is left tingling with a combination of spices and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very lively with lots of carbonation which keeps the dominant sweetness from getting out of hand.

This is an excellent beer and I'd put it up there with Sweetwater's best. Plus, any beer that even subtly honors the Brick Store is good in my book. A very sweet but drinkable Belgian.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nearly opaque deep dark brown color. About about half finger of light tan head didn't hang around too long. It dissipated to leave a slight amount of lacing. It has a very complex rich smell. There are notes of dark fruit mixed in with some sugary smells. The aroma makes me very intrigued about what is next. The taste steadily increases. It starts out fairly light then grows into taste of dark fruit and malts combined with a warming effect. I am assuming the warmth is from the alcohol, but it masks the alcohol well in terms of flavor. The biggest surprise is how thin the mouthfeel is on this beer. I was expecting a little more body. Overall a decent beer. Not one I am going to run back to, but I love the whole concept of the Dank Tank Series and definitely respect this beer. I am not the biggest Belgian fan so my personal preferences may bring down the score on this one.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this on tap at The Brick Store Pub. This review is from my 4th bottle at home.

Poured into a snifter. Color is deep brown with a reddish tint. Nice amount of head. Smell is sweet, brown sugary, and yeasty.

Taste is excellent. Dark sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel well proportioned. Nothing too strong. Spicy, dry finish. Alcohol is evident, but not 11% evident. It's pretty well masked. Some quads I have had were too sweet, or too alcoholic, or too fruity for my tastes, but this one has an excellent combination of flavors all kept in check.

Drinkability is very good!

This is my favorite American made Quad. I think it can also hold its own against some of the Belgian/Trappist Quads out there. I hope there's enough distribution available for this one to get the notoriety it deserves! I wouldn't be surprised to see Dank Tank BSP end up on the Top Ten Quads in the World on this site.

This one really deserves to be brewed more than once!

Now, if I could just figure out what local pub the fellas at Sweetwater collaborated with to make "Dank Tank BSP?"

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Photo of scottyshades
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of PhillipJFry
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this into a Westmalle goblet. It shows as a deep red/brown color with a light creamy head. The head stays around and spreads itself unevenly across the surface of the beer.

Smells particularly strong. However, the booze is offset by a number of fruits - they vie for contention but I am not getting dominant odors from one in particular. Lots of brown sugar and tons of lighter spices to round the beer out.

Fruits and malt disguise whatever alcohol is lurking in this monster. At 11% that is no easy task. The brown sugar and other spices keep it well balanced.

Mouthfeel is great.

Drinkability is exceptional for a beer this high in alcohol. If I had bought more than one bottle, I could see myself losing track of my intake very easily.

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Photo of cliffhagner407
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this both in 22 oz bottle and at the brewery on tap. Both taste very similar so all the tasting notes apply to both.

Pours a nice deep brown with hints of read. You can get head off the pour but it dissipates almost immediately because of the high ABV. At 11%, this guy is a monster.

Nose is rich. I can't identify any particular fruits, but it's very sweet and caramel, but there are also strong notes of alcohol because of its content. It's a Belgian style, so expect some spices.

Taste is amazing. Brown sugar is very prominent, there are dark fruit notes, and a heaping portion of malt and spices. Normally a beer with this high ABV would be strong tasting, but this one is not at all strong tasting. Spices are wonderful, it's very well balanced. Absolutely a wonderful beer.

It's very drinkable. It's strong, but the flavors make it drinkable. The mouthfeel is part of this: it's so syrupy that you can't help but enjoy it over and over again. I spent 4 tickets on this beer at my last Sweetwater tour and it was absolutely worth it. Definitely one of the best Sweetwater brews that I've had.

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Photo of Bung
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 88 ratings