Style: American Quadruple
Color (EBC): 73.2
O.G.: 21.5 Plato
F.G.: 2.6 Plato
CO2 – Bottles: 4.0 vol. (8.0 g/L)
Brewer’s Note: “‘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…”
This beer’s label, like all the other labels I’ve reviewed in the Smokestack Series, is cool. I again love the color and font choices, and the creepy devil man and the bottle’s reference to a Hans Christian Andersen quote both give the label major points in my book. The lightning/fire that wreaths the devil’s head is also quite classy and intriguing. The label definitely has a Hans Christian Andersen flair, mixed with a certain 21st Century style that composes a very pretty label. This bottle is definitely worthy of the shelf.
The beer pours a dark maple syrup and candy brown with a creamy yellow head that sits at a half finger’s width with lots of small tightly packed bubbles. Carbonation bubbles can be clearly seen racing to replenish the head, but the beer’s body is murky and hazed, letting very little light pass through, even though the beer is clearly not black. Lacing is sparse, thin, and patchy on the sides of the glass. On the nose, the beer smells like spicy cinnamon raisin bread with a touch of cloying alcohol. Dark fruit malts give a firm body to the smell, highly suggesting raisins, but also verging on dates and perhaps a touch of plums, though the malt also suggest rich dark caramel. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly raisin-like with good sweet plum notes and alcohol spice backing, and a touch of bready yeast at the close. The beer begins with light spicy alcohol before opening into sweet raisin and then slowly moving towards sweet plum. The close brings the yeast to the forefront, suggesting breadier Belgian yeast characteristics in-between the sweet dark fruit notes. The malt is mostly dark fruit but does suggest the lightest bit of caramel and brown sugar. From the beginning, spicy alcohol bubbles under the tongue and the flavor, placing the sweetness of the beer just below cloying. On the mouth the beer feels thick and creamy with a touch of sticky heaviness on the tongue. The carbonation is light and fluffy and the mouth is left slightly dry and slightly cloyed with sweet sugar and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, the beer is a success within the style, and a lovely beer overall. The beer has great rich and complex flavors masking the heavy alcohol nicely, while still letting you know that this beer is for sipping. A success from Boulevard!