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50 min ago

“Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see. Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it’s ridiculous. I don’t get the alcohol one bit. Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can’t be tasted at all, but certainly felt. Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it’s also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that’s well worth trying. One of the best beers I’ve ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that’s to be expected from this beer, I think... but that’s just a nitpick. Buy this beer.” -- by Alextricity

3 hours ago

“On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden with lasting head and lace. Mild smoky aroma with subtle banana esters and grassy hops. Mild smoky tangy wheat and crackery malts with dry smoky crackery grassy finish. Light body. Clean finish. Wicked excellent.” -- by malrubius

3 hours ago

“375ml bottle thanks to bytemesis! Pours hazy ruby red brown with small half finger pink head. Nose is musty tart funk, dark cherries, molasses, berries, grape, red wine. Taste is crisp tart funky dark berries, cherries, wet earthy wood, basement, touch of bread, wine. Carbonation level is perfect. Finish is balanced sour cherry, blackberry, strawberry, red grapes, dusty wood, occasional touches of sweetness. Spectacular, a true classic.” -- by JBPortland

8 hours ago

“22 ounce bottle from a trade poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a half finger of tan head. Aromas of sweet whiskey, oak, dark fruit, .a bit of chocolate and roast. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, whiskey, dark fruit, oak. Full body with a warm and dry finish. Oily and thick mouthfeel, low carbonation. Assuming this was only brewed once, this has held up amazingly well almost 3 years later.” -- by gendv138

9 hours ago

“I drank this with good friends on the evening of Feb 10th, having no idea that within a week I would quit my job, almost loose my wife, & become the father to a baby boy. I was just waiting for a milestone to enter my rating for this beer, but it feels like a lifetime ago since I took these notes.

Pours a bright reddish pink with a big head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is tart cherries with a nice bright acidity. It’s got some lemon rind, barnyard, & musty basement... but it’s dominated by tart cherry character.

The flavor is loads of sour cherry, with some oak & some tart lemony character as well. It’s very fruit forward but holds that bone dryness giving that great juxtaposition that the best fruit lambics pull off so well. It’s got the earthiness of citrus rind & some oakiness, but like the flavor is just extraordinarily cherry dominated.

The mouthfeel is nicely bubbly and lively on the tongue.

I hate to just dole out a huge score to a hard to get "loon" but this is just fantastic.” -- by CanIHave4Beers

10 hours ago

“WOW!! What a beer!!! Its my first Gose beer, but I think its enough to fall in love with the style. Salty, sour, citrus-y...very fresh with a barn-a-like aftertaste. AMAZING!!!” -- by greenclansman

11 hours ago

“bomber from binnys Lincoln Park. sipping this all evening and liking it more and more. smoke is so hard to get right. with the bit of funk, this is perfect.” -- by rhsiung

13 hours ago

“Bottle from City Beer. Pours light amber. A little bit of white head. Pine, hop, citrus and grapefruit nose. Medium bitterness. Medium to thick body. Medium to high carbonation. Hop, grass, peach, resin, pine, some grapefruit, citrus. Very good!” -- by ABS

13 hours ago

“4 year old bottle, marked 01.07.15. Plums, dark fruit and raisins. Complexity is out of control. Time has smoothed out any rough edges. One of the best beers you will ever have. Damn monks are solid.” -- by slimspady

13 hours ago

“2010 bottle from PaulUnwin, thanks
Pours dark brown with a medium sized dark brown head and some lacing. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, sweet malts, woody and leather. Flavors are thick and silky chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses and oak
Wow, this is great. I could sip on this all night. No alcohols at all, easy drinking but I’m trying to make it last.” -- by Sledutah

14 hours ago

“Definitely a winner on this Brassbat. Highly floral and sweaty. Tropical fruit flavour, potent malt base but such a nicely balanced hop citrus that you just smile. A fantastic brew.” -- by CapFlu

14 hours ago

“Pours a hazy copperish orange with a nice moussy white head that leaves lots of lace and some particles in suspension. Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, sweet pale malts that are all in balance. Taste is a lot of citrus pine, resin, grapefruit, sweet pale malts with a almost dry finish. Medium high carbonation and overall just great balance of malts and hops as its never astringent nor too sweet and the abv is hidden well.” -- by Reimer96

15 hours ago

“375ml bottle shared by Cory last week, what a sweetheart!

Pours a golden yellow color, light eggshell head, thin ring around the glass and some wisps on top. Nose is peaches...not just peaches, but the most amazing peach note I’ve ever smelled in a beer, no doubt. Along with the fresh peaches, there’s a nice tart citrus acidity, oak, nice funkiness. Flavor is the perfect mix of tartness from the sour base with the most insane natural peach note I’ve ever tasted. The barrel charter is light, good acidity without being over-the-top. Light body, soft carbonation that’s just right, dry finish.

Probably the best American Wild I’ve had in a couple of years and better than Yellow Bus (when it was fresh). Basically, the best peach-based sour I’ve ever had and definitely the most memorable beer I’ve had so far in 2014. Great work, Cory...believe the hype.

-- by Sean9689

15 hours ago

“Aroma frutado, notas de caramelo e cravo. Sabor levemente adocicado com toques amargos e algo de banana. Aparęncia caramelo escuro, sem nenhum resquício no paladar além da beleza dessa garrafa. No geral, sem palavras.” -- by fabioanselmo

15 hours ago

“Bomber from CA trade. Love me some 100% Mosaic IPA’s. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Intense aromas of sweet citrus fruit, big and juicy. Taste is slightly bitter and semi sweet. Flavors of real juicy tropical hops. Outstanding juicy hop character with minimal bitterness. This is a next level IPA by every count. Finishes juicy and tropical. God Nectar. Mind = Blown.” -- by BoostIPA

15 hours ago

“Bottle from Kensington Wine Merchant. Opaque pour, massive brown head, little lace spots, but not many. Nose is sweet sugary malt, and coffee, cocoa. Tastes sugary sweet, coffee, a bit bitter, milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla. There is an almost savoury side to this too. This is the best De Molen beer I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. It’s really a shame they will no longer brew this.” -- by Hammy78

16 hours ago

“Aroma frutado com notas de cravo. Aparęncia marrom caramelado. Sabor com algo de banana e especiarias. No paladar, um leve amargor. No geral, uma bela trapista, muito parecida com quadrupel. Deliciosa.” -- by fabioanselmo

16 hours ago

“P: Beautiful crystal clear pale straw body with a massive cap of white meringue head. Great retention with intricate lacing stretching along the glass. S: Loads of tropical fruit. Melons, nectarine, pineapple, slight metal aroma, fresh milled grain, black pepper and pine cones. T/M: Crisp and clean flavors of tropical fruit, toasted sourdough bread and leaves the palate waxy. Medium body that starts out thin and builds the longer it’s in the mouth. Great bubbly carbonation that hums and doesn’t sting. O: A solid all around IPA that anyone can enjoy. Huge clean refreshing flavors. This is my kind of summer ale.” -- by Hopswagger

18 hours ago

“Aroma is lemony and slightly solventy (in a fresh enjoyable way) with hints of wheat and floral hops. Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a huge frothy white head that lasts and floating dark yeast sediment. Sips very dry and tart with very little sweetness. Slight cellar like nose as the beer warms. Very reminiscent of a 1809 berlinner weiss in puckering dryness. Pronounced bitterness, no alc flavor, but a slight warming finish. Slight apple like fruitiness, but dominated by bitterness that attacks the tongue without much hop flavor. This is a fantastic, refreshing beer that I could drink all day at a bbq or with some grilled fish.” -- by Davhgbrew

18 hours ago

“Poured at a tasting. Black with a nice tan head and thick lace. The aroma is amazing, and complex. I can pick up the bourbon, some oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Maybe all together the aroma is taken as winey. The taste was equal to the aroma, this is a bozzy one with the alcohol coming out in the finish. This is as close to drinking velvet as I would think. Pure heaven.” -- by njnut

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