radagast83 (5816) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a medium brown color with a pretty large light tan head. Aroma was light caramel notes, nutty, toasted, earthy notes. Light earthy hops, chewy malts, light nutty, sweet malts. Interesting.
solvaris (139) - - JUL 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In der Nase fruchtig frisch. Geschmack:Caramell, leicht säuerlich, malziger Abgang. Note nach Kafi Fertig.
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TorbenJensen (828) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brown ale is named after the German G. Brekle who took over the brewery in California in 1896. Whether it is brewed from one of Brekle’s old recipes from that time I am not quite familiar with - but it’s probably very likely. It is beautiful reddish-brown with light rough foam and caramel flavor with a little fresh fruity hop aroma. The taste is potent and full-bodied with great caramel filling, but also with a hoppy bitterness. It is a good (probably American) hop type, and it is a guess I may come up with because American hops often are very fresh and fruity. It could easily be Citra hops because of its strong hoppy aroma and its slightly easier bitterness with notes of citrus and exotic fruit, but as I said it is just my hopeless guess. It is a very marked hop bitterness, this brown ale have a good edge, and I find it very interesting and tasty.
(Finally I read the small description on the top label, and discovers that it is actually Citra hops used. It is a little scary!)
mjonesy07 (30) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown Ale with very dark colour and frothy head. Sweet taste with hoppy after taste. Has a hint of liquorice. Very pleasant beer.
seymour (1684) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from their distinctive sloped 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy reddish brown colour with big long-lasting off-white foam and lace. Excellent blend of nutty/bready/toasty/chocolatey/caramel malt sweetness and fruity/lemongrass Citra hops bitterness. Definitely hoppier than traditional English ales, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark but not excessively roasty or burnt. Some sharp graininess but no astringency. Nuanced and delicious. Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and full mouthfeel, well-concealed alcohol, lingering complex aftertaste. Crazy delicious, a near-perfect brown ale. This could easily be a daily-drinker for me.
Smalle (215) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: dried fruits, caramel
Taste: very sweet, malty, some caramel and roast, but also a surprising amount of fruit (berries), small sour touch.
Gets better than on first impression: once you get through the cloying sweetness, it is actually quite an interesting beer.
Foffern (1441) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Has a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a big, creamy beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, raspberries, dried fruit, wood chocolate, plums and heather honey. Feels pretty Belgian. The flavor is quite fruity with additional tones of licorice, leather, pine and grass. A touch of alcohol as well. Has a medium body and a slick mouth feel. Low to medium bitterness. A fruity brown ale that changes between being a Belgian dubbel and a brown ale but the hops are lurking in the background.
VamboladeTolly (779) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ deTolly, Tartu. Pours ruby brown with small tan head, stays. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, caramel,grass, slight pine forest, bread, slight roast. Taste is sweet and bitter, caramel,r oast bitterness, bread, grass, slight citrus, smooth. Medium body. Smooth roasted finish. Good beer.
jamaty (1348) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caoba, muy abundante espuma suave y duradera ligeramente tintada. Aroma notable, lupulada, yerbal, eucalipto y también toques de café. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. Cierta complejidad en boca, mezclando bien momentos claramente lupulados (al principio) con otros en los que la poderosa malta tostada se impone (al final y en el postgusto, de cierto amargor de café rodeando al dulzor de la malta). Sabrosa, diferente. Merece.
Marcius (318) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown color and medium head.
Hoppy and wood aroma.
On the palate, it is bitter and sweet... good balance!