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New Commercial Description: Brewed in a cloistered nook of remote Anderson Valley, this handcrafted Belgian-style strong ale may be the closest you’ll ever get to heaven on earth. Made in very limited quantity, it is malty, tangy and a little wild, it is sure to raise your spirits. We suffered to brew this enormously complex beer so that you can enjoy it completely guilt free.

Original Commercial Description: Brewed at the Anderson Valley Brewing Company by David Keene, the owner of the legendary San Francisco beer-bar, Toronado, this double-style ale features the huge fruit flavors combined with yeastiness and spiciness that Belgian ales are known for.
Brewed from malted barley, hops, water, demerara sugar, and special trappist yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3048) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
22oz bottle, dark brown color, with some reddish highlights, and a pillowy beige head. Nice yeasty fruity nose of raisin, fig, date esters, with some raisin pie, apple sauce, chocolate chip cookie dough, plum juice, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malt accents and a toffee, date squares, sponge toffee, candi sugar, graham’s cracker, brown sugar note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice sweet dark dried fruit, yeasty, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate malty character, with some dry raisin, fig, date, light chocolate bar, date square, toffee, spicy, faint por liquor, raisin pie flavours, with a candi sugar, molasses, raisin glosette candyish undertone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, doughy, spicy, dark dried fruitiness, chocolatey, lingering faint coffee, toasted, caramelized, biscuity, chocolate maltiness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (853) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours a dark copper color with a thick khaki head. Yeast, malt, brown sugar, caramel and raisin aroma. Brown sugar, plumb, raisin, yeast, malt caramel and bubblegum flavors. Medium light body and raisin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdInSaltLake (665) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Sweet, dark fruit aroma; a little tartness. Malty flavor: Sweet, caramel, dark sugar, raisin-like fruit, biscuit. Yeast flavor is relatively mild: bubble gum, pepper, herbal. Also some tart flavor... Low carbonation for a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gethinbeer (2189) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Mahogany pour with an off white head. Spiced malt aroma. Strong malt spiced liquor flavour. Earthy tangy finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cirrhosis (1222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
Dark cola brown with a pillowy crown floating on top. Aroma and flavour is lighter then I was hoping for but all the right elements seem to be here. Yeasty banana with elements of red wine and oak. Very sweet in the front and has a lingering bitter in the finish. Brown sugar really shows up in the brew the warmer it gets, and the warmer the brew gets the more I like it. Brew gets fuller and stronger the longer I let this sit. No real complaints about this beer except for the fact it didn’t wow me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Poured very dark but showed as a clear ruby red under bright light. Pungent cherry sour at the bottom but brighter brown fruit at the top. Rotted bing cherries. Bit of a watery double.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2230) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Draft at Stags Head. pours kinda ugly dull brown with sweet and spicy nose. Tastes of caramel, plums, red grapes, woody, peppery, brown sugar, and mild alcohol finish. kinda odd zesty palate that was enjoyably different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atheist_Peace (972) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Medium brown/mahogany pour with a tan head that leaves a light blanket of lace. Brown sugar, plums, smoke, significant amounts of smoke, something woody as well, on the nose. Strong toffee on the palate with some cheap caramel (those little Kraft blocks of caramel from Halloweens gone by) and dark fruit notes with a solidly spicy finish. Not exactly true to style but a pleasant brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6230) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
22. Pours an opaque dark eggplanty brown with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Some CO2-ish notes on the nose along with plenty of dark pitted tree fruit. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, plums, dark brown bread, and a bit of aluminum on the mid palate. Tinny finish...take away the metallic and CO2 notes and this would be a world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1136) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a light haze and a rather off-white head. Molasses and dark fruit, caramel aromas. Flavor similarly mixes raisin, red grape, molasses, and caramel, adding some distinct red apple. Mild alcohol sensation as it finishes. This is a pretty good one with clean, tasty flavors.

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