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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kirk36 (174) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Great coloring with depth and impenetrable to light. Dark-amber that would trap an insect for a million years to be unearthed by Jurassic park scientists. Foam, beach foam at the shore-line, just enough to make your day at the beach memorable. Enough to trap sea-life. Dubbel forward but fails to stay the night. Get in, get off, get out. True Belgians will stay through the night and make breakfast. The initial onslaught leads me to believe I am enjoying a certified Belgian, but alas a copy. I did note the 9% on the label...that's why I purchased this unknown to me. Yes I like the warmth, but I also enjoy a tasty brew. You my friend failed in the end to follow-through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1330) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2014
ar: caramel, bread, hay, floral, earthy, yeasty, alcohol, butterscotch, spices, dark dried fruits. ap: hazy ruby/brown color, small beige head. t: heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, slightly salty and roasty, abv evident, yeasty, but less so than its Belgian counterparts. p: fullbodied, lively carbonation, warming and sweet finish. O: One of the better brews I’ve tried from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with a small off white head that almost completely disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is rich sweet maltiness, caramel, dark dried fruits(rasins, plums), faint chocolate, faint alcohol and light spicy phenols. Flavour is rich sweet maltiness, spicy phenols(mostly clove like), faint alcohol, caramel, plums, rasins, mild bitterness(more so of the noble hop variety) and a medium dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Aroma is caramel/toffee, very light fruit and slightly dirty/earthy. The flavor is caramel, light fruit, slightly dirty/earthy and mildly tart/sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2638) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is chestnut-mahogany brown with a light brown head that lingers momentarily before fading to a ring. The aroma is full of dark malts, brown sugar, fig, plum and other dark fruits, and a vague buttery sensation. That could be the yeast. The body is medium to full. The taste is over-the-top sweet with a strong malt character and a clean finish. A little more sweet than I prefer but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6185) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at the state store
Pours clear dark ruby/brown with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of malts, caramel, sugar, chocolate and earthy. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits with a bitter finish
A nice double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (862) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
This beer has a beautiful brownish red color. It has a sweet caramel aroma it has a rich complex somewhat sweet flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffDaddy (95) - - NOV 26, 2013
Darker copper pour, with a thick and lasting head. Perhaps this is an interesting version of this style. Yeasty, slight woody, lasting bitter finish. Impression is kind of... warm, brown sugary, faintly bitter. Much more going on as it warmed up. Enjoyable but... wanted more going on. Would I drink again? yes. Would I order again? maybe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tgncc (3025) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
The aroma is earthy, pepper. The appearance is hazy, deep amber, white head. The flavor is sweet fruit, light pepper. The finish is light is light pepper, fruit. Medium in body. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Dark roasty malts with that wonderful beligan yeast in the background. A sweetness is present that is almost sugary. Carbonation was pretty mild with a dry finish.

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