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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Members of the Band of Gypsies Collaboration Beer Project include Bison Organic Beer, Calicraft Brewing Co., Highwater Brewing, Lucky Hand, Oakland Brewing Co., Pacific Brew Labs, Triple Voodoo & Uncommon Brewers (host). All of the breweries have headquarters and live in the Bay Area.

In honor of San Francisco Beer Week 2013, the Band of Gypsies is releasing its first collaboration beer, aptly named The Belgian Tramp – an organic Belgian Quad brewed with house-made candy sugar, California-grown Mission figs, raisins and dates. Boasting a hefty 10.5% abv., Belgian Tramp is sticky sweet and boozy with rich flavors of dark fruit, roasted malt and caramel, a moderate hop bitterness, and a smooth, dry finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18087) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Chocolate aroma, malty, fruity, yeasty notes, vinous, dades, sweetish, dades and raisins. Spicy malty flavor, caramel, hay, toffee, nutty, floral notes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40160) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
From tap at MikkellerBar. Pours dark brown wto black with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and roasted malt. Bitter, toffee and caramaleish, light phenolic. Bitter, toffee and mellow yeasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller bar, Stefansgade. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, candy sugar, caramel, malt and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25838) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Hazy dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hay and licorice. Sweer and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and licorice. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17430) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller, Stefansgade. Clear dark reddish brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 280413

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Clear dark amber/brown - white head. Sweetness. Sticky sweetness. Fruity. Brown sugar. Phenolic. Ok light bitterness. Rather unbalanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2013
On tap at Crum’s. Dark amber pour with a small off-white head that leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. Aroma of caramel, cola, some dark. Flavor starts out with chocolate and roasted malts, followed by raisins, allspice, and a big hit of booziness at the end. Really comes across more like a liquor drink than a beer in the finish. Would definitely have again.

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UprightFTW (10) - Portland, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2013
On tap at the Old Ivy in Vancouver. Pours a deep red, with a decent ivory head that fades to a thin layer that sticks around and little lacing. The smell is sweet, with some dark fruit and light cloves. Taste immediately smacks of cloves, raisins, and sweet sugars. Not too sweet, with a good bit of spice. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, with the spices providing a nice bite. A fantastic belgian, not as strong as the 10.5 ABV would suggest. Sneaky, but powerful.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15764) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Dark amber pour with a khaki head. The nose has a nice banana, date, and pear fruit character. Some sweet bread, toffee, and caramel notes, a touch of chocolate, roast, light alcohol, and bubblegum. The flavor is quite sweet. Lots of caramel, toffee, bubblegum, and cotton candy. A strong fruit component of dates and bananas, too. Mild alcohol, hints of spice, roast, chocolate, and molasses.
Earlier Rating: 2/22/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. Very sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. Some cola, clove spiciness, banana, and a bit of chocolate. Nice chocolate malt flavor, caramel, and brown sugar. Mild roast, some cola, dark fruits, and big banana. Some clove, light vanilla, and nutmeg, too.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13985) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tap at the University of Beer. Pours very dark brown with a slight creamy beige head. Aroma is darkly fruity with plum notes. Full bodied. flavor is darkly plummy fruit with, I swear, clove notes. Finishes oh so quad. Just sweet - but not stickily so. Bitter and spice to balance. Brilliant ale.
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Tap at Capital Beerfest 2013. Aroma has a lot of dark fruit. Med + body. Flavor is like dark fruity and cinnamon. Just a little bit sweeter than dry. Has Belgian yeast/spice aspect. Finishes almost nearly maybe dryish. Delicious and brilliant ale.
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Tap at Capital Beerfest 2013. Aroma has a lot of dark fruit. Med + body. Flavor is like dark fruity and cinnamon. Just a little bit sweeter than dry. Has Belgian yeast/spice aspect. Finishes almost nearly maybe dryish. Delicious and brilliant ale.


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