Band of Gypsies The Belgian Tramp
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29171) - Citizen of the universe, - MAY 22, 2013
Draft. A dark red beer with a thein tan head. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, alcohol, over ripe fruits, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, candy sugar, alcohol, wood, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7669) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2014
Sample at 101 Beer Kitchen. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, ripe fruit and earthy hops. The finish is dark fruits and sweet malt. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (742) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Band of gypsies aroma is sweet and Belgium. Color is darker than it tastes. There is some caramel flavor. Beer week

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (806) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
A decent Belgian. Pours a thick brown-black. Smells and tastes like pineapple. Some vanilla as well. Slightly too boozy and malty. Has a little bit of a malt liquor taste. Had on tap at The Local Beer Bar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (2622) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2013
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends. Pours deep copper with a frothy offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with biscuits, alcohol, sweet dark bread, moist wood, vanilla fudge, figs, dates, raisins, prunes, almond paste and lemon zest. Taste is sweet and malty with biscuits, caramel, candi sugar, dried dark fruits, sweet dark bread, marzipan, lemon zest, moist wood and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, round and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bittern with biscuits, sweet dark bread, marzipan, lemon zest and dried dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Brown in color, thin head. This had an interesting flavor. Lots of stuff going on. Big alcohol flavor lots of sweet Belgian sugars. Lots of earth and rich flavor that do not mesh super well. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bule (709) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark brown color without much of a head. Flavors of toffee, caramel and malt but also a slight plastic taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2013
Draft @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a dark amber ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2013

Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends, Stefansgade 35, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet roasted, raisin, wood, dark fruit, moderate yeasty, dark fruits, date, figs. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet yeast, dark fruit, sharp, phenol, alcohol, tart berries ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic and buzzy. [20130502]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (4806) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller and Friends. Pours brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of malt, biscuit, fruit and candy. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

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