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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Donít be fooled by this innocent beast. Handcrafted by the Bear Republic Brewing Team this Belgian Brown incorporates a trifecta of sugars including our homemade candied syrup. Wild and untamed this full bodied beer starts out sweet and finishes with notes of cloves and nutmeg. Enjoy in moderation; tread lightly!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC for their 1st anniversary party. Pours a deep brown body with some reddish tints. Thin, but very bubbly and lasting, light khaki brown colored head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is quite nice and very complex. At first, a lot of molasses, caramel malts, and brown sugar jump out, but a smell later, lots of dried fruit, smoke, and bubble gum come through. After continuous sniffing, I get some chocolate, toffee, and noticeable cloves and nutmeg. Very interesting aroma that Iím liking more and more. The flavor is just as mind boggling. There is a lot going on here. With my first sip I get a lot of molasses and maltiness with a distinct brown sugar and caramel taste, but with my second taste, I get more berries, roast, chocolate, licorice, and a very light and sweet booze taste. Just to throw me off even more, I get hints of Belgian yeast and more of the clove and nutmeg spicing from the aroma. Finishes very smooth with a banana-nutmeg, roasty-chocolate lingering taste. Damnit, theres even some smoke in there too. Palate is full and thick, slightly syrupy, and does not drink like a 9.5% ABV beer. Overall, I am a big fan of this. There is so much going on with nothing ever sticking out. Wow, I am perplexed. Belgian stong ale? More like a big brown with some belgian characteristics. Whatever they want to classify this as, its damn good!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Hot damn, this was good. This beer, despite the Belgian characteristics, puts their barley wine to SHAME when comparing thick, sipping beers. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Aroma of maple, fruit and brown sugar. Flavor of maple, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and pear. Finishes with MORE maple, raisin, and toasty hops. Thick bodied, softer carbonation than the style usually dictates, nearly syrupy. This was awesome! Definitely my kind of beer. And itís not over-hopped, yay! Get me a case please, if they ever bottle this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and complex Belgian yeast fruity. Sweet fruity yeasty and with a nice roasted malt flavour. Very fruity yeasty. Lasting fruity phenolic and sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
I sampled this at the brewpub during RBSG 2009. Nice dark brown pour with interesting flavors of nutmeg, molasses and brown sugar, this beer is unique. I really liked the flavor, but thereís no way that I could drink a pint of it. It is definitely a sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Barrel Aged - On tap at the BN Brews Festival 1/30/10
Appearance: Dark brown with a tan head and some lacing
Aroma: Oak, sweet malts, caramel
Taste: Caramel, oak, sweet malts, yeast
This is a great beer. This was one of the best beers I had at the festival.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Draft, Dark amber beer with a light tan head. Sour, light green apple aroma. Sour flavor with some caramel malt, light green apple, and light acetic notes. Medium bodied. Sourness lingers with light oak, green apples, and light malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Poured brown with a brown head. Aroma of dark sugar, ripe dark fruits, and chocolate. Flavor is rich roasty malt, caramel, wood, and some smoke with a lightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Draft at Blind Pig Co in Champaign, IL. Pours a deep rich brown with a tan head. Aroma of yeast, belgian malts, and dark fruits. Heavier side of medium bodied with soft to medium carbonation. Flavor of plums, berries, spice, and dark belgian malts. Yeasty and musty finish. Nice beer. Pretty simple and not overly complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3123) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 1, 2009
On tap at Bulldog. The waitresses were insisting on only halves or íregularí sized servings. No Pints. They freaked when I did order a regular and then a Pint. Of course I regretted it the next day, but man, this big malt, molasses filled brew is dangerously drinkable. Smooth, touches of chocolate and brown sugar. It is very deceptive and numerous non-beer geeks in our group got quit loopy. Loved this stuff. Will seek out again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Tap at Bear Republic. Dark brown color with a substantial beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt on the flavor with dark fruits, spices, banana, and a little slight roast. Alcohol noticeable. Smooth, fairly full palate. One of the better beers I had on this trip to B-Rep.


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