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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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We crafted our single-style abbey ale with select roasted malts, a hint of Belgian sugar, and a touch of wheat for a rich, caramel flavor and a wonderfully smooth toffee finish. It’s perfect for those chilly winter days.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sonnycheeba (4281) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with absolutely no head retention. Aroma is bready malts, raisins, light toast, faint fig, and some faint Belgian yeast esters. Flavor is so, so bland with some notes of bready and caramel malts, dark fruits, and very faint hops. Medium body and seemingly no carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (5811) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Deep copper pour with a small head. Nose of strong Belgian yeast. Light pepper spice. Strong red apple and toffee. Taste is pretty one-dimensional. Loads of toffee. Red apple. Little else. Medium body, soft carb. Mediocre.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2911) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle. Suitable brown color of an abbey ale, with a bit of ruby highlight. A Belgian sugar smell and taste, just at the edge of being too sugary. Works out all right.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (847) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2014
This rich dark brown ale has a mildly sweet aroma of brown sugar and a smokey caramel flavor. It drinks really smooth and clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
basaywhat (80) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown watery looking color. Taste is kind of artificial sweet with some banana, clove and cinnamon. Will not purchase again

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
12oz bottle - There are so many variances of a Belgian ale. Some light, some dark, some strong, some weak, some hoppy, some malty. This is definitely one of the dark, weak, malty variety and it’s really good. I don’t care who makes it, it’s done well and it was quite enjoyable. Malty, plummy, toffee, medium-high carbonation with a lingering sweet finish. Really quaffable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (2026) - - OCT 13, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-24-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a copper-mahogany color with a one finger of off-white colored head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heavy of a spice smell being a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Mixed with the spice are some lighter notes of a yeasty smell as well as a good showing of a roasted malt smell. With lots of caramel and molasses and a little bit of a dark fruit smell,, the overall aroma is a nice mix of spice, sweet and roast. Taste – The taste begins with a huge caramel and molasses sweetness with a strong roasted and bready taste. As the flavor moves on, a very light yeasty taste as well as a moderately stronger spice flavor of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg come to the tongue. Some flavors of fruits join the tongue more toward the end of the taste and with all the other flavors, ends up leaving a rather sweet and spiced, lightly roasted flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are quite nice for the mix of sweet sugary flavors with that of the lightly roasted and spiced flavors of the brew. Overall – A sweeter but still rather easy drinking and enjoyable brew overall.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bpreo (2089) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
A perennial winter Belgian. Malt, sugar, wheat, caramel, and toffee make up the flavor. No originality, and only tips the scale at 5.6% alc. Originally tried November 8th, 2012.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
"Pales in comparison to every trappist beer, most Belgians, and the majority of American Dubbels. That said, better than average for a Blue Moon offering. Nothing wrong except the overall impression of generic(ness)? Light yeast and malt and candi sugar. Not much else."

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (2779) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging here and there but sliding after a while. The smell was light cinnamon with a soapy citrus. Light vanilla came in decently. The taste was mainly sweet and soapy. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it if I could look past the soapiness. It came across fairly smooth over my tongue. Overall, if I could look past the soapiness this might not bad. But given that this is not an English style, I’m not sure where the soapiness is coming from. I probably wouldn’t have this again.


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