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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   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. Itís perfect for those chilly winter days.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine in Folsom, CA. Pours clear copper with an off-white head that left quickly. Aroma is sort of light treacle. Med body more or less. Flavor is very sweet. Treacle moving to caramel moving to toffee. I used to think those were all about the same, but this brew illustrates my error. Itís really too sugary (I canít use malty). Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (9464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle @ home, picked up at Supermarket Liquor Fort Collins. Pours a reddish orange appearance with a light brown head. Caramel, banana, nutty aroma. Kind of chewy, toasted caramel malty, light candy sugar, slightly fruity, nutty flavor. Bleh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle from variety pack. Amber pour with minimal off-white head. Caramel in the nose, some vcandi sugar. Thin palate, charred toffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (7949) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Nutty brown sugar malt and light spicy/herbal aroma. Chestnut brown with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Not bad but no Belgian characteristics - more just a straight forward brown ale.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle, room 212, 19/02/14. White lidded mahogany. Malt loaf with strawberry jam nose. Malt loaf studded with black cherry; light nuttiness and rusk in the afters. Sweet and inoffensive in a dobbelbock diluted with cheap tinned brown bitter kind of way.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle. Holy crap, could the brewer give less of a rats ass about making this an abbey-style ale? Mild raisin and nut in this, and it isnít offensive, but itís completely half-assed. Whatever.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle: † Amber, a little dark, thin frothy tannish head, little lacing. † Somewhat of a dark bready nose, slightly musty. † Perhaps a touch of dark pitted fruit. † Same on the tongue, malty, bready in a darker sense, with a very soft dark pited fruit like background. † Pretty light, and not as barnish or musty as most other Belgians, nor as bright. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Had I had this blind, I would have never said Belgian. † I would have said a Pale Bock or something....


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - 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."

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Shiny red-brown with a thin but firm head. This beer comes with a very odd but distinct beef broth character -- sweet and malty to be sure, but what lingers in the background borders on a meaty stew. Interesting. (#5369, 12/15/2013)

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
b3shine (5829) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent golden orange with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast with a sweet backbone and notes of caramel. Tastes like it smells with what seems to be a bit of vegetal flavor. Average (at best) on the palate. Eh.


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