Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of gum/banana, clove, orange peel, coriander.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pleasant aroma and appearance. The spices push the finishing bitterness a little over the top, making it a little grating on the tongue. Watery and thin for its weight, but not really quaffable due to the alcohol. Pretty solid but nothing special. Although admittedly itís pretty rare for this style to impress me.
Earlier Rating: 5/3/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Draught, Avery Strong Ale Fest 2006.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts), with notes of clove, banana, sage/rosemary, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Nifty aroma with some apparent dried herb spicing, but as with the saison the mouth experience doesnít quite live up to the noseís portent. Pretty good.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to have tried this beer, as this is the only Smokestack beer I had not rated.
The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of molasses, dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. I get a little toffee mixed in as well.
The flavor is also very nice. I get some molasses and caramel malt, as well as some yeast and brown and candy sugar. The beer is semi-dry, even with the sugary notes. As the beer warms I get some toasted malt and a little bit of cherry.
Medium to high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, American-made dubbel.
high_on_hops (468) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Rieger Hotel in Kansas City. Light brown head with a dark amber, slightly cloudy color. A fruity and spicy aroma consisting mainly of apricot and cinnamon. The flavor is slightly spicy with a lingering doughy/yeasty aftertaste Iím not too fond of. But overall, an interesting and pleasing beer.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper / bronze with a large soapy sudsy tan head that is quite dense. The aroma has peppery spice, dark caramel malt, cinnamon, anise, earthy musty Belgian yeast and some dark fruits. There are elements of sweetness going on, but the spices offset it nicely. Medium / full bodied beer with lots of mouth filling semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off with much of whatís on the aroma, but the spice really comes out in front & is one of the driest dubbels Iíve had. There is a clove and light banana aspect on the taste - not sure I would have picked up banana if it wasnít in the description though. The finish has a bit of molasses and brown sugar, but once again the spiciness keeps it from being overwhelming or cloying. Kudos to Blvd for taking a style I donít care much for these days and putting a unique spin on it that makes me like it. A spiced up dubbel thatís on the dry side is a really nice thing.
Earlier Rating: 10/6/2010 Total Score: 3.8
Sampled at Augusta Bottom Beer Fest 2010 - Big thanks to the Blvd folks for bringing this one. Pours copper / bronze with a small tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, nectar fruit, smooth fruity yeastiness, light uncooked dough and syrup. Medium / full body that is smooth and mildly sticky. The aroma has traits of the aroma, but is a bit dryer. It also has some graham cracker. The finish has more graham cracker, spice and brown sugar. Well done dubbel.
bblack99 (525) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL from Bubbles on North Oak. Pours a cloudy brown, the color of strong sweet tea, with two fingers of creamy beige head. Aroma is musty and spicy, with Belgian funk, cloves, and anise/licorice filling the nose. A taste brings the clove to the forefront, accenting with a brief shot of banana before fading into coriander and a muddy finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/22/2011 Total Score: 3.6
Tiny draft sample at 2011 Parkville Brewefest (4/30). This was the last beer of the day for me, so Iíll re-rate when it makes the leap from festivalbrau to the big-time. Slightly ruddy reddish-brown with a thin off-white head (as I mentioned on the other rating, headís hard to come by on a couple ounces of beer). Aroma brings forward sweet sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of wintry spices. Flavor has a healthy backbone of caramel malt with a bit of depth, layered in with a strong wave of spice, primarily coriander and clove. Didnít pick up on the cinnamon or anise noted, but again...a few hours of tasting will do that to you. ABV is well-hidden, would not have guessed 8.5% at all. A little raw, but this has real potential for mass production.
Newk (299) - - SEP 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was poured from a bomber. Provides a dark copper color with a nice foamy head.
Pungent and very aromatic with tones of malts, caramel, spices and hops. Fairly rich nose as well
full bodied with a real smooth and good feel. Relatively rich tones as well along with some roast coffee, malts and caramel
This was really good by the end of the bottle. While it was rich and full bodied, it wasnít boozy.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is hazed ruddy amber with a thin tan head...smell is lightly spicy but faint...taste is musty and faintly sweet with some herbal bitterness at the back...slight medifinal finish...
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 A reddish amber brown ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, a sweet caramel malt with herbsm abit of ashes. In mouth, an interesting sweet candy sugar, with pepper, frankincense, cardamom, quite nice and challenging. On tap at Belgian Beer Fest, Sept 10 2011.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Aroma of light dark fruit, faint caramel, subtle farmhouse, hints of burnt caramel and a touch of black pepper, all very subtle. Flavor of lightly burnt caramel, black pepper, a bit of alcohol spice, a little dark fruit, faint sign of licorice, VERY faint signs of chocolate, fairly dry with a subtle earthy hop bitter in the finish. Overall, enjoyable but seems pretty simplistic ....not bad!
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) cloudy deep copper with a thick dark tan/orange head. Nose of cinnamon, clove, gingerbread. Taste of banana, raisin, clove, gingerbread and anise. Spicy finish, Belgian all the way.