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Collective São Gabriel
Brewed at Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
CapeTown, Western Cape, South Africa


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Dark and malty, the appearance doesn’t prepare you for a crispness of taste. Lighter than it looks, it is very drinkable and beautifully smooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gunnfryd (11759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2015
KRS 270914. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is grain, roasted malt, caramel. Flavour is fruit, roasted malt, hop, caramel, grain, metallic. Medium body. Boring beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1494) - NORWAY - MAR 17, 2015
From bottle at The Taphouse, Durban, with OEN and RS 16.03.15. Dark nutty brown. Fine off-white head. Aroma of medium.dark malt and toffee. Same in taste, with dried fruits, berries and roasted nuts. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (5014) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2015
Für ein Dunkles recht malzlos, hier jedoch in die Richtung Schwarzes tendierend mit seiner recht hohen Perlung, den Röstaromen und ein wenig Kaffee im Hintergrund. Dabei jedoch erstaunlich süffig und erfrischend. Vollkommen in Ordnung.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
McTapps (5014) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle from Dilo in Bochum. The beer has got a deep medium brown colour with a steady low head and medium body. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste of malt, roasted barley, woods, leaves, dark fruits, burnt caramel and dark bread. Mild and easy drinkable, not a bad one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (652) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 12, 2014
500ml bottle from BePLUS, Xiamen. Pours dark brown with a dissipating off white head. Some roasted malt and caramel aroma with banana, a little metallic. Sweet finish with chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (2363) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Craft Beer Store HH 11/14, bb 02/15. Generic Schwarzbier cover that pours like liuid rusty toffee, with very moderate herbal hoppiness and roast exotics, offering some toffee and milk chocolate hints, veering into generic macro Dunkel territory where it substitutes roast, nuttiness for liquid, watery caramel. Does not become cloying and is drinkable like a lager with a pleasant fruitiness, but that’s about it. Nothing for a South-African collective contracting in a Bavarian macro to wax preemptively Brazilian&lyrical about yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle at the St Albans Beer Festival 2012. Poured a dark brown, with a dense beige head. Aroma of dark malts, caramel and roasted nuts. Burnt sugar in the flavour, with some lager malt and light roast. Finish was berries, cocoa and dark malt.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerhunter111 (9285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2014
Leicht trübes kuperbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht säuerlich, hefig, malzig. Geschmack wässrig, leicht röstmalzig, säuerlich, nicht besonders gut!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (4520) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle at home. Nice reddy amber coloured poue with a nice lasting cream coloured head.Aroma is yeasty, , earthy woodland berry, twigs. Flavour is light, some tart berry, nutty amber twiggy malts, and carbonic acid bite in the finish. Light metalic note in the finish. The head really does stay put rather nicely. Paalte is fluffy and airyand a nice dry finish. Chalky water profile. Clean lager with decent character if a bit light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5173) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle at Stuu666’s. Pours clear brown with a short-lived beige head. Aromas of herbs and light caramel. Taste is toffee light herbal bitter. Bit fizzy.

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