Brewery Vivant Kludde Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Watch out for Kludde! Belgian folklore’s water spirit who roams the Flemish countryside in the form of a monstrous black dog… This monstrous ale is made with green raisins, star anise and dark Belgian candi sugar. Notes of dried plum, fig and chocolate mingle with the complexity of our two house yeast strains. Let Kludde warm you up…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2063) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2012
A totally unique taste that I really enjoyed. Bet you haven’t tasted a brew like this! Tart is my primary thought, with some Belgium yeast and chocolate also evident. Almost black color, and medium tan head. My favorite Brewery Vivant beer so far!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours very dark hazy reddish brown color with a good 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of molasses, anise, caramel, raisin, plum, grape, roasted malt, nuttiness, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas. A little much on the anise, but has some good balance and complexity. Taste of molasses, plum, raisin, roasted malt, grape, anise, chocolate, candi sugar, biscuit, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of molasses, grape, caramel, candi sugar, anise, roasted malt, chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. The anise definitely is more toned down in the taste, and gives a slight tartness to the brew; which is quite nice. Nice balance and complexity with flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! Nice flavor balance, with a good amount of roasted chocolate character. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Poured from the tap at the pub. Pours a dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma is figs and raisins. Sweet taste and thin palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a deep black with medium tan head that fades relatively quick. Aroma is sweet and tart with a decent bit of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste meets the description well and has a very interesting tartness to it. Carbonation tickles the tongue. Very interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Sample at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. This beer pours a cloudy dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malt, black licorice and yeast. Medium to full body with a dark malty character and notes of anise, yeast and chocolate. The finish is malty with a lingering black licorice aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Very dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is sweet and reminds me of a spice cake mixed with fruitcake. I get lots of prunes and raisins. Flavor is sweet up front, loads of raisins, a light tart note creeps in and finishes with a very light bitterness. This is a very neat beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1673) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2012
16oz. Can. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Aroma s very sweet as is the taste with prunes, raisins and some licorice. Very different, complex and good. As I warms, the sweetness comes down and brings out more of the chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Draft sample at BV. Poured a cloudy dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted balanced, dark fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectation where exceeded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10009) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2012
Can. Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a lot of dark grains and anise with a strong backing green raisin note. Flavor has a good amount of dark grains, candied sugars and anise with a strong green raisin backing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
On tap at The Laundry, Fenton, MI...a hugely complex concoction of herbals and dark chocolate covered raisins. It had my attention with every sip as it readily asserted itself. Looking forward to drinking this again...

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