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Cambridge Benevolence
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
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Brewed with a grist including pale, Vienna, Special B, and aromatic malts, with kettle additions of dark candi sugar, organic raisins, and Curacao orange. Fermented with our Belgian and house ale yeasts, then aged four months in oak barrels with additions of wild-gathered honey, fresh dates, and black cherries.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1103) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Says retired but i had on tap at the source today. Dark fruits, raisin, slight roasted malts, bit of sour funk. Very complex layered flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (768) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Tap at brewery. Dark pour. Rice, syrup, sherry. Dried fruits. Dessert wine like. Interesting

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1402) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Wow what a nice surprise to find. Brewed again for their 25th anniversary. Dark brown pour with a reddish hue and almost no head. Nose is huge raisin with a hint of lactic tartness. Taste is wonderfully complex with lots of things happening, yet working together so very well. Raisin, oak, tawny port, awesomeness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Barley heavy aroma with woody-nutty aroma. Deep brown, almost black in color. Very sweet with sour edges and a nutty-woody finish. A bit like a wild barleywine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Avery Sour Ale Fest. Strongest brew at the whole fest. However no alcohol apparent. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Surprisingly not that full-bodied. The barrel adds some cool character to the brew. Some woodiness and nice tart flavors. One of my favorites of the fest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9512) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2010
On tap at Avery Sour Fest poured a hazy dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of leather, horseblanket, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of leather, cocoa, fruittiness, barnyard and light spice with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering funky finish.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9437) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2009
GABF 2009. Pours hazy brown with an average, fizzy off-white head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), light hop (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (dough, earth) with notes of cherry, wine, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3465) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. Another great and really interesting beer from Cambridge. Pours a cloudy dark reddish-amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, brown sugar, spices, oak, and orange peel. Flavor is sweet malt, spices, cherries, dates, orange, honey, candi sugar, red wine, and a little alcohol. Also a little oaky tartness to it that really adds to the complexity. Palate is medium-full with soft carbonation and very well-hidden ABV. This is a well-done beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
(Draught) Pours a murky dark reddish brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, dates, vinous, honey, and cherry. Flavor of raisins, dates, cherries, candi sugar, light funkiness, vinous, caramel, light honey, and some vanilla. Nice complexity in this high abv Belgian Strong.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
GABF 2009: Settles in the glass in a dark haze with an off-white topping. The nose is alive with bourbon, toffee, vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Moderately acidic mouthfeel brings notes of bourbon, chocolate, toffee, and sour wood notes. By far my favorite offering from this brewery at the GABF.


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