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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A vibrant reddish-black hue, substantial body and pleasant headiness give this dark Belgain-style ale an alluring first impression. The intense flavors of dark candi sugar conspire to deceive with flavors that remind us of preserved fruits and holiday spicing, but the true agent is the Trappist yeast -- and a suspicious drinkability.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle... Pours clear and brilliantly copper with a small, dense, lightly tanned head. The nose is a mishmash of astringent acetone, maple woodiness and Belgian yeast spiciness. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. The flavor presents loads of dates, a mild amount of dried plum and light acidity. Tangy, dark-fruity, mildly bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
this is for the non-barreled/non-Banished version (500 ml - $6). The one in the pic is the $13 375, but is a barrel aged 12% beer that doesn’t match the description here. i would expect the scores on this to climb. a very nice BSA/quad hybrid. layers of malt, yeast, candi sugar. toasty and warming without being hot. Good enough to buy a bottle of this and the barreled version.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2014
On Tap at the Bend BP Finally a beer here with a few more SRM points. Rich deep mahogany with a thin line around the edge. Soft toasted malt with dark fruit notes. Big sweet dark maltiness. Ripe dark fruit and thick sweet malts from teh candi sugars. A touch of coffee. A rish wett sipper and the 11% will get you.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Clear amber-brown, appley, winey character, soft, apple, pear, subtle alcohol late. Has a good barrelly character. Nothing special but a nice experiment.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2522) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2014
375mL capped bottle poured into Duvel tasting glass. Small but thick head atop a ruby body. I think this is the best American Belgian Strong I have had in a while (not sure this is a quad). Esters are held almost fully at bay. Sweet, slightly hot raisin and cherry present but appropriately balanced by a sugar and date sweetness. No nasty astringent character, which can happen in a big beer like this. I think the sweetness works well for the beer. Walks the fine line of alcohol and sweetness but not too much on either side. Not overly sugar and well managed yeastiness. This will be a rebuy.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2863) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2014
375ml bottle pours out a mahogany topped with a sand head. Nose is sweetness pit fruit belg yeast and some rich malts. Taste is as the nose with a good amount of sweetness belg yeast and candy fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On draft at Crux with Taylor on a fantastic Friday at sunset. Pours brown bronze. Aroma is phenolic figs, taste is dark sticky, sweet wheat Belgium fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle (bottled Feb 10, 2014). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, overripe banana, clove. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Smells nice, but is mostly sugar-oriented odors. That portends a very sweet mouth experience, and so it is true...there’s some yeasty tartness that helps to balance a bit along with the alcohol, but all in all it’s quite difficult to drink much of (even given the style). Diabetes beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2319) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Dark brown/ruby body with small, tight beige head. Aroma is true Belgian, dried fruit, molasses and oak barrel. taste is slightly tangy, some alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is sticky and weight is medium bordering on heavy. Good try at this style. Very close to a dubbel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Clear rusty brown with a small pale head. Aroma is dried fruits, cherry, hint of cinnamon, pomegranate. Medium-full bodied, sweet and fruity on the palate. Taste is plum, raisins, brown sugar, hint of cloves and coriander. Nice.


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