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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (909) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6143) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (1977) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1112) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - FEB 22, 2014
375 ml corked and wax dipped bottle- Pours dark ruby red with a crackly light tan head that reduces quickly leaving a collar. Aroma is dark fruits, plums and cherries, brandy, sweet. The taste is dark fruits, brandy, barrel oak. The body is medium and carbonation is fairly low and soft. This is decent, I really enjoyed the flavor of this, but it is flawed, was hoping for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx76 (586) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle from 10/13 - pours dark amber with very small head. Nose of plums, yeast, spices, and booze. Taste is of brandy, plums, and dry spice. Very syrupy and sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (941) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau for SF Beer Week. Pours a clear chestnut with white head. Moderate complex dark fruit. Solid yeast contribution leads to medium full mouthfeel. Finishes quick. Not terribly complex but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (644) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Barrel-aged "Banished" version on tap @ Beer Junction for Barrel Junction. Probably needs to be separated out from the standard Double Cross rating, this lists @ 12%. Pours dark brown amber with thin mocha head. Aroma is lightly tart dark fruit and undercurrent of oaky wood. Taste is thin dark dubbel brown, faintly sour currents, plums, and fig. Dry, balanced finish. Not my favorite style, but very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours deep ruby, minimal head Smell raisin, licorice, sweet Taste sweet toffee, rum, roast, bit bitter tail Med body Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Dark reddish brown, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is raisin, darker sugar, caramel, yeast. Medium bodied, very clean mouthfeel and comes off as American style.

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