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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx76 (651) - 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 (1418) - 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 (1030) - 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 (1400) - 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 (2419) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (10556) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station’s Bier Cafe, pours a mostly clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a mix of candied sugar, licorice, Belgian spices, and wine barrels - not sure it’s all cohesive. Flavour brings out candied sugar upfront, along with raisins, followed by red wine barrels. Weird stuff. It’s definitely not very cohesive, but at least there are no harsh elements. Decent, but haphazard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6922) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2013
500. Pours a murky, grainy dark mahogany with rubied edges in the light. Creamy tan head goes away quickly. Big sweet nose, showing plums, brown sugar, caramel, and dark toffee. Sticky thick body with flabby carb. Rich creamy nougaty body, showing plums, brown sugar, caramel, toffee. Those are all sweet notes, but it stops shy of being heavily cloying. Mild nutty sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2013
On draught at Cruz Fermentation Project. Clear amber color. Aroma is caramel apple and banana. Taste is spiced caramel apple with a hint of gingerbread and toasted malt. Full-bodied and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle:   Burnt orange, thin to moderate sudsy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Bready aroma, slight fig/date, some alcohol.   As it warms I get more biscuit and brown sugar.   Similar on the tongue, muted dark fruit, whole wheat bread, biscuit, bit-o-honey cereal, with some burnt brown sugar.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Doesn’t seem all that Belgian, or at least doesn’t have that mustiness that I get from Belgians.   Sweet finish, bready, some fig/date, caramel (a little burnt), and some strong biscuit linger.   Meh... would guess American Strong Ale versus a Belgian example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2449) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Slightly hazy brown pour. Slight tan head. Nice candi sugar nose to this one. A bit sweet in the taste (though I like this in a strong). Dark fruits and some belgian spice as well. A very drinkable strong. Good.

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