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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
writerljberg (649) - Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2013
500mL from Belmont Station. A: Brown with red tints. Head rapidly forms into a bubbly crest and then recedes into nothingness. Decent legs. N: Raisin, toffe, prune, bubble gum, clove, coriander, and a hint of banana. A little bit of smokiness. Lots of esters. Pretty good approximation of a Belgian, albeit not quite as smooth around the edges. T: Biscuity, slightly bitter, and moderately sweet. A bit light on the flavor, but what flavors it does have blend together well. M: Somewhat watery. A little bit sticky, and alcohol exhibits itself. O: A much better beer than a number of Crux bottles I’ve opened. It lacks that deep complexity of its Belgian forbears as well as the luxurious mouthfeel, but I’d be willing to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle. Poured an amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, and some citrus. Sweeter with the alcohol overall well hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Tap at Crux, Bend, 23/05/13. Listed as 12% ABV. Clear chestnut brown with a thin beige head. Nose is dark malts, toffee, spice, dark fruits, dates. Taste comprises dark toffee, spice, brown sugar, dates, raisens. Full end of medium bodied, fine carbonation, light booze in the finish, Ok Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5329) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a clear copper/amber color with a thin white film. The aroma is sweet fruits, citrus, honey, vanilla, caramel withsome vinous notes. The flavor, however, is bland and disappointing after the nose. Dry malts, light caramel, fruits and mild vinous notes with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 21, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station. Colour...clear amber with no head. Nose...some boiled sweets and dried fruit but not much else. Palate...lithe, gently frothy, stone fruits at the front with pit like bitterness and dryness and a bit of bubble gum. There’s a quasi coating aspect on the palate but it is not too viscous. The finish has plenty of lingering tropical fruit and hints of brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2013
Draft. Small off-white head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, some caramel, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, plum/raisin, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
Draft. Clear ruby maroon color, bright white edge head. Aroma pf creme brulee. Taste is sweet caramel, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4439) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Draft at Churchkey for CBC. Poured a golden copper color, clear with a small white head. Aroma is plenty of sweet fruit notes, malts, and some sold citrus notes. Flavor was boozy fruit notes, citrus characters, malts. This was a touch hot for me - too much booze. Had it been a bit more balanced, the citrus notes along with the fruit would have been amazing.

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