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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6468) - 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 (1466) - 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 (6300) - 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 (1878) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11905) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours dark ruddy copper with slight, transient, tannish head. Aroma of medium dark stone fruit - rather plummy. Med + body. Mild carb. Flavor is very prune with some yeast/spice. For me it’s a dubble trying to be a quad. Extremely tasty with the pluminess. Finishes more dry than not, tho there’s a good bit of malt involved.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (982) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 4, 2013
At crux, labeled as 12% abv. Medium-dark amber. Light strawberry, pommegrannit atone, bit of phenol, caramel. Medium-light body. Flavor is same as aroma with less caramel. Overall subdued aroma and flavor for the style. Even the body is on the light side. Disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4729) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to GT2. Slightly hazy reddish amber pour, with an off white head. Sugar soaked bread, apple, overripe pear, caramel, and yeast. Too sweet and not very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared by GT. Copper pour with an off-white head. Caramel, brown sugar, and overly sweet fruit. Plum, banana, and pears. Some yeast and apple, too. A bit of metal on the tongue. Cloying sugar, caramel, and fruit sweetness. Pear, banana, plum, and grapes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
500mL thanks to a trade. Pours a clear, deep red with medium yellow foam. Nose is cloying cherry syrup/grenadine. Taste is metallic, grenadine, harsher stomach acid, cloying sugar. Finish is copper metallic all the way. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1113) - Portland, 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.

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