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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3254) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (5170) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - 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 (7164) - 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 (3593) - 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 (2271) - 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
Beerdrinker79 (1963) - 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 (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 (1644) - 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 (1242) - 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.

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