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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1678) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11389) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (830) - Corvallis, Oregon, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11317) - 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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GT2 (8685) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (901) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9059) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9725) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5825) - 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.


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