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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1426) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
this is for the non-barreled/non-Banished version (500 ml - $6). The one in the pic is the $13 375, but is a barrel aged 12% beer that doesn’t match the description here. i would expect the scores on this to climb. a very nice BSA/quad hybrid. layers of malt, yeast, candi sugar. toasty and warming without being hot. Good enough to buy a bottle of this and the barreled version.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (736) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2499) - 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

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Experiment_Ale (1042) - 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.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx76 (641) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1559) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2014
On Tap at the Bend BP Finally a beer here with a few more SRM points. Rich deep mahogany with a thin line around the edge. Soft toasted malt with dark fruit notes. Big sweet dark maltiness. Ripe dark fruit and thick sweet malts from teh candi sugars. A touch of coffee. A rish wett sipper and the 11% will get you.


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