theisti (3521) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased at TC Craft Beer in New Hope, Minnesota. The pour is hazed golden copper with a one inch tan head that falls quick to 1/2 inch, then lasts from there. The aroma is pretty faint, some dusty earthiness and dark fruit sweetness. The taste is the dark fruit up front - lightly sweetened raisins, the yeast - clove and banana. Whisper of roast in the back. As it warms, a good deal of spice comes out in the lingering finish. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, mouth coating, then syrup lingering and a dry earthy finish. This actually reminded me a bit of Boulevard Lunar. Interesting, off beat beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a half-finger off-white head that falls down pretty quickly into a thin cap with a protruding collar around the edges. Pretty good lacing. The nose brings a bit of dark fruits, dominated mostly by dates and a light amount of raisin. Some figs in the background as well. Also slightly creamy. The flavor is pretty good and is enhanced by the creamy body. I get just a bit of booze along with the dark fruits and a bit of caramel. Finish is a bit harsh and dry in contrast to the body. Not too bad at first, though this tends to affect the drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-04-2011
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Picked up a sixer of this after a short beer tasting with Dave (from Dave’s Brewfarm) at Star Liquor. Pours a dark reddish brown with a full beige head. Aroma has some noticeable booziness to it. But I still dig it. Yeasty, slightly spicey with big fruit notes. Taste is full. Big and complex, cinnamon, earth, caramel and brown sugar in the taste. Great, filling beer."
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber hazy pour. The nose is fruity and quite grainy with a distinct rye spiciness. A little bit of light dustiness with an unusual sort of rancid flavour. It starts out okay, but I can’t say it’s exactly good. Lots of fusels in here.
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy caramel color with raisins, grain, and spice. Dark fruit flavor with candii sugar, clove and banana. Fairly decent lacing. Nice beer.
crossovert (9728) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belgian Strong Dark Ale, an elegant beer out of Belgium, an unnecessarily refined beer out of America. Too often American brews in this category lack the character and complexities of the true ones. can Dave bump this trend?
Pours into my tulip a nice murky red grape color with a big off-white head that stays a long while before receding halfway and leaving Belgian-style lace. Plus so far.
The smell is a bit of a let down, it is yeasty and herbal but it ends up being a bit too clean, similar to Steenbrugge beers.
The taste is very fruity and yeast with flavors of dark fruits, banana, and clove. The yeast used is complex enough to keep you wanting to drink more. It is slightly cloying but not outrageous.
This is a very strong effort from an American brewer trying to do a Belgian style, it can be better, but as far as American Belgian ales go this one is up near the top.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-27-2010 02:29:29
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear dark copper with a thick head and spotty lacing in the glass, aroma is sweet with raisin, dark fruits and malt, flavor is sweet as well with nice touches of spices mixed in with the malt, not bad.
twindadplus2 (632) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown color with a light tan head. Sweet, earthy grape aroma with a brown sugar/molasses tinge. Taste is smooth, roasted grain and brown sugar up front with a spicy yeast punch quickly coming up behind. Full bodied with a nice tingle of carbonation and a long, dry, crisp finish. Very complex and satisfying, have to get some more of this one.
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well crafted beer with a great story. Aroma of raisins, molasses, and earth. Flavor of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, yeast, and toffee.
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Ian for scoring this for me. Brownish red pour with a thin off white head. Cinnamon, roasted grain and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Taste is smooth with a big cinnamon bite, roasted grains and a touch of caramel. Lots of strange flavors kind of make this a meh for me.