Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Dave’s BrewFarm version: First public offering of Dave’s Brew Farm flagship test beer. On draught during the Autumn Brew Review 2009 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a hazy brownish amber colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a creamy top head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity, flowery hops, sweet multi-grain malt and a hint of vanilla. Taste is medium to full bodied, smooth, with flavors of fruity apples, honey, a hint of candi sugar and bubble gum. Finish is semi-sweet with a fruity pear/apple aftertaste the slowly disappears. Any rye malt is well hidden behind the sweet sugar addition in the profile. Overall, a decent smoothy silk and semi-sweet specialty grain beer.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of grain, slight cinnamon, pumpernickel, fruit, slight hops, malt, light caramel, light rye, and some alcohol. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, loose, off-white/oatmeal head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, rye, grains, slight hops, slight caramel, dark bread, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Average texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, rye, caramel, grain and fruit finish. 8%ABV is slightly noticeable in the aroma and flavor.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , 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
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by someone at October Houston tasting. Pours a clear deep gold with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and hay with a bit of a steamed veggie note. Flavor has a lot of deep grain and bread with a hint of steamed veggies.
SudsMcDuff (4676) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle .. pours a medium tan, light foam .. . light spice and a touch of yeast, wow- muddled and off putting .. . didn’t enjoy .. . Oh very good. Is there any way we can enhance your dining experience by hurting an animal?
crossovert (4565) - Wisconsin, 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
BVery (4257) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich orange pour with a small white head. Belgian yeast and rye on the nose. Tastes kind of like a tripel - caramel, yeast....yummy.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a quickly falling medium head. Aroma of rye, caramel and biscuit. Light butter. Earthy hops. Flavor is quite similar: bready, biscuit, rye and spiciness. Very light buttery taste, but not a slick feeling. Dry finish.
TomDecapolis (4222) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, candy sweetness, toffee, caramel, rye and nuts. Flavor of grapes, cherry, brown sugar, nuts, toasted malt and caramel.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with lots of debris and a medium sized creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong sour toasted caramel with a sweet and very malty presence. The flavor was strong toasted caramel, faint sour cherries and undertones of bread and honey. The finish was long, sweetish, fruity and had lingering caramel. Thick and smooth body. Excellent.