Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from the brewery. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Weak aroma of caramel malts, stone fruits and a bit of chocolate. The taste is caramel, nutty notes, raisin, stone fruits, spice. Medium bodied, low carbonation. The commercial description says I have to be "brave" to try this. Mmm... no. I’m tempted to deduct a point for their pretentiousness, but I’ll refrain. It’s actually a decent beer.
DocLock (8532) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Squat bottle from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid chestnut with tan head and refermented shrapnel at the bottom. Nose is dark fruit, velvety malt of the scotch and vienna variety to my nose, brown sugar, cherry, fruitcake. Tastes smooth, rich, very complex, with flavors of dark fruit, vienna malt, earthy notes, caramel, cherry, mint, and a complex finish. Yet another great beer from these guys. Like a poor man’s Westy 12.
douglas88 (7252) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a large white head. A big fruity nose with oak and tart cherry. The flavor is mostly dry, tart, cherry and yeast. Some sweeter toffee and caramel. Berries. Quite oaky. Lively palate. Good. Unique.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5530) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2014 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large soapy-creamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet bread, toffee and plum. The flavor was sweet and tangy raisin, toffee, caramel, brandy, toasty malts and a hint of cream. Long finish of raisin, toffee, brandy and cream. Moderately full bodied. Quite nice.
Beerman6686 (5344) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of belgian yeasty spiceness, and some light dark fruits and toasted malts. Flavor was again lots of yeast, mild sweetness, and some estery fruity notes. Another solid belgian style fromt hese guys, but nothing noteworthy. Hopefully they will branch out in style as there definitely is some potential here.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pours an amber color with aromas of light fruit, some rasins, spice and some malt. Flavors are the same, rasins with some spice followed by some malt. Decent beer overall would drink again.
cheap (4572) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I love the way local brewers are making it big. Had this at the bocktown monaca; nice place and nice beer tasting atmosphere. This is my first dry log considering there is on ly two listed so far and it did make an impression on this ratebeerians. Looks like darker iced tea. Nice mellow aroma with a little alky punching thru. It says belgian, so I’m thinking this could not be by default, no? A little unrefined. Yes, from the start it is a little strong. Does have some beldgy attitude but for the most part its less civilized than the stuff from the old world. Is orval in this ssame category? Sweet attitude on the finish. Very little co2 but its there. Not too sure what to think of this wnaah be. We should call this in a new sttyleas an americanized belgian ale. Then it would get in the top 10.
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Pours a dark amber brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of light fruits, raisin, sweet malt. Flavor of sour malt, diaper, yogurt, sweet malt. Good Belgian, slightly sour akin to a light Flemish red, and fruity.
LinusStick (3002) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer from a local brewer. Flavors are a little weak, but this isn’t a bad beer. Aroma was very Belgian. Strong yeast and notes of dark fruit. Pour was a nice deep dark amber with a two finger off white head. Taste was very sweet. You could taste the cocoa and orange peel which play nicely on each other. The sweet malt and biting yeast are present but never really develop fully. Carbonation is good. Nice and complex beer, but could be a little tastier
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, tan cover Aroma is cocoa, but then it sort of clashes with an estery belgian yeast, sweet malt and orange peel. Taste is more citrus, chocolate, like those chocolate orange candies. More esters. I like the concept but the yeast seems to overpower the beer.