MarkSachon (779) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle luckily found on the upstairs cave shelf at The Beerhive in Pittsburgh. My new favorite, and how fortunate to make the discovery of this wonderfully awesome ale. Almost too complex, but not overdone on anything, youíll find yourself thinking just what the hell is in there that makes it so damn good. Instead of saying "Have a Sam Adams" switch on over to the better patriot and say "Have a Simon Gurty" instead.
DocLock (8697) - 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 Smithís. 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 manís Westy 12.
beernbourbon (1421) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to beerman6686, thank you!. Pour is deep, hazy, quad-like brown with a small patchy beige head. Aroma is light brown-sugar malt, faint spice, and and light fig. Flavor is deep spicy sweet malt with hints of toffee and faint cocoa. Not getting much orange in this. Faint alcohol presence. The finish is long with lasting sweet toffee malt and deep earthy spice. Really full bodied and full flavored. Flavor exceeds the aroma. This was a nice surprise, very tasty. Thanks again!
SaintD (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler: rich mahogany color, off white-tinted slightly brown (from the cocoa?), deep rum tones, caramel, roast, toffee and citrus (oranges, tangerine, slight grapefruit) finishing with a cocoa flavor and dropping off dry. Flavors of bubblegum, banana, fruit and yeast. Light to medium body, could use a little thicker body for my taste. Extremely difficult to decifer because itís not predictable based upon expectations of aroma, flavor, body and finish. A lot going on in this beer! Very complex and enjoyable. Another interesting product from these guys.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5669) - 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.
Drake (10850) - 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. Iím tempted to deduct a point for their pretentiousness, but Iíll refrain. Itís actually a decent beer.
douglas88 (7445) - 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.
ryanscourt (1017) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very unique dark ale. Smooth. Chocolate bitterness, cocoa like. Honey Belgian sweetness to end. Most complex of all the beers. Fantastic.
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - 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.
jsporrer (151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium brown with a small tan head. Nice dark fruity and malty aroma. Smooth texture with a mildly tart taste. Not as flavorful as some original Belgian ales. A bit watered down but still has a nice flavor that fills your mouth and lasts for awhile. There is a nice warming sensation at the end. Not harsh and hide the alcohol well. Not the best Belgian style ales Iíve had but its one of the best that Iíve had the several Iíve from Draai Laag. I will definitely buy this again when I can find it.