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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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A Belgian style Dark Strong Ale, Quasar is a dark, rich and complex. The beer pours with a dense, off-white head. Brewed with no dark malts, all of Quasar’s deep burgundy color comes from a huge addition of deeply caramelized sugar. A unique yeast strain produces a slight spiciness and a distinct fruit character reminiscent of cherries. The yeast character and caramelized sugar build a complexity of flavors that continue to change as the beer warms. A long and slightly sweet finish highlights the silky, smooth mouth-feel. ABV: 8.3% / IBU: 18


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a moderate, dense off-white head that faded to a layer and left spotty lacing. Aroma of brown and candi sugar, a yeasty spiciness, and some dark fruit (raisin and fig). Smooth, sweet entry leads into a candi sugar sweetness with hints of caramel and brown sugar that pair with a soft yeasty spiciness that finishes lightly dry with a soft fruity sweetness (cherry). Low carbonation and full, slick mouth feel. Overall, it lacks some of the subtlety and depth that are present in some other Belgian Strong Ales, but it’s a promising start that is easy to drink and compliments the cool weather well.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Tap at the brewery. Dark brown body with a light tan body. Candy sugar, a bit of licorice, and sweet Belgian aroma. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with a dark Belgian ale flavor. Burnt flavor with some licorice. Not very good.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9548) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2010
On tap at Equinox poured a hazy dark brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of cherry, white grapes, carmel and spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of white grapes, cherry, carmel and spice with a crisp lingering cherry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Sample at the brewery - medium amber beer - kind of amazing that all the color is from caramelized sugar rather than malts - this adds an interesting quality to the beer - initially, there is a fair amount of tartness in the flavor, with quite a bit of fruity esters - the middle has a lot of spicy character from the yeast, as well as a moderate toasty character - mildly floral - sweetness from the sugars arrives late, but it is very clean and balanced - hints of raisin and cherry in the finish - well-balanced - maybe a bit less sweetness and it would be awesome.


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