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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 21   ABV: -
This dark Belgian Strong Ale employs Belgian Candi sugar in the kettle to augment the already substantial malt bill. After primary fermentation, the beer is racked to another vessel along with a dose of candi sugar. We set aside a very small portion of this year’s quad and aged it on tart pie cherries. The result is a dessert beer worthy of finishing off the best of meals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2011
On tap at the GTMW 2011. Cloudy amber with a medium taupe topper. Aroma is full of yeast and malt with a bit of fruit, cherries and booze in the background. Taste of cherries, fruit, yeast, malt and a hint of alcohol which was hidden well given the ABV. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. I had never had a Free State beer before so I asked the brewery rep pouring to pick one for me, and this I got. He made a good choice. Pours a hazy copper color with almost no head. Aroma of cherries, toffee, citrus and earthy notes. The taste is cherries, toffee and brown sugar. Full bodied. Nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Snifter pour at the brewpub. I was surprised to see this on tap during the July 4th weekend. The beer was quite well done, usually I find that FS rushes their Belgians to the taps but whenever there is some treatment, it seems to make things better. The quad was not hot, it was well conditioned, sweet, strong Belgian sweetness but not syrupiness. The cherries provided a sweet, slightly tart angel to everything. They were apparent but neither a great addition or a disadvantage. Drank real easy, not hot on the throat.

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