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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This limited batch is a dark strong saison read brewed in October in collaboration with Mile High Wine & Spirits. A portion of the batch was aged in oak bourbon barrels, which was then blended with the non-barrel aged batch. This result is a full-bodied beer with flavors of chocolate and dark fruits that are balanced by the spicy oak tannins. Rich aromas of vanilla and oak linger in the dry finish, making this beer incredibly drinkable.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep red, light brown with a 3 finger+ off white head. Sweet nose with bourbon, oak and dark fruits. Med to full body with lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate and sweet dark fruits. Some spice and yeast esters. Warming finish with more lingering bourbon and oak. Really nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, toffee, yeast and light molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oak, dark fruit, spice and light yeast with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9025) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Tap @ Funkwerks. Cloudy reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Fairly spicy, dark fruity (plum, fig, dark grape), a touch tangy, light bourbon, moderate barnyard aroma thatís actually fairly complex. Soft mouth feel. Leather, fig, plum, spicy, a bit musty, chocolate, rich oak, light to moderate bourbon, rich dark toffee belgian yeasty flavor. Very interesting brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle number 395 of 675 thanks to ratman! Pours with a murky, very dark brown body and a large, fluffy, khaki head that leaves good lace and has great retention. Aromas are of dark fruits, spicy oak, bourbon and a boat load of tannins. A lot of vinous aromas as well, red wine, earthy, jammy. Plums, currants, cherries, vanilla, saw dust and a lot of wood. Flavors are big in every way. Huge bourbon character with associated notes of vanillin, spicy oak, coconut. Lots of dark fruits, big alcohol, caramelization and bready malt. Long oaky duration. Cherries, fig, currants, boozy, dates, fruit rollup, leather. Cherry and chocolate. Earthier, dusty, leathery, and phenolic notes push themselves to the fore front as this beer warms. Tannic on the mouthfeel, pretty dry but backed up with a wall of alcohol. Medium to fuller bodied. Unique stuff and tasty for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Barrel aged brown ale. Spicy nose from the oak along with some banana. Rich medium to full bodied palate. Nutty along with some date flavors. High carbonation, long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2058) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2012
My first official rating on RateBeer comes from one of my favorite newer breweries, Funkwerks! Pours a hazy brown. Spicy, bourbon, yeasty. Interesting Belgian beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2013
From notes. Tasted at a tasting at Curtisís old house, probably around early 2012, from a 750mL bottle. Pours dark amber with a massive beige head that recedes very slowly to thin lace. The nose is dry brett funk with brown sugar, caramel, and darkly toasted bread. The flavor is lightly sweet caramel, brown sugar with some banana and a bunch of dry, brett funk. The body is full with average carbonation and a long funky and caramel malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3937) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2012
750 thanks to Scott. Raisins. Figs. Slight bourbon. Big on the dark fruit flavor. A solid Dubbel or "Belgian Strong." Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2012
750 ml bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a dark murky brown color with a medium off-white. A great roast and oaky, some sour aromas. A rich flavorful brew that simply defies characterization; oak, light roast, dry, sweet. Very unusual.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, gushed a slight bit but was a slow gusher, even after a pour it kept gushing. Dark brownish black pour, nice fine bubbled tan head, laced well. Aroma brought notes of nice dark fruits, slight vanilla, toffee, bourbon notes, hints of earth, some yeasty notes with a slight roasted character, touch of red grape in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, yeast, some spice notes, hints of a touch of grain, toffee and molasses notes, hints of an earthy and slight roasted note, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy. Pretty nice stuff.


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