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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
An imperial amber Belgian style ale. This beer was meant to be an enigma… something different and indescribable. Instead it became a metaphor. Just as King Leopold II entered the Congo in relative peace, his legacy turned to one of dominance and theft. Such are the fates of the delicate Belgian cherry and caramel tones that unite to stand up to the intense American hop infusion. It is truly a wonderful perversion of a classic Belgian style. Draw your own metaphor about a Belgian styles ales filled with German malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
5oz on tap at Cat’s Den. Mostly clear kind of darker amber orange color. Thin ring of white head. Few ridge of lace. toasty. caramel malt aroma up front. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick texture. Lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Don’t get too much belgian character, aside from some burnt sugar. Alright, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5222) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a chalice. This one is a slow gusher, a lot like I’ve grown accustomed to from Jolly Pumpkin. Pours a darker amber color with a big head of beige foam. Very good retention. The aroma has the character of a spiced cake. Did they use rye heavily here? Not sure, but I get the impression that they may have. As I continue to drink, the spice and sweetness continue to develop and assert themselves as front and center. This is a pretty enjoyable beer. Medium body with pretty high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1832) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle, Batch #7. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange/reddish color (depending on what light you’re holding the beer in) with a couple inch off-white head that sticks around for a long time. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like cloves, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste pretty much follows the aroma, the clove flavor is the strongest, and there’s also some caramel, cherries, pears and candied fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit slick and has high but soft carbonation so it’s not hard to drink. I do wish the carbonation was lower with this brew, but it does settle down as it warms so I can’t complain. I’ll have to revisit this one and see if the carbonation changes in future batches. Nice to see Granville Brewing putting out a solid product so far! $8.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (11513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Sample at the Brews Cafe "Spring Forward" beer festival on 03/09/2013: This beer pours a clear amber color with a thin bone white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of malt and yeast. Medium highly effervescent body with a metallic character and flavors of earthy yeast, bananas and wheat. The finish is semi-sweet with an overripe fruit aftertaste. Just average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Sample at the Spring Forward tasting at Brew’s Cafe on 3/9/13. Clear dark amber in color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, banana, phenolics and plastic. Malty flavor and it foams up in your mouth like pop rocks or brause, and finishes phenolic. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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