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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Our Belgian Style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest of malt flavors but with a slightly elevated hopping and increased complexity given from two different yeast strains. This malt laden ale is designed to satiate and keep your taste buds dancing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Fruity aroma with some light berry notes and a light bitterness. The flavor is pretty well balanced, with fruity, belgian yeasty notes and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Very good Belgian ale from a great West coast brewery. This beer pours a deep brown, only translucent at its edges, with very nice lacing. The aroma is rich and deep with good doughy malt character and lots of Belgian yeast. It reminds me a bit of Rochefortís quad without quite the heat or extreme complexity. The flavor doesnít quite live up to the nose. Iím not getting the sweetness that some people seem to report. Itís very yeasty with dark stone fruits and a strong caramel malt flavor. The finish lingers pleasantly. The feel is rich and full. Drinkability is good, but how could that not be the case with a good Belgian-style ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2356) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Good beer. Bit sweet as a whole and strong. Poured with a small fine cream colored foamy head that quickly subsides and some lace. Color is a very dark cherry wood. Aroma is sweet malty a bit yeasty and roasty. Flavorís mainly sweet with the other aroma qualities larger also. Good full round body and good carbonation. Finish is mainly sweet with some bitterness at the very end. Not really a session.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GarrettB (1146) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
A few years ago I went to a Denver beer tasting with a bunch of sophisticated, urbanites. The theme of the night was Grand Cruís, with the Rodenbach taking first place. Ever since then Iíve had a soft spot for Grand Cruís - leniency by association. However, the Green Flash Grand Cru has staid my prejudice. The flavor is watery, carbonated, and has flavors that remind me of my old collegeís chemical stock room. Its the kind of flavor that is bitter and pungent in all the wrong ways, and I actually considered making this one of my very few drain pours. The flavor is mildly salvaged as the beer warms up, bringing out flavors similar to a simple stout, but the Green Flash Grand Cru remains a bland, simple beer. This is strange. The aroma is fragrant with wood and dark cherries, giving off a fresh and slightly sour smell. This is usuall a good sign. But sadly, this dark brown beer beneath a light brown head is a blemish in my memory on the good Grand Cru name.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7095) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours black with a generous tan head and a raisin and dark malt aroma. There is a pleasant sweet malt flavor with dark fruit and hazelnut, finished with spice and hop bitterness. Very complex and tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - MAR 5, 2010
22 oz. bomber. pours cola color with deep ruby highlights. forms tan head which disapates quick. aroma is ripe plum and raisens baked with brown sugar, then add carmelized buble gum. starts with a burst of tongue tingling dark sugar which quickley turns to a dry peppery spiciness. warming after taste that lingers nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with a large foamy beige head. The aroma is candied fruit, caramel, molasses and a light yeasty undertone. The flavor was nutty and malty with notes of caramel, candied fruit, a touch of molasses and a hint of spice. Faint alcohol shows through. The finish was long and the beer was fairly full bodied. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
(cask at draught house) pours deep brownish ruby. Nose of light citrus hops, dark bread. Taste of grass, spices, odd vegetable taste, coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bomber from the Orland Park, IL, Binnyís: It pours a clear reddish brown body with a beige head that soon reduces to a ring. The aroma is spicey and yeasty, has some dark berries, caramel, floral scents, and alcohol. The flavor has all that as well has charred raisins, a floral/earthy bitterness, burnt toast, and more alcohol. The finish is dry and warming. Pretty nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garfunkalow (1) - USA - JAN 30, 2010 does not count
a little darker in color than anticipated. it is smooth with little harsh alcohol burn. quite enjoyable.


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