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RATINGS: 416   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2009
22 oz bottle
This bottle has been hiding on the back of a shelf for a few months now. Running across it one night I decided to give it a try. After all if it is good I can get more; if not I know to move on to the next item in the store. As it turns out I may buy more of this if the price is right or I am looking for something out of the ordinary for someone who has a routine. It is a decent Belgian strong ale but I have bad better.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep brown body is so dark as to be almost black. A creamy faintly white head crowns the top. Cinnamon, chocolate, dark cherries, and a slightly cloying sweetness form an acceptable combination.

Flavor / Palate - Pepper, cherry, and vanilla create an unusual blend that I was not expecting at all. Carbonation takes over the finish and slightly overwhelms the malt. Warming after a few sips the mouthfeel is thick but not suffocating. Take away the tinge of ethanol and this would be a winner.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1878) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 11, 2009
bottle poured a medium brown in color with a thin off white head. aroma has light spice, dark fruit, sweet malt, and a nice yeast snap. mouth feel is medium but coats well. flavor has more dark fruit than expected, plumb, very mild spices, nice yeast, and medium sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Aroma- spices and dark fruit. Taste- herbal spiciness, black licorice, plums, and a surprising hop presence. A nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
Blind tasting at Papsø’s
Cloudy brown color; small head. Caramel aroma, it reminds me a Doppelbock, with a hint more of hops. Good body; it has a strong caramel flavor, some yeast, quite stong alcohol feeling. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4525) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is malty with spices and yeast. The flavor is malty, moderately spiced, yeasty, hints of bubble gum, and a solid dose of fruits like raisins. Medium bodied. This isn’t a bad beer, I think I was just expecting more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle sample at the Green Flash/New Holland tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7.23.09. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with Belgian yeast, fruit and lots of chocolate. Subtle banana and clove flavor up front with some chocolate malt and booze before a chocolate finish. Pretty good, but a bit too sugary to be great.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beight head. Aroma was quite yeasty with dark fruit caramel and notes of raisins. Flavor was caramel malts, dark fruit, molasses, toasted grains and some light spices with a medium body and has a dry sticky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hangover (1028) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Very dark brown pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolately with some roasty notes as well as vanilla. Full bodied, high carbonation. Mouthfeel is almost chewy and this one has a heavy roast flavor. Lots of dried fruit, plum, raisin towards the middle. Finish reveals some belgian phenols, banana, light citrus. Pretty interesting brew. Alcohol is evident. Definitely a sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap at the 2009 Stone Sour Fest. Very nice Belgian ale. Roasted malts, some sour but faint. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Tap at City Beer in SF. Dark brown - almost a little purplish or maybe it’s just the lighting - with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, hops, and a little yeast. Flavor is dark fruits (esp. cherry), sweet malt, candi sugar, slight roast, and more hops than I expected. Smooth and fairly full on the palate. Good but not great.


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