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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2168) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Poured with a very thin, slightly tan head. Deep dark brown color that comes close to black. Sweet dark fruit aroma...plum...red grapes and a touch of roasted/smokey malts. Plumy sweetness that gives way to a bittersweet chocolate finish. Fantastic...with just enough warming alcohol hints. Thinner MF, with nice snappy carbonation . Very much within my expectations. Really very warming. Definitely an easily enjoyable sample with the flavors and richness of taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle pour to tulip glass gives cola colored somewhat thick with two finger tan head. Aroma OK with dark fruits. Taste dark fruits and malts with a somewhat bitter finish. Itís OK but would not buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bomber from Total Wine in Tustin ($7.49). Pours an extremely dark garnet color that might also be called brown. The generous beige head has good retention. Aroma is yeast, spice, biscuity malts, and dark fruit. Tastes is mildly sweet with significant roasted malt characteristics (hints of rich smooth dark chocolate and coffee in the finish) as well as dark fruit flavors and light spice. Good carbonation with not much alcohol detected. Altogether a solid effort from these local guys. (189, 269)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Awesome, awesome beer. Pours a dark brown with almost purple highlights. A dense, beige head. Nose heavy on raisins and toffee, along with malty undertones. Flavor is super rich and sweet. More dark fruits. Some smoke and coffee in the latter stages of the flavor. Nice funky yeast hints as well, especially in the tail. Sweet and syrupy finish. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Pours dark brown with red highlights and a small-moderate beige head that lasts a while. Aroma of cherry, strawberries, pears, caramel, brown sugar, white wine, and bread. Flavor of raisins, strawberries, caramel, brown sugar, leafy hops, and sourdough toast. Malty without being sugary. Finishes with a leafy lingering hop presence with plenty of earth, toast, and spice. Medium-heavy bodied, oily in mouthfeel with highish carbonation and moderate alcohol heat. Pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7631) - San Diego, California, 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 (1792) - 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 (2773) - 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 (1315) - 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 (8305) - 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.


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