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RATINGS: 436   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.


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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5855) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma is very sweet with dark fruit. The flavor is Belgian yeast and cand-dugar with some dark fruit mixed in. The alcohol is present and is warming. A pretty basic Belgian-inspired beer, but nothing special. Still, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed if they try it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2010
22oz bottle. Small tan head that mostly dissipates, atop clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, some raisin, alcohol, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, anise, some alcohol warming, bittersweet chocolate. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
translucent deep tan pour with bare film head and low carb. aroma is lightly boozy, rocky yeast and well developed caramel. flavor is nearly cloying malt flavor that lingers, lightly spicy and some prune. yeast provides some counterpoint to gigantic caramel but not quite enough.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3518) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Very dark brown pour with little head. Aroma of yeast and dark sugars. Raisins, a bit of bread. Flavor has a nice yeast flavor, but a bit of cocoa, roast, and some burnt wood. Figs, plums, raisins, etc. Its pretty good, I guess. It’s only vaguely belgian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6201) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle. Darker pour with foamy white head. Notes of dried fruits, complex maltiness, belgian yeastiness. Some booziness. Rich malt flavor with raisins, grapes, & mild spice. Decent complexity, pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4133) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours very dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma has lots of bready dark malt, dark caramel, chocolate and only a light bit of Belgian yeast. Medium rich body with lively moderately sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with some earthy Belgian yeastiness, roasted malt, light cream and some char. The finish loses the Belgian aspects and is char heavy with some woodiness that is either from hops and / or oxidation. Okay beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
Aroma of burnt fruit, raisins, malt. Pour opaque brown with thick head. Sweet fruit, vanilla, yeastiness. Some hops in there as well. Thick mouthfeel with slight warming alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head which quickly recedes to a film. Aroma is of raisins, figs, brown sugar, and honey. Flavor has a nice malty, ashy bite right from the start, then comes slight alcohol, nice hop counterpoint, and finishes burnt and leathery. Average mouthfeel. Nice authentic Belgian Strong here for a SoCal brewery. Overall, very good to excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Draft at Obriens. Dark ruby to brown hue with light swath of tan bubbles. Nose is dark fruits, molasses, sweet malts, and a touch of oak. Flavor is classic dark Belgian, with big raisins, figs, brown sugar, and hints of Candi sugar, slight grassy-earthy hops play in the carbonation, hints of vinous grapes, oak, vanilla, cocoa and coffee in the sweet finish. Full-body, thick texture, lively carbonation. Thick, complex dark Belgian strong ale with tons of flavor amped by the wine barrel aging, alcohol strength is on the radar but not overwhelming.


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