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RATINGS: 429   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Dark brown color with plum highlights. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, grass, and belgian spices. Flavor is smooth and sweet with with some spice. Really nice to drink, great carbonation and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 15, 2009
This bottled brew from Patrick767 at a rating party poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was dark malt and mild vinous. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish mild vinous hop aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous and dark malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider having again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
In short: A robust dark kind-of-Belgian ale. Very sweet, very fruity, very hoppy (tobacco)
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 6 months after purchase.
The look: Clear dark ruby-mahogany body topped by a persistent small dark beige head
In long: Nose of a baked dark fruits dessert. This is a sweet beer with a sticky body. Main flavours are burnt toffee, raisins, cookies, brown sugar, plums, roasted wood. The initial flavour is really like a baked sweet dark fruit dessert. Then comes a truckload of hops that are far from the dry grassy noble hops of the refreshing fruity American hops. I would describe the hops flavour as tobacco leaves. Slight black pepper sensation. I was a big disappointed by this beer since a beer from a renown brewery with “Grand Cru” on the label usually means a higher quality product. My initial enthusiasm was soon let down, like the evening news where they begin with “Good evening” and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2950) - 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 (1951) - 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 (3207) - 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 (14386) - 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 (5370) - 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 (4854) - 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 (2609) - 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.


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