SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark brown with beige head. Aroma of some funk/farmhouse, some berries, malt. Flavor of some toasted grains, farmhouse, faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with low carbonation. Overall, not bad, a strong one....
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Coffee grounds, grass, light creamed coffee, malt balls, yeasty, nutty, maybe some caramel.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you funkybrewster. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy dense off-white head. Aroma is quite yeasty, light fruit, berries, lots of malt, similar to an abbey dubbel 7.5. Flavor follows, abbey dubbel style, fairly dry, smooth and chalky, nuts and berries, dark near burnt sugars but not overwhelming, yeasty with a long malty finish, not particularly sweet for the style. Quick finish with a yeasty malty bitter fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied with chunky fluffy carbonation, dry feeling, slightly chalky.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, very dark garnet color with an average, dark beige, fizzy, frothy head which leaves a very small, frothy layer and minimal, tight lace. Nose is pleasant and fruity; notes of fig, plum, burnt caramel, light anise, faint earthy notes, a mild warmth, and the yeast is lightly estery. Flavor is similar but lacks the incredible malt depth of the better examples of BSA’s; notes of plum, burnt caramel, brown sugar, light clove, light anise, faint estery yeast, and a mild, earthy bitterness. Palate is medium to full, lively, syrupy, and mildly warm. Finishes somewhat short for a BSA and not that sweet; notes of earth, burnt caramel, even a slight roast note. Kind of a curious BSA with some nice, rich, fruity malts but the palate is fair, the appearance is only adequate, and the malts are not overly complex. The earthy bitterness is a nice change of pace, but it did not have the malt backbone to support it. Good, but not great.
drfabulous (3567) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought at Bruisin Ales. Malty. Carbonation. Raisins. Grapes. Plumbs. Sweet. Banana lingers for a bit after you taste. Good take on a Belgian ale.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown with good size pillowy head and okay lacing. Aroma was lots of grapes and other dark fruits/plums and yeast. Flavor was much the same, some chocolate in there as well as some roastedness. Good brew,
ToddA (21) - California, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice elegant drinking dark strong Belgian Ale. Yeast driven phenols are sublime very nice effort...
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Strong peppery, spicy, nutmeg, and raisin flavored. Nice, but not great.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with thick tan head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, and yeast. Taste of caramel malt, cloves, and dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Spices a little overpowering. OK but disappointing.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep dark brown pour that started with a nice fluffy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit, raisin, fig and overly ripe banannas. It seems pretty hot with noticeable alcohol. A good beer but not my favorite from this very awesome brewery.