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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bomber poured into an English pint. This beer pours hazelnut brown with a large persistent head. The aroma is slightly sour, acidic and very reminiscent of Belgian yeast. The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of nicely roasted grains and nuts in the finish. This is a multifaceted beer that changes dramatically over the course of the swallow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Sampled from bottle. Nose of dark chocolate, soft fruit, and earthiness. Flavor fronts dried fruit and dark chocolate early on, followed by earthiness, and more fig-like fruit. Finishes dry and slightly spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours dark amber with a light tan head. It has an aroma thatís full of dark fruit. The flavor is a sweet, dark fruit accented malt. Some good balancing hops comes through in the somewhat dry finish of this full bodied brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2009
A lasting light brown foam remains atop the cola dark brown pour. Aromatic beer boasting a proud lineup of hops with their flowery hints that deepen the otherwise Belgianesque/weizenesque yeasty (banana cake, pudding, phenols) and fruity (very strong plum notes) foundations. In mouth, a strong liquorice aspect stays to the forefront while subtler bubblegum and various fruits never manage to overtake the beefy biscuity/toasty maltiness. Very sweet, thick-bodied, but the considerable hop bitterness manages to keep the wheels on track as far as Iím concerned. To me, this is a rather unique beer in the mold of what Lagunitas aims at: chaotic strong beers, more or less balanced, but in the case of this Green Flash example, I fell under its viril charms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured dark brown/ruby with a beige head that laces. aorma of dark roasts, dark fruits, and chocolate. flavor of spice, dark fruit, and alcohol. medium body with medium-high carbonation. thanks for bringing this one back bob.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
(22oz bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy via blutt59) Pours a mahogany bottle with a small beige head. Aroma of mustiness, dates, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of dates, raisins, caramel, yeast, and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours a dark brown with off white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast. Taste the same, with some grass. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle shared at Butterís Big Cellar Blowout. Clear mahogany pour with ring of white head and garnet highlights. Nose of raisin, plum, figs. Sweet malty body, with soy, brown sugar, caramel, and a coffee, bitterness. Pretty good, but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle at Butters Big Cellar Blowout. Pours a tan head with a dark brown body and some legs. Smells of brown sugar and toast. Tastes much the same. Little bitter and charcoal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2009
THOUGHTS: Rather Belgian, but with a slight twist. Itís basically a little bit stronger version of a dubbel with some west coast hops. Hid the alcohol well. There was more aroma and flavor the warmer it got. I think the hops kind of detracted from what would be a really nice dubbel. The hops in the aroma were nice, but not so much in the flavor. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brown that was red in the light with a small, light tan head that mostly diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel malt, light chocolate, light citrus hops, light spicy and fruity yeast, flowers and a little tropical fruit. The initial flavor was sweet and bitter; while the finish was sweet, bitter and slightly acidic with a long duration. There was caramel, maple syrup, slight chocolate, a little roasted malt, Fruits, a little brown sugar, yeast, a little pepper and then some citrus hops. The medium to full body was slightly syrupy then all dry with fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish, that also becomes metallic once the yeast was poured in the glass.

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