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RATINGS: 450   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 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. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle Pours a gorgous brown with a good off white head. The head is creamy and mostly lasting. It also provides good lacing. Has a good sweet aroma of fruits, caramel, and sugar. Has a good carbination. Has some real good flavors. This reminds me of a Belgain from Belgium. Has a good blending. A solid finish with a good aftertaste. Has a watery to dry texture. A tiny little alcohol burn. A good drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2009
Mostly headless oily brown, with the slosh of viscosity. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, but not much else. Taste is dark and grainy with cola notes, and vanilla and tootsie roll in the finish. $8.45/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5239) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. deep chocolate brown with a cream head. nose is yeast, dark fruits and not much else. surprisingly thick with a yeasty flavor paired with nuts and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours a dark brown color, with a medium light brown head. Smells of rich caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits. The flavor is fairly similar, had a good dosage of the dark fruits along with the heavy malt and toffee characters as well. alcohol was definitely noticeable throughout. finished slightly sticky sweet onthe palate. Decent little brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
bottle, dark cola color, no head, prune and pepsi aroma, flavor is dominated by caramel and brown sugar, medium finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
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....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle. Coffee grounds, grass, light creamed coffee, malt balls, yeasty, nutty, maybe some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
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.

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