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RATINGS: 428   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
Golden-brown colour. Dark fruits and olives on the nose with raisins, dark sugars and bubblegum. Thick, sweet sugar taste with light raisin and fruit. Typical oversweet American Belgian attempt..I will never like this type of unbalanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11317) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a foamy dissipating tan head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops. Taste is sweet dark malt-anise/molasses/chocolate, dark fruit, pumpernickel, earthy/acidic hops bitterness that’s a bit raw, yeasty. I’ll rate this based on cooler serving temp, which was better than when it was at cellar temp. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Grand Cru
Date: December 25, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head
Aroma: rich chocolate malt aroma, lots of fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness, light spicy phoenolics
Flavor: rich malt flavor, dry dark chocolate, spicy phoenolics mixes with an earthy character to produce a dry bitterness, just a hint of caramel sweetness, rich chocolate with dry spicyness just does not meld as well as hoped
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Very dark ruby amber color with a decent light tan head. Aromas of roast malt, darkish fruits, and spicey hops. Full bodied with creamy frothy carbonation. Flavors of roast malt, darker fruits, banana?, spice, yeast, and something really different - overall it finishes astringent. No heat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Dark amber/mahogany pour with an off-white head. Nose of sweet sugar and dark fruits with a lot of caramel, toffee, and raisin. Some alcohol, a bit of spice, and mild chocolate. Tastes a bit hot, but great sugar and fruit flavors. Raisin, figs, and dates along with brown sugar and caramel. Some slight spice, mild roast, and a hint of chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10465) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Awesome, awesome beer. Pours a dark brown with almost purple highlights. A dense, beige head. Nose heavy on raisins and toffee, along with malty undertones. Flavor is super rich and sweet. More dark fruits. Some smoke and coffee in the latter stages of the flavor. Nice funky yeast hints as well, especially in the tail. Sweet and syrupy finish. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured clear brown color with medium frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was complex roasted sweet malty and citrus. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet dark flavor with medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10201) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, coffee, malt, hop. Flavour is fruit, coffee, malt, hop, caramel, yeast. Nice beer.


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