Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not knowing the style when I pour, it looks like a brown ale with a tiny head. Closer nasal inspection reveals a light, spicy Belgian aroma. Wait, its not an abbey dubbel maybe just a Belgian Strong. Similar in flavor to 3 of the othe GB beers today though. Definately an alcohol burn with a toffee and chocloate flavor. Lasting, long finish.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, small head. Aroma of roasted nuts, coffee, toasted grains, and nice hop notes. Flavor is a good balance of roasted malts, coffee, fruit, hops, light cocoa.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: A dark Belgian hybrid ale that pays tribute to both the big abbey quad ales along with a nod toward the hoppier Belgians like Duvel. The beer has a deep coppery near purplish hue with some amber highlights topped by a fading fizzy off-white head. The aroma screaming of dark fruits (plum, dates, raisins), Special B roast and honey along with a slight yeast produced spicy aromatic, floral phenols and a touch of good old American alpha hops. The taste is yeast and malt driven with dark fruits and molasses background. Earthy and Abbey like but the fruit addition kick it up a level along with the shot of resiny bitterness. Faint chocolate covered raisins and pepper found more toward the finish. Smart carbonation, just enough to keep it moving on the palate yet kept an oily lush overtone. This is very good, so much so I took home a growler which I could not stop drinking into the wee hours. Yeah for beer!
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
retribution. Belgian hybrid. 8.7. reddish brown. dark orange. small head. sweet nose fully of candied sugars spices. flavor of heavy sugar, toasted grain, and light earth. caremilzrd sugar in the finish. 636313