DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Half Acre. I found this in my notes visiting there in March; ooops. Puffy, ecru single finger-width of foam. Smell is lightly sweet. Just a basic Belgian beer taste, with a little more "meat" to it than a Belgian pale ale. But even for a sample, it yields some layers, leading to a note of stout roast and yeast bite.
mikem409 (1976) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, pours light brown with medium foam head. Aroma is nuts and sugar. Taste is very roasted with lingering hop
crossovert (11117) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Standard dark Belgian ale here. Dark malt flavors, dark fruits, but a lot of yeast spice.
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 ounce taster from the tap at the HA tap room. Aroma was difficult to track down and I eventually I settled on blandly thinking of it as sweet and yeasty. It didn’t smell bad, rather, it didn’t put off much of an aroma. Appearance was brown, fizzy, some dissipating foam on top. Taste was sweet, molasses, sorta earthy and lightly hopped. Bitter at the end. Palate was light-side-of-medium and bubbly. Overall, it’s a fine beer but not the one I run to buy at Half Acre.
TheAlum (6926) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep brownish hue, gentle glowing orange amber bottom and edges show some great color. Darker hazy middle with a frothy tannish head, dies to a thicker ring and laces ok. Aromas are gentle cocoa and toffee, toast and biscuits. Gentle Belgian yeast, touch of dryness, earth. Gentle spiciness grows as it warms with a touch of clove. Initial is medium bodied, gentle yeastiness and clove, touches of spice, gentle dry earthy hops. Some carmelization, toffee, and biscuits. A mellow sweetness, touch of apple. Middle is a touch more sticky and girthy. Gentle biscuits, toffee, carmelization. Touch of spice, yeast, toffee. Mellow dryness and spice stays into that backend. A bit sticky, apple and caramel. A bit sticky, spicy. Ok. Kinda messy for me.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the source... Pours a semi-transparent toffee brown hue and topped with a creamy light beige head... Aroma of a nutty malt bill upfront with Belgian yeast phenolics coming more into play later and through the finish ... Flavors Belgian yeast profile with the banana and clove hitting first with a sweeter nutty malt bill quick to follow. Belgian yeast interferes with the brown ale qualities. Medium bodied with a shy earthiness on the backend. Carbonation is adequate and fits it well.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Tap Room. Not sure why this beer was made, but whatever. Pours a deep brown with a tannish head. Nose is odd, Belgian peppery spice, light cocoa, no hops noted. On tasting, more like a scottish ale with Belgian yeast than anything. Dry and odd, faint cocoa and caramel. Minimal hopping, moderate bitterness.