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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
We’re dipping our toes into the waters of Belgium with Bones & All. Our first foray into the style in quite awhile, we are quite excited to offer you this 5.4% ABV Belgian Brown Ale. Brewer Michael Carroll, our expert on all things Belgian style, gave the beer a glowing endorsement, calling it “pretty darn good”. Brewer Matt Young echoes this sentiment, calling Bones & All “well-balanced” and “very good”. So there you go. Two positive reviews from two dudes who know their beers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Tap, pours light brown with medium foam head. Aroma is nuts and sugar. Taste is very roasted with lingering hop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Standard dark Belgian ale here. Dark malt flavors, dark fruits, but a lot of yeast spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
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.

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