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RATINGS: 792   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1503) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Draft. Spicy, sour, yeasty and sweet all on the same palate. The malts, which are nice, cinnamon toasty malts, fade right into the landscape against the bright floral yeast, sour fruit and effervescent feel. A special beer, if not a great one, to gently persuade a belgian-style ale to take on such unusual notes.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2015
750ml bottle into tulip. Traverse city. Pours opaque amber brown in color. Nice white head with lacing. Aroma is lactic, earthy cellar notes, oaky, and grains. Taste is sour, but not too strong. Maybe a little under done if anything. Some underlying sweetness as well. Body is light-medium. Smooth texture. Shorter finish. Nice beer but not super complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Mix of burnt caramel and sour fruit. Hints of cinnamon underneath, finishing with a funky barnyard note from the brett. Nicely done.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (3539) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2015
Fra flaske på sesongens siste M2, Cardinal juni-15: uklar oransje ravfarge med tett skum. Smaken er tydeligere enn aromaen, appelsinfruktig og lett medisinal med brett. Balansert og passe besk. Finner ikke spor av kakao eller kanel. Takk til Sigmund for at han hadde gjort plass til ønskerepriser!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1788) - NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 15.06.15. Slightly hazy orange. Dense beige head and lacing. Fine aroma of saison, pumpkin and fine fruits. Similar taste, with refreshing sourness and a hint of lambic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tandembrauer (593) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy amber with small off-white head. Aroma of horse stable, fruits, alcohol, medicine. Taste fruity with brettanomyces bitterness and slightly sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer fest. deep amber orange with small head. very complex with sour and spice. not as sour as some jp beers. very good.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (1367) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 21, 2015
Draught @ Albion. Slightly cloudy amber colored beer with small creamy beige head, acidic aroma, sour taste ending with bitter cinnamon aftertaste, medium finish. Though the relative obscurity of the spices, still an interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (6413) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 1, 2015
Shared bottle with RBBC at local tasting in Bergen. Pours murky orange, small creamy white head. Aroma of wood, cinnamon, red apples, oranges and farmhouse. Taste is fresh, crisp acidic sour, spicy malts and wood, high carbonated, dry hoppy finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bodega95 (85) - - MAR 30, 2015
So far one of my favorites sours, the Belgian strong brown ale comes out nicely. Very earthy with the right mount of sourness and acidity

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Hazy chestnut pour with a tall, chunky beige head. Aroma is bretty funk, green mulberries, tart stone fruit, chocolate, sweet cinnamon and dries, sweet orange. Flavor is bretty funk up front, some roasted nutty notes, caramel, green woody notes, tart stone fruit, mineral notes, nice toast and tart citrus notes, as much like lime as they are like orange peel. Lightish body, surprisingly creamy entry, medium, to heavy and blanketing carbonation and a creamy finish with a decent acidic bite. Really tasty stuff, it’s really surprising how well everything comes together in the one.


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