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Karl Strauss Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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A Belgium-style ale brewed with the changing seasons in mind. Firm toasty and sweet coffee-like malt flavors are underpinned by a subtle vanilla oakiness. Peppery spice adds character to this beer’s slightly dry and warming finish. 35 SRM 24 IBU 15.5 Plato


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Draft at the tasting room. Pours amber brown with an off white head. Dark fruity yeasty esters, lighter spices, and some toasty and chocolate malty notes. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1808) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Appearance: fine brown color with excellent clarity and a semi-durable beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma: fruity with plenty of dried plums and alcohol infused raisins. Flavor: Lacks complexity. Bitter/sweet balance favoring the sweet side. Feel: medium-light body wih light carbonation. O: OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3645) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Brown with a minimal wispy head. Toffee sweetness in the nose and taste, not too sure where the ’Belgian-Style’ comes in but it was certainly sweet and sticky, some nutty flavours began to arrive as it warmed a little. Decent but too sweet for me, even though I have a sweet tooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - MAY 16, 2014
Pours brown. Aroma is almost nutty malts. Taste is malts and some coffee hints.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10311) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Clear deep amber/mahogany beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty chocolate aroma, yeasty notes, caramel, dark bread, grassy, hay, figs, some cocoa. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, grassy, grapes, citrus, cocoa, some dark bread. Decent beer but not very Belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1839) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 23, 2014 - on tap at Karl Strauss Universal. Clear brown pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was yeast, spice, caramel and mild coffee. Taste was sweet with some pepper and finish was mild coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (378) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
On tap served in a stemmed tulip. Although subdued, the aromas that come through are mainly caramel, roasted nuts, and some berries. The beer pours a clear red brown color with a thin, off-white head that doesn’t leave any lacing. It’s a nice blend of medium sweetness and medium-light bitter tastes. Roasted nuts and caramel mainly dominate the palate, although some coffee notes seem to be present. It’s a medium bodied, slick beer with a fizzy carbonation. It finishes with a grassy and resin quality to it accompanied by a mild pepper and vanilla touch, and maybe some wood character too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (270) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Sweet nutty aroma. Pours clear and a very nice red/ruby color. Nice sweet flavor with a long fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at the Karl Strauss beer cart in Disneyland Adventure Park. Nose is nuts, light dark fruits, and a hint of roast. Clear cherry brown with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet and spicy with lots of nuts. Pretty nice to find a tasty ale at Disney.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pours brown with medium tan head. Aromas of nutty caramel, spice, dark fruits, plum, and typical begin phenols. Taste is much of the same with a lingering phenolic bite. Finish is sweet.


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