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RATINGS: 83   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (932) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Bully’s East in San Diego, Calif. Color was mahogany, reddish brown. Maybe an inch of head. Circular lacing on the top. Good amount of film on the sides. Smelled of roasty malts. Also some caramel malts in there as well. Hints of citrus in there, too. Tasted cloves up front, followed by caramel, roasty malts. Banana and chocolate in there as well. Very smooth. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. I liked this beer a lot. This could’ve been a few spots higher or lower with the ratings, but I ended up with this rating. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Big roast and light yeast aroma. Roast and light spice flavor with light yeast and light esters. Medium bodied. Roast and light yeast lingers with light esters and light caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cballatore (15) - Phoenix, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours semi-clear and cola-like with a minimal head and carbonation. Feels light in body but full in flavor. I taste coffee and spices coming together smoothly in a thin to average texture. It finished crisp and short. Pretty tasty (above average) but not worth seeking out.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DConn007 (22) - - FEB 24, 2011
Pours a dark cherry chocolate color with a thick head. Light and very subtle coffee aroma. Initial fruit on the front with a strong malty finish. Also, a faint hint of an oak arrives after the original settlement.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Rating #49. Very dark amber/red pour, almost ruby with a tan head, really a nice looking brew. Sweet malty aroma, spice (sweet) yeasty belgian thing going on as well. Sweet flavor, a little grape action going on here, light toast. Pretty good. (1486).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
THANKS to Ibrew2or3-Tampa Weekly Gathering @OTH-12oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with trailing lace and dark amber color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/toffee, spice/pine hops, dusty. Taste is medium malt-chocolate/roasty/toffee, spice/pine hops, dusty, clove. Towards medium body. Good, drinkable beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2011
12oz bottle pours clear copper with off white head. The aroma is roasty malts, spicy yeast, cloves, coriander, a touch dusty and more yeast. The taste offers up various malts and spiciness with roasted malts, a sliver or two of caramel, cloves, allspice, coriander and yeastiness. Wow. The spices, roasted malts and sense of caramel all go very well together here and it finishes up with a mild note of red apple. Tasty stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Draft sample. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweety malt and small yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle… Clear, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Great retention. The bouquet is of chocolate malt, banana and dark fruit esters overlying a modest clove phenol. Full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor awards milk chocolate and dried dark fruits – complex. Lengthy, mashy, bittersweet, dark fruit finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12 ounce bottle pours darkish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is roasty with fresh wheat bread maltiness and some mild banana pith. Flavor is slightly sour with a medicinal artificial grape tinge atop a standard brown-malts-fermented-by-belgian-yeast-strain base. A little nuttiness too. Tastes almost exactly like New Belgium 1554, except with more body. Marginally better than the inexplicably overrated 1554.


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