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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2295) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Not getting much Belgian notes from this but it is an off-kilter brown and I appreciate any brewery giving this forgotten style a go. Has some slight spice notes and warms a little more than the average but still could use a flavor boost.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours hazy, hazelnut brown with a big, light tan head that leaves good lace. Smells yeasty and spicy with some slightly sweet malts as well. Tastes yeasty and malty and spicy. Sweet overall with some yam and cinnamon and clove. Pretty good. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pours with a lightly hazed brown body and a lasting tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, hazelnut, apple, belgian esters, and a bit dusty. Flavors of belgian spicy esters, caramel, nuts and candied apple. On the sweet side of things. Medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark cherry brown with just a dusting of slightly off-white foam. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasty almonds (or some other bitter nut). Flavor is pretty typical of brown ale: solid, dark, a touch of resin and herbs in the flavor, to go with smokey wood, earth, and maybe even leather. All of these are light and neatly intermingled here, and make this a really pleasant, if not overly memorable beer, to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz bottle from Marine Mart@MCAS Miramar: Reddish brown color with a frothy tan head. Aroma is kinda nutty. Flavor is sweet and malty, lightly buttery with hazel nuts, faint cocoa and a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body is creamy with soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1299) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of riversideak. Dark brown color with a soft red hue. The head is fluffy but fading away quickly. For a brown ale this is looking pretty good. Slight nuttiness with touches of roast and a VERY light smoke. This doesn’t last long seeing it is overshadowed by the subtle dark fruit aroma. Some raisin and grape, with a touch of Belgian yeast. Dig deep with the nostrils because it is not extremely pungent. Well-balanced and nuanced, just not much is popping out at me. Light body, with a weird nut flavor that has some grape and raisin backing to it. For a brown ale there are some nice twists to this style, but overall it just isn’t wowing me whatsoever. I don’t ever expect brown ales to be thick, but you could use a bit more malts and plump this sucker up.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Fantastic beer. Caramel toast sweet and spicy. You have got to try this one. Not overly Belgium. Nice light and super balanced. Flavors blend well and great finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Carlsbad. Light buttery sweetness. Amber color. Creamy head. Easy to drink. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap. Strong bready notes along with toasted malt and dried fruit in the aroma. Body is medium-thick, a bit oily. Flavor suggests grilled toast, smoke, and meatymalts. A touch of hop bitterness on the finish cuts the sweetness. Not bad, but underwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Tap @ the brewpub. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma and flavor of belgian yeast, caramel, vanilla, sugar, and dark fruit. Actually a well done beer. I think the image might beer wrong for this beer though.


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