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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6781) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a vanilla aroma. There is a rich coffee and dark fruit flavor with a peppery vanilla finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2011
Bouteille partagée avec Markwise. cuivre, beige. Arôme malt, légèrement grillée avec du caramel, fin nez de brassin et de grains. Au palais, note de cara malt avec note grillé, blé et orge, un petit fini de levure donnant à cette bière une approche belge ainsi que des fruits un peu tropicaux venant peut-être de la levure.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours caramel brown with an off-white head. Nose is tobacco, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and maple. Flavor is similar with brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Light-bodied and very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
This is a Belgian Style Ale? Could have fooled me. This brown has some roasty notes, finishing clean. I’m not a big fan of KS’ beer, but its not like this beer is offensive - it’s just a standard brown

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1472) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 1, 2011
Draft @ Karl Strauss Brewery in downtown San Diego. Nice bready, malty and sweet. Food Pairing: Rollo Loco.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12oz bottle. clear darker brown with a small off-white head and some lingering foam that leaves a solid ring. Lots of vanilla and almond in the aroma, brown sugar and dates as well. Some dried fruit and almond in the flavor. Medium-light sweetness and low bitterness. Alcohol isn’t really felt, but adds nicely to the body. Soft carbonation. Finishes with slight toasty malt and hop bitterness, but never gets much past mild. Nice enough stuff with some nice aromas going on.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetmaxx (752) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Poured into 12oz. Karl Strauss pub glass. Color is nice Brown, head is tan and some what creamy helping the vanilla flavour come through. Flavour is toasted and malty, with hints of coriander spice. Aroma also hints at the coriander spices. Overall a pleasant Brown ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5040) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured at the speed blogging - Beer bloggers conference
This was a Belgian beer with very little Belgian yeast in the aroma and flavor. A very tasty beer but as for style this misses the chart. Good malts and a nice finish it was like a brown ale to me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Draft. Pours a slightly hazy brown, with off-white head. Malt, caramel, sweetness, and light nut flavors. This is rather cheap tasting, not that good, but what do you expect from Karl Strauss.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - 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.


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