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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


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (2950) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
From the tap poured brown with a fair amount of head. Nice spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Nice thick cream head atop a nice dark stained wood body. Nose is musty, nutty, and toffee like and coats the nostrils well. Flavors spread upon a somewhat thin and grainy body with belgian yeast esters coming to the forefront. The finish is slightly nutty with an american brown ale-like crispness, but the flavors are predominately yeasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
draft in la jolla. sweet, malty, nice foamy head. not a bad beer. would have liked to visit the brewery. some vanilla. bread.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap @ Torreyana Grille, La Jolla. This was excellent. Nice malty body, yet light and refreshing. Sweet, with a little spice. When Karl Strauss wants to, they can make beers as good as any of the top breweries in San Diego.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2157) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Draft at CityWalk in Universal City. This was superb. I’d call this one a dubbel. Clear reddish brown. Heavy lacing. Heavy, pungent brown sugar aroma and malty notes, also dried dark fruit. Palate has the plums, heavy candy sweetness, along with a tartness and a grainy backend. A bit spicy and peppery. Fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Draft at the La Jolla brewpub. Poured a deep dark brown with a thin white head. Nose was heavy bread and yeast. Flavors of Belgium yeast, and burn popcorn with some roasted malt. Full bodied. Decent brew, probably better if I was more into Belgiums.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
(11/2/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in downtown San Diego. Clear brown color. Aroma of malt, some nuts, light roastiness, faint coffee notes and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor with some roastiness and coffee notes, dark fruit notes, a bit of spiciness and a rather dry finish. Medium-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at La Jolla location. Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma is lightly nutty and cocoaish along with a soft pruny/plummy fruitiness. A nice dark toasted malt along with some soft clove and coriander. A touch of licorice and allspice also. Chewy and sweet but not too sweet. Soft and fruity and very well-balanced. These are some of the better Belgian-style brewpub beers that I’ve even had... I know that Strauss is typically a German brewer, but these last few beers have been quite excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap at the Karl Strauss Brew Pub located in La Jolla, CA. I stopped by here while the wife took the kids to Starbucks... Poured a darker brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, woody, vanilla, and somewhat earthy. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, lighter woodiness, and caramel.


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