rlgk (13159) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brokensail (12766) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Brown pour with a slight haze and khaki head. Aroma is toasted malt, peppery spices, and sweet banana and fruit esters. A touch of nuts and chocolate as well. Flavor has a nice sweetness and minimal bitterness. Some spices, chocolate, nuts, and toast. Good banana, caramel, and bread. Pretty decent beer.
bhensonb (12303) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours amber with a foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of roast malt and yeast/spice. Some veg or fruit. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is roast malt, fruit and some spice. Bit different. Pretty much Belgian. Good drink.
Tmoney99 (11804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (10690) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery, 4S Ranch. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, earthy and woody hops, dates and figs with brown sugar notes. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruits, vanilla and nutmeg with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, caramel, toast, hints of slight nutty notes into a bit of grass, earth, and grain. Taste is a mix of red fruit, caramel, toast, spicy yeast, some grass into a bit of earth, finishing slightly sweet, dry.