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RATINGS: 80   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10805) - 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 (9221) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - 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.


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