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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle from Wholefoods. Nice medium brown with a fizzy off white head. Bread, grain, molasses, and Belgian yeast aroma and taste with a hint of brown sugar and a malty finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/25/2008 Total Score: 3.5
On tap at Hamilton dark brown with a fizzy head. Sweet but earthy ashy aroma and taste with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (5193) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Brown with a minimal wispy head. Toffee sweetness in the nose and taste, not too sure where the ’Belgian-Style’ comes in but it was certainly sweet and sticky, some nutty flavours began to arrive as it warmed a little. Decent but too sweet for me, even though I have a sweet tooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5169) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5080) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4898) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (4541) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Anaheim. Good solid brown ale with a deep copper colour and aromas of caramel and vanilla. Smooth it the mouth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4002) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at the Karl Strauss beer cart in Disneyland Adventure Park. Nose is nuts, light dark fruits, and a hint of roast. Clear cherry brown with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet and spicy with lots of nuts. Pretty nice to find a tasty ale at Disney.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3605) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Surprised to see this categorized as a brown ale rather than as a Belgian ale... Anyway, this brew hit the spot. Thinnish brown-amber appearance--translucent body, with a slice of head. Spicy root beer aroma and flavor that showcases the melding of brown malt and clovey Belgian character. Full-bodied, evincing a pleasing complexity.Spicy Belgian yeast, caramel and brown malts, all playing in sweet harmonic balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3571) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2 feb 2012, bottle. Med nut brown, clear, some steady bubbles. Breast malt, overly toasted granola, coco beans. Med/full body and a tad fizzy. Peppery yellow raisins and powdery oval time matinees with some faint yeasty notes. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (3536) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Unibroue m’a élevé avec ce genre d’arôme et je suis rarement dans cet état d’esprit maintenant mais celle-là me plait. Le Brown malt explose et les épices, même si elles sont bien présentes, ne choquent jamais.

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