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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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


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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2372) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2333) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Draft at maryjanes in the hard rock hotel. Pours a deep brown color with a malty nut taste with vanilla and toasty. Decent but a little too sweet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2256) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at their place in San Diego. Pours a clear Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is slight yeast. Flavor is Belgian yeasty caramel and toffee really nice. Finishes dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
12 ounce bottle pours darkish brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma is roasty with fresh wheat bread maltiness and some mild banana pith. Flavor is slightly sour with a medicinal artificial grape tinge atop a standard brown-malts-fermented-by-belgian-yeast-strain base. A little nuttiness too. Tastes almost exactly like New Belgium 1554, except with more body. Marginally better than the inexplicably overrated 1554.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent brown color with a big creamy beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is musty-earthy with burnt chestnuts, dust and yeast. The flavor is more of the same, burnt chestnuts, dust, spicy Belgian style yeast and a bit of biscuit. The mouthfeel is a bit light with fair carbonation. The finish is short and dry with a bit of lingering biter walnut. Overall: A very interesting little beer, well done Karl S.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from Quik Stop Croner: Poured a burnt brown color with a fluffy topping of foamed head. Has a very distinct aroma which is kind of hard for me to describe other than the fact that there is toffee like malts and some yeast present with light spicing, but somehow comes across subtle and not smelling like the real deal. The flavor is sweet at first but then leaves behind a harsh aftertaste as though this has a higher alcohol content then the bottle stated, and I have to admit the yeast in the taste does has a nice spicy touch too that goes well with the caramel like malts. Don’t feel this is authentic as the other artisan ales out there in the market made in the states, but a decent effort on behalf of the godfather of brew or so Karl is proclaimed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2139) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
Guzzled while waiting to get on California Screamin’ at California Adventure. Somehow Zoe convinced herself to go on this - it was the alternative to the ferris wheel that seemed to terrorize her. Plummy, some roast, decent pepper, vanilla, fruits that are not citrus or berries, dirt and less than sweet toffee. Time to go and man up for the kidlettes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 23, 2014 - on tap at Karl Strauss Universal. Clear brown pour with some head and lacing. Aroma was yeast, spice, caramel and mild coffee. Taste was sweet with some pepper and finish was mild coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at Karl Strauss Carlsbad. Light buttery sweetness. Amber color. Creamy head. Easy to drink. Good.


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