haddon90 (1432) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin white head. Nice, Belgian aroma with a sense of malt. Interesting combo. Sweet taste with a lasting malt presence. Very solid brew!
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating #15 of this brew. Some Italian rest./Sports Bar on Balboa in SD. Looks like a brown ale. Quickly disappearing off-white big-bubbled head. Nose is sweet malt. High sweetness with tiny bit of spice. Taste is all sweet malt. Light brown sugar burst with not much after the finish. Very light mouthfeel. I didnít pick up typical Belgian characteristics, except for MAYBE the TINIEST hint of citricy sweetness.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of riversideak. Dark brown color with a soft red hue. The head is fluffy but fading away quickly. For a brown ale this is looking pretty good. Slight nuttiness with touches of roast and a VERY light smoke. This doesnít last long seeing it is overshadowed by the subtle dark fruit aroma. Some raisin and grape, with a touch of Belgian yeast. Dig deep with the nostrils because it is not extremely pungent. Well-balanced and nuanced, just not much is popping out at me. Light body, with a weird nut flavor that has some grape and raisin backing to it. For a brown ale there are some nice twists to this style, but overall it just isnít wowing me whatsoever. I donít ever expect brown ales to be thick, but you could use a bit more malts and plump this sucker up.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. Caramel toast sweet and spicy. You have got to try this one. Not overly Belgium. Nice light and super balanced. Flavors blend well and great finish.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Marine Mart@MCAS Miramar: Reddish brown color with a frothy tan head. Aroma is kinda nutty. Flavor is sweet and malty, lightly buttery with hazel nuts, faint cocoa and a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body is creamy with soft carbonation.
deekyn (1125) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - poured dark red/brown with high tan head and some lacing.
S - Aromas of toasted malts and coffee up front. Notes of caramel, chocolate and oakiness as well.
M - smooth mf, with medium body and average carb.
T - tastes similar to smell. Toasted malts and coffee on the nose. Oakiness, coffee and cloves on the palate. Subtle note of banana (the belgian yeasts) and chocolate as well.
O - better than average, interesting belgian brown ale, good mixture of the light belgian fell with the darker brew.
Taverner (1085) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a Belgian Style Ale? Could have fooled me. This brown has some roasty notes, finishing clean. Iím not a big fan of KSí beer, but its not like this beer is offensive - itís just a standard brown
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6th rate for this beer. Tap at the other Lucky Baldwinís. Nose is a candy glaze over a roasty US porter. Color is flat dark black. Tastes very slightly like a dark rauchbier but then flattens and sweetens with dark spices. Went great with the bread pudding.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Barreras (938) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown similar to other brown ales. Smells of molasses and yeast hit you at first sniff. Taste of bread, yeast, and caramel. A strong brown. thick aftertaste. A good seasonal that keeps you warm with 6.3% ABV.