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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 beerís slightly dry and warming finish. 35 SRM 24 IBU 15.5 Plato


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2010
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skmikeg (1279) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours a medium brown with a frothy beige head. aroma heavy on roasted malt, baked bread, hazlenut, and yeast. flavor is interesting with some roasted malt flavors, bread, hazelnut, spices,a little vanilla, and a little banana from the belgian yeast. has a medium body and a warming and dry finnish. overall, I was suprised at the quality of this one, which ended up being quite good considering the brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1228) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 19, 2009
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1203) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
March 22nd, 2013 - Karl Strauss is departing from the West Coast sacred traditions (where the spell ingredients are always hops) to dip in a Belgian direction. Their Double Belgium is a murky, muddy brown brew, and the smell is most distinctly tangly, with some rapberries and orange acidity. I also detect some cider, but itís generally hard to smell, and stays close to the surface. I suspect this is because I preceded this brew with a Chipotle smothered in hot sauce. The flavor leads with a touch of acidity and some Brett funk, but itís still mild, and the palate feels slightly more thin than Iíd expect given the flavor. Mashed apple sweetness and dry apple cider flavor this brew, and I think it tasted better in the sampler glass than the full pint. Out in a wider pasture, itís a little thin and too cider like for me to really dig it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1061) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Bullyís East in San Diego, Calif. Color was mahogany, reddish brown. Maybe an inch of head. Circular lacing on the top. Good amount of film on the sides. Smelled of roasty malts. Also some caramel malts in there as well. Hints of citrus in there, too. Tasted cloves up front, followed by caramel, roasty malts. Banana and chocolate in there as well. Very smooth. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish. I liked this beer a lot. This couldíve been a few spots higher or lower with the ratings, but I ended up with this rating. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1013) - - MAY 16, 2014
Pours brown. Aroma is almost nutty malts. Taste is malts and some coffee hints.


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