deekyn (1459) - 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.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy, hazelnut brown with a big, light tan head that leaves good lace. Smells yeasty and spicy with some slightly sweet malts as well. Tastes yeasty and malty and spicy. Sweet overall with some yam and cinnamon and clove. Pretty good. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.
Mark_Eck (1430) - - MAY 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown. Aroma is almost nutty malts. Taste is malts and some coffee hints.
GarrettB (1373) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, 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.
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - 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.
mrhoppy (1288) - 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.
Taverner (1100) - 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