skmikeg (1354) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - 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 (1315) - 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 (1289) - 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.
Barreras (1288) - 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.
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.
GarrettB (1233) - 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.
Mark_Eck (1225) - - 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.
BucannonXC5 (1105) - 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.
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