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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
On tap at the Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant in La Jolla; served on tap in a tulip. From notes. First reviewed 12/10/2008. My pour is a light chocolate and amber color. It arrived with a small head, which stays around and leaves a light lacing on the glass. Suspiciously transparent. A pleasant blend of oak, smoky malt, and chocolate. The smoky, roasted malt taste is the first thing I notice, with with vanilla and coffee flavors coming in afterward. There is a slight hoppy kick at the end. This has a medium level of carbonation, with a nice creaminess to it. At the same time, it is almost too light. This is a very smooth beer, which I enjoyed, but I don’t know how many more I would want to drink. There are definitely better Browns out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3004) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Anaheim. Good solid brown ale with a deep copper colour and aromas of caramel and vanilla. Smooth it the mouth and easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Brown pour with a slight haze and khaki head. Aroma is toasted malt, peppery spices, and sweet banana and fruit esters. A touch of nuts and chocolate as well. Flavor has a nice sweetness and minimal bitterness. Some spices, chocolate, nuts, and toast. Good banana, caramel, and bread. Pretty decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Draft at the Karl Strauss beer cart in Disneyland Adventure Park. Nose is nuts, light dark fruits, and a hint of roast. Clear cherry brown with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet and spicy with lots of nuts. Pretty nice to find a tasty ale at Disney.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1829) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2068) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (622) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours an attractive dark cherry brown with just a dusting of slightly off-white foam. Aroma is sweet molasses and roasty almonds (or some other bitter nut). Flavor is pretty typical of brown ale: solid, dark, a touch of resin and herbs in the flavor, to go with smokey wood, earth, and maybe even leather. All of these are light and neatly intermingled here, and make this a really pleasant, if not overly memorable beer, to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pours with a lightly hazed brown body and a lasting tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, hazelnut, apple, belgian esters, and a bit dusty. Flavors of belgian spicy esters, caramel, nuts and candied apple. On the sweet side of things. Medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2011
Bouteille partagée avec Markwise. cuivre, beige. Arôme malt, légèrement grillée avec du caramel, fin nez de brassin et de grains. Au palais, note de cara malt avec note grillé, blé et orge, un petit fini de levure donnant à cette bière une approche belge ainsi que des fruits un peu tropicaux venant peut-être de la levure.


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