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RATINGS: 79   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
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 didn’t pick up typical Belgian characteristics, except for MAYBE the TINIEST hint of citricy sweetness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheersMate (1309) - 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 doesn’t 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 isn’t wowing me whatsoever. I don’t ever expect brown ales to be thick, but you could use a bit more malts and plump this sucker up.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3642) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Brown with a minimal wispy head. Toffee sweetness in the nose and taste, not too sure where the ’Belgian-Style’ comes in but it was certainly sweet and sticky, some nutty flavours began to arrive as it warmed a little. Decent but too sweet for me, even though I have a sweet tooth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1797) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Appearance: fine brown color with excellent clarity and a semi-durable beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma: fruity with plenty of dried plums and alcohol infused raisins. Flavor: Lacks complexity. Bitter/sweet balance favoring the sweet side. Feel: medium-light body wih light carbonation. O: OK.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap. Strong bready notes along with toasted malt and dried fruit in the aroma. Body is medium-thick, a bit oily. Flavor suggests grilled toast, smoke, and meatymalts. A touch of hop bitterness on the finish cuts the sweetness. Not bad, but underwhelming.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Not getting much Belgian notes from this but it is an off-kilter brown and I appreciate any brewery giving this forgotten style a go. Has some slight spice notes and warms a little more than the average but still could use a flavor boost.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (4909) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured at the speed blogging - Beer bloggers conference
This was a Belgian beer with very little Belgian yeast in the aroma and flavor. A very tasty beer but as for style this misses the chart. Good malts and a nice finish it was like a brown ale to me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Brown with tan head. Roasted grain, nutty aroma. Tastes like toast, cereal, nuts and Kellogg’s Postem. Dry maltiness with little hop presence. Not sure why they bothered calling it a Belgian-Style brown ale as it is nothing like any Belgian Bruin I have ever had.

2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DConn007 (22) - - FEB 24, 2011
Pours a dark cherry chocolate color with a thick head. Light and very subtle coffee aroma. Initial fruit on the front with a strong malty finish. Also, a faint hint of an oak arrives after the original settlement.


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