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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, dark, ruby amber color. The aroma picks up some definite fruity notes as soon as I pour this beer. A light tart sourness is evident in the aroma up front, it joins some fruity notes that when coupled remind me of tart plums. A sort of musty, earthy, almost woody aromatic note is here as well and helps to balance out the fruit notes. Notes of raisins and toasted malt round out the malt character. The aroma is quite interesting, not all that spicy, but rich and satisfying like a dark Belgian ale should be. As it warms some spicy notes become a bit more evident, though still subtle; I get notes of pepper and a bit of clove.

The beer is fairly well carbonated, it dances across the tongue just a bit. The finish is tart and, combined with the carbonation, gives this beer a bit of a zing. The beer is quite light on the palate, and quite easy drinking. It has a certain richness to it that makes this just a bit contemplative and certainly adds to the complexity. Notes of tart, yet sweet, plums mix with notes of raisins, hints of figs, perhaps a touch of tamarind, jam-like berry notes, and some spicy notes of clove. This is quite tasty, and I really like that this beer is only 5.5% alcohol, yet still has ample complexity and flavor notes to keep things interesting. This is a fabulously well made, lower alcohol, Belgian styled brew that I wish more American brewers could make well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
750mL bottle. Murky brown-orange with a medium sized light tan head. Heavy spicy yeast ester aroma with a mild malt sweetness. Caramel, raisins, ruddy malt underneath heavy yeasty spiciness and a carbonic acid bite. Residual spicey yeast esters and some caramel in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat fizzy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle thanks to someone via Walt at the Jimmack ’06 Invtl. Cloudy light brown color with some red highlights and a small beige head. Yeasty, citrusy aroma with some coriander. Mildly tart, yeasty flavor with some citrus, coriander and black pepper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Sampled at the JimMack ’06 Invitational. thanks to Walt via RichLikeBeer? cloudy brownish gold color, light tan head. aroma is sourish malt. flavor is dry and tart caramel malt, which is wierd for a brown ale/abbey dubbel. a little watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Thanks to Kevin for bringing this to the tasting. A small creamy head forms over a cloudy light brown body. Funky Belgian yeast aroma. Any sweetness in the flavor is quickly overpowered by tart citrus that fades into a long dry finish. Spritzy - lively; almost gassy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Poured a hazy apple cider appearance with a thin off-white head. The aroma was fruity, yeasty and dusty. The flavor had a touch of leather. Also in the flavor was sweet malt and dark fruits. Light body. Finish was mildly dry.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Jimmack "06. Pour was hazy golden with white head. Smelled like medicine. Tasted better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5408) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours a nice red brown with a light tan head. A slightly yeasty aroma and a slight citrusy flavor. Just a slightly foamy palate for my taste, but damn good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Jimmack tasting 06. Sorry- I forgot who brought this, but I know Walt gave it to someone. Pours a cloudy light brown/deep copper, with good head and retention. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic, lgith cloves, slight medicinal, plasticy, with a slight solvent character. Yeasty flavor, slgihtly dirty, citrus, earthy and spciy with a lightly bitter finish. A litte astringent in the end though but ok overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Clouded amber brown body with a gray head. Sour raisin yeasty nose. Dry hay and earthy tangy flavor with light cinnamon and plum. Dry finish a nice beer among great people Ap-3 ar-6 tas-6 pal-3 ov-14


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