manuchampions (1217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very murky dark brown with no lasting head whatsoever. Strangely there is a small eruption of carbonation visible at the centre of the glass that is perpetual. Aroma is very sweet raisin, plum, banana and alcohol. Small whiff of black licorice in there as well. Taste is dark fruit, phenolic, banana. Intensely sweet and cloying. Finish is some licorice again with a breadiness and still a syrupy sweetness that is too much. Alcohol rather hot. Some decent elements but it feels brash and unrefined and far, far too sweet.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of dark fruit, roasted malts, toasted bread, belgian yeast pehnol - banana, clove, sweet and phenolic american belgian notes. A little raisin and alcohol in there as well. Pours dark brown, thin off white head. The flavor is toasty and roasty with lots of raisin, dark fruit, brown sugar, phenolic yeast notes, and some alcohol notes. Not overly sweet and somewhat balanced by the roasted notes. Medium carbonation.
CampesinoTino (613) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Dark reddish brown in appearance with decent sized tan head. Predominately Belgian in the nose with lots of banana, clove, caramel and dark fruit. The taste hits on all those notes beginning with caramelized sugar, Belgian yeast and dark fruit (raisin, prune, date,) flavors followed by some chocolate, gingerbread and rum notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, boozy finish. Plenty of dessert spices in the aftertaste. Overall, a respectable BSA thatís similar in flavor to some of The Brueryís recent Twelve Beers of Christmas releases.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with an ivory head. Roasted notes on the nose with some coffee. Complex palate showing toffee/caramel, roasted malts and some earthiness. Mouth coating and rich. Long finish.
TheRealMGD (541) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Red Hot. Clear, dark amber pour with a short white head and moderate lace. Cocoa and brandy nose. Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Great flavors in this one: vanilla, chocolate, raisins, singed caramel, and salty licorice. Finish sees the umami emerge with roast vegetables, cheddar and leather matching the sweeter body flavors. IF youíre looking for something without the standard BSA flavors, itís worth a try. An unusally íchance umí ale from Odin which I enjoy very much.
after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at ncbc. Pours nearly black with scant tan head. Chocolate and plum nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Chocolate and plum mid palate. Sweetish finish.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at SIB. Pours a clear brown/orange with a creamy white head. Aroma is of sweet summer fruits, roasted malts and candied sugar. Flavour is the same. Very sweet, and very dry. Moderately complex.
mcberko (4056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours deep dark red with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, caramel and dark fruits. Flavour is cloyingly sweet, with a little wood, heaps of caramel and candied sugar. The intense sweetness detracts from what would otherwise be a well-done Belgian-style.
BrewDad (4256) - Olympia, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Washington Brewers Festival 2011 Ė Kenmore, WA
Brownish in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big malt and hops aroma with a light fruit lingering. Strong malt and floral flavors. This was strong dark Belgian ale. 10% in alcohol this can and will sneak on you. Very tasty dry finished brew The yeast flavor is not over powering I really liked this brew.