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pFriem Belgian Strong Dark

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
Belgians say, “Op uw gezondheid’” when toasting, but you don’t have to speak Flemish to appreciate the bold, complex flavors of fig dipped in dark chocolate, ripe fruit and toffee in this immense Ale. Op uw gezondheid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2015
On draught at pFriem. Colour...dark caramel colour much like a Pepsi that’s been watered down a bit. Not much of a head, but there’s a thin wisp of white. Nose...very malty and very "Belgiany", with notes of dark, dried fruits and snippets of bittersweet chocolate (Belgian of course!). Palate...much drier and bitter than I expected, with more dark fruits, especially Zante currants and California dates. The mid palate is sweet with candi sugar and there’s a semi cloying finish with Turkish delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Sa,pled at the brewery. Clear amber. Sweet Belgian sugar and yeast aroma. Nice. Toasty flavor with cinnamon. Belgian richness and sweetness. Dark fruit is actually complex. Toffee. Dangerously good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2614) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Had on draft at brewery. The aroma is yeast driven, estery, phenolic, malty. This is a solid Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2015
Reasonably clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is plum, dates, raisins, brown sugar, fig. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet with a balancing hint of bitterness and booze. Taste is plum, fig, dates, hint of salty liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2387) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 26, 2015
Darktan clear, light caramels, candi sugar, citrus, touch of bread, herbal, lightly effervescant, like chimay a bit more citric, acidic, finishes lightly spicy, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at pfriem pub hood river. Pours out a cola color with some ruby highlights topped with a tan head. Nose is pit fruit sweetness vanilla wood and some belg candy sugar. Taste is toffee sweetness rich malts and belg yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcon25 (267) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Draft pour at Stout, a new bar in Seattle. Very dark amber pour, spice aroma, solid flavors but a little boozy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver
Dark mahogany color, with small compact head. The aroma is too mild, not much comes through. Good body strength, less than expected though; some caramel flavor, with light residual sweetness, but also a fundamental vegetable character; lightly nutty in the final, oily, with some boozy alcohol, and low bitterness.
Despite the name, this has very little Belgium in it. Rather cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Mahogany in color with off white head. Aroma is slightly fruity, and taste carries a bit of cherry cola, with a caramelized sugar note. Not as rich or complex as i’d like

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"A little too aggressive on the flavor (strong bitter and boozy) without the nuances for my taste. Both bitter and very sweet, fight, chocolate. A bit of a mess..."

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