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pFriem Belgian Style Dark Ale



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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2016
man, ratebeer really is garbage sometimes, i know i will never finish my backlog because this site is so buggy sometimes. so many error/hanging pages. oh well, decent belgian dark, but the mouth was very overdone. dark belgian malts. really needs work. kinda muddy too .. . i will salt you. don’t think i won’t.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5527) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, perfectly sized three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, malt, toffee, nuts, earth, caramel and a bunch of pit fruits - nice and fragrant. Medium to Full-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong yeast flavours up front with a big belgian yeast strain showing bananas, cloves and a deep bitter complexity, coupled with some sweetness from pit fruits, grain and a good deal of alcohol. Aftertaste shows a robust maltiness with a nice caramel finish and some bitterness throughout from the deep yeast and especially from the strong alcohol flavours. Overall, a nice rich beer full of complexity and interestingly enough, most comparable with Rochefort 10 or (don’t get excited) Westvleteren 12, but this of course isn’t as complex or deep, but shows similarities, which is nice for an American producer. I sampled this split 37,5 corked and caged bottle purchased from Pear Delicatessen in Seattle, Washington [State] on 18-February-2016 for US$5,40 sampled at home in [the real] Washington on 03-June-2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Corked bottle in Seattle. A bit of a gushing head when left alone for a minute. Firm, nice foam on dark copper brown body. Fig, hazelnut, caramelized dark malts. More bitter, spritely sip, some roast flavors. Alc is in check, a bit overcarbonated if anything. Grape skin. Great Belgian dark, not bad for an American producer by any means. Pretty darn tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Rating #1618 - #CBC2015 Beer 3 - At the welcome reception. Clear, amber pour with a foamy tan head, medium retention. Aroma is yeast, malts, mild spiciness, alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel malts, tempered with a hoppy, spicy edge that really establishes this beer on the palate. Lots of cocoa, ripe plum, and fig up front. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours a deep sienna color with a finger of eggshell foam. Burnt sugar, fig, date and some lingering dark fruit. Classic belgian strong flavors with some complex tobacco and lingering cocoa flavors mingle with a hint of spicy yeast esters in the finish !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (502) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Reddish brown with 2 finger tan head. Belgian taste with dark fruit and some carmel and chocolate. Medium plus carbonation. medium bodied. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby hue with a medium to small white head. A big malty toffee raisin nose. Smooth, caramel, dry leaves, berries, strawberry especially, darker toffee, some light smoke. Solid. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1770) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Draft at the brewery. A: Dark caramel color, off-white head, lacing. N: Prune, raisin, pumpernickel, some toffee, fig, rye, and peppercorn. T: Sweet and not cloying. M: Medium body, some alcohol presence, soft carbonation. O: Decent American rendition of a BDSA which suffers from the same national inability to really grasp the enticing complexity of something like Cuvee van De Keizer. There’s just no replacement for the real stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koskela (496) - Marysville, California, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Yeasty aroma with a slight malty back come from this hazyish golden yellow brew with a white head. A very Belgian yeasty flavor with grainy sweetness and earthy taste comes from this medium heavy bodied brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1699) - 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.

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