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pFriem Belgian Style Dark Ale



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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stchloe (976) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Syrupy full but light still nice dark sweet malts, darkly fruity, good depth of flavor and a bit of yeasty sourness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oregoncritter (16) - Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2016
From bottle. Knowing the cost, maybe review is a bit harsher than it would be had it been priced lower. Good color and smell, but taste was too malty given the flavor profile. Not terrible, but not something I’ll likely try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2766) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2016
This bottle has been chilling in my fridge since at least January- before we went on deployment. Deep brown with a burnt white head. Dark ripe fruit, dark caramalized sugars, spice, figs, chocolate. Full bodied. Finish has a nice peppery bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (450) - seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle from beer junction. Dark raisins and figs. A little caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5019) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2016
(En fût à la source): Excellent contrôle de la levure, thé noir, tarte aux pommes et cannelle. Le corps est mi-liquoreux, mi-aérien. Dans l’ensemble, assez impressionnant leur travail avec les phénols.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2016
On tap at the brewpub where it is listed as "Belgian Strong Dark" at 10.25% ABV and 38 IBU, Dark clear, copper-brown body.topped by a semi-durable white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Lightly sweet with plenty of fig and date tones. Some chocolate in the finish. Moderate complexity for style. Smooth, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3590) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2016
A dark brown beer, medium clarity. Swwet raisin bread aroma, liquid small sweetness without being too much but a bit more than needed. Flavor is more compact with a lightly grainy and buckwheat malt character. Needs some time to mellow a bit. Sweet raisin aftertaste. Not estry and no alchy. So, pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2016 On tap at ABV Pub in Hillsboro, OR. Hazy mahogany pour. Aroma and taste of Belgian yeasts with bananas and cloves and spice. Taste is sweet with toffee and dark fruits. Candy. A little bit of Coca cola. Medium full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....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 (5723) - 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.

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