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pFriem Belgian Strong Dark

pFriem Belgian Strong Dark
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshb2025 (1) - USA - FEB 27, 2014 does not count
Came in a 12oz pour, fluted stemmed glass. No to very litte head is present, light white stuff barely on the top. Laces well though. Nice deep red color. Easy on the nose. The taste is a big bold red with very present alcohol dominating the flavor profile. Warm to the mouth. Malt and hop present noticeable if you try hard to notice them, they don’t stand out much. Sippin beer for certain, but in its own way, very nice and pleasant to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2014
Clear medium amber colour with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, sweet malt, moderate yeasty, yeast, fruit, prunes. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, nutty, dry, yeasty, dry grass, prunes - figs. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20131111]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (5042) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2013
Dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, rich fruits, plums. Flavor is malts, yeast, candy sugar, fruity, plums, boozy. Full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 111113

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (9829) - DENMARK - NOV 11, 2013
Clear dark amber/brown with big foamy tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, little toffee and notes of phenols? Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, berries, medium sweet, caramel, toffee, phenols, little candy sugar and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2013
Clear dark amber with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, yeasty, dark fruit and dark sugar. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with some alcohol. 111113

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13455) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2013
Sample. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, candy sugar, malt and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (565) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap at St Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. Gotta hand it to the barkeep. Couldn’t get a drop more into that sleeve . Very dark reddish brown with a few molecules of head. Dried fruits, caramel and toffee are the dominant impressions here. No hop of note. A slightly tart finish. Nice one.

Of note: this sample was very far down in the keg, which probably accounts for the almost complete lack of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (590) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap @ Last Drop. Pours pale caramel brown with thin white head. Aroma is sweet thin malt with floral notes and a definite sour/funk hit on the finish. Taste is clean roasty malt with big Belgian yeasty herbal notes on the back. Thin body but big abv. Lots going on here, but I’m not sure this quite comes together.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gerbeer (1488) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
On tap. Pours a very dark mahogany with light head. Aromas of alcohol and roasted malts. Flavours of alcohol/menthol, dark fruit (maybe figs), and burnt sugar. A poor imitation of a Belgian Strong Dark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (5352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
On tap at PIB, pours a hazy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dry dark fruits, a little caramel, and toasted malt. Flavour brings out caramel malts, Belgian yeast, and dried dark fruit. Very dry, but also somehow a bit sweet. Balanced well, but not the most complex beer. Solid dark Belgian strong, but nothing outstanding.

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