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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Influenced by a Belgian yeast and good old fashion brewer creativity. Ah yes, lay this one down in your cellars for years to come. Enjoy this one alone for its malt and hop complexity. For entertaining suggestions try a sweet pairing of raisins or sugar coated dates. For a meal start with a soft spreadable herb cheese from fresh cows milk on a nice toasted piece of baguette. Then serve Carbonnade of Beef (Belgian national stew) with candied yams and pan fried green beans tossed with butter and sliced almonds.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2008
(22oz bottle) Large beige head atop cloudy dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some raisin, nut, brown sugar, yeast, faint spiced banana. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/prune, caramel, nut, some alcohol. Some alcohol dryness in the finish. Light-medium body, some chalkiness, does a poor job of holding the alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GMCC2181 (1505) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle shared by robert at stateline. The aroma was a sweet honey and taste was sweet candy taste. I guess that is a given since they used a belgain yeast... Texture was medium. Nothing great or wrong with this beer. Thanks robert for sharing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a rocky white head. Sweet sugar cane, candy, roasted malt, caramel malt, sweet. Roasted raisins, a note of chocolate, and hops. Warming etoh. Good especially for the price.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
A dark brown body with a bit of white head. Recent from the brewery itself. Yeast aroma. The taste was a bit Rochfort-like and drying. Hop bitterness in the end. Not as full mouthfeel as I would like, but a satisfying Belgian effort nevertheless and one of the better ones from this brewery that I have tried.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Thanks to rian for bringing this over. Like the name suggests, a bit of a style buster. Pours darReally more of an Old Ale than a Belgian Strong. Aroma full of dark fruit, caramel malts, and whisky. Has a candied taste to it. Has a whisky-like finish. Very interesting and good beer. I think itís rating suffers because itís lack of a definite style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4045) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Well for Rock Art this one isnít so bad I guess. Pours a dark brown with a huge nice tight off white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate notes for a Belgian and was rather light on the yeast but still itís from Rock Art. Flavor is a full blown battle royal between the yeast, choclate malts and hops. This beer is having a hard time deciding what it wants to be. Iím calling it and deciding itís average at best. Copper medal awarded.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2377) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Excellent head formation and retention. Tan head of fine bubbles. Fantastic lacing. This is one of the most impressive looking beers I have seen in a long time. Malty aroma with some ripe fruit and a bit of light chocolate. Color is a dark ruddy brown. Wow, did not expect that flavor. Alcohol slams you up front. Roasted grains, more ripe fruit and a bit of late harsh bitterness. A little dead in the mouth. Maybe it used up all of its energy making the head. Finishes very roasty and bitter. Better than most of the crappy beers from Rock Art but still nothing to brag about.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thick off white head and decent retention. Aroma was roasted coffee, wheaty and yeasty. Taste was similar to the smell. Palate was a bit dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark chestnut with ruby hues, and perfect clarity. A beige head rose to a half inch before falling to a 90% coverage skim coating of fine beads. Aromatics are well-on for a dubble. Cocoa and phenols. Shades of raisins and dried figs, with dark caramel-drizzled bubblegum. Some mild fusels waft upward, promising some warmth on the pallet. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but is hindered by a fairly aggresive bitterness. Almost astringent. Pallet is chocolaty and a bit boozy. A heavy handed hopping profile steps forward, with a considerable amount of spicy bitters. The raisins and figs promised in the nose are there, but are overtaken by the warming alcohols and a somewhat rough biterness. Finishes warming with a lingering aftertaste of bakers chocolate. A little over the top for a dubble, lacking the creamyness and sophistication of a better example.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Poured a clear dark brown with a ruby highlight and off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Dark fruit flavor with raisins and a yeasty spice. Turned out to be much better than I thought it would when I bought it.


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