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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2007
22oz bottle: Pours to a opaque brown colored body, slightly hazy, with a medium sized tan colored head that lasts. The aroma is caramel, prunes, very light molasses, mild raisin, and just a bit of sugary toasted malts. Taste is toasted malts, a light roast, hints of dark caramel, almost a roasted root flavor, dry raisins, beet sugar, mild flavors of chocolate, and a bit of pepper & alcohol. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with notes of roasted grain & just a touch of earthy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Vermont Brewers Fest ’07. Deep amber brown beer. Aroma is lightly spicy with soft clove and a rich caramelly sweetness. Toasted malts, molasses and plummy special B sweetness as well. Fruity malts, licorice, molasses and softly toasted graininess. Peppery spice toward the back with the ethanol popping up a bit. A light rummy character that I quite enjoy. Once the ethanol settles down a bit, it will be even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Mild yeast aroma with sweet malts. Clear amber color with a large head. Sweet and bitter throughout. Finishes with a slightly fruity Belgian malt taste. Slightly creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown-copper with a creamy white head. The aroma is all spice - anise and sarsaparilla come to mind along with lemon and caramel. Medium body with anise flavours and soft doughy malts. Alcohol noted as a warming presence in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Cloudy brown body topped by a medium beige head. Very well malted rich body. Thick caramel, spicy yeast, liquorice candy, a little fruity sourness and some floral spices reminiscent of coriander but not quite. Carbonation was a bit too aggressive. Some citric spicy hops kind of clash with the rest of the beer. Not boring that’s for sure but a bit all over the place. If the Riddler was as imprecise as the beer Batman would never catch him.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 12, 2007
Appearance :Thick, cloudy brown ale , some ruby shown , pomegranate , small rocky top
Aroma:Soft wheat , creamy ,vanilla nose .Aromatic , perfumy some spicy , caramel and ginger.
Flavour/Palate: Rich ,abrupt , sharp fruity character . Spicy hop notes leaving bitter long lasting overlap. Complex but sadly quiet chaotic. Harsh, dry alcohol at finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2007
Bu au Post-Mondial 07. Brune crème brumeuse, mince collet. Arome de malte caramel fumé, épice faible. Petit goût malte peu épicé, pas trop fort ou savoureuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2007
22 ounce bottles, sampled a couple of times in April-May 2007, from City Market in Burlington, VT. Served at cellar temperature from a Dieu du Ciel! tulip. Pours dark, translucent dubbel-like brown with huge ever-lasting smooth creamy tan head, bit of lacing......pleasant raisiny-sugary nose with hints of licorice and mint, fairly yeasty (bready, and a touch farmy).....body is something like that of a dubble, moderately yeasty, brown sugar, though turning dry and somewhat sour, metallic and oddly salty-mineralic towards the finish, some molasses, woody notes, sour cherries, licorice and mint....finishes rather prickly, dry, strong carbonation throughout, medium-heft in the mouthfeel. I hesitated over calling this a dubbel, which it seems close to at first, but finally decided on the more generic BSA as there are some weird touches that just don’t fit the classic dubbel mold. Whatever, it’s another nice example of this brewer’s recent turn towards Belgian-style recipes, though it’s not quite on the level of their earlier strong brown example, Infusco.

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