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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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A dark Belgian Ale brewed for Valentines Day. OG 1.058, ABV 6.10%, BU's 24


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On draft at O’Briens. Dark brown hue with garnet highlights. Nose is subtle roasted and chocolate malts, caramel, hint of dark fruit. Flavor is crisp and clean, dominated by the roasted malts and accented by dark fruits, some light hop bitterness, touch of smoke and toffee, finishes dry. A very intriguing dark Belgian with malts reminiscent of a cross between schwarzbier and porter, surprisingly smooth texture and drinkability. This is a surprise as a Belgian style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Draft at the brewery. Deep brown, getting close to black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted chocolate, some lightly roasted malt, crisp hops, and belgian fruit. Flavor is very much the same, some sweet, some dark roasted flavors and hops near the end. Good palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Do not get the haters...on tap at RR. Pours a dark reddish brown with biscuit head. Very roasty - for a sweet beer this is pretty good. Lots of caramel and smoky notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Draft @ O’Brien’s Russian River night. Pours a mostly clear deep brown with a small beige ring. Nose of dark fruits, toasted malts, and some herbal hoppiness. Flavor was dry and roasty. Doesn’t really fit the Belgian Ale profile for me.......oh well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Chalkboard says 6.00% ABV. On tap @ the brewpub. I was told this was a black Belgian from a bartender a few weeks ago, and I’ll tell you how little the beer changed from my expectations. Black--deep ruby through thin points of the glass--with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, good retention. Aroma was nice and dry with only light banana yeastiness and a hearty roasted malt and dark chocolate backbone. The flavor was much the same without as much of a piny herbal hop punch (though not expected for the style), though it was actually minimal for the aroma as well, but very faint. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 2-3, though mostly seems to be coming from the roasted/black patent malts. Soft moderate carbonation with a medium body. The bartender told me it was his favorite beer that RR made, and I see why. I could session many many of these. Quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Had low expectations for this beer. Was way better than I thought. Not sure why I felt this way but hey the beer was awesome. Awesome color, nice lacing / head. Balance with acidity coco coffee, not a long finish but very fun and enjoyable. Would go great with food. Glad to have tried this rare brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Nice looking. Roasted malt backbone with nice belgian sugar notes and toffee. Light yeast notes and a toasty bready component.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Deep brown in color that left a thin head. The nose is mellow with scents of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with great acid and balance of malt and hops. Not the mose complex but enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
On tap at the brewpub for RR’s 4th anniversary. Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a tan frothy head that reduces rather quickly. Aroma is toasty malt and coffee with a touch of fleshy fruit. Flavor is of those See’s coffee flavored candies with some roasty bitterness and smoke. Chewy and sticky. Really smooth and drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4281) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
At the Russian River Brewpub this pour was in a 13 oz tulip glass. Came with a nice 1/2 inch of very foamy tan head and left great lacing. Nose of dark malts, chocolate, and grassy hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, fruit, and nuts. Smooth finish. This is one that makes you want to go back for a second, but I have to drive back to Eureka and want to save room for a Compunction. Another quality beer from Russian River.


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