BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Draught at Toronado SD. Man was this a surprising choice...in a good way. Very dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Big aroma of roasted malt but also some Belgian yeast and candied fruit. Flavour starts malty, then a little yeasty and finishes with a touch of smoke and bitterness. Really cool beer.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russian River. Black in color with an off-white head. Aroma is roasty with some yeast and slight dark fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and a little hop bitterness. Almost schwarzbier-like with a Belgian twist. Medium-bodied with substantial carbonation. Really drinkable.
Nik925 (783) - USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted malt with yeast funk, awesome, but a bit confusing. I was wondering what would happen if you combined these styles and it pretty much works. Not exceptional but good.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. Black with a fizzy white head. Sweet roasty citrus malt and bitter chocolate aroma and taste.
marcus (8593) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado RR Night. This dark brown ale poured with a decent beige head and a malty aroma. There is a funky roasted malt flavor that is not particularly sweet, more like a brown ale, and a chalky bitter finish.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.