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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
A dark Belgian Ale brewed for Valentines Day. OG 1.058, ABV 6.10%, BU's 24

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
An interesting beer, thatís for sure. I tried it at Pi Bar in a small sampling (perhaps 8 oz) and really enjoyed it with its dark burnt malts and richer than average body. Then I had it again at Toronado in a larger sampling (14-16oz) after having an Elder...that was the mistake. It came up thin and boring with very little discerning character. Either way Iím confused by what this beer is trying to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Rating #90 of this brew. On tap at OíBriens a few weeks back when they had a bunch of RR brews on tap. Dark brown with red tints. Tan ring. Straight up sweet to sharp Belgian ale. Nice, but not overly complex in any facet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2011
draft @ Russian River, dark pour, medium body. Sizable roasted malt flavor, light peat/ smoke. Didnt gather a whole lot of Belgian as[ects, but still pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3099) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Russian River. Dark brown in color with a dark fruit and chocolate nose. Taste is somewhat sweet with dark fruit, roasted malt, spices, and belgian candies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Growler. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is Belgian sugar, some light spicy yeast, and caramel. Initial taste is sweet with some Belgian candy sugar. Caramel. Finish has light bitterness with some yeast. Medium body. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Tap at Russian River for PtY 2011. Pours a deep cola ruby looking black in the glass. A towering, lively, tan head erupts with big poofy, ice cream float retention and giant lace. Aroma of sweet cherries, sticky malt. Taste is roasty, dry, spicy, very malt forward with black cherries and peppery hops to add balance. No sticky sweetness, no astringency, very nicely balanced. Sort of like Belgian schwarzbier. :D

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Poured very dark brown, roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight tangerine, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours with a very deep brown body and a tan head. Aromas are hoppy with fruit, pepper, jasmine, currant and buckwheat. Flavors are peppery, grainy and fruity (hoppy and estery). Poached pear with a distinct earthy and citrus note. Lively and dry. Excellent as always.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Growler. Pours an opaque chocolate brown with dark amber highlights. Head is beige and creamy and leaves a good amount of lacy. Aroma is faint, consisting mostly of roasted malt and very little of the esters I expected. Flavor is lacking in complexity; itís mostly just roasted malt flavors and bitterness. Iím just not getting much of the "Belgian" in this one. Still a good beer. But for Russian River itís definitely lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10039) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with amber around the edges, and a medium fluffy khaki head that recedes steadily. Rigns of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and tart fruit. Medium body with flavors of dark fruit, sweet malt and yeast. The finish is sweet with fruity esters lingering. Good brew overall.

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