Beardface (1516) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Aroma was full of roasty goodness with a bit of dark fruit and some candi sugar. Nice flavor mix of plums, brown sugar and that roasty note. Nice and surprising hop bite at the end. I really enjoyed this one, finding it a bit underrated on here so far.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’briens. This was an average belgian ale. The darkness kind of through me off, but the traditional spice, clove, pepper was all there.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 On tap @ O’Brien’s: Poured a dark black liquid with small patches of foam scattered about on top. Unable to get any whiff of any scent/smell at all which I find disappointing since last time I was unable too also while being at O’Brien’s smoked out patio. However, the flavor delivers with a bold taste of authentic spicy Belgian yeast while a sturdy base of sweet sticky syrup like malt profile that is balanced well with the strain of yeast used making this is true treat of a dark Belgian style ale.
March 25, 2009 On tap @ O’Brien’s during another Russian River night. Poured in a Chimay trappist glass and was a dark brown color which looked very appetizing especially with the creamy delicate sizing of film covering of head. Due to the surroundings of being outside at O’Brien’s and all the people smoking it was impossible to sniff out any noticeable scents but an average score will be appointed to the scoreboard. The flavor was empty and only had minimal amounts of toasted malt that were the only key thing worth pointing out. However, this ale was extremely smooth and easy to quaff down which made me appreciate it as a good beer to start with for the night.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ O’Briens TION night. Poured very dark brown, almost black, with a short, rapidly fading off-white head. Roasted malt and smoked aroma, some chocolate. Loose mouthfeel and felt kind of flat. Grainy and malty up front, but more earthy than roasted. It was hard to determine if the bitterness was from the chocolate flavors or brett; either way it was pleasantly unusual. Bits of coffee and dried fruits popped up here and there. Overall, the taste was muted; not necessarily watery, but weaker than wished for.
hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Briens during their Russian River Night #2. Dark brown, nearly black center with clear edges. Frothy tan head that sticks to the glass. Smoky, almost peaty aroma of dark malt and some candy sugar. Flavor has a bit of an acetic character; the acidity is mixed well throughout with other tones of plum and chocolate. Quite the hoppy finish, that cleans things up nice and crisp.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hammy’s in South Park. First, the idea of this beer is hilarious to me, as I realize how hard it must be for these guys to come up with words ending in -tion. May have been the lighting, but thispoured a flat matte black. Aroma was lightly sour wth olive notes. Flavor was the same. Seemed like a Flemish Shwartzbier. Grains poke through a bit too much for my liking, but I’m not perfect either.
alexanderj (3194) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a really dark brown color with a light tan head. Aroma was a bit weird; can’t even fullly describe it. Bread, roasted malt and fruit. Flavor was very similar with some hopping in the finish. This one was just a miss for me.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Pours deep clear brown with amber edges and dark tan head to go along with some nice lacing. The mild aroma has notes of dark fruit and a sense of roasted malts. The taste has nice dark Belgian candi sugar note mingling with ripe sugar drenched plums and prunes. I get highly roasted malts in the background helping to create a dry finish. Very nice. Leaves a very dry sensation with only a memory of the rich dark fruity goodness.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a deep brown with off white lacing head. Bready Belgium nose with a hint of roasted malt. Taste follows with the roasted flavors slightly dominating. Nice spice and chocolate hints too. Good dark Belgium Ale!
BelgianBeerGal (2865) - Dayton Area, Ohio, 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.