Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber-brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of metal, grape jelly.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This is supposed to be Belgian-styled, really? Huh. Just smells like a poorly made brown ale...I really don’t get any Belgian suggestions from any part of the experience (appearance, smell, etc.). Boring and slightly icky (metal, jelly) odor, flabby and overly sweet in the mouth. This is a bona fide dumper.
Jimmy79 (3) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A little fruity. Easy drinking tho. Feels warm. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzxxzzxxzxxxxx
- via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tricyclist (1000) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour of fairly dark amber to brown. Nose is lightl sweet malt and caramel with some figs and dates. Flavor is a little richer with a healthy malt note and some raisins and figs again. It’s not overly spiced from the yeast which is good with me. Not a terrible one.
sturmthis (818) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Brown color with some reddish tint, very little head. Aroma isn’t very strong. Taste of sweet candy and dark fruit. Dry finish. Not bad.
Berard (413) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. It's a very visually appealing beer. Rich brown caramel in color with creme colored head that lingers. Spivey aroma like you would expect from the style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikedR (1491) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The trick with this beer is not to think of it as a dubbel, but rather "reminiscent thereof." Am I getting a dubbel-y beer. No. Am I getting a wonderful beer. Yes. Solid dark malt notes. Flavorful beyond its abv. Highly recommended.
rondphoto (2614) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Clear dark amber brown, heavy beige rim head, streaks of lace. Taste is roasted, hard-edged malt that is joined by raisin and earth in the palate, then dark candied fruit and mild hops bring things to a close. Light brew with a harsh edge.
bubblehouse (634) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice winter beer. A little weak on aroma but I haven’t been able to smell anything for days.
GreatDane1632 (682) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated based on notes taken 20 Dec 2011 -- A very nice winter ale. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Darkmagus82 (1938) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-13-12-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a dark brown color with a little bit of ruby highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was a one finger cream colored head that faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was sweet and fruity. Cherries, raisin, and a bit of apple were mixed with a caramel and brown sugar smell. With these aromas was a lighter roasted malt smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with a dark roasted brown bread and dark fruit flavor. While there are flavors of cherry and apple in the taste, they are much lighter then the nose would have let on. While supposedly brewed with no spices light spiced flavors quickly come to the tongue with them initially being of a more allspice and ginger flavor. Toward the end the flavor sweetens a bit with some caramel flavors coming to the tongue. These flavors are accompanied by a bitter cocoa and which when combined with the rest take the taste to its end.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess/thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better, but all in all the mouthfeel was fine.
Overall – A nice blend of malt, sweet fruit and sugar tastes. It is a rather balanced winter style ale that is well worth a try.