Christpuncher (997) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one at monkey paw. Pours a dark red incolor and has a fruity flavor and finish. Not much of an aroma.
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kaser (2540) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from draft at Monkey Paws at the Solemn Oath beer dinner. 8oz pour. Rad dark pour. Rich Carmel taste fruity notes. Tasty
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bangers and Lace. Pours deep reddish brown with off-white head. Aromas of sweet bready malts, rich caramel and toffee, nice dose of citrus and piney hops. Flavors of citrus, pine, bready malt, caramel, and toffee. Imperial Belgian Red sounds like something I would hate, but this was pretty tasty.
HonkeyBra (3277) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the brewpub. Pours a rich, ruddy red with a small off white head. Aroma of belgian esters, banana, clove, some sweet red malt and cereal grains. Notes of toasted malt, resin and pine hops. Flavor is big, but balanced, with sweetness from the belgian yeast notes and well-represented pine and resin hop profile. Full bodied, creamy texture. Finishes medium and bitter.
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark red-amber with good, foamy, fine bubble head, good lacing / Bright nose of pine, weed, citrus, dark caramel / Medium body, lively, just a hint thin, big hopping somewhat overwhelms the fruit, some astringency, bitter finish / Flavors of grapefruit, pine, weed, with notes of chocolate, caramel / Mostly a dark pale ale, with no Belgian aspect that I can pick up.
edwardbass (489) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not really a Belgian, but a strong red ale. Dark red/copper color. Malty tastes, dried fruit, plenty of hops bitterness. Decent, but not great.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smaller sample at bangers ... Pours a hazy caramel reddish hue, mildly transparent, and topped with a frothy barely off-white head... Aroma of grapey dark fruits and yeast, not totally sweet but has a mild tang to it... Semi-sweet earthy caramel and dark fruits throughout to pair up with a Belgian yeast profile. Medium bodied, not big with semi-lively carbonation. A touch of dry earth on the backend.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Solemn Oath guys debuted this beer at the Wild Monk beer dinner so it was really cool to be the first people outside of the brewery to try it.
An imperial Belgian red ale. This was enjoyed on tap, served in a footed ale glass.
A: Pours a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and leaves some minor splotches of lace.
S: Pine, citrus and caramel malts fill the nose initially. There is faint hint of spicy yeasty with hardier bready malts as well.
T: Definite peppery yeast presence on the taste. Nice hop profile with some grass, citrus and pine. Caramel malt sweetness rounds it out with a touch of heavy bread crust.
M: Medium plus bodied with a medium carbonation level. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
O: The SO guys mentioned that this was brewed with Abbey yeast which gave it the peppery, yeasty kick was tasting. The addition of the yeast was interesting and it gave the beer a nice layer of flavor that really worked. It didn’t have any of those off/soapy flavors like None More Black has.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-26-2012
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight pour on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a richer deep copper brown pour. Some good haze, deeper middle with some more glowing edges. A frothy offwhite head rings and laces small. Aromas are gentle caramel and toffee, touches of toast mixed with a firm hopping, touches of citrus and florals dance in and out. More grapefruit as it warms, lemons. Richer hop presence, no real yeast or Belgian feel. Initial is medium bodied, offering a firm carmelized malt, bread, touches of biscuit body. Hop presence is firm, grapefruit and lemon, firm florals and grass. Dryness is sufficient, battling some toast and carmelization, a touch of girth from the malt. Toastiness, with a firm hopping. Grapefruit, dryness, florals. Gentle fruit, carmelized and gentle toast finish with a firm dry hopping. Bits of fruit, some gentle yeast. Overall, this is more of an Imperial Red, the Belgian influence falling behind in my book. Gentle red fruit in the middle, kisses of cherry and plum, some pomegranate. Solid offering for a general style (Imperial Red) that I don’t really enjoy.