kaser (1008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour from draft at sheffields. Fluffy white head. Very rich beer. Deep chocolate and slightly malty taste. A good brown
deyholla (4791) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear deep amber with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice rye and bread note with a bit of backing earthy grain. Flavor has a nice combo of breads and rye with an underlying sweetness.
jstraw (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerryís. Amber with cream, tan head /Toasty, lightly sour nose of nut, caramel, and tree fruit / Medium body, lightly sour, hint of sweetness but dry, resinous, beautiful balance and bitter finish / Elegant flavors of toast, rye spice, nut, red turning apple, cherry, caramel, resin, and oak / A lovely, complex and understated, sessionable Belgian.
TheAlum (4295) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a nice brownish nutty hue. Good haze and darkness in the middle, some lighter copper edges and frothy offwhite head sits atop. Laces as a mellow filmy layer, ok lacing. Aromas are brown malts, nut and earth, some touches of soil, biscuits, and toast. Gentle dark fruit, hazenut, as the Belgian yeast gives it that sweeter twang on the nose. A touch of dryness, touch of cocoa and toffee. Some touches of plum, gentle dark fruit intermingles from the Beigna yeast. Initial is medium bodied, a bit dry and nutty, biscuits and touches of dark fruit. Entle earthy cacao, toffee and toast. Medium bodied yet a bit lighter as we move towards the backend. Touches of biscuit, nut, and bready malts. Gentle toast, touches of orange and nutty qualities linger on. Gentle Belgian elements, kisses of dark fruit but not really the dried type hit the palate. Gentle soap, earthy hops, and gentle carmelization and toffee. Touches of citrus hops give some gentle odes into the backend and finish, the malt still dominates the experience. Some grass, dryness, and yeasty elements are firm and into the finish linger on. The flavors are nice but I donít love the synergy of the whole experience.. Belgian meets Brown Malts. Meh. Itís ok.. But not my thing in the end. A bit sticky on the nose, more manageable flavors, hops try to make their elements known but donít do enough for me.
drewbeerme (3649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Haymarket. Pours amber cream white head. Aroma is nutty with some peppery and floral yeast notes. Flavors are tart cherry and nutty malt, mild roast to it, slight cocoa and coffee finish. Yeast profile is really strong, astringent really, sorta muddles the whole thing and adds an odd sourness to it. Med body. Meh.