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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Little Brother is in the vein of a Belgian dark strong ale. By Northwest standards an 8.5% beer may not be considered strong, but it is currently the biggest beer Beetje produces. It pours dark brown, with shades of ruby and a creamy tan head. The flavor is dominated by caramel, and candy and offers a smooth finish. Chocolate and coffee begin to emerge as the beer warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
"Dark fruit and candy spice on the nose. Caramel-lighter brown in color. Prickly but sticky too. Bready yeasty flavor with roasted malt and chocolate. One of the better Commons brews."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9146) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
On tap at Fredfest 2014. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head and a light fruit aroma. There is a strange complex flavor with some chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Awesome beligan strong ale, on tap at the brewery in portland, little brother to brotherly love

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On draught at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, paired with Woodblock Chocolate’s Madagascar chocolate. Light amber brown color. Aroma is sweet and light milk chocolate. Taste is caramel, light yeast, corn malt, and grass. Chocolate added a weightiness to the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2013
On draught at beer mongers - slight foam around edge of glass. Nose of sweet malt. Nice fizzy mouthfeel with taste of sweet cane sugar with dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 23, 2013
Draught at the Grain & Gristle restaurant in Portland. Super dark fruit aroma: concentrated cherries, plums, raisins. Reddish-amber with ruby tints. Thick malty initial, with some good dark caramel / mid palate has mild raisins, dates, and a touch of yeast / finish is warm, smooth, and very well balanced. Medium-heavy body, with good light carbonation. Very good stuff. Complex flavor changes throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (2164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Listed as 9% at Bailey’s tap-room. Lighter brown/red. Very light and smooth, with some candy sugar. Light and dry. Very tasty and super mellow for the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Tap @ The Commons Brewery... Poured a deep reddish/rust color with a moderate, off-white head. Nice tasting Belgian ale here. Some citrus, fruit esters and yeast spices. Mild mouthfeel and only a little dryng with candied malt tones. Despite the ABV quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Dark caramel nose, seems to have wood and bourbon notes, though that’s all in my head. Dark toffee with a sandy head. Richly sweet, some orange blossom, and more young bourbon and wood. I really can’t believe this isn’t aged in a barrel. Dark candy sugar, little heat in the middle that quiets in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Dark brown in color, clear with a tin head. Big malt aroma and flavor. Sweet candy flavors with caramel and light hops. Easy drinking strong ale. Nice beer and I can’t wait to try more from this place.

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