wheresyourball (516) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a nose of belgian yeast, sugar/molasses, booze. Flavor is boozy, with sugar, Belgian yeast, sweet fruit. Nice medium to full mouthfeel. Well done.
GarrettB (1038) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
To celebrate my brand new super generic stainless steel growler purchase (the only way to own a single growler in California) I chose Thorn St. Brewery’s Abbey Roof. Thorn St. is the perfect distance away for me to feel satisfied that my growler fulfilled it’s role as the beer basket for a life lived locally. Thorn St.’s emphasis seems to be on lighter styles, but this is a cold, dreary and miserable weekend, and deserves something heavier with a little bit more bite. I wasn’t feeling the coffee stout, but a beer brewed with Belgian yeasts. It’s a lovely deep brown beer, with when not veiled by condensation on the glass (I’m blanking the heavy air humidity) it hints at a sweet flavor inside. Brown sugar layered on top of more brown sugar defines the smell, with some light molasses mixed in - sweet and dark, it practically frosts the inside of the nose with dark sweetness. At 10%% the taste has some booze, especially on the aftertaste, but the rest of the flavor is soft and subtle - more brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, all-spice and some caramelized creme brûlée topping. This Belgian Strong is unique in the way that it presents itself, strongly favoring the dark sugars found in both nose and flavor.