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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Fortunato is a Belgian-style Trappist Ale brewed in the tradition of the Trappist monastery/breweries in Belgian. Fortunato is what we call a "living beer". By that we mean the yeast has not been removed from the beer. The consequences of keeping the yeast in the beer is that Fortunato will continue to age and become more complex as time goes by. This wonderful complexity produces a very wine-like profile so common with the Trappist style of beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Nice spicy aroma, with plums and raisins. The taste is full of banana, spice, and candy sugar. Pleasant, really, a nice effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6764) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2012
12 ounce bottle bought near Detroit. Hazy and brown with a decent off white layer of foam. Its nose is malty and fruity. Yeast is tasted first along with rich malts and fruit. The fruit is passion and is complex. The flavor is ok but is a little thin as is the feel. It is close to an Abbey Tripel by style. It is pretty much hop free and offers almost no bitterness. It is just ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ralflott (12) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
On tap in mid-Michigan, August 2012. Compared surprisingly favorably in a head-to-head to a few other other self-described "Belgian" microbrewery offerings. A welcome Belgian flavor similar to comparable Brewery Vivant Belgian ales. While not quite as enjoyable as the Brewery Vivant offerings, the Fortunato is not far behind. Slightly-cloudy reddish brown, small head. Its initial taste is slightly sweet with a nice Belgian spice/yeast flavor; good mouth feel, medium body and carbonation; nice finish - taste of spices and a pleasant lightly-sour bite. Among the better Michigan Belgian ales of similar style and alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Dark amber color. Very modest head for a Belgian. Nice raisan aromas, Lots of Belgian spice taste and a sharp finish. I just had a hint of yeast on the bottlm of the bottle unlike the "true" belgians. All-in-all, I enjoyed this brew, and would buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrownALEx (426) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Poured from a 12oz. bottle....light carbonation and very little head....pours a dark maroon.....nose has some banana and some slight alcohol...taste is fruity with apparent alcohol...not the best Trappist Iíve had but a nice effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
superspak (4760) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2012
12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy brick red color with a small off white head with ok retention, that reduces to a thin ting of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass; minimal streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, pear, molasses, caramel, and light yeast spiciness. Aromas are ok, but are really sweet with almost no spiciness. Taste of raisin, prune, caramel, pepper, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, earth, and slight yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, biscuit, toast, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors seem a bit stale and off balance. Slight cloying sweetness as well. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden at 7.5% with hardly any warming after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is a pretty mediocre Belgian trappist ale. Definitely needs more peppery yeast spices to balance it out at the very least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2012
in the style of a trappist brune. seems to have all the right elements, but not in e right proportions. a little too sweet and flavor is slightly off. not awful, but not as good as the real thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wmubronco1992 (700) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark & cloudy brown. Small white head. Fruity citrus aroma. Sweet flavor. Medium palate. Lacking carbonation. Bought a single. Drank it and thought based on the low carbonation and funky flavor that I had a bad bottle. Bought another single and while I liked the second bottle a little better, overall wasnít impressed. Maybe both bottles were old. Others seem to like this one better, but I just couldnít bond with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Copper with a thin beige topper. Aroma is yeasty up front with dark malts and dark fruit behind it. Some breadiness, dark candi sugar and a bit of spice comes into play. Taste of dark fruit, yeast, candi sugar, mild chocolate, mild nuts and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2011
sampled at last summerís Michigan Brewerís Fest - Pours hazy orange with a lingering head. It has a fruity, yeasty aroma. The flavor is sweet with tasty fruit notes. Itís medium bodied with a lively palate. Good beer.

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