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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Belgian Style Brown Ale


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (680) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 A - Pours dark brown, with redish hints around the edges, with a dense two finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to almost nothing in just a few short minutes, leaving no lace down the glass. Within five minutes the beer was as flat as the 13th century earth... S - Smells of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, clove, banana, candied sugar, and the ever present dark fruits; mostly figs and dates. My first glass of this was a bit one dimensional with the sweetness but the second time around was much better. T - Starts off with a nice dose of spicy Belgian yeast quickly giving way to a mix of sweet chocolate and candied sugar, dark fruits, clove, banana, and some light booze heat. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light dryness, clinging to the pallet for some time. They sure do like to make these Belgian browns. M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with very little carbonation. Sweet, chewy, feel with a dry finish. The booze is well hidden, only creeping in as the beer comes to room temperature. O - When I first had this one I wasn’t very impressed as it went dead flat on me in under five minutes. The second time I got one the carbonation was a little better, allowing some of the more subtle flavors to appear. It is worth a shot for sure. I hear the bottles have much better carbonation, I look forward to trying them and revisiting this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1111) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Decent. Nice malt blend and it’s beautiful to look at. Had it on tap at the brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottled. Poured medium brown with amber highlights and a well-retained, dense khaki head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted nutty malts, soapy hops, and lightly clovey yeast.. a bit too soft and airy. The flavor had a little more substance to it.. nutty notes, toffee, and a dusting of cocoa at the core.. darker fruit extended outward from there, along with cloves and a touch of banana.. prickly carbonation and dry Belgian-y spices on the edges and through the finish.. tasty. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, with prickly carbonation as mentioned.. the yeast played a larger role as it warmed up, and I enjoyed that.. overall a decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4787) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is sweet dried fruits, caramel, malts, and chocolate. Nice palate, a little thin flavor is sweet malts, dried fruits, and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hivemind (703) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Tap at Pony last night with Streets, Paul, Andy, James. Pours medium amber. This one was pretty big on the Belgian yeast and there was also a bit of caramel, I believe. Belgian-style hasn’t particularly grown on me yet - I think it’s something about the earthy, creamy, butterscotch-tasting yeast character, but I’ll have to revisit the Scratch series down the line.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks. Aroma pours a deep brown that is clear with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a lot of bread and toffee with a hint of sweet chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor begins with dark fruit and light spice with backing grains and bread.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nickd717 (3470) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to orangesol. Dark reddish brown in color with a one-finger tan head that fades to a thick film. Aroma is not too interesting, somewhat Belgian with nutty notes and anise. The flavor has dark fruit and roast with some licorice, Belgian yeast, and a weird earthy note that I can’t say I like all that much. The mouthfeel is average, with medium body and carbonation. Can’t say I’m the biggest fan of this one. It’s a bit off and unbalanced compared with other Troegs offerings.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1828) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Dark amber color with light head and lace. Sweet caramel malt in a very good way. Moving through the palate, toffee and maybe a little clove shows up. The finish is not about bittering, but rather about the dissipation of sweet. Even without the balance of sweet/bitter, it is a light and easy drinking dubbel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
On tap at Black Squirrel in DC...reminds me of an abbey ale or dubbel, but lighter than most of those, thinner and easier to drink.. Pretty sweet, good yeast provides a variety of flavors in the malt, Slightly sweet, mildly carbonated, with just a little roast and spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Tap at Frisco Taphouse in Columbia, MD. The pour is a hazy deep brune with a medium tan head. Small retention. Big Westmalle house yeast character, estery, cinnamon. Taste is richer, caramel, cinnamon stick, tart and spicy playoff. Nice silkier palate. Fall spiced character. Reminded me a lot more of an Abbey Dubbel than just a generic Belgian Strong Ale thus the category choice.


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