dmac (4551) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Capone’s Black Friday event. Poured a good looking clear dark brown body with a small foamy light beige head. Aroma reminds me of PB&J for some reason, Belgian yeast and a hint of bubble gum. The body is big and full with foamy mouthfeel with average carbonation. Flavor of Belgian yeast, nutts, bad old wet toast, wet nutts. Not really my cup of tea.
orangesol (961) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerathon (1496) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent. Nice malt blend and it’s beautiful to look at. Had it on tap at the brewery.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mar (5004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hivemind (737) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
deyholla (7720) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nickd717 (3602) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rondphoto (2696) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.