orangesol (984) - 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.
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Capones in norristown, PA.
Pours a dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.
Mild aroma with some candy sugar, dark fruit notes and mild spice. Pretty tame though with minimal malt presence. Some caramel and toffee but the sugar and vinous fruit notes are overpowering.
Medium bodied with a slightly tart yeast presence along with some peppery spice, candy sugar and vinous fruit flavor. Dry with subtle funk, pepper, clove, candy sugar sweetness and licorice. Again, the malt presence is minimal with subtle caramel, toffee and biscuit followed by more grape, raisin and dark berry sweetness. Decent but leans heavy on the Belgian not enough on the brown ale side for my preference.
slowrunner77 (7858) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
more a brown ale that happens to have belgian yeast than a belgian ale that happens to be brown, if that makes sense. a nice crisp, malty sweet american brown ale base, subtle hops make a showing. as it warms the interplay between the dry, spicy belgian yeast and the malt is really nice. good brew."
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A brown beer, nice, but a bit harsh in the finish and so not super drinkable. Brown coloured, no head. Very malty and rich aged malt aroma.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Scratch 80. Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, dried pile of raked leaves, caramel, toasted bread, and some yeastiness. Tastes of caramel, toasted nuts, cola, and yeast. Somewhat on the thinner side.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - @ RHP. Pours clear caramel-brown, nice medium fizzy whitish head, fully disappearing. Nice aromas of caramel, malted chocolate, roasted nuts, and dark sweet fruit, plums and figs. Tastes of malted vanilla, nice dark fruit, touch of bananas and other esters. Medium-full bodied, rather lively (belying its appearance) with long finish. Good brew. Belgian in ancestry fer shark.
Travlr (17654) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Hazy dark amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Taste is cocoa, brown bread.
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear dark amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cotton candy, some raisin, acetone/alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, cotton candy, some caramel, light banana, alcohol. Medium body.
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a dubbel. Nutty, toasty, semi sweet, light fruit esters... Overall a solid brew but nothing too great.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like an awesome dubbel, great flavor, nutty and a great dry finish like it
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from PUB’N. Pours a great shade of ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is rich, complex, a nice figgy and berry-fruity nose with hints of spice, hops, and yeasty malt. Tastes malty, spicy, rather dry, with a lot of Grand Cruey fruity notes, figgy, cherry, spicy, and cobwebby old-aley esters. This one is outstanding, and I’d love to see this introduced all year round. I discovered Scratch 4, and I discovered this one, which I would call Musty Dusty Old Ale.