RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Belgian Dark Ale - Makers Mark Oak for a bold bourbon barrel aged flavor. Belgian caramel malts combined with dark candi sugar impart dark caramel flavors without the roast you find in Porters and Stouts. European continental hops balance the sweetness with earthy tones.

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mR_fr0g (14241) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
On tap at the brewpub Sf. Nice translucent deep Ruby red / caramel colours pour with a halo of cream coloured pour. Aroma is subdued, dried fruit, cakey malts, apple. Served a little too cold maybe. Palate is medium sweet, medium bodied, highish carbonation. Flavour is composed of complex sugars, raisin, light wood and apple, subdued Belgian yeast. Warming alcohol in the finish.

bb (9900) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and fruity estery aroma. Yeast and fruity ester flavor with light backing bourbon. Medium bodied. yeast and fruity esters linger with light bourbon and light cocoa. Comes together nicely.
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2010 Total Score: 3.7
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a big dark cream colored head. Malt and yeast aroma with light spice. Dark fruit and malt flavor with yeast and very light roast. Medium-plus bodied. Dark fruit and malt/toffee linger with spice and yeast.

ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2012
A - Served a dark black color with a touch of red mixed in and a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet rich dark fruits with some prune and date with some rich slightly toasted caramel malts, some Belgian yeast, and a touch of booze. T - Starts off with some sweet rich dark fruits with some fig, date, and raisin with some lightly roasted caramel malts. Through the middle, some richer and deeper malts come through with some residual sugars and some light Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of dark fruit sweetness, yeast, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Pretty good balance of flavor and the body is big enough to hold all of the flavors and sweetness.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Tasted at the 6th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/12/2011. This Abbey double pours a medium brown color from the firkin. Medium sized white/tan foamy head. The aroma is fruity, sweet, brown sugar and alcohol. A medium bodied double. The malts are fruity and sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. The hops are earthy. Soft carbonation. Touch of alcohol. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Ratman197 (15758) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of clone, black pepper, jasmine, toffee, carmel, dark fruit and candy sugar. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, clove, pepper and light floral notes with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.

joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Firkin at the Bistro Barrel fest. It pours dark red with notes of cherry, oak, and brown sugar in the aroma. The flavor is primarily oak, cinnamon, plums, raisins, and a nice earthy balance to it. This was really nice.

bhensonb (16132) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at the Bistro BA fest (firkin). Pours dark brown with a few bubbles. Dark bourbon notes in the aroma. Full bodied. No real carb. Quite black malt with a lot of vanilla. Incredibly smooth.

Sledutah (8081) - Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2010
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and very little lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits and raisin
Taste: Dark fruit, caramel and candy
Clean and crisp, nice.

brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown/mahogany color with lots of red highlights and an off-white head. S: The nose opens up with plums, cherries, raisins, and some other miscellaneous dark fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee are present as well, but not all that impressive overall. T: More bitter than I would have expected for this style of beer. A fairly substantial roasted malt presence along with dark fruits, caramel, and some overdone toffee. Perhaps it’s from the fruit notes, but I get a little bit of a port flavor out of this. M: The body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation. D: A really weird flavor profile. A bit too much roast and bitterness for my liking.

marcus (10975) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with a very dry bitter finish.

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