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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Our first Belgian style ale is a smooth and dangerous dark strong ale. Aromas of spicy yeast, including clove and allspice, and toasted malt, along with hints of concentrated dried figs make for a complex and warming ale. It’s the perfect way to help get used to the long shadows and growing nights of Autumn. Drink enough, and you won’t notice the bumps that go in the night, though you may make a few!

There are seven Trappist breweries in the world, six of them in Belgium. A Trappist ale is a beer brewed by Trappist monks. No one else is entitled to use the term.

Orval is the oldest of these breweries, founded in the 11th century by Benedictine monks. (Bet you can’t guess what else they make.)

Abbey ale is a term associated with beer brewed by non-monastic types, often under license.

Abbey ales can be thought of in two categories: ones legitimately associated with a monastic order and the ones that aren’t.

In the late 90s, Trappist brewers banded together to legally force non-monastic brewers to call their similar ales "abbey-style ales." Their reason was that unflattering depictions of monks were being used on beer labels hurting monastic recruitment.

It seems to us that a far more significant reason for dwindling numbers would be their pious life-style, including the sacrifice of a certain, shall we say, personal habit.

In any case, no monks were injured during the brewing and fermentation process, and no monk is depicted on our graphic. Peace out.

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Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Tap. Poured clear dark brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, yeast and toffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with an well above average for style brew.

michcam8 (582) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Thanks to my wife for this growler she grab while having lunch at the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a lite kahki head which quickly disappears. Throughout the consumption there is no head or lacing on the glass. With this style I would expect a little more carbination. Smell is of belgian yeast, spices and dark fruits. Taste is much more pronouced with the belgian flavors coming thru; sugars, spices and dough. No alcohol detection at all, but after two glasses, I am feeling quite well! Decent beer that has potential to be a great beer. For me, I would like to see more CO2 and more aroma. Would drink again

JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Sample at the Alehouse on 12/26/11. Nose contains dankness, fruit and toffee, along with Belgian esters that are more subtle on the banana, almost like a trappist yeast. Flavor starts with toffee and booze, then moves to banana and spice before a peppery finish.

Darkover (1544) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2011
From a growler. Dark amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of grainy malts, yeast and some spice. Taste of medium sweetness, lightly sour, some dark fruits and hops, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation.

Panzuriel (2380) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2011
At home in a tulip from a take home growler. Pours a rich red brown with a nice head of small tan bubbles that lace nicely as it is drank. (drunk?) Nose is a sweet twinge of alcohol over red fruits and raisins. Taste is a mild sweet happy blend of caramel, raisins and just a bit of a bread presence. Body is smooth and full. Finishes nice with a good bit of alcohol warming to give it heft.

jsquire (4599) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
On tap at the Tip Top Kitchen in Columbus. Deep reddish brown color with a thin off white head that disappeared quickly and entirely. Dark sugar, spice and alcohol in the nose. Burnt sugar and caramel sweetness with some dark bread, banana, puffed wheat, and raisens. It has the spices and sweetness of molasses cookies.

Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 On draught at Barley’s Ale House #1, served in a snifter. The beer is a dark reddish-amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Sparse spots of lacing. Aroma of dark malts and fruit. Medium body with flavors of fruit, yeast, caramel malt and spices. The finish is malty with a mild spice and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

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