HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012 whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Wvrst for the debut of Mates With Dates. Pours a deep red/brown which in the dimly lit establishment looks almost purple. Head is average off white with virtually no lacing. Quickly dissipating. Beer was served freezing cold at which point it was unbalanced and underwhelming. After letting it warm up, the flavor improved considerably. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, caramel malt, floral hops and spice. Can’t really identify the fruit as dates...7.7% Alcohol is extremely well integrated. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish. Initial taste is sweet followed by a moderate bitterness. minimal sourness. Medium bodied, thick texture with average carbonation.
Overall, this was an interesting beer but I’ve got mixed feelings about it. I enjoyed the sweetness, the dark fruit, the use of the Belgian yeast and well integrated hops. In some regards this was like a fruit beer, and the description of "loosely based on a brown ale" is quite accurate. Meanwhile this beer is not really Belgian in style.I am not sure what to call it. Mates With Dates does an excellent job combining the characteristics of several fantastic styles but the end product and overall profile is more "interesting" than something I could see myself drinking over and over again. Well done! Love the beers you guys have been making.
600ml bottle. Unfiltered brown, large, creamy off-white head. Aroma is brown sugar, dates and Belgian yeast twang. Taste is malty and lots of dried fruit. Body is quite full. Overall, this combination worked pretty well. asheft (3091) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
[bottle from brewery]
Plenolic and faint band-aid aroma with some sweet dates. Hazy-bronze under a white ring. Dry, phenolic clove flavour with some celery, black pepper, and a faint, sweet date note. Delicately balanced. Light body, medium carbonation, despite gushing, clean finish. fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2012
Lubiere (13991) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle 600ml. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].
[ Bottle #329 ]. Unclear - hazy matt medium amber colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light to moderate yeasty, funky, date. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, dates, belgium yeast. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. 
A lightly hazed reddish copper ale with a thin off white head In aroma, a light sweety fruit malt with faint caramel, not strong. In mouth, a smooth sweet malt with light wooden notes, light alcohol warmth, OK but nothing special. On tap at Wellington Gastropub, June 19 2012. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Murky brown/red our with a tan head. Aroma is spicy, Belgian yeast notes, dates, dark fruit, maybe a hint of cherries? Flavor is super dusty, dry, fruity, could almost stand to be a touch sweeter, but not bad. Tasty beer.
Sammy (12361) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
Subscription series bottle. Smell is prune and something sugary. Reddish brown colour with one-quarter inch of head and thick lace. Some olive oil taste. So-so drinkability. Spab (3904) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
Sample from bottle at the Only Cafe Spring Beer Fest. Pours a murky orangey brown with small off-white head. Aroma is mostly dark fruit and wheat. Flavour is dates, grains and light spiciness. Modest bitterness in finish. Interesting mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 [4328-20120310] Bottle. Lightly toasted malt aroma. Hazy, dark brown amber body with a very quick foamy off-yellow head. Malty grain flavour has a lingering leafy maple note. Medium-full body. Tasty enough, drinkable. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
Overheard: "I’m giving Polly Pocket an operation because her head fell off."
(c/o tuqueboy, w/ him, jerc)
[4361B-20120329] Bottle. Light smoky leather buckle aroma. Dark red body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Lightly toasted fruity roast flavour. Medium body. Fair. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(Beaulo @ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Bottle at craig’s. Hazy amber with a white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, ripe fruits, sweet fruits, leaning towards banana or bubblegum but not quite. Similar taste, nice fruity yeast notes, figs. Slightly sweet. Decent cgarvieuk (24793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...deep brown ... thin white lacing ... soft sweet toffee malts nose ... sweet roast ... some dates ... little fruityness ... little yeast ... definite date tones ... mellow