Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - OCT 16, 2007
This beer has such a great aroma, and huge flavor. Surprisingly light on the palate for a 9% brew, and definitely not overly malty. In fact the malt/hop ratio is absolutely fantstic. Basically a big dubbel-style brew that drinks remarkable well doublebock (558) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Brown murky color, sweet plum aroma. Malty and bready with notes of raisin Mellow hopiness, alcohol is well masked. Reid (2539) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2007
22 oz bottle from LifeSource Organic Grocery ,Salem OR.
Lovelly looking beer, dark brown and murky , topped by a fabulous thick bubbly tan head.
Aroma is mostly malts,creamy and toffeeish, with great whafts of raisin.
Very nice smooth falvours. Its certainlly Belgian in style and all the expected esters and spice tastes show through, but are complimented by the raisin sweetness. Very malty and with very little hop.
Great smooth mouthfeel, alcohol is barelly detectable, great after taste.
Overall I echo a previous rater..this along with the Farmhouse Ale seem to welcome a brighter day for Bison.
Bravo..I look forward to more of this series."Brewers Reserve"
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2007
From a bomber purchased at Sam’s in Chicago. This poured with a nice dark amber and brown color. The head is khaki with large bubbbles. The aroma has sweet caramel and cherries. Some peanuts are also noted. The taste is rich and roasted with some smoky roasted almonds. There is a hint of cooked cherries that have become very mild. This is a very nice Belgian style beer. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Ruby/mahogony beer with a light tan head. Yeasty, dark malt aroma. Malty, yeasty, slight fig/raisin flavor with backing dark malts and some breadiness. Medium body. Lingering caramel malt, yeast, and breadiness.
nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Sorry to be a deviant here, but I thought this was an excellent beer. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Great sweet, complex dark fruit aroma. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, grapes, raisins, some spices. Full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. A good one. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber to light brown pour with a medium tan head. Caramel malt nose with dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Caramel and maple flavor with some raisins and a roasty semi-sweet finish. As it warms, the beer takes on some creamy and nutty characteristics. Pretty solid stuff. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
The bottle says Brewer’s Reserve 2006. Pours a hazy deep mahogany with a small cream colored head. Rich sweet nose, lots of raisin character, like sticking your nose in a box of raisins. Caramel and fruit juice flavors blend as it warms with a light spiciness to the finish. While not as crisp, dry, and spicy as most Belgian Dubbels this beer still holds its own as a true winter WARMER. No excess alcohol is present. Very smooth tasting with a good warmth and thick palate. I’m really impressed with Bison these days, between the farmhouse ale and this I have gained a ton of new respect. jackuppercut (5) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007 does not count
Pours a milky golden. Yay Bottle conditioning! Smells fruity, raisins maybe not the most obvious but they’re in there if you look for them. Fruity, Spicy flavor with a ful bodied Trippel taste. Smooth and delicious. Quite a good seasonal. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
pours a clear orange brown with sweet mild bannana yeast aroma. yeastie full palate with the light fruit presence, full bodied and smooth for the ABV. raisins present in the middle to finish and the conditioning is evident. complex.