RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Winter warmer...brewed with 8 malts, molasses, poplar syrup, dark candi sugar, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some orange peels.

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HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Big dark pour with tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, molasses spice. Flavor is interesting: I get some roasty malt and chocolate, spice, sweet burnt sugar, then some coffee with a nice tart orange peel in the finish. Nice mouthfeel with a tad less carbonation than most belgian ales. Still, solid, delicious ale.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
750ml from my man StFun - thanks, Josh!!! Lively dark brown pour, not unlike what you’d expect from a dubbel. Crisp brown head, notes of dark fruits in the nose, slightly tart in a way that suggests the bottle conditioning didn’t quite end up as expected. I dig the addition of sweets and spices, though I’d have liked more of a roasted malt component. Full mouthfeel, pleasant finish that’s slightly tart. Seems from the ratings that the bottles are really inconsistent, but I enjoyed this one.

TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Notes from Indy Winterfest. Pours dark amber read. Aroma is of sweet malts and some hops. Flavor was unlike beer - sweet, chili, coriander, pepper interesting. Mouthfeel was normal. Overall, a decent interesting beer.

bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
(Draught) Pours a black body with a creamy medium-sized beige head. Aroma of toasted grain, rye, chocolate, nuts, and some dark fruit. Flavor of plum, rye, toasted malt, Belgian yeast, light coffee, and cocoa with a dry finish.

MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This bottle of Dark Belgian-style Ale was sadly infected: dill aromas, rubber, vinegary acidity, etc. This should not have been released.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A circle of foam dips into the near blackness.
-Carbonation is expansive, propelling all off flavors even further onto the palate.
-Roasted malts have earthy components.
-The body is relatively thin, but I don’t know if this is the result of the present infection.
-I didn’t know when I had this brew, but seeing the ingredient list I can imagine there were many opportunities to get infections and at least one problem got by them at bottling.
-This was quite the bummer because their bottled Tripel was as good as it was authentic.


kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2008
On tap at Brugge Brasserier (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a hazy dark caramel brown color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat malty with notes of cooked mushrooms, spice, hints of barnyard funk and nutmeg. Flavor is slightly malty, slightly sweet with hints of spice, honey, some faint sour malt and barnyard funk. Generally light to medium body with a watery malty finish.

bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Aroma is offensive to me, might be nut. It reminds me of the Leinenkugel Fireside Nut ale that I hated. nice sized white head and very carbonated. Taste was more offensive. it tasted like vinigar and sour milk tarty soda. I agree with daknole this beer looks good. Take a picture of it but dont drink it. If this is Belgian Ale I will avoid Belgium. not my style.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Rating from a bottle bought at Pat’s Liquors in Porter, IN. It pours pretty much like a Pepsi but (very) briefly sports a fizzy brown head. It has an aroma of roasty malts, dark fruit, burnt molasses, and an odd sourness. The flavor seems a bit mixed up. Dark malt, burnt sugar, dark stone fruit, smoke, aniseed, and spices - mixed together in an interesting but not altogether pleasant way. Methinks they tossed too much into this with too little testing. The finish has a touch of sour milk to it, definitely not what I look forward to in a beer. Not too bad, but the recipe needs refinement.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle. Near black with a tan head. Big tart wheat, earthy roasted malt aroma. Medium body. Decent earthy yeasty nutty malt flavors with tart wheat mirrors the aroma. Not too bad.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Odd beer. Beautiful pour, but my enjoyment may have ended there. Aroma is pretty nice and malty with some funk. Flavor is funky and a tad tart/sour. I taste hints of a good beer, but I cannot get past the weird funk.

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