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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“Fermented with our house Belgian-style Ale strain to impart the classic fruity and spicy flavors of a traditional abbey ale. Infused with imported Italian chestnut honey and jam to create rich and smoky undertones. Re-fermented in the bottle using even more Italian chestnut honey to give the beer its lively carbonation.”

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2.9
Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
750ml bottle shared by Eloi.
Appearance : Amber with a small head.
Aroma : Light oxidation with slightly roasty notes. Some stinky feets. Nutty.
Taste : Interesting tartness and sourness. Roasty and nutty.
Overall : This is a very weird mess. Not cohesive at all. Weird. Interesting because it’s a bit sour/tart but nothing more.

3
fiulijn (20491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
RBESG 2010, Grand Tasting, bottle
Hazy amber color. Light fruity aroma. Caramel flavor, dryish, with light sourness. Maybe spoiled.

2.1
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Chestnuts and chick peas merge into old apples before surprising tartness emerges from the mess.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the cloudy beige.
-Sweat is also evoked in the aroma and flavor profile. Obviously, something went awry with the chestnut honey...
-The acidic tartness and chestnut honey are really not harmonious.
-The mouthfeel is softly effervescent with a strange combo of unfermented sugars and tartness. This should not have been released...

Bottle.

2.1
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Haven’t been a fan of this on the numerous occasions I’ve tried it. Grainy and spicy and just kind of weird to drink. Haven’t really liked any chestnut beers, come to think of it.

2.6
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750mL courtesy of MrChopin who needs to upload a photo of this beer ASAP. Pours a hazy, deep raspberry like a jar of raspberry preserves. Off-white, medium head. Aroma is full on red apples. Taste is heavily tart, heavy tart berries and then moves to what I would simply describe as 100% lemon iced tea. Palate is watery, tart, not really doing it for me.

2.9
BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear amber/tawny with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, nutty), average hops (grassy, pine), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of alcohol, plum, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, nutty), average hops (herbal), and average esters (berry) with notes of acetic acid, wood, and plum. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with low creaminess and a dry finish.

2.9
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Sweet phenolic nose with some dark fruit and band aids. Taste is full and watery, some spice, some nuttyness, some oxidation. Meh.

2.6
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle, thanks to whomever brought this to drbill’s NYE party weird kind of fruit flavor, I certainly couldn’t drink a glass of this.

2.5
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, dark mahogany-hued body with a finely-textured, whitish head. Smell: Noticeably tart-scented nose of ransacked fruits and berries with vague notions of musty cracked nuts, a pinch of spice, and some altogether stinging wafts of fusel alcohol. Taste: Compiled tastes of yeasty bread, lightly toasted, and given a touch of dry caramel, modestly earthy nut meal, stale dried herbs, and a slight sourness that’s not altogether enticing and seems out of place. A bit more of that tartness on the heated finish. Can’t be finish with this one fast enough. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Unacceptable. A rather muddled, messy flavor profile with what seems to be more than 6% in alcoholic heat. Not diggin’ it, Captain!

3.5
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured amber with a beige head and some lace. aroma was horse feed, grain, and spice. flavor was grain, spice, oak??, and fruit with a light body.


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