TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
I believe they have this as Belgium Strong Ale in the brewhouse today. Big comparison to thunderhop. Smokey hoppy aroma. Some extra malts are used that aren’t in Thunderhop. Deep and hoppy. shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2010
4/13/2010: Church Brew Belgian Black Ale... Aroma: Sugary. Appearance: Brown, mostly opaue; still visual presence. Flavor: Malty and sweet; dates, baked fruits; some alcohol venting; some chocolate notes in the finish; too sweet. Palate: Medium-full; soft and mellow; almost chewy. Overall: Very much like a barleywine or sweet scotch ale; is this is a Belgian Quad?
Draught (20°P, 1.080 OG, 25 IBU, 8.0% ABV) at Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA. Rating #7 for this beer.
Enjoyed on tap in an elongated tulip glass. The beer pours an opaque black color, with a moderate light tan head. The nose brings first notes of milk chocolate, plumes, and figs. As the sample warms, a more grainy tropical ester profile emerges. Not unpleasant, but not as appetising as the best Belgian variants of similar styles. The palate is moderately estery up front, with the aforementioned notes replicating themselves. The mid-palate transitions to a nicely malty note, with Continental character malts making themselves known. Interestingly, roasted character is fairly muted, and it seems the beer would actually benefit from a more liberal hand with chocolate and roasted malts, as it would add a bit of body to what threatens to be a slightly thin mouthfeel. The finish is fairly sweet, and fairly fruity. Overall, certainly one of the better seasonals that CBW makes. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2010
On tap at Church. Cherry cola body with a white ring for a head. Malt dominated nose, light yeast and bubblegum provide a sweeter balance. Flavor has stronger bubblegum, chocolate malt, fairly strong yeast, and heavy ethanol, particularly with warmth and killing the short finish. This definitely needs to drop the sweetness and get rid of the alcohol, but the chocolate malt and bubblegum were surprisingly nice together. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2010
On tap at Church. Rich malty aroma with candi sugar, plum, licorice, and roasted grain. Light fruity hops. A bit of alcoholic vapors, and smooth. Nice aroma. Dark brown-black clear with no head. Medium-heavy oily body with light carbonation. Alcohol burn and some syrupy thickness. Starts sweet and malty with brown sugar, alcohol and fusel notes. Dates and nutty with light yeasty bits. Light bitter finish with sweet nutty after and lingering bitterness. Full of flavor though a bit watery at the end. Nice ale.
kassner (1668) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Had this beer on draft with Pizza at Church Brew Works. I really nice belgian and the dark malts added even more character. Otherwise I very good example of the style.
Again at the Church and still remarkably good if a little sweet JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2007
Dark cola body. Thin light tan head. Sweet metalic fruity water aroma.
Fruity belgian esters, fizzy and awkward body. Sweet estery fruits, but some dry roasted malt character too. Like a sweet belgian brewpub dunkel. Seems like a slight mess at first with all the bubblegummy fruit, but somewhat thick and redeeming after a while. Definitely a litte unique. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2007
On tap at the Church. Dark chocolate brown, off white head. Aroma is banana, malt and bubblegum, quite sweet. Flavor is banana, malt, meat, subtle blue cheese, pine.