DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
On tap at World Beer Fest in Cleveland, overall very good brown ale, nice hop flavor with caramel and chocolate hints, very good. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Tap at the brewpub, this was one of the better and more striking offerings, the amount of C hops really helps this brown shine. I thought it was a well hopped brown and makes the style palatable hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
one of the better brews I tried here- nice cascade hop citric sweetness coupled with solid toffee and caramel malt notes. I don’t get the "belgian" inspiration listed here in the description, but maybe the recipe has changed. Subversive (11) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Draft at the brewery. Sweet malt with a strong chocolate taste. Had a moderate bitterness, 29 IBU as I remember. A stronger brown ale would be nice, but still very enjoyable. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Meh, I was not impressed. It’s not a bad brown ale, just mediocre and unexciting.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma: Sweetish malt with a good amount of bread and grain. Lightly toasted nuts, light caramel. Appearance: Light chestnut brown and clear. Head was light beige and foamy, but was almost gone by the time it got to me. Flavor: Toasted nuts, light toffee, and a moderate malt sweetness. A little bit of spiciness. Not sure if it was yeast spiciness or a bit of hop spiciness. Palate: Medium-light bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not a bad brown ale, and a pretty good session beer. Like most offerings from this brewery, I’d like to see them bump the flavors up a bit and take some chances. All in all, a decent beer. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
On tap @ cornerstone: Small white head on a darker brown/mohogany clear body. Malt aromas dominate w/ toasty & cereal grains. Roasty also come in as it warms as well as nutty. I also noticed a little bit of soapy aroma in this one, but not until it warmed. Toasted & caramel flavored malts, roasty throughout, a little "dried yeast" flavor is a little spicy phenolic, but I’m not sure it’s supposed to be there. Finish is on the dry side and roasty as is the aftertaste. Body is light medium, lower carbonation, smooth. There only seems to be a little bit of an off phenolic flavor and aroma. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be there or not. Anyway, it’s interesting and would be a pretty good English brown if not for the slight funkiness and little bit of soapy flavor. It might have been my glass since no one else noticed it at our table. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
This was a damn strong brown ale, and also another one from this place that I didn’t like. aracauna (3652) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 <P>Edit 1/3/05: The brewer contacted me and apparently the take-home menus at the brewpub were incorrect. This beer isn’t loosely based on a quad, but instead a Flemish brown. This beer much more closely resembles the Flemish Brown than it does the quad. The courant/date fruitiness fits in to the style and the "loosely" modifier still applies as the brewer said this beer didn’t have the tartness of the original style. I’ve adjusted my overall impression and flavor scores up to take into account this new info.
<P>Original 12/31/04: Ok, I will say that I really loved this beer. I’ll start off with my original review where I was under the impression is was just your average English-style brown ale and finish up with style annoyances. Dark ruby, almost a little purple, with a head that laces nicely. Very mellow and with a light aroma. There’s a slight bit of roast in there, and a nice, warm nuttiness. A bit of courant or dried date is mixed in there. Quite possibly the best brown since Boyne River stopped brewing. Unfortunately, the brewery calls this a beer "loosely based on a Belgian quadrupel". That would explain the courant/date fruitiness, but this is far from a Belgian style. That really bugs me. I counted a bit off on overall for calling this a Belgian-style beer when it doesn’t carry any of the yeast-derived flavors expected from the base style. Xcabby216 (1) - USA - DEC 18, 2004 does not count
Is definitly dark beer with nice lacework and low carbonation, tast wise it reminded me of a good English brown though the describe it as a belgian brown. I think it’s a good session beer, also is only available at their location in berea, OH since they are a brewpub but do have growlers avail.