overall
85
45
style
RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A vibrant reddish-black hue, substantial body and pleasant headiness give this dark Belgain-style ale an alluring first impression. The intense flavors of dark candi sugar conspire to deceive with flavors that remind us of preserved fruits and holiday spicing, but the true agent is the Trappist yeast -- and a suspicious drinkability.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5257) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2016
TGG, Seattle. Thin creamy head, dark clear red orange brown. Light round fruit aroma, spicy yeast. Alc burn, fairly heavy weight, esters and tannins in equal measure. Red wine fruitiness, above fruit malt. Just ok.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1875) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2016
A decent but forgettable dark. Pours a beautiful deep ruby red with a thin tan head. Not much smell, some dark fruit. Taste is mostly cherry, plum and strawberry and a bit of an empty finish. Had on tap at Bailys Taproom. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4971) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Dark red color with a thin head. Light aroma of dark cherry and molasses. Somewhat of a dark caramel and yeasty flavor. Hints of banana. Light body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1551) - - JUN 11, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 500ml bottle. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with notes of dark fruit and candi sugar. Pours deep amber colored with a thin tan head that has poor retention and lacing. Starts with sweet candi sugar and dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin. Finishes smooth with the spicy Belgian yeast coming through at the end to linger on the palate after each sip. Pretty nice Belgian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (8177) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Deep purplish Amber hue with no head. Dark fruity nose full of plum and raisin, with a nice littl Trappist yeast tone. Full and boozy and dusty flavor from the Trappist yeast, the slightest bit of pepper, and a full plum and raisin flavor thats semisweet and a touch boozy. Very faint orange zest whisper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CObiased (402) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2016
375ml bottle - unique pour...mahogany color, clear, reddish hue and virtually no head. Big Belgian aroma with ripe fruit, clove, ripe banana, earth and maybe some bubblegum. Malt and yeast dominant flavors like more ripe fruit (cherry, plum, raisin, berry, banana), spice, sweet tea and caramel. No roastiness or hop presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2016
Bottle - pours lightly hazy purple - nose of caramelized sugars, plums, raisin, phenols if clove, pepper, smoke- creamy texture, low carbonation - sweet, but not cloyingly so, with well-masked alcohol, and a light tartness and finishing earthy a spicy phenolic profile that balances the sweetness well - well-executed for an American rendition.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3613) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle from The Tin Bucket. Roasty nose, with plenty of spice, dark fruit, and very light fumes. Reddish/brown color, tan head, lots of carb rising. Caramel, roast malt, dark sugar, plums, raisins, and spice. Medium body. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty ... but kind of muddled flavors. Just on the edge of cloying.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (1759) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Dark brown pour. Vaguely vinous aroma, flavor is very sweet with notes of wine and dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2323) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Rating #1673 - #CBC2015 Beer 58 - Day 4 - On tap at Baileys Taproom w/ Ferris. Dark copper pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Taste is ripened pears, burnt sugar, hazelnut. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt. Superb and lovely.


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