dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Thanks to Ian for scoring this for me. Brownish red pour with a thin off white head. Cinnamon, roasted grain and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Taste is smooth with a big cinnamon bite, roasted grains and a touch of caramel. Lots of strange flavors kind of make this a meh for me. sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours a darkish orange copper with ruby highlights. No head whatsoever despite a gentle pour. Looks highly effervescent. lots of yeast all over. Smells strongly of cherries, almost like a sour, very sweet. Also smells like gingerbread.
The flavor starts sweet and fruity. Cherries or sweet candi sugar jump off the palate as some spices come in, possibly cinnamon and pepper. Almost too soon does the flavor fade into a very dry finish. Hops are hard to decipher.
The label says this is “a curious ale”. I can attest to that, because initially I wasn’t even sure what style it was supposed to represent. It is more like some hybrid style not willing to truly fit into one style category. However, it is labeled as a Belgian Dark Ale. I am not sure I agree with this, as the beer is too fruity and sweet with only soft spices. thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2010
It’s the nose on this beer that stands out. It’s a wonderfully complex bouquet of toasted cookie and bubblegum grape, with a lot of potent aged cheese. While this might not sound very refined, all the aromas are mild and sincere enough that they blend beautifully. The flavor is moderately sweet all the way through. The palate borders on watery, which is probably its only weakness. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
12oz bottle from Buebie poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a sticky tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is sweet with candi sugar, raisins, plums and even some chocolate. The rye is present with a light spiciness in the nose as well as some other spices, maybe cinnamon.
Taste has some sweet fruits and chocolate up front with the bready spice of the rye and maybe a touch of citrus hops. There is also plenty of peppery spice, especially in the finish which leaves the tongue tingling after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and spicy sweet if that makes sense. It definitely leaves a sting on the palate, part alcohol, part spice.
This is my first brew from Dave’s and I’m pretty impressed as this has plenty of complexity and still remains drinkable. I look forward to trying other things from them. fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Aroma:Belgian yeast, dark fruits.
Appearance:Deep amber in color, with some floaty bits.
Taste:Nice malty sweetness, caramel, dark fruits. Spicy phenols, including clove. Nutty aftertaste.
Palate:Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth.
Overall:This is an easy drinking Belgian dark strong ale. It’s easily sessionable. It’s got some nice complexity to it, but there’s not a whole lot to make it stand out from the crowd.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of raisins, molasses, earth, and grass. Flavor of raisins, rye, caramel, candi sugar, yeast, and toffee. Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottle at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. The brew is a clear dark amber-copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty and fruity. Medium body with flavors of sweet malt, cherries and grain. The finish is grainy malt with a fruity aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable all around. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Pours a hazy golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, candy sweetness, toffee, caramel, rye and nuts. Flavor of grapes, cherry, brown sugar, nuts, toasted malt and caramel. undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Pours deep amber with an off white head. Aroma is bready malts, belgian yeast, spice and banana. Taste is biscuit, rye spice banana yeast. Nice mouthfeel. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to nuplastikk: Pours a clear deep orange copper with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet biscuity light caramel malty nose with a hint of clove spice and light fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and chewy light caramel malty sweetness with notes of rye and doughy Belgian yeast with a touch of black cherry fruitiness. Finishes with a dry rye bread character. An enjoyable and fairly complex brew.