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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
The third in our line of Belgian-inspired ales, Fuerte is a strong ale based on a barley wine recipe that was fermented with the house Belgian yeast.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Cloudy amber with a small head and sheet lacing. Yeasty aroma with citrus and bubblegum. Just a touch of spice. Flavor is sweet and bittering hops are abundant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerien (1) - - JUN 17, 2013 does not count
Brandy-barrel Fuerte on tap at Burien brewpub. Ar: strong dried sweet fruit (raisins, plums) with brown sugar to spare. Brandy is strong as week. Ap: medium brown color, decent legs, medium dense head disappears fairly quickly. T: fresh plum, bright fruity, tangy in the back if the mouth. A bit overly sweet. More brandy flavor than barrel agreed characteristics. P: maybe a little thin for style. Low carb O: enjoyable, but sweetness was I’ve the top. Even with a nice Sour tang, the sweet was too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Gold colored brew with a small lasting head. The aroma has notes of clove, caramel, buttery sweetness, wheat. The flavor is pretty wheaty and yeasty with notes of clove, banana, and spice with a hefty dose of peppery hops that linger for a long time. Interesting wheat wine style with Belgian Yeast. Cool stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2008
On tap at CBG Exbeerience 2008. Pours clear copper with a short but lacy white head. Sweet full body, light carbonation. Sweet fruit and lemon nose, with a toffee and citrus taste. Dry, woody, earthy and spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
6/7/08 On draught at the ExBeerience beer festival. Aroma is of candy malt with fresh fruit and a low noble hop balance. Appearance is clear gold with a moderate white head. Flavor is alcoholic sweet malt forward with light earthy esters. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy creaminess. Overall, I just never felt like I was drinking a barleywine, and even with the belgian yeast, not so much of the appearance or mouthfeel should be this different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2008
Draft at Brouwer’s. Blend of the 06 and 07. Pours cloudy dark amber with golden caramel highlights. Dense, moussy tan head that lasts and lasts and lasts and leaves solid sedimentary sheet rings down the sides of the glass. Comes on like a wheat beast on the nose--just dump truck loads of that light wheat sour and husky nuttiness. Body’s on the high side of medium and a weird mix of crisp and creamy, if that makes any sense--there’s a boatload of bitter resin hop in here, and it shows up more on the attack than on the nose. The resin carries a bit through the mid-palate, really balancing things out, and leaving a strong and forceful but still harmonious finish. That belgian yeast thing is kinda buried, but I am sure it’s doing things deeper than my tongue’s getting. A hoppy-ass wheat wine...this hits me in a very good place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2008
Tap @ Brouwers: Amber color with a creamy tall head. Nose has a snappy yeast ester note with a chewy fermented raisin and kefir note along with the caramel and fruity hop notes. The flavor is chewy, nice body. Bright alcohol with some cheesy hints in the tail. Decent, much more of a barleywine than a belgian style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Hard Liver ’08
Golden colour with slight haze and light head. Very peachy nose with some yoghurty accents. Plastic notes, icing sugar, alcohol dryness, white pepper. Not so clean but interesting.

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