RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Belgian Style Abbey Ale brewed with Black Mission Figs

Black Mission is the definition of a collaborative effort. It is a recipe born of three brewers, inspired by two very different styles of beer, and designed to showcase the fruit for which it is named — Black Mission figs. The brewers used a simple but classic dessert as a starting point for their recipe, the fig newton. For generations, this dessert has combined the sweetness of figs with the earthy spice of a graham cracker crust. Patrick, Tim, and Gopal decided to reproduce this classic flavor profile in Black Mission by combining a beer style that has a toasty, bread-like quality with a yeast strain that has fruity esters.

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boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle shared with hakes at tge dub.. far pour with thick off white head. Taste and flavor is malts ab..decent studf

ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
This poured out as a nice looking hazy brown color with a soapy white head on top. There isn’t much lacing or retention on this one. The smell is sweet with some dark malts and fermented fruit aromas. There is also a burnt sugar aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is quite nice, it’s sweet and malty with a sugary feel to it, it’s not bitter at all, similar to a Quad but not quite. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2012
On tap. Poured clear medium orange with a tight beige head. The aroma picked up sweet figs, honey, and nutty notes with a touch of peppery yeast. The flavor was candy-like.. figs, honey, and molasses at the core, with light, fresh yeasty accents.. more fruity yeast on the finish. Sweet on the palate with heavy, rolling carbonation.. filling.. became cloying after a short while.

BVery (11394) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Tap at GI Clybourn. Slightly murky amber pour, white head. Fig and yeast aroma and flavor. Solid Belgian.

esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at GTMW 2012. Amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of yeast and figs and some mild fruit. The figs come through somewhat in the taste along with some yeast and fruit. Ok.

Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2012
On tap

The first of two free pours was this interesting twist on a Belgian ale. Tasting a bit like boozy fruit cheesecake it has a big body to go with a big presence. Goose Island has nailed it with this one.

Aroma / Appearance - The caramel bronze body has a vibrant feel. The color of a rich sunset it warms the glass. Earth, half melted caramel chews, and pudding pops are not a standard combination but mostly work together. The base of fallen dry leaves helps ground it.

Flavor / Palate - Graham crackers, caramel, and alcohol are the primary drivers. The mouthfeel is warm and sweet. Feeling like taking sips of black cherry cheesecake covered in a fig glaze it goes down way too easily. If it weren’t for the long lines I would have gotten more on Saturday at the festival.

Bacterial (3060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Deep amber pour at Madison's before GTMW, off white head - fruit and a little wood in the nose. Nice mouthfeel, a little thicker than expected. Nice dark fruit notes, spicy Belgian yeast notes and a little sweet in the finish. Well done.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Dark copper pour whispy dense off white head. Weak aroma of lager grains some sweet sugars a hint of toast. Avg palate. Not much here some toast some grains touch sweet sugars. Dissapointing.

burg326 (5621) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On draft at brewpub, poured an amber red color with aromas of figs, light spice, some toffee, and light vanilla. Lots of flavors, but in the end it is dark fruit and figs. Nice beer overall, excited this one was still on tap when I was in Chicago. Would easily drink more of this if there was not other beers on tap that I have not tried before.

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