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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Belgian-style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey ales to deliver the richest roasted malt flavors. Dual-yeast fermentation, spicy hops, and the addition of Muscovado brown sugar provide increased complexity and depth of flavor which effortlessly combine to present a delicious, balanced brew with a velvety smooth texture that pleases the palate.

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3.8
KevinReddirt (209) - Midland, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2017
A fortunate offering in a 750 ml bottle from the nearby HEB. Lifting the cork and making a pour into my Rochefort glass it delivers a dark brown liquid with amber on the edges. The head is a light tan lasting briefly except for a replenished small skim. Lifting the glass to my nose I find raisin, caramel and something yeasty. With a drink there is malt, dark plum, a slight sweetness. Most interestingly, it finishes with a persistent bitterness. The alcohol is fairly well covered up, perhaps a hint of warming. Lacking the depth of my preferred quads, Ideal Belgique is still a decent effort.

3.2
kidobutai (696) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2017
Poured from a tap at Green Flash. Good head and lacing, Strong acidic aroma, scotchy scotch scotch taste, light brown color.

3.7
slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle. Rich dark brown. Sugary and yeast forward aroma and flavor - brown sugar, clove, bubble gum, malt forward and slightly sweet. Good, but a little steep.

3.5
NikkTwist (3307) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2017 Draft at The Irish Pol. Murky deep dark brown amber pour with tan foam. Toffee raisin malts. Medium-bodied. Figs. Plums. Cocoa. Liquorice. Shiny chocolate caramel candies. Not as good as the true dark Belgian beers but not bad.

3.6
Travlr (25821) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Draft at Barrel 3. Cloudy reddish amber color. Huge tannic aroma with dark fruity esters. Taste is boozy fruit and tannins.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Draught at the brewery. Pours brown with a large, creamy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is moderate cookie and caramel malt, toast malt notes with dates and figs. Flavor is moderate bready, toast and caramel malt with nutty notes, dates and figs and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.8
onceblind (10322) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2017
Deep dark plummy brownish amberish hue under a thin ivory/light beige head. Deep earthy dark fruit aromas with dates and figs and a bit of toast. The flavor is deeply sweet and a bit dusty and fruity like from the nose, some dates and light fig, and a boozy abbey dusty finish. Deep and a bit boozy and belgianish.

3.6
mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
On tap at Darby’s Gastown, pours a cloudy chestnut brown with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, candied sugar and earthy notes. Flavour is along the same lines being very fruity, with lots of red dark fruits, Belgian yeast, brown sugar and earthy notes. Not authentic, but it’s quite nice. Sweet and fruity. Very good.

3
Ferris (16296) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2017
Draft - Cocoa me fruity yeasty notes. Deep brown with a decent white head. Fruity Belgian notes, dark raisin and some cocoa. The body really isn’t there for the style.

3.3
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2017
Draught at Darby’s Gastown, Vancouver
Dark brown color with small compact beige head. Esters are evident in the aroma. The flavor is based on caramel, it’s moderately sweet, but it doesn’t have malt depth; the alcohol is just a bit too evident.
Clean. Ok beer.


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