RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Belgian Style Dark Ale is inspired by traditional Abbey Ales to deliver the richest of malt flavors but with a slightly elevated hopping and increased complexity given from two different yeast strains. This malt laden ale is designed to satiate and keep your taste buds dancing.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Draught at Blind Tiger. 2008 vintage. Dark transparent brown with small tan head. Aroma is big roasted malt in backdrop of faint earthy hops, becomes sweet boozy molasses as beer warms. Taste is really flavorful and complex, but clean and refined. Big roasty malt, light a supped up brown ale. Dull bitter finish. Ran out of beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2010
I guess I was expecting a quad rather than a belgian strong/dark, Grand Cru just threw me off. A belgian stout would be a great description of this, because thats exactly what it is. A solid malty stout with belgian yeasts to give it another dimension. Lots of malt, decent smoke, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of floral hops. Enjoyable, but not anything I would seek out again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2507) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Poured with a very thin, slightly tan head. Deep dark brown color that comes close to black. Sweet dark fruit aroma...plum...red grapes and a touch of roasted/smokey malts. Plumy sweetness that gives way to a bittersweet chocolate finish. Fantastic...with just enough warming alcohol hints. Thinner MF, with nice snappy carbonation . Very much within my expectations. Really very warming. Definitely an easily enjoyable sample with the flavors and richness of taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle pour to tulip glass gives cola colored somewhat thick with two finger tan head. Aroma OK with dark fruits. Taste dark fruits and malts with a somewhat bitter finish. Its OK but would not buy again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1062) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bomber from Total Wine in Tustin ($7.49). Pours an extremely dark garnet color that might also be called brown. The generous beige head has good retention. Aroma is yeast, spice, biscuity malts, and dark fruit. Tastes is mildly sweet with significant roasted malt characteristics (hints of rich smooth dark chocolate and coffee in the finish) as well as dark fruit flavors and light spice. Good carbonation with not much alcohol detected. Altogether a solid effort from these local guys. (189, 269)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Awesome, awesome beer. Pours a dark brown with almost purple highlights. A dense, beige head. Nose heavy on raisins and toffee, along with malty undertones. Flavor is super rich and sweet. More dark fruits. Some smoke and coffee in the latter stages of the flavor. Nice funky yeast hints as well, especially in the tail. Sweet and syrupy finish. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Pours dark brown with red highlights and a small-moderate beige head that lasts a while. Aroma of cherry, strawberries, pears, caramel, brown sugar, white wine, and bread. Flavor of raisins, strawberries, caramel, brown sugar, leafy hops, and sourdough toast. Malty without being sugary. Finishes with a leafy lingering hop presence with plenty of earth, toast, and spice. Medium-heavy bodied, oily in mouthfeel with highish carbonation and moderate alcohol heat. Pretty decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8985) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Fruity aroma with some light berry notes and a light bitterness. The flavor is pretty well balanced, with fruity, belgian yeasty notes and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (2155) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Very good Belgian ale from a great West coast brewery. This beer pours a deep brown, only translucent at its edges, with very nice lacing. The aroma is rich and deep with good doughy malt character and lots of Belgian yeast. It reminds me a bit of Rocheforts quad without quite the heat or extreme complexity. The flavor doesnt quite live up to the nose. Im not getting the sweetness that some people seem to report. Its very yeasty with dark stone fruits and a strong caramel malt flavor. The finish lingers pleasantly. The feel is rich and full. Drinkability is good, but how could that not be the case with a good Belgian-style ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (3526) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Good beer. Bit sweet as a whole and strong. Poured with a small fine cream colored foamy head that quickly subsides and some lace. Color is a very dark cherry wood. Aroma is sweet malty a bit yeasty and roasty. Flavors mainly sweet with the other aroma qualities larger also. Good full round body and good carbonation. Finish is mainly sweet with some bitterness at the very end. Not really a session.


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