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RATINGS: 450   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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3.5
alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is malty with spices and yeast. The flavor is malty, moderately spiced, yeasty, hints of bubble gum, and a solid dose of fruits like raisins. Medium bodied. This isn’t a bad beer, I think I was just expecting more.

3.8
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle sample at the Green Flash/New Holland tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7.23.09. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty aroma with Belgian yeast, fruit and lots of chocolate. Subtle banana and clove flavor up front with some chocolate malt and booze before a chocolate finish. Pretty good, but a bit too sugary to be great.

3.2
Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beight head. Aroma was quite yeasty with dark fruit caramel and notes of raisins. Flavor was caramel malts, dark fruit, molasses, toasted grains and some light spices with a medium body and has a dry sticky finish.

3.7
Hangover (1142) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Very dark brown pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolately with some roasty notes as well as vanilla. Full bodied, high carbonation. Mouthfeel is almost chewy and this one has a heavy roast flavor. Lots of dried fruit, plum, raisin towards the middle. Finish reveals some belgian phenols, banana, light citrus. Pretty interesting brew. Alcohol is evident. Definitely a sipper.

3.6
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap at the 2009 Stone Sour Fest. Very nice Belgian ale. Roasted malts, some sour but faint. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Tap at City Beer in SF. Dark brown - almost a little purplish or maybe it’s just the lighting - with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruits, hops, and a little yeast. Flavor is dark fruits (esp. cherry), sweet malt, candi sugar, slight roast, and more hops than I expected. Smooth and fairly full on the palate. Good but not great.

3.7
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 20, 2009
On tap at San Francisco’s City Beer. By the way, great place I will rate it. Pours dark amber, medium to full bodied, not too sweet, presence of hops which give it a dry ending.

3.8
JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
On tap at Stone Sour Fest 2009. Dark brown with nice white carbonated head. Aroma of dried fruit and cherries. Aroma is not very strong. Taste is very nice, a bit tangy and dry but not over the top.

3.5
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Opaque reddish brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruits with an interesting jarred olive component. Flavor is quite sweet with a slightly jarring bitter hoppy followup. Not thick and syrupy (thankfully). Alcohol is prominent. A bit strange but still a decent Belgian inspired though clearly American beer.

3.5
drjay44 (3827) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, mocha head of long duration, with lovely lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body.....nose is dried fruit (cherry, raisin), bit of coffee, chocolate, molassess, light hop.....taste is layered malts, toffee, dried fruits, finishing with a light lasting hop bitterness......mouth feel is thick and chewy. This is good beer.


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