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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3.9
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
Thank you funkybrewster. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy dense off-white head. Aroma is quite yeasty, light fruit, berries, lots of malt, similar to an abbey dubbel 7.5. Flavor follows, abbey dubbel style, fairly dry, smooth and chalky, nuts and berries, dark near burnt sugars but not overwhelming, yeasty with a long malty finish, not particularly sweet for the style. Quick finish with a yeasty malty bitter fruity aftertaste. Medium bodied with chunky fluffy carbonation, dry feeling, slightly chalky.

3.7
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
Pours a clear, very dark garnet color with an average, dark beige, fizzy, frothy head which leaves a very small, frothy layer and minimal, tight lace. Nose is pleasant and fruity; notes of fig, plum, burnt caramel, light anise, faint earthy notes, a mild warmth, and the yeast is lightly estery. Flavor is similar but lacks the incredible malt depth of the better examples of BSA’s; notes of plum, burnt caramel, brown sugar, light clove, light anise, faint estery yeast, and a mild, earthy bitterness. Palate is medium to full, lively, syrupy, and mildly warm. Finishes somewhat short for a BSA and not that sweet; notes of earth, burnt caramel, even a slight roast note. Kind of a curious BSA with some nice, rich, fruity malts but the palate is fair, the appearance is only adequate, and the malts are not overly complex. The earthy bitterness is a nice change of pace, but it did not have the malt backbone to support it. Good, but not great.

3.7
drfabulous (7933) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bought at Bruisin Ales. Malty. Carbonation. Raisins. Grapes. Plumbs. Sweet. Banana lingers for a bit after you taste. Good take on a Belgian ale.

3.5
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured a dark brown with good size pillowy head and okay lacing. Aroma was lots of grapes and other dark fruits/plums and yeast. Flavor was much the same, some chocolate in there as well as some roastedness. Good brew,

4.2
ToddA (21) - California, USA - APR 12, 2009
Very nice elegant drinking dark strong Belgian Ale. Yeast driven phenols are sublime very nice effort...

3.7
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Strong peppery, spicy, nutmeg, and raisin flavored. Nice, but not great.

3.4
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours brown with thick tan head. Aroma of bananas, cloves, and yeast. Taste of caramel malt, cloves, and dark fruits. Thick mouthfeel. Spices a little overpowering. OK but disappointing.

3.5
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bomber. Deep dark brown pour that started with a nice fluffy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma and flavor of dark fruit, raisin, fig and overly ripe banannas. It seems pretty hot with noticeable alcohol. A good beer but not my favorite from this very awesome brewery.

3.7
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 4, 2009
Bomber. Deep, garnet body topped with a moderate, tan head--firm and foamy. Good retention, coats the glass. Malty aroma of yeasty musk, honey, caramel, lots of esters, banana, dark fruits. Medium body with generous, coarse carbonation and a wet, sticky finish. Taste of caramel malts, dark fruits, clove, some woody-sourness, and a touch of roastiness on the finish. There’s a flair of hops in there; grapefruit rind carries through to the mildly bitter end. Fruity and a bit bitter. Noticeable alcohol as it "breathes." Needs to age.

4
GMCC2181 (1609) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle from SL. Poured into a snifter. Dark red in color, almost black. Small head that faded quickly. Aroma of raison, dark fruits and candy sugar. Taste is a touch of chocolate, dark fruits, raisons, plums, and sugar. Maybe some roasted malts. Smooth beer, really easy to drink. Overall a really good grand cru.


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