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
jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown with foamy brown head. Rich raisin, licorice, cherry and malty aroma. Rich malts with a nice bite at the finish. I like it, its a nice combination of rich malts, Belgian candy sugar and fruits, and hops.

3.8
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2009
on tap at papago... poured a nearly black shade of brown with a soft tan head and moderate drippy lacing. the aroma is quite fruity... raisins, dried stone fruits, loads of smooth malt and a strange smell... or feel rather, of menthol or eucalyptus. it is definitely something which numbs the sinus... odd but not unpleasant. that same character carries over as a profile in the flavor... it burns a bit and cleans off the palate. the flavor is full of malt and molasses but remains not overly sweet (at least for the style)... notes of herbs, flowers, grass and very mild pine on the finish along with some alcohol burn. the body is seemingly light and highly drinkable in quantity with prickly carbonation and mouth feel yet smooth...7/5/7/4/15/3.8

3.8
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of fopdog. Thanks Kevin. Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma seems mild with smooth malts hitting first before full notes of figs, prunes, raisins and a bit of pepper take over. The taste begins fruity with prunes, figs, plums and solid raisin notes. It gets a bit peppery to midway and grows some into the finish. Nice stuff.

3.7
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of jdubfl. Pours a dark amber to cola brown color with reddish highlights and a thin off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of ripe fruit, caramel, honey, grains. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, spice, flowers, caramel, anise. Generally medium body with a sweet malty finish.

4
thornecb (5914) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head with good retention recedes to skim surface an hug rim. Fig, raisin, caramel and alcohol aromas. Thick with upfront dark caramel, pit fruits and a lasting yeasty hop and alcohol finish.

3.9
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2009
courtesy of jdubfl. Pours amber with tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with presence of dark fruits. Taste, is strong malty palate, dark fruits and grainy with the ever present strong ale sugar like mouthfeel. Finish of light hops.

3.7
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Sampled on 2/26/2009. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep brown color form a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. The aroma is dark fruits and raisins, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are dark fruits, bready and sweet. Lots of raisin flavors. Filled with lots of those Belgian esters and fruitiness that one would expect from a BSA. Bright yeast. Decent carbonation. Touch of banana and clove at the finish. Some bottle aging seems to have dried this one out a little, a quick taste during the RBSG seemed to be a whole lot sweeter. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, but there is some bitterness as well.

4.5
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle, courtesy someone. Clear black reddish pour, filmy white head and thick lacing. Nose of dark Belgian fruit, some toasty bready notes, pear, chocolate and distant roast. Rich dark fruit flavors, with chocolate, coffee, caramel and molasses, with some licorice, brown sugar and a very nice overall complexity. Smooth body, very balanced and very delicious. Surprised by this one, it’s really good.

3.5
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
22oz bottle. thanks to kan. pours reddish brown with creamy tan head. nose is doughy, yeasty, spices. flavors of fruit, yeast, spicy doughy finish. rather dry too. tasty.

3.3
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
22oz bottle sampled thanks to pantanap. Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. The Belgian yeast is spicy with phenols, brown sugar, plums, and slightly sour notes. The spicy yeast and dark fruit malt don’t complement each other ell. Dark fruits, burnt malts, yeast and dough flavors that have an earthy/funky tinge. Finishes burnt and spicy. Maybe this beer would never be that great, but the odd yeast doesn’t benefit this beer.


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