BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Tap: A dark Belgian hybrid ale that pays tribute to both the big abbey quad ales along with a nod toward the hoppier Belgians like Duvel. The beer has a deep coppery near purplish hue with some amber highlights topped by a fading fizzy off-white head. The aroma screaming of dark fruits (plum, dates, raisins), Special B roast and honey along with a slight yeast produced spicy aromatic, floral phenols and a touch of good old American alpha hops. The taste is yeast and malt driven with dark fruits and molasses background. Earthy and Abbey like but the fruit addition kick it up a level along with the shot of resiny bitterness. Faint chocolate covered raisins and pepper found more toward the finish. Smart carbonation, just enough to keep it moving on the palate yet kept an oily lush overtone. This is very good, so much so I took home a growler which I could not stop drinking into the wee hours. Yeah for beer! rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
tap. very deep brown with small head. sweet and malty with substantial hop bitterness. a little hot. i can’t decide if this works or if it’s a flavor mess. stevoj (5038) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle share courtesy of Rick. Belgian with nice woody notes. Brown, kind of thin body, soft airy head. Kind of sweet, yeast pulls through. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2012
On tap at Greenbush Brewpub. Deep clear mahogany with a thin tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark candi sugar, brown sugar and mild fruit. Taste is sweet with a dark candi sugar, dark fruit, yeast and mildly over-roasted malt. Finishes up fruity and semi-dry. jake65 (3694) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle share. Brown color with a small ring of beige head. Aroma is a light roast, earthy bits, and a little Belgian yeast. Taste is a little on the roasty side, lightly sweet, faint spice, and the Belgian yeast again.
koleminer20 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
From notes. 12 oz bottle shared during a sharing of the Advent Calendar (conclusion!) on March 30. The pour is a medium brown with a soft ring of white head and no lacing. The aroma is strong on the malt characters. There is a light caramel and dark fruit character, but I like how the malt is pretty dominant here. The flavor is more yeasty and typical of a Belgian. There is some decent maltiness throughout the flavor as well. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and there aren’t many overwhelmingly great notes. The carbonation is light, and the aftertaste is also pretty light chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
bottle... good looking beer, really nice dark mahogany, light cream head doesn’t last long... the aroma is light caramel, yeast, coffe and brown sugar... tastes like a Belgian brown ale with yeast, a bit of bubblegum, coffee, chocolate, and malt... unique and interesting, worth trying pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at the source... Pours a less than cola like pour, somewhat transparent and topped with a quickly dissipating head leaving virtually nothing... Dark fruit, cocoa with a little chocolate. Some banana and that same yeasty profile consistent with most of their beer actually... Sweet toffee and lighter cocoa with more of that similar yeast influence. Mostly sweet, honey-like through the middle with a modicum of distant earthy bitterness on the backend. Just bigger than medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Not knowing the style when I pour, it looks like a brown ale with a tiny head. Closer nasal inspection reveals a light, spicy Belgian aroma. Wait, its not an abbey dubbel maybe just a Belgian Strong. Similar in flavor to 3 of the othe GB beers today though. Definately an alcohol burn with a toffee and chocloate flavor. Lasting, long finish. rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Dark brown pour. Booze, brown sugar, raisins, cherry in the nose. The Taste is a bit more subdued and showcases the yeast. Overall, a cool beer.