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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Belgium-style ale brewed with the changing seasons in mind. Firm toasty and sweet coffee-like malt flavors are underpinned by a subtle vanilla oakiness. Peppery spice adds character to this beer’s slightly dry and warming finish. 35 SRM 24 IBU 15.5 Plato

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3.4
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Clear deep amber/mahogany beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty chocolate aroma, yeasty notes, caramel, dark bread, grassy, hay, figs, some cocoa. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, grassy, grapes, citrus, cocoa, some dark bread. Decent beer but not very Belgian.

3.5
brokensail (16678) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap @ Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Brown pour with a slight haze and khaki head. Aroma is toasted malt, peppery spices, and sweet banana and fruit esters. A touch of nuts and chocolate as well. Flavor has a nice sweetness and minimal bitterness. Some spices, chocolate, nuts, and toast. Good banana, caramel, and bread. Pretty decent beer.

3.3
bhensonb (15852) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours amber with a foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of roast malt and yeast/spice. Some veg or fruit. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is roast malt, fruit and some spice. Bit different. Pretty much Belgian. Good drink.

3.2
DSG (15301) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
(11/2/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in downtown San Diego. Clear brown color. Aroma of malt, some nuts, light roastiness, faint coffee notes and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor with some roastiness and coffee notes, dark fruit notes, a bit of spiciness and a rather dry finish. Medium-bodied.

3.3
Tmoney99 (15036) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Draft sample. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweety malt and small yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Tap at the brewery, 4S Ranch. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and nutty malt, earthy and woody hops, dates and figs with brown sugar notes. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruits, vanilla and nutmeg with light hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
On tap at the Karl Strauss Brew Pub located in La Jolla, CA. I stopped by here while the wife took the kids to Starbucks...

Poured a darker brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, woody, vanilla, and somewhat earthy. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate, lighter woodiness, and caramel.

3.4
slowrunner77 (12998) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"kind of a different direction for a winter warmer...belgian aspects lighter in the aroma. mostly roasted malts with a touch of peppery spice and fruit. in the flavor, the 3 aspects are all about equal, with slight chocolate and caramel as well. light and robust at the same time. pretty cool beer. unique."

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12550) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
THANKS to Ibrew2or3-Tampa Weekly Gathering @OTH-12oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with trailing lace and dark amber color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/toffee, spice/pine hops, dusty. Taste is medium malt-chocolate/roasty/toffee, spice/pine hops, dusty, clove. Towards medium body. Good, drinkable beer.

3.9
hopscotch (11319) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Bottle… Clear, deep copper ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Great retention. The bouquet is of chocolate malt, banana and dark fruit esters overlying a modest clove phenol. Full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor awards milk chocolate and dried dark fruits – complex. Lengthy, mashy, bittersweet, dark fruit finish.


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