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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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3.8
ghawener (1608) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JAN 1, 2011
Draft @ Karl Strauss Brewery in downtown San Diego. Nice bready, malty and sweet. Food Pairing: Rollo Loco.

2.9
elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap. Strong bready notes along with toasted malt and dried fruit in the aroma. Body is medium-thick, a bit oily. Flavor suggests grilled toast, smoke, and meatymalts. A touch of hop bitterness on the finish cuts the sweetness. Not bad, but underwhelming.

3.3
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Draft at the La Jolla brewpub. Poured a deep dark brown with a thin white head. Nose was heavy bread and yeast. Flavors of Belgium yeast, and burn popcorn with some roasted malt. Full bodied. Decent brew, probably better if I was more into Belgiums.

3
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
A - poured dark red/brown with high tan head and some lacing. S - Aromas of toasted malts and coffee up front. Notes of caramel, chocolate and oakiness as well. M - smooth mf, with medium body and average carb. T - tastes similar to smell. Toasted malts and coffee on the nose. Oakiness, coffee and cloves on the palate. Subtle note of banana (the belgian yeasts) and chocolate as well. O - better than average, interesting belgian brown ale, good mixture of the light belgian fell with the darker brew. 6-

3.6
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours hazy, hazelnut brown with a big, light tan head that leaves good lace. Smells yeasty and spicy with some slightly sweet malts as well. Tastes yeasty and malty and spicy. Sweet overall with some yam and cinnamon and clove. Pretty good. Medium body, vibrant carbonation.

3
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of riversideak. Dark brown color with a soft red hue. The head is fluffy but fading away quickly. For a brown ale this is looking pretty good. Slight nuttiness with touches of roast and a VERY light smoke. This doesn’t last long seeing it is overshadowed by the subtle dark fruit aroma. Some raisin and grape, with a touch of Belgian yeast. Dig deep with the nostrils because it is not extremely pungent. Well-balanced and nuanced, just not much is popping out at me. Light body, with a weird nut flavor that has some grape and raisin backing to it. For a brown ale there are some nice twists to this style, but overall it just isn’t wowing me whatsoever. I don’t ever expect brown ales to be thick, but you could use a bit more malts and plump this sucker up.

3
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Rating #15 of this brew. Some Italian rest./Sports Bar on Balboa in SD. Looks like a brown ale. Quickly disappearing off-white big-bubbled head. Nose is sweet malt. High sweetness with tiny bit of spice. Taste is all sweet malt. Light brown sugar burst with not much after the finish. Very light mouthfeel. I didn’t pick up typical Belgian characteristics, except for MAYBE the TINIEST hint of citricy sweetness.

4.6
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Fantastic beer. Caramel toast sweet and spicy. You have got to try this one. Not overly Belgium. Nice light and super balanced. Flavors blend well and great finish.

3.4
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
12 oz bottle from Marine [email protected] Miramar: Reddish brown color with a frothy tan head. Aroma is kinda nutty. Flavor is sweet and malty, lightly buttery with hazel nuts, faint cocoa and a mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body is creamy with soft carbonation.

3.7
ARH (1135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
On tap served in a stemmed tulip. Although subdued, the aromas that come through are mainly caramel, roasted nuts, and some berries. The beer pours a clear red brown color with a thin, off-white head that doesn’t leave any lacing. It’s a nice blend of medium sweetness and medium-light bitter tastes. Roasted nuts and caramel mainly dominate the palate, although some coffee notes seem to be present. It’s a medium bodied, slick beer with a fizzy carbonation. It finishes with a grassy and resin quality to it accompanied by a mild pepper and vanilla touch, and maybe some wood character too.


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