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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
I liked it but it’s kinda weird. Probably better beer without my "judging hat" on, enjoying the toasty/creamy character that was not terribly unlike Fat Tire. Described as "Belgian" but doesn’t taste much like any Belgian beers I’ve had. But I’m no expert. Bready.


3.7
bergstaden (3189) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
Brown with an off white head - Malt aroma with some caramle in it - Good malt body with flavours of caramel and some coffee - Caramel and coffee goes into the finish - This was good

3.5
VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - MAR 3, 2015
Guzzled while waiting to get on California Screamin’ at California Adventure. Somehow Zoe convinced herself to go on this - it was the alternative to the ferris wheel that seemed to terrorize her. Plummy, some roast, decent pepper, vanilla, fruits that are not citrus or berries, dirt and less than sweet toffee. Time to go and man up for the kidlettes.

3.1
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of cocoa, caramel, toast, hints of slight nutty notes into a bit of grass, earth, and grain. Taste is a mix of red fruit, caramel, toast, spicy yeast, some grass into a bit of earth, finishing slightly sweet, dry.

3.1
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Doughy yeasty with a malty aroma come from this clear amber brew whith small bubbles forming around the glass. I get the earthy doughy flavor from the yeast up front followed by the typical belgian flavor mixed with a malty sweetness. The back of my tounge tastes the slight bitterness of this mediumish bodied brew.

3.4
Marheb (6193) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Unibroue m’a élevé avec ce genre d’arôme et je suis rarement dans cet état d’esprit maintenant mais celle-là me plait. Le Brown malt explose et les épices, même si elles sont bien présentes, ne choquent jamais.

3.4
BeerandBlues2 (13821) - 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
Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a thin head on a clear light brown body. The aroma is nuts, wood and candy. Interesting. The taste is a bit watery, caramel sweet, toasted malt and mild vanilla. A nice warm finish though. The texture is thin. Quite drinkable, just not interesting.

3.6
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at their place in San Diego. Pours a clear Amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is slight yeast. Flavor is Belgian yeasty caramel and toffee really nice. Finishes dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
March 22nd, 2013 - Karl Strauss is departing from the West Coast sacred traditions (where the spell ingredients are always hops) to dip in a Belgian direction. Their Double Belgium is a murky, muddy brown brew, and the smell is most distinctly tangly, with some rapberries and orange acidity. I also detect some cider, but it’s generally hard to smell, and stays close to the surface. I suspect this is because I preceded this brew with a Chipotle smothered in hot sauce. The flavor leads with a touch of acidity and some Brett funk, but it’s still mild, and the palate feels slightly more thin than I’d expect given the flavor. Mashed apple sweetness and dry apple cider flavor this brew, and I think it tasted better in the sampler glass than the full pint. Out in a wider pasture, it’s a little thin and too cider like for me to really dig it.

3.4
slowrunner77 (12895) - 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."


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