markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Pours a brownish color with a tan head. Nose is some Belgian yeast, some light malt, and a hint of fruit. Flavor is similar- lots of yeast character, some mild malt, and more fruitiness. Light to medium in body and interesting overall. McRoth (1) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014 does not count
Awesome Belgian! Wonderful Belgian flavors! Definitely recommend for anyone who enjoys strong Belgians! RRistow12 (868) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasted on tap at brewery. Dark copper in color with white head. Aroma of spices. Taste is spices with some caramel. Spicy strong ale that hides the alcohol well. Well balanced. Definitely the best beer Kelleys island offers.
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Pours a deep burnt orange. Taste of fruit and citrus. Very drinkable despite the high alcohol content.
Draft pint at brewpub. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
I recently went to Kelleys for the first time, and I loved the island, but didn’t love this beer. At the time of my visit, they had 2 Belgian style beers. This one was described to me as a "dubbel," and the other was described as "tasting like [Great Lakes] Dortmunder Gold." Needless to say I went with the dubbel. Upon reflection, my assumption is the bartendress was misinformed and was thinking their Kelleys Gold (which I have to imagine does taste like GLBC Dortmunder) was Belgian in style.
And it was pretty unimpressive. Its appearance was OK - a muddy, hazy red-brown color with very little head, served in a pint glass that was filled to the glasses rim (with just a millimeter of foam on top). Aroma was OK - some plums and cherries that are characteristic of dubbels, but also a significant amount of graininess. That graininess was evident in the texture and flavor of the beer as well, which was fruity, flat, and contained quite a few off-notes. This beer made me not want to try another beer from this establishment, but was not a drain-pour.
I can’t say I’d recommend this beer. The place was relaxing enough, and my wife informs me that they make a really solid breakfast.
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2008
On tap at brewpub
HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2008
My second and final pint this was a great beer to drink as the temperature climbed into the 80s. Refreshing and solid it reflects a brewer who cares about the product he is making rather than just pushing out substandard swill. It makes me wish that there were other options available and that they would be more widely distributed than a single store in Sandusky.
Aroma / Appearance - The half finger off white head contrasted with the caramel orange body. Carbonation rose the top at a lazy island pace. Orange peels, caramel, butterscotch and other sweet flavors drifted slowly out of the glass. Balanced and inviting it offered a promise of the treat to come.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was simultaneously chewy and fluid. Orange liquer, toast and honey stood out among other tastes that took their time settling on the palate. At almost nine percent the alcohol was hidden well. While definitely still a sipping beer it was not hard to finish off a pint. Had I more time it wouldn’t have been tough to finish a second either. If this was a more accessible tap it would get more recognition.
Poured from bottle - Sandusky, OH. Aroma of molasses bread. Mahogany color. Definitely taste the malt and sugar here. Also taste the alcohol, but it is not dominant and works well with the other flavors. Finished well. This was good, but could have used some aging. donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2006
from tap. pours hazy and amber brown with thin head. smells and tastes of banana and other fruity spices. i was expecting a thicker body for a belgian. the finish is crisp but somewhat yeasty.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2006
On tap at the brewpub on 6/26/2006 - Pours hazy dark amber with no head at all. Aromas of yeast, caramel malts, and nice grassy hops. Flavor is yeasty but backed pretty well by the caramel malts. The brief hops at the end of each sip give this a crisp and clean finish. Didn’t find the alcohol in it but the server said it was 9% alcohol. I just found this one tasty! Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle from Piccolo’s in Sandusky, OH. Hazy deep amber color with a small frothy white head that diminished quickly. Solid yeasty balanced hop and malt aroma. Light to medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate balanced malt and hop flavor with a small sour finish. Good drinkable ale.