Midnight Sun 2009 Crew Brews: Descent

RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Imperial Abbey Ale brewed with raisins + grains of paradise
8.3 % Alcohol By Volume 25 International Bittering Units (IBUs)

Beer Description: This deep amber Imperial Abbey Ale melds malt and earth, spice and fruit to create a wonderful vehicle to wind down the day. Belgian yeast contributes flavor notes that accent the raisins and grains of paradise used in the brewing process. With strength and stamina, DESCENT is deliberate in its mission.

BEER LINE: "The Way Down"
2009 Crew Brew Series: Heading into 2009, the NINE of us will each designnamebrew a beer to be released in 2009. We are all very excited about this series. Its a great way to freeze this time and space right before we jump into the new place and add new folks. These NINE beers will be fabulously eclectic and delicious.

Creator of This Beer: Kourtney, aka K-Dogg...aka K-Tron, is our hotdog boardercyclistbrewer. K-Dogg works and plays harder than most...and hes got the scars to prove it. His beer was inspired by the Belgian beers he enjoys after an incredible day on one of his boards or bikes or in the brewhouse. Created as a tribute to the monk-ethic that produces beautiful beer through spiritual dedication to centuries-old standards, DESCENT celebrates "the way down".

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2009
A good beer. 22oz from the brewery. Dark amber with red hues around the edges. A very sweet smelling ale. It is light to medium bodied with a slight creamy feel. Starts sweet, in the middle it has a spice, and finishes sweet. It has a little bit of a warming effect, it is nice in the cold weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 22, 2009
clear dark brown with big creamy head. raisin and spice, with a dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4562) - Sofia, BULGARIA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 Bomber via trade thanks to akbeerfiend. Pours a deep clear reddish amber color with a well-formed white head and some good lacing. Aroma is markedly Belgian and yeasty with sweet malt, spices, candi sugar, and fruity notes. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malt, toffee, and candi sugar, along with lots of spicy Belgian yeast and dried fruits. A little sweeter than Id like. Decent palate, medium-full bodied with a good carbonation level. Overall this is a reasonably good effort from "K-Dogg" (weird name for a guy in Alaska to call himself).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Date: August 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine grey head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, nice sweet esters, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, sweet fruity esters, nice balancing spicyness, light biterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle from Hannont, thanks man. Clovey, yeasty aroma, lots of raisin, grains, very herbal, juniper. Big, spritzy, rather sweet/cloying flavor, kind of unbearable. Very underattenuated. Cant enjoy this much at all, which is a shame, as MS does so many incredible beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16399) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is clear amber in color with an off-white head. S: The nose is fairly typical for a dark Belgian beer. Dark grapes, miscellaneous red fruits, and raisins. A nice spiciness to it, yeast, and candi sugar. Nice dark maltiness to it as well. T: Starts off with a solid malty flavor and a subtle roasted note. Theres also a really toasty flavor to this beer that is certainly different. Lots and lots of dark red fruits as well as some of the more typical descriptors like raisins and spice. Really strange and all over the place. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate carbonation. D: Not exactly what I look for in a Belgian Abbey ale, but not terrible, I suppose. A bit too sweet for me.

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