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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Belgian Dark Strong Ale aged in Petite Sirah barrels

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4.1
Hops2theDome (5) - - FEB 4, 2016 does not count
Pours a beautiful Amber color with lots of fruit notes...tastes like a Pinot excellent wine characteristics

3.5
slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2017 pleasant beer - not as sour or complex as some of the others I’ve had, but still good. Definitely wine and oak forward, lots of fruit and berry, little yeast. Not bad. This last batch (1/17) was dialed to 11...overly sweet raisin and port? barrel? Diabetic sweetness, tartness was gone, lots o raisin and alcohol.

3.9
Natai (152) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Wax-sealed Batch #1 poured into a Trappist goblet-style glass. Pours a murky red with a small but persistent off-white head. Slight aroma a banana/clove common to Belgians, coupled with a slightly sour scent imparted by the wine barrels. The bread-like Belgian flavor is similarly offset by the Sirah to create a very balanced flavor that’s pleasant with just enough nuance to be interesting. Very smooth and velvety on the tongue with a slight wine aftertaste that’s not at all sour.

3.9
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Batch 1. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Red wine and rich malt aroma. Rich malt and caramel flavor with red wine, light yeast, and light spice. Medium bodied. Caramel and red wine linger with rich malt, light yeast, and light spice.

3.4
lightbias (455) - USA - MAR 7, 2015
There are a lot of Belgians out there that are over the top, however, this is not only very palatable, but I think it could be one of those super boozy brews that would change minds about Belgian beers. The beer is dark amber, the foam wispy and off-white at the surface. A quick spin in the glass and it’s back in force! The aroma is sweet dough drowning in heady clover, penetrating my olfactory senses without the bite a Belgian would generally give. The body is a light medium, buzzy enough to carry the flavors forward but not so carb’d to kill the style. The finish is a little long, as with most brews using these types of yeast, but pleasant throughout. As long as this is lasting it’s quite enjoyable and I can find the dryness of the wine there. A very tasty brew.

3.5
DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
500mL bottle purchased at Total Wine in Sacramento. The aroma has some buttery diacetyl notes present. Lightly vinous, and a little funk presence, too. Fairly sweet aroma. Oaky with some vanilla, too. Mostly transparent amber body with a small, quickly dissipating whitish head present. Starts with a bit of a sweet, caramelly flavoring, before some vinousness comes through in the middle. Acidic, astringent, and tart. Not too tart, however. Finishes with a vanilla and oaked woodiness. Light ethanol warmth later. Pretty good.

3.9
baraciisch (3440) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Light caramel colored... Aroma of figs, dark fruits, French oak, red wine grapes... Flavor is figs, oak, grapes, light tartness... Caramel... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
dchester (34) - - JAN 17, 2015
Another med-big beer high on my list at Mraz. I want to get a few of these and cellar - another well done brew.

3.9
marcus (10869) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from Mraz. Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head and a grape and dark malt aroma. There is a sour and bitter caramel malt flavor with a warm alcohol trail. Interesting.

3.9
bhensonb (15967) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy dark amber with a beige head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Med + body. Flavor is berry, woody, a bit astringent. Perhaps a bit tart. Perhaps a hint of something sweet. A little complex. Interesting and tasty.


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